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A Mere Dynasty Takes Vandy's Flash

Gelding is just the latest in a long line of top runners in the family.

July 1, 2012

After a modest racing career in the late the 1990s, A Mere Classic’s time as a broodmare has been stellar. Owned by Felix Gonzalez and his sons, Jose Luis and Miguel Gonzalez, A Mere Classic has been a fine factory of outstanding runners at Los Alamitos.

A Mere Classic’s sons and daughters have included Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner A Mere Chocolate, multiple stakes winner A Mere Splash and multiple graded derby finalist A Mere Special. A Mere Classic’s list of top runners has now been boasted by one, as her son A Mere Dynasty outdueled stakes winner Kool Million to win Saturday’s $25,000 Vandy’s Flash Handicap for 3-year-olds at Los Alamitos.

“A Mere Classic is still at home in our ranch in Lake View Terrace,” Jose Luis Gonzalez said. “She is now 17-years-old, but she’s still producing babies and we are very excited about two of her 2-year-olds for this year.”

It was A Mere Dynasty who was making his family proud in the 400-yard Vandy’s Flash, as the gelding by Feature Mr Jess improved his 2012 record to a perfect three-for-three following a half-length victory in a time of :19.746.

“He did not want to run at all as a 2-year-old last year,” Jose Luis added. “I was ready to quit on him, but my brother Miguel would not let me. I wanted to retire him, but my brother wanted to give him some time off and bring him back this year. When he came back he posted a workout of :18.70 at 350 yards. I asked ‘Why is my horse’s time :18.70?’ and I was told that it was because he wasn’t any good. It hurt me to hear that. We kept working with him and we put him in a race for $12,500 maiden claimers. He won the race and no one claimed him. We tried an allowance and he won again. We waited for this race because A Mere Splash had won it in 2007.”

Jose Luis Gonzalez has now joined his brother Miguel in dreaming big about A Mere Dynasty’s racing future.

“My brother paid him into the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and I remember asking him, ‘Why are you putting him in that race? Let’s stop running him.’ He had faith in the horse and now I’m thinking that we have a chance. We’ll run in the trials to the (Adequan Los Alamitos) Derby Challenge (on August 5), but our big race is the Super Derby. If he does well, we’ll start thinking about the major 440-yard races for him. My brother deserves all the credit. He’s the one that believed in this horse the most.”

Ridden by Santiago Mendez for trainer Jose A. Moreno, A Mere Dynasty earned $13,750 in the Vandy’s Flash. He’s made $24,715 in his four-race career. Sired by Feature Mr Jess, A Mere Dynasty’s half brothers have a history of success. A Mere Chocolate won the Winter Derby and Kaweah Bar Handicap (G3) while appearing in six stakes races. A Mere Special ran fourth in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) and seventh in the Los Alamitos Super Derby. A Mere Splash is probably the most famous of the brothers. He appeared in 11 stakes races and won the Vandy’s Flash and First Down Dash Handicap (G3) and also the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes. He also ran in the Los Alamitos Super Derby and was second in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) and Go Man Go Handicap (G1) in 2009.

The broodmare A Mere Classic has more outstanding babies to run according to Jose Luis Gonzalez.

“We are excited about a colt sired by One Famous Eagle named A Mere Fortune,” he said. “We’re saving him for the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). We also have a (Swingin Jess colt) named A Mere Touch that we really like. A Mere Classic is a special mare.”

Ed Allred’s Kool Million ran another outstanding race on the way to second place earnings of $5,625. The Bono Jazz gelding was looking for his third win in a row this year after capturing the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes and Dillingham Handicap. Jose Flores saddled Kool Million, who was ridden by Cruz Mendez. Ivlis, Oceanik, Personal Mission and Steller completed the field.