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Curlie Cue in Junos Request

Lightly raced filly notches Junos Request Stakes at Los Al

Press Release
September 30, 2012

Tom Atwood and John Wells are hoping that the Junos Request Handicap is a sign of things to come for their stable at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Wells saddled Atwood’s Curlie Cue to a powerful victory in the Junos Request at 300 yards and after this victory the two can start concentrating on the $392,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity to be held here on Saturday, October 6. Wells trains Atwood’s talented gray runner Far Niente, who will enter the rich PCQHRA Breeder futurity as the fastest qualifier following an easy victory on trial night back on September 15.

The connections hope that Curlie Cue is just the beginning of some great things for their barn. The bay filly sired by First Down Dash and out of Girl In The Curl was all business in the Junos Request, as she broke sharply from post seven and was strong throughout en route to a ¾ length victory in a sizzling time of :15.303.

Bred by Lucas Racing, Curlie Cue earned $9,350 while improving her record to three wins in six career starts. Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga, Curlie Cue was making only her second start in 2012.

The lightly raced Maryland-bred filly ran third in the trials to the Governor’s Cup Derby against a field that included El Primero Del Ano Derby winner New Look and the solid runner Eye For FDD. With one start under her belt, Curlie Cue was ready to shine in her second outing. She battled gamely with Attack The Cartel during the early stages of the Junos Request before pulling away to her most impressive victory.

Curlie Cue has finished out of the money only once in her career. Her trainer is also enjoying an impressive campaign. Wells has now won nine races from his first 35 starters to give him a winning ratio of 26%. His horses have hit the board 22 times.

The aforementioned Far Niente will be one of the favorites in the upcoming PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, a race in which he’ll face the talented invader JR Dynasty Mountain and Kindergarten Futurity winner Blackberry Czech.

Steve Burns’ Attack The Cartel has been the runner-up in her last two starts. Trained by Mike Casselman and ridden by Oscar Peinado, the filly by Corona Cartel came into this race after running second to Tres Of Linda in the Adequan California Derby Challenge.

Tac Out and Tac It To Heart, a pair of fillies by Tac It Like A Man, finished third and fourth, respectively. John Cooper saddled Tac Out for Anna MacPherson, while Tom Bazley saddled Tac It To Heart for Spartan 300. Better Be Good, Does She Ever, Nimble and Mai Corona completed the field.