Flame N Flash Hot in Super Derby

Flame N Flash headlines the Los Alamitos Super Derby.

November 1, 2012

Robert Williams’ Flame N Flash continues her late-season run towards a possible championship and her next step is the $1 million Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

The winner of the 440-yard Super Derby earns a berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December, although Flame N Flash already has a berth.

Flame N Flash (Walk Thru Fire-Oh La Proud by Shirley’s Champion (TB)) has already defeated sophomore fillies and then older mares in graded stakes, and now takes on males in the Super Derby, the richest race for 3-year-old or older horses at Los Alamitos.

The Juan Aleman-trained Flame N Flash beat fellow sophomore fillies last April at Los Alamitos when she won the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G2) and then took a major jump in class when she came back this fall to defeat older mares in the $150,000 Mildred Vessels Handicap (G1) on September 30. That victory gave her her Champion of Champion invitation.

In the Super Derby trials, Flame N Flash ran a perfect race from the rail post position to win the first of four trials by a half length with the top qualifying time of :19.571. It was an impressive, stakes-class trial with Golden State Derby (G1) runner-up Do You Do Corona (Corona Cartel-MLA Do You Love Me by On The Dash), Golden State Derby winner Check My Thoughts (Check Him Out-Just Think by Pritzi Dash) and Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) winner Terrific Synergy (FDD Dynasty-Terrific Energy by Mr Jess Perry) finishing in second through fourth positions. Do You Do Corona and Check My Thoughts will join Flame N Flash in the Super Derby.

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Do You Do Corona raced to the third-fastest time of :19.667 while finishing second to Flame N Flash. He has now been first or second in seven of eight career starts.

Check My Thoughts has a :19.705 qualifying time while Terrific Synergy was the final qualifier with a :19.859 mark.

Aleman will also saddle Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Last To Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Last Shall Be First by Strawfly Special), who won the third trial with a big late charge. He won by one-half length over Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge winner Tres Of Linda (Tres Seis-Lindas Dasher by Chicks Beduino), who holds the eighth-fastest qualifying time of :19.706.

In 2011, Last To Fire was second in the $2,152,300 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and third in the $1,173,400 Golden State Million Futurity (G1). The gelding was fifth in the $236,400 Golden State Derby in his start before his trial victory.