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Press ReleaseMarch 13, 2014
The top two finishers in the 2013 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) and a slew of Grade 1 stakes qualifiers from last season will headline the trials to the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3) for fillies on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Four trials will be contested at 400 yards with the fillies with the 10 fastest times advancing to the La Primera final on Saturday, April 5. Trials will start in race No. 5. First post time is 6:30 p.m.
Jose Flores’ Glitter In My Face, the unbeaten Kindergarten winner last year, and Kindergarten runner-up She Forgives are among the top sprinters highlighting their respective derby trials. Trained by Jose Flores for his father, Antonio Flores, Glitter In My Face will make her return to racing for the first time since winning the Kindergarten on May 19. She’ll race in the evening’s seventh race. The daughter of Special Cartel was undefeated in her three outings last season before an illness kept her out of action for the second half of 2013. She’ll now compete against a strong field that will include Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) finalist Nefertity and California Breeders Freshman Fillies Stakes (R) runner-up Joys Secret. Cruz Mendez will ride Glitter In My Face from Post 4. Flores will be a busy trainer on La Primera trial night. In addition to Glitter In My Face, Flores will also saddle his father’s Moonlighter in the opening La Primera trial, plus standouts Fiesty Flo in the second heat and Sis Is Hot in the night’s final trial (Race 8).
Racing for Julio Encinas, Robert Parra and Paul Penuelas, Sis Is Hot is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Hot Hitter and a half sister to multiple stakes winner Hard Hitting. Sis Is Hot ran in last year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and was an allowance winner at Los Alamitos as well.
Fiesty Flo, meanwhile, will be facing a field that includes Vessels Stallion Farm’s Dynasty Of Habits in the second trial. Owned by Freakier LLC, Fiesty Flo was second in the Los Alamitos Two Million Consolation Stakes and also competed in the Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes.
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Dutch Masters III’s She Forgives won the Holiday Handicap by a half-length on December 29 to wrap up a productive and busy freshman season. Now racing in the night’s opening trial, She Forgives also ran in last year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2). Cesar De Alba will ride the Foose filly from the outside Post 7 for trainer Jaime Gomez. Pedro Barbizan Santiago Leite’s Composed Charisma, who also ran in the Ed Burke Million last year, is another one of the top runners in this trial.
Vessels Stallion Farm LLC’s Dynasty Of Habits, the runner-up in last year’s PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and a finalist to the February 15 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1), will headline the second derby trial. Trained Cody Joiner and to be ridden by the meet’s current leading Quarter Horse jockey, Raul Valenzuela, Dynasty Of Habits will be aiming for her first win since an impressive three-quarter length victory in her Breeders Futurity trial. LJM Ranch Inc’s Crystal Sola On Fire and newcomer Tres Of Alice are a couple of others to watch in this event.
In addition to the aforementioned Sis Is Hot, the final trial will also feature three-time major stakes finalist Chalalita, Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Quirky, and Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile winner Mistic Rose. Owned by Rancho El Cabresto, Inc., Chalalita compete in the Governor’s Cup Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and most recently faced the opposite sex in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby. Mistic Rose, meanwhile, will be making her first start since a second place finish in her Los Alamitos Two Million trial.
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