Jones Loaded in Los Al Derbies

Champion trainer has full hand in El Primero and La Primera derbies.

Q-Racing Journal
April 4, 2013

Paul Jones has dominated American Quarter Horse trainers with 11 consecutive national training titles. He shows his position at the top again when he saddles the fastest qualifiers to the $205,900 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) and the $199,400 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3) this weekend at Los Alamitos.

Owned and bred by Jones with Thompson Racing, Henoshersecret (No Secrets Here-Shenosherconorna by Corona Cartel) is the top qualifier to the El Primero Del Ano Derby for males on Sunday night.

Cina and John Sperry’s Revv Me Up (Stel Corona-Revv It Up by First Down Dash) holds top honors for the La Primera Del Ano Derby for females on Saturday night.

Henoshersecret raced to his latest two wins in futurity trials and then did not light the board in the finals. He won his Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) trial by a half length and then was seventh in the finals at less than 3-1 odds after a troubled start. He then dominated his Golden State Million Futurity (G1) trial by 1 3/4 lengths and then was fourth behind world champion One Dashing Eagle as a 22-1 outsider.

The colt displayed similar dominance in his El Primero Del Ano Derby trial with a 1 3/4-length win. His time of :19.687 for 400 yards was the quickest mark from four trials.

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Freedom Choice (A Regal Choice-Five Bar Molly by Dash Ta Fame) will be dangerous for trainer Jose De La Torre with three wins and a very close third-place finish in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) in his latest four starts. The colt was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the Two Million and came up a head short of Matabari in the richest race in California. He was then backed down to 1-5 odds in his El Primero trial and he responded with a one-half length win in :19.812 while making his first start in three months.

Mr Ease Cartel (Corona Cartel-Sportiness by Zevi (TB)) chases his fourth-straight win after finishing third in the Kindergarten Futurity (G2) last year. After winning his Ed Burke Million trial in June he was off until February and has come back in winning form for owners R.D. Hubbard, Mike Abraham, Balgo Racing and David and Ross Hinkins.

Upon his comeback, he won an allowance race and then his El Primero trial for trainer Jose Flores. He won his trial by 1 length as the even-money choice with the third-fastest time of :19.823.

Jones’ La Primera hopeful Revv Me Up, co-bred by Jones with Keilani Farms, jumped up and won her maiden in her ninth start with a three-quarter-length win in her trial with a :19.737 time. While winless before her trial, she had six second-place runs in her eight previous starts. In her other two races, Revv Me Up was fifth in the Kindergarten and ninth in the Ed Burke Million.

San Gregorio Racing Stables’ Fireworks (Walk Thru Fire-Workslikeacharm (TB) by Northern Score) was laid off after an eighth-place finish in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G2) in October and returned for the La Primera trials. She responded for trainer Danny Montes with a half-length win in :19.856, her second win from six starts.

Manuel Lorenzana’s Secretly Hot (Walk Thru Fire-Secret Reflection by Raise A Secret) was second in her trial behind Revv Me Up, however has the stakes resume to step forward in the La Primera. She won the Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) as the favorite and then scored another nose win in the Holiday Handicap for trainer Jesse Godinez.