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Jones Looks to Stay Hot in Challenge

Jones looks to keep Los Al Challenge win streak going.

Q-Racing Journal
August 23, 2013

Paul Jones trainees finished first and third in the $71,100 Bank of America California Los Alamitos Challenge and also the $27,990 Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge last weekend. He looks to keep his hot streak going in the $47,200 Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge and the $22,500 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge this weekend.

The winners of these races qualify for the Bank of America Challenge Championships on November 9 and they also have home-track advantage, since the series finale will be held at Los Alamitos.

In the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge on Friday night, Jones sends out fastest-qualifier Creole Williams (Jess Louisiana Blue-Picture Perfect Tee by Power Train).

Double Bar S Ranch’s Creole Williams should move forward in the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge after returning from a layoff to win his trial by three quarters of a length as the even-money choice. His time of :19.551 led the qualifiers.

Creole Williams was rested after a third-place finish in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). The gelding came into the Winter Derby trials after winning the Corona Chick Handicap and finishing second in the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile (R).

Angel Villalobos’ French Fury (Stoli-Streakin Jessie Gail by Streakin Six) was second to Creole Williams in the first of two trials with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.664. He showed promise for trainer Jaime Gomez earlier this year with seconds in the Buena Park Handicap and the Jim Smith Handicap.

In the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night, Jones saddles fastest-qualifier Senor Gold Solo (Senior Solo-Takin Some Gold by Takin On The Cash), winner of the second of four trials. He also has seventh-fastest qualifier Make A Wish For Me (Brookstone Bay-Asyouwish by Separatist) and eighth-fastest qualifier Jagger BR (Foose-Strength In Numbers by Strawfly Special).

Anna and Rod MacPherson Jr.’s Senor Gold Solo scored his second win in his John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge trial after finishing third in his career debut. The gelding topped the qualifiers with a :17.459 time for the 350 yards.

Senor Gold Solo opened up 1 length on his trial rivals and then cruised to the win as the 4-5 favorite.

Porforio Carrasco’s Tres Magicals (Tres Seis-Fishers Proud by Fishers Dash) will be dangerous with a class advantage in the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge. The Jose De La Torre-trained filly was third at 40-1 odds in the Ed Burke Memorial Invitational Juvenile (R) and was defeated by only a head.

Tres Magicals won her John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge trial by 1 length with the second-fastest time of :17.502.