Moreno Ready For AQRA Doubleheader

Jess So Happens, Diablos Cartel look for wins at Turf Paradise.

Q-Racing Journal
April 25, 2013

Trainer Tomas Moreno could have a memorable Saturday afternoon when he sends out fastest-qualifier Jess So Happens in the AQRA President’s Open Spring Futurity and second-fastest qualifier Diablos Cartel in the AQRA President’s Open Spring Derby on Friday afternoon at Turf Paradise.

Corina Molina and Trisha Rivera’s Jess So Happens (Jess Zoomin-Shake The Moon by Moon Lark) dominated the trials when he won his trial by 3 lengths and easily set the top qualifying mark. His time of :15.780 for 300 yards surpassed the time of Hotrod Girl (Foose-Gulfstream Girl by Pritzi Dash), who was clocked in :16.061.

Jess So Happens opened up an early daylight lead and increased his advantage throughout the trial while winning as the 9-5 favorite.

David Guzman’s Hotrod Girl also won her trial in her career debut. The Santiago Lowe-trained filly battled with third-fastest qualifier Caracortada (Azoom-Classy Judgette by Judge Cash) with Hotrod Girl coming away with the neck victory. Caracortada, a first-time starter, was clocked in :16.098.

The derby will be a rematch between fastest-qualifier Quick To Boogie and Diablos Cartel.

Carlos Pelayo’s Quick To Boogie (Royal Blue Chew Chew-Shakin Ana Dashin by Late To Bed) raced to his first win since taking his maiden in October when he won the trial by a head as an 11-1 outsider. The Gilberto Hernandez-trained gelding was timed in :17.850 for 350 yards while Diablos Cartel (Teller Cartel-FB Kokopelli by Takin On The Cash) stopped the timer in :17.872.

Diablos Cartel, a nearly 10-1 longshot, in his previous start finished second in a second-level allowance race at Turf Paradise.