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Native Tea Rose Headlines Denim N Diamonds

Recent Grade 2 winner Native Tea Rose returns in Denim N Diamonds Handicap.

Q-Racing Journal
February 20, 2014

Abigail Kawananakoa’s Native Tea Rose, coming off a win in the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G2), finds class relief when she lines up against fellow California-bred females in the $25,000 Denim N Diamonds Handicap on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Native Tea Rose (First Down Dash-St Pats Tea by Mr Jess Perry) is regaining her top-stakes potential after finishing fourth in the 2012 $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) behind world champion One Dashing Eagle as a juvenile. In her latest start, she defeated 2013 champion aged mare Check N Fetch by a neck in the recent Charger Bar. Native Tea Rose comes into this race with earnings of $237,430.

"She was always one of our favorite horses," said Kawananakoa. "It all came together for her in the Las Damas. She is really starting to figure things out.”

The winner of five of 10 starts from the Paul Jones barn, Native Tea Rose won the $35,000 Las Damas Handicap (G3) by a neck over Shez Jess Toxic in her start before the Charger Bar.

Veronica Gail Worth’s Splendiferous Diva (Separatist-Royal Dip by Royal Quick Dash) has shown her stakes-level class and is after her first stakes win in the Denim N Diamonds. After a sixth-place run in the $168,500 PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3), she came back to finish fifth in the Las Damas behind Native Tea Rose.

Zory Kuzyk’s Beautiful Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Be Peacefull by Raise A Secret) makes a class jump for trainer Dan Francisco. She comes off her second career win when she won a conditioned allowance race by a nose as the 13-10 favorite.

The Denim N Diamonds is for California-bred runners.

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