Remembering Spence in Tough Winter Derby

Los Alamitos Winter Derby fastest qualifier faces tough field.

Q-Racing Journal
February 13, 2013

Francisco Guzman’s Remembering Spence faces his sternest test when he makes his Grade 1 debut against a deep field, featuring four members of the powerful Paul Jones barn, in the $232,400 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) Saturday evening at the Southern California track.

Remembering Spence (TR Dasher-Sables Bono by Bono Jazz) started to build a promising career last summer at Los Alamitos when he won the Ed Burke Juvenile (R) and was a very competitive third-place finisher in the Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2). He battled with the leaders for the 350 yards and came up just a head behind Secretly Hot.

The gelding was then sidelined until the Winter Derby trials and he returned in stunning fashion with a 1 ¾-length win. His time of :19.742 was easily the quickest mark from six trials.

Remembering Spence has raced to three wins, a second and a pair of thirds from six starts.

Champion trainer Jones will saddle second-fastest qualifier Creole Williams (Jess Louisiana Blue-Picture Perfect Tee by Power Train), fourth-fastest qualifier High School Secrets (No Secrets Here-Summertime High by On A High), fifth-fastest qualifier Stel My Corona (Stel Corona-Ocean Express by Fishers Dash) and eighth-fastest qualifier Jabuti Eagle SA (One Famous Eagle-Queen Of Appeals by First Down Dash).

Double Bar S Ranch’s Creole Williams is also taking a jump in class with a consistent record. After winning the Corona Chick Handicap and finishing second in the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile (R), the gelding made a fast late rush to the finish line to win his trial by a length, with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.947.

James Azevedo and Boyles Family Trust’s homebred High School Secrets, who qualified for the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), appears to be in career-best form after battling to a nose win in his trial as a 10-1 long shot. He also won his trials to the Ed Burke Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million.

Tony Doughtie’s homebred Stel My Corona has the class to be dangerous after winning the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2) and finishing second in the Winter Derby trial behind Remembering Spence as the 5-2 favorite.

Gianni Samaja’s homebred Jabuti Eagle SA posted the best performance of his five-race career when he won his trial by 1 3/4 lengths. His only other win from five starts was a maiden score in his career debut.