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'Roses Eagle' Tops John Deere Los Al Trials

Grade 1-placed runner posts fastest time in John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge trials.

August 12, 2012

Racing for the estate of Gianna Samaja, Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) finalist Joy Roses Eagle SA enjoyed a half-length victory in Saturday’s opening trial to the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge while posting the fastest qualifying time to the August 25 final at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Joy Roses Eagle SA was third at the start of her 350-yard trial before delivering a powerful finish to move clear of Tell Of The Past in the final 50 yards. Bred by Samaja, Joy Roses Eagle SA came into this trial after finishing third to the nation’s number-one ranked 2-year-old, One Dashing Eagle, in the Ed Burke Million Futurity in late June.

“She needed the race,” Sanchez said. “She broke well, but really started going in the second half of the race. It was a nice effort and I think this race will help sharpen her for the final.”

Joy Roses Eagle SA covered the distance in :17.678 to give her win number two in five career starts. Sired by One Famous Eagle, who is also the sire of the aforementioned One Dashing Eagle, Joy Roses Eagle SA is out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Gather The Roses. Samaja passed away earlier this year following a lengthy illness. A highly respected Brazilian Quarter Horse breeder and owner, Samaja won the 2011 Champion of Champions (G1) with Good Reason SA.

Salvador Pimienta’s Bingo won the second trial by a half-length in a time of :17.723. Ridden by Alex Bautista for trainer Felix Gonzalez, Bingo was recording his second win in four starts, this one coming at odds of 8-1.

“He left the gate with his peers, but the distance of this race helped him,” Pimienta said. “The important thing was to qualify for the final, as anything can happen in any given race.”

Pimienta won the Kindergarten Futurity (G2) earlier this year with Blackberry Czech and while she’s eligible to run in the September trials to the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G1) it was Bingo that the connections selected as their prospect in 2012.

“We wanted to have one baby in the Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) trials,” Pimienta said. “We decided to make Bingo that one horse. We tried to sell Blackberry Czech to help finance Bingo’s futurity payments, but we were not able to sell her. She ended up winning the Kindergarten and that helped the pocketbook. She’ll be in the derby trials next year. Bingo, meanwhile, is starting to show us the reasons why we selected him to compete in the Golden State and Two Million trials.”

“His physique is spectacular and he has everything that you need to be a quick horse with the ability to run long distances,” Gonzalez added. “We really liked how he finished the final 50 yards in this race. He’ll like the longer distances.”

The Tres Seis gelding is out of the broodmare Corona Blurr to make him a half brother to stakes runner Rey Tiburon.

Racing for Ronald Martin and Randall Dees, All Out Arrogant scored the surprise win of the night at 21-1 odds. The gelding by FDD Dynasty also trailed during the early stages before flying in the final yards to score a nose victory over Jessa Secret. Martin and Dees have enjoyed good luck in these trials over the past two years. Last year, the owners won a pair of trials with Lil Sharky and Tac It Ease E Man.

“We love the Challenge races,” Martin said. “This was a pretty surprising win. This is a great opportunity for this horse. I am most excited for Randall. He loves racing horses and he’s a great supporter of All Out Arrogant. He absolutely loves racing and he has so much enthusiasm for the game. It really makes racing a lot of fun when you have a partner that loves it as much as Randall does.”

All Out Arrogant posted the second-fastest time of the night of :17.694. Eduardo Nicasio piloted the Dean and Darrell Frey-bred runner for trainer Cody Joiner.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows; Joy Roses Eagle SA (:17.678), All Out Arrogant (:17.694), Jessa Secret (:17.704), Bingo (:17.723), Tell Of The Past (:17.732), Heza Dynasty (:17.743), Mokara (:17.776), Ill Be A Dasher (:17.797), Eagle Nation (:17.822) and Jabuti Eagle SA (:17.827).