Hot Far Niente After PCQHRA

Grade 1 winner after another victory.

Q-Racing Journal
October 4, 2013

Tom Atwood and Vessels Stallion Farms’ Golden State Derby (G1) winner Far Niente looms as the horse to beat when he goes for his fourth-straight win as the fastest qualifier to the $178,500 PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby (G3) on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Supporting the Breeders’ Derby is 8-year-old Bank of America Emerald Downs’ Challenge winner Vodka With Ice, competing against other older horses who raced this year in the Intermountain region or the Northwest in the $30,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap.

Far Niente (FDD Dynasty-Shahayla by Chicks Beduino) does not win his races by overwhelming margins, but he gets the job done with three straight neck-or-less wins in his latest three outs. The highlight of these three victories came two races ago when he won the $232,900 Golden State Derby (G1) as the 2-1 choice. The Jose Hernandez Jr.-trained gelding came back to get the job done in his Breeders’ Derby trial in :19.605 for the 400 yards, while defeating second-fastest qualifier Dynasty Red (FDD Dynasty-Red High Heels by First Down Dash), who was timed in :19.646.

Spackman Racing and Lin Melton’s Dynasty Red chases his first stakes win after placing in four stakes races at Los Alamitos and Les Bois Park. The Melton-trained gelding was third in the Vandy’s Flash Handicap before taking the summer off and returning in his Breeders’ Derby trial.

The Vessels Stallion Farms’ homebred Tres Coronas Mas (Tres Seis-Coronas First Down by First Down Dash) should be dangerous after dominating his trial by 1 1/4 lengths. The Cody Joiner-trained gelding was the 13-10 favorite and responded with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.731.

Gerardo Prado’s Vodka With Ice (Stoli-Hips So Fine by Extra Easy) returns to Los Alamitos for the Schvaneveldt after winning three straight races in the Northwest. The veteran of 46 starts with 11 wins started his current winning streak with a victory in a $14,050 final at Les Bois Park. He then went to Emerald Downs in Seattle to take his Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge trial by a neck and then came through with a three-quarter-length win in the Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge.

That win earned him a starting spot in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on November 9, his likely start after the Schvaneveldt.