Nellie Delaney Leads Way in SoCal Derby

Sophomores face off in Grade 1 race.

Q-Racing Journal
December 18, 2013

J. Garvin Kelly and Nancy Yearlsey’s Nellie Delaney has been pointing at the $160,850 Southern California Derby (G1) for months and now the homebred filly can realize a victory as the fastest qualifier to the 400-yard stakes on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Nellie Delaney (FDD Dynasty-Fleeting Touch by Tres Seis) has been aimed at the Southern California Derby since she had surgery a week after finishing a close, troubled third in the $125,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes back in February. She was the 3-5 choice in the Maiden Stakes after setting the fastest-qualifying time with a three-quarter-length maiden-winning score in her trial.

Trainer Juan Aleman brought Nellie Delaney back for the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) trials and she finished fifth after the nearly eight-month layoff. That race did tighten her for the Southern California Derby trials.

Nellie Delaney was in peak form for her Southern California Derby trial and responded with a powerful late run to win by 1 1/4 lengths, with the top-qualifying time of :19.706.

While the Southern California Derby would be her first stakes win, Nellie Delaney showed her potential as a juvenile. She qualified for the Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs after racing to a third-place finish in the Heritage Place Juvenile (R).

Splenda LLC’s Jabuti Eagle SA (One Famous Eagle-Queen Of Appeals by First Down Dash) is the second-fastest qualifier and one of four qualifiers from the Paul Jones stable.

Jabuti Eagle SA has improved this fall into his career-best form. After racing primarily in conditioned allowance races, he stepped up by qualifying for the $232,900 Golden State Derby (G1) in August and then was second by a head in the $20,000 John Deere Stakes during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on November 9.

The winner of four of 13 starts, Jabuti Eagle SA rallied to score a neck win in his trial with a :19.755. It was his first win since an allowance score back in July at Los Alamitos.

Jones will also saddle $181,500 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) winner Scoop Of Sunshine (First Down Dash-Budderfly Effect by Strawflyin Buds), $25,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap runner-up Bingo and $205,900 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) runner-up Henoshersecret (No Secrets Here-Shenoshersecret by Corona Cartel).

Double Bar S Ranch LLC’s homebred Scoop Of Sunshine took the Governor’s Cup Derby over Cal-breds by 1 1/4 lengths back in July and then raced to a fourth-place finish behind Matabari and Scatmandu in the $901,200 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

Scoop Of Sunshine brings the sixth-fastest qualifying time of :19.851 into the Southern California Derby.

Vessels Stallion Farms LLC’s homebred Tres Coronas Mas (Tres Seis-Coronas First Down by First Down Dash) scored the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.793 while finishing a neck behind Jabuti Eagle SA. The Cody Joiner-trained gelding came into the trial off a third-place run in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3).

Scatmandu (Scat Daddy (TB)-Fodice by First Down Dash) could be dangerous and score his first stakes win in the Southern California Derby. The Juan Aleman-trained gelding nearly got the win in the Los Alamitos Super Derby when he battled with Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) winner Matabari and came up just a head short.

Owned by breeder Robert A. Gentry, Robert K. Gentry and Robbi L. Force, Scatmandu scored a half-length win over Henoshersecret in their trial with the fourth-fastest time of :19.834.