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Press ReleaseFebruary 20, 2014
The Ocean King will look to reign supreme when he leads a strong field of 3-year-olds in Sunday’s $112,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes. Racing for Lucas Racing LLC, Vaughn Cook, Hugo Barron Sierra and Ron and Denise VanAmburgh, The Ocean King is a top contender based on his Maiden trial win in the fastest qualifying time.
Bred in Maryland by 2004 AQHA champion breeder Lucas Racing LLC, The Ocean King is a colt by leading living sire Corona Cartel and out of champion broodmare Runaway Wave. The Ocean King is a half-brother to world champion Wave Carver and three-time divisional champion Ocean Runaway.
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Trained by Paul Jones, The Ocean King was simply splendid on trial night. He covered the 350-yards in a meet’s best :17.358 while crossing the wire ¾ lengths ahead of second fastest qualifier Here O Beduino. Prior to that trial win, The Ocean King enjoyed a daylight maiden win on December 27. Horses are eligible to compete in the Maiden Stakes trials if they were maidens as of December 1, 2013.
Owned and bred by Cynthia Cruz and trained by Roberto Dominguez, Here O Beduino comes in as the second fastest qualifier following his solid runner-up effort to The Ocean King. The son of No Secrets Here was also daylight maiden winner on December 13.
Double Bar S Ranch’s Whos Got The Look won her Maiden trial in the third fastest qualifying time of :17.489. The filly is a full sister to the Grade 1 stakes placed runner Rieda Hay Worth. LEMA Racing Stable’s Another Oatie also recorded a trial victory and his came in the fourth fastest clocking of :17.504. The gelding ran in the $35,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational last year.
Felix Gonzalez’s Snitchy, a full brother of two-time Grade 1 winner Snitcher, will also be among the talented sprinters in this field. The Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes will be held at 350 yards on Sunday.
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