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Great Set of Trials Set for $933,750 Los Alamitos Super Derby

October 15, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

One of the greatest sets of derby trials in recent Quarter Horse history will take place on Friday night, as 33 outstanding horses will run for one of 10 highly coveted spots to the richest running ever of the Los Alamitos Super Derby.

The purse for this year’s Grade 1 Super Derby is an outstanding $933,750, exactly $140,900 more than the previous stakes-record purse set last year.

The Super Derby final will be held on Sunday, November 9. The winner will earn $381,255, and the nominator award is $10,000. The winner of the Super Derby also earns a berth to this year’s $1 million Champion of Champions on Saturday, December 13. Twenty-eight of the 33 trialists racing Friday have at least one previous graded stakes appearance.

Racing Secretary Ron Church has carded four trials at 400 yards and the first trial is one of the toughest heats imaginable. Seven of the eight have qualified to at least one Grade 1 event in their career and five have earned $100,000 or more. Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner and Golden State Derby winner One Famous Eagle, a lifetime winner of $950,398, will head the first trial. Owned by Burnett Ranches and Johnny Trotter, the son of Mr Jess Perry is a perfect three for three this year and his victory in the Golden State Derby on August 30 represented a stakes record while missing the track record by only 1/100th of a second. John Bassett trains One Famous Eagle, who will be ridden by Saul Ramirez.

The rest of the field included Grade 1 finalist and highly regarded My Buddie; Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes winner and 2007 Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity runner up Tailgunner Tom; Grade 1 finalist and Dillingham Handicap winner Daddy Dasher; and Rainbow and Ruidoso Derby runner-up Strong Hope.

This trial will also feature Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity finalist Short Czech, Grade 1 La Primera Del Ano Derby finalist Gather The Rose and the sizzling fast Snow Ruby.

The other trials are also loaded with stars. Ed Allred’s Really A First, winner of the Governor’s Cup Derby earlier this year, is right back to action after finishing fifth in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby on October 3. He’ll be facing Miss Kittys Bar Bet, who will be making her second start of the year after running third in an allowance race on September 25. Rancho El Alacran’s Fighter On Fire will also try to regain his winning form after losing his last two starts. The son of First Down Dash’ last tasted victory in the Jens List Memorial Stakes on July 26. Grade 2 winner Three Green Leaves has also been drawn in this race.

Stylish Jess Br, already in the Champion of Champions after winning the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap, will take on Restricted Grade 1 winner Magic Show Czech and Grade 1 winners Eye For Corona and Ancient Ruler in the third heat. Grade 1 derby winners A Mere Chocolate and Forgive Him will headline the final trial, which will also feature the often-freaky fast My Lady First and the winning machine Masters Call.