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Fillies Ready to Run in Tonight’s Go Derussa Go


December 5, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Prouddesertqueen (#2, inside) battles Runner Dreamin to finish second as the 3-to-2 favorite in her Kindergarten Futurity trial heat on May 3, 2008.
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Seven talented fillies collide in inaugural running of the Go Derussa Go Handicap on Friday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. A 330-yard dash for two-year-old fillies, the Go Derussa Go has attracted a quality group of juvenile runners. Leading the way is the talented trio of Snowbound Chick, Prouddesertqueen, and RM Shes Maknmoves. Drawn on the far outside, Snowbound Chick should have a clear path and plenty of racing room from post number seven. Three outs ago, she scored an impressive victory over maiden competition in a productive race in which both the second and third-place finishers went on to win their next starts. Following that performance, she bested allowance foes by three-quarters of a length in her next out and was a troubled-tenth in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes on November 1st.

Rodolfo Viramontes’ Prouddesertqueen could also run a big race. Two starts back, she inherited a great deal of class while competing in the Grade I Kindergarten Futurity, finishing sixth behind Grade I-winners like Sixish and Revv It Up after a poor start. She also defeated the fastest qualifier to the Kindergarten Futurity in Runner Dreamin in the very first start of her career and has seldom turned in a bad performance. Most recently, she scored a comeback win on October 24th in her first since a five-month vacation from the races and could easily move forward yet again in her second start since the layoff.

Another contender to watch is Justin Clark’s RM Shes Maknmoves. This filly holds a decisive condition advantage over this field, as she is already a six-time winner from only nine starts. She’s competing in a race in which no other contender has more than two lifetime wins to their credit.

Additionally, she brings a great deal of class into this race as well, as she was a qualifier to both the Utah Classic Futurity in mid-June and the Diamond Classic Futurity in mid-August. Since arriving in Southern California, she’s turned in a pair of flashy victories at the claiming level and will try to translate that same kind of performance to tonight’s overnight stakes race.

Two more horses to consider are Another Wise Lady and Stel Katrina.

Another Wise Lady won two of her first three lifetime starts and was an ultra-game second behind Grade I-finalist Jimmy Delivers in an allowance contest on June 15th. She also brings a wealth of class into tonight’s event, having faced the likes of standout juvenile runners like Louisiana Senator, Pizarra, and Show Me A Beduino throughout the season. Stel Katrina could also spring the upset. Already a finalist to three different stakes races this year, she has run well in each of her six lifetimes starts. She could also benefit from the first time riding services of jockey Cody Jensen and defending AQHA Champion Trainer Paul Jones.