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Nation's richest Quarter Horse derby is tonight at Los Alamitos

November 7, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Ten outstanding 3-year-olds will compete in tonight's $1,000,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby, a 400-yard test that this year is Quarter Horse racing's richest derby. The Super Derby is only the sport's fourth derby ever with a purse of over $1 million. The three previous derbies featuring a seven-figure purse were Native Gambler's 1980 All American Derby, Make Mine Cash's '83 All American Derby, and Noconi's '08 All American Derby.

This year's Super Derby ranks as the richest race for 3-year-olds ever contested in the 69-year history of Los Alamitos. The winner will also earn the final “win and you're in berth” to the Champion of Champions, joining Inseperable, Jess You And I, Freaky, Fighter On Fire, Separate Bet, Terrific Energy, and Streakin Cherry.

This year's Super Derby field features an outstanding cast headed by champion millionaire Foose and millionaire and multiple 2008 Grade 1 futurity winner Tres Passes.

The winner of the Super Derby will earn $398,160, which means that if Tres Passes ends up winning, he would go over the $1.85 million mark in earnings. Only Refrigerator, Blues Girl Too, Winalota Cash, DM Shicago, Eastex, Heartswideopen, and Stolis Winner have earned over that amount according to AQHA statistics. Foose would also come close to the $1.5 million mark with a win in this race, and not too many Quarter Horses have reached that plateau, either.

Ramon Sanchez, who has won a record five Los Alamitos Super Derby wins, will pilot Foose from post #3. All American Derby runner-up Fantastic Corona Jr and PCQHRA Breeders Derby winner Jessanotheraffair will also see action in this derby.