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Foose wins nation's richest Quarter Horse derby of 2009


November 8, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Zenyatta's scintillating victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic was not the final million-dollar race contested on a great Saturday of horse racing in Southern California. That distinction went to the Los Alamitos Super Derby; a 400-yard test for 3-year-old Quarter Horses that for the first time ever featured a $1 million purse. The honor of winning the Super Derby went to Ed Allred and Paul Jones' Foose, last year's champion 2-year-old colt who is having a pretty good 3-year-old campaign.

Sired by Stel Corona, Foose was in control of the Super Derby right from the start, as jockey Ramon Sanchez helped him find his best stride right away in the 400-yard race contested at the Cypress oval. With Sanchez in the irons, Foose had a great start to his Super Derby run and was clear of his rivals at the midway point. He was never seriously challenged from there, going on to win by a 1/2 length and in a time of :19.45- the fifth fastest time since this race became a 400 yard race in 1991.

Look for the complete story in the December issue of TRJ—The Racing Journal.