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La Primera favorites hoping for trend to continue on Saturday

April 9, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Jumpn Beduino, shown setting the fastest time from two trials on March 20, 2010
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

The La Primera Del Ano Derby has a recent history of treating its favorites kindly. Top fillies like Mini Rock in 2002, Louisiana Eye Opener in 2005, Fancys First Affair in 2007, Forgive Him in 2008, and Alice K White in 2009, all won after being dismissed as favorites in the race. Even those that were not the public's number one choice still had their share of backers. Fillies like Worth A Look (2000), More Heart (2001), So Significant (2003), and Kaniska (2006) all won at odds of 5-to-1 or lower.

All this favors the two well regarded fillies Jumpn Beduino, owned by Ed and Theresa DeNike, and Fovee, who runs for Robert Gentry, as they are considered the two to beat in the running of the Grade 2 $175,500 La Primera Del Ano Derby to be held at 400 yards on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Jumpn Beduino was simply top notch on trial night, as the Pat Visscher-trainee easily posted the fastest qualifying time to this race after winning her heat in a time of :19.72. Her time was 11/100ths faster than the next fastest qualifier Brazilian Dasher, who is another one that will also be highly regarded in this derby final. Jumpn Beduino, who will be ridden by leading pilot Francisco Rubio, will start from post nine, as she looks to score her second graded stakes win of her career. She previously won the Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity in 2009.

Fovee, who ran third in last year's Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, comes in after an easy trial victory three weeks ago. While her time was only :19.90, she won the race in easy fashion for jockey Eduardo Nicasio and trainer Juan Aleman. "We told Eduardo not to push her hard and that's exactly what he did," Aleman said. "She won her trial so everything worked out perfectly. She'll be going all out tonight."

Indeed Jumpn Beduino and Fovee are the two fillies expected to star in this derby, but Three H Racing LLC's Brazilian Dasher should not be ignored. The Donna McArthur-trained runner has posted some strong results in the past, and her trainer has won this race twice before with IBA Dasher in 1999 and Champagne Lane in 1997. A half sister to champion FDD Dynasty, she won her first two career starts and then ran fourth in the Governor's Cup Futurity and fifth to Jumpn Beduino in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. Here's her best chance to crack the top three in a stakes race.

And while favorites have enjoyed running in the La Primera over the past 10 years, there was one filly that blew up the toteboard. In 2003, Frank Nakamura's 50-to-1 longshot Ipomea upset a field that included former world record holder Classy Sassy Chic, A Tempting Chick, and Female Friend. What Fire, Wild Fire SR, Special MNM, Chickafire, Cartier Cartel, Preciouse Cartel, and My Donna Doll may not all go off at 50-to-1 odds, but if any of them win there will be some gaudy payouts in the La Primera.

Trials report

Edward and Theresa DeNike's Jumpn Beduino and Robert Gentry's Fovee will be the fillies to beat in the Grade 2 $175,500 La Primera Del Ano Derby after posting strong victories in their respective trials on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The fastest time of the night went to the Patricia Visscher-trained Jumpn Beduino, the winner of the Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity last year. The daughter of Chicks Beduino trailed Three H Racing's Brazilian Dasher for most of the race before flying late to win by a half-length. Ridden by Francisco Rubio, Jumpn Beduino covered the 400 yards in :19.726.

"Francisco said that she broke pretty good but then she paused for an instance," Visscher said. "He said that he tapped about three times on her shoulder and then she took off. She's like a little locomotive this filly. She just keeps going. When she came back she looked nice and relaxed. She was just walking back. When she entered the winner's circle Rubio said that she wanted to take off again. He had to grab a hold of her.

"She's actually a lot more quiet and comfortable this year. I think it has to do with maturity," Visscher continued. "She's similar to Enjoy The Moment, who was also by Chicks Beduino. I remember Eddie Garcia telling me about the Chicks Beduino that they can be a little hot but once they get older they relax and really become professionals. That's what happened to Enjoy The Moment and that's what happening with Jumpn Beduino. She's really a beautiful filly."

The DeNikes and Visscher joined forces to win the La Primera with Kaniska in 2006.

Trained by Donna McArthur, who also won the La Primera with Champagne Lane in 1997 and IBA Dasher in 1999, Brazilian Dasher finished with the second fastest time of :19.831. Zacharie Kelsey piloted the half sister to champion FDD Dynasty.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Juan Aleman, Fovee posted a half-length victory in the opening trial. Sired by the Thoroughbred Cuvee, the sorrel filly stumbled out the gate but quickly recovered to take the lead. She finished strongly from there while edging Ed Allred's What Fire by a half-length.

"I told Eduardo to hand ride her and that's what he did," Aleman said. "I told them to just get some air in her. He rode her pretty handily tonight. This was like a breeze and that's perfect for her. We can start getting ready for the derby in three weeks."

Fovee, the third place finisher in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, covered the distance in :19.903. Trained by Scott Willoughby and ridden by Jeff Jerman, What Fire is one of three Walk Thru Fire fillies that will compete in the La Primera final to be held on April 10. Chickafire and Wild Fire Sr, who ran in the second trial, are the other daughters of Walk Thru Fire to qualify.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows; Jumpn Beduino (:19.726), Brazilian Dasher (:19.831), Fovee (:19.903), What Fire (:19.973), Chickafire (:20.015), Preciouse Cartel (:20.049), Special Mnm (:20.103), Cartier Cartel (:20.226), Wild Fire Sr (:20.289), and My Donna Doll (:20.484).