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Tremendous lineup set for Golden State Derby trials

August 11, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The 2010 debuts of Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner Good Reason SA and Golden State Million Futurity winner The Partys On Fire and the tremendous matchup of rising stars Chivalry Sr and Divide The Cash highlight the trials to the Grade 1 Golden State Derby on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Owned by Gianni Samaja, Good Reason SA was the surprising winner of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last year at 23-to-1 odds. The PCQHRA champion 2-year-old colt then had minor surgery to remove some bone chips and was on the shelf until posting a couple of workouts beginning with a June 17 drill at 220 yards. In his most recent work, the Paul Jones-trained son of Favorite Trick worked 220 yards in :12.80. His time ranked 20th among 30 drills posted that morning. To be ridden by Cody Jensen, Good Reason SA will be in action in the third of three trials on Saturday at 400 yards. Twenty sophomore will be in action in the trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times returning for the August 28 finale.

Ed Allred and Tom Seibly’s The Partys On Fire will also be making her second debut in the same trial as Good Reason SA. Sired by Walk Thru Fire from the great breeding stock of legendary horseman Spencer Childers, The Partys On Fire won the Golden State Million Futurity by a half-length over Shining First Dash also at a big price, her odds being 32-to-1. The Partys On Fire has been resting since her Golden State Million win on October 30 and has been working out sharply in preparation for this race. She posted a :12.20 flyer on May 27—the second fastest among 25 works that morning—and most recently she stopped the clock in an easy going :12.50 on July 30. Alex Bautista, who has been piloting the filly in every race since last June, will be aboard The Partys On Fire.

This trial will also feature the return of Allred’s Princelike, who has posted great race after great race his entire career. The TR Dasher gelding has won four of six career starts and his only blemished came when he ran third in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity last year and second to Headturner in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby this year. Trained by Jose Flores, Princelike posted the fastest qualifying time to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby earlier this year.

Stern Ranches’ Chivarly SR and Abigail Kawananakoa’s Divide The Cash have been among the most impressive runners this season at Los Alamitos. Trained by Adan Farias, Chivalry SR has posted back to back daylight victories this season, including a 1¾-length demolition in the Vandy’s Flash Handicap. His winning time of :19.19 in the Vandy’s Flash is one of the fastest ever posted by a 3-year-old at Los Alamitos and only 4/100ths of a second shy of World Champion Freaky’s track record at this distance. Now trained by Rafael Orozco, Divide The Cash will come in after posting a new track record at 350 yards when bettering the mark held by Freaky by 8/100ths of a second. Divide The Cash set the new mark when winning the Make It Anywhere Handicap in a jaw dropping time of :17.06.

After wrapping up his freshman campaign with a fifth place finish in the Golden State Million Futurity last October, Divide The Cash did not run again until an allowance race on April 25. He was impressive on that night, winning the 350-yard race by a length in a time of :17.32. That was only a preview of what was to come from the speedster, as he completely manhandled the opposition in the Make It Anywhere. Now he gets to square off with Chivalry SR. Divide The Cash will start from post three. Chivalry Sr will leave the gate from post two.

The Golden State Derby trials will kick off with 2009 Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Runaway Tyme facing El Primero Del Ano Derby finalist How Goes It. Double Bar S Ranch’s Effectiveimmediately will also race for the first time this year in these trials. The filly had the fastest qualifying time to last year’s Kindergarten Futurity, but she was scratched out of the final with an injury. This will be her fourth start since that injury and first in almost nine months.