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Oh La Traffic tops list of qualifiers to Wild West Futurity

October 4, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Oh La Traffic (#8) head-bobs with Move Over Red Rover on her way to the fastest time in the Wild West Futurity trials on October 3
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Stan Young’s Oh La Traffic edged Dan and Patricia Baker’s Move Over Red Rover by a nose to win the final trial to the inaugural running of the $90,700 Wild West Futurity on October 3 at Los Alamitos. In the process, the daughter of champion Hawkish posted the fastest 350-yard qualifying time of :17.550 while picking up her first win in eight career starts.

Twenty-five horses competed in the Wild West trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times returning for the final on October 23. Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Bret Vickery, Oh La Traffic was making her third start at Los Alamitos after racing in Idaho, Utah, and Colorado earlier this year. The fourth place finisher in the Ed Giles Futurity back on June 19, Oh La Traffic’s first outing at the Orange County track was one to forget. The brown filly had a very troubled start in which she got bumped around heavily. After a disqualification, Oh La Traffic was moved up from sixth to seventh place.

“She ran very green that night,” Vickery said. “She was eligible to run in the trials to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity after that start but we decided to skip that race and instead we ran her in a maiden race. She ran second in that maiden race and I was very happy that effort. She ran a pretty good race and it set her up perfectly for these trials.”

Oh La Traffic’s main threat in the Wild West final could be a horse stabled not too far away from her in the Vickery shedrow. Owned by Gary and Jeralyn Messenger, Lajolla Famosa won his trial race by a half-length while posting the third fastest qualifying time of :17.563. Ridden by Francisco Rubio, Lajolla Famosa has now won five races in a row a, including the John Deere Northwest Juvenile Challenge and the Hawthorne Futurity at Sandy Downs.

“(Los Alamitos owner)Doc Allred has done a nice thing putting together this race,” Vickery said. “It’s an opportunity for people in the intermountain and northwest part of the country to see their horses run at Los Alamitos while chasing a nice pot. Not only that, these people went to the Los Alamitos Equine Sale and bought horses. Doc Allred is a sharp man and this race is a great idea. The people in that part of the country have a lot of nice horses and a lot of them came here for these trials.”

The top four qualifiers were separated by less than 2/100ths of a second. Among the horses that qualified to the final, Classic Blush won the opening trial to the Wild West, while Sentimental Chick will represent Vessels Stallion Farm in the final.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows; Oh La Traffic (:17.550), Move Over Red Rover (:17.553), Lajolla Famosa (:17.563), Classic Blush (:17.569), Kr Superman (:17.642), Fizzy Cola (:17.668), Getit Together (:17.671), Sentimental Chick (:17.689), First Down Destiny (:17.742) and Fly On The Wall (:17.783).