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Six trials to Maiden Stakes on tap Saturday at Los Alamitos

February 4, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Forty nine horses will take part in a total of six trials to the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes, a race that in the past has been won by horses that have gone on to win and participate in major stakes races like LDS Dash For Dylan, A Mere Splash and Royal Proclamation. AQHA Champion and two-time Champion of Champions runner-up Little Bit Of Baja also participated in the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes.

The trials to the 2011 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes at 350 yards could certainly showcase many future stakes winners as its lineup will include PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalists TR Eddie and Big Jaime, Kindergarten Futurity finalist Hawkish Town, and John Deere California Juvenile Challenge third place finisher Corazon Valiente. The Maiden Stakes final will be held on Saturday, February 26, and will feature the horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials. Horses are eligible to run in this race as long as they were maidens as of December 1, 2010. As it turns out, there are nine horses in these trials with victories since December 1.

The opening trial will be headed by Vinewood Farms' TR Eddie, a son of TR Dasher out of Corona Clique, who posted the fastest qualifying time to the 2003 Kindergarten Futurity before running fourth against champion Hawkish in the final. Bred by Vinewood, TR Eddie ran a nice third in the trials to the $426,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity against fellow qualifiers Julias Walkthru Fire and Current Sea and then finished sixth in the final despite a less than perfect trip. TR Eddie has since finishing fourth to eventual Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner One Quick First Down in the trials to the Two Million and his last race he broke his maiden by head over Juvenile finalist Corazon Valiente. TR Eddie is also the richest horse participating in these trials with earnings of more than $28,580.

Balgo Racing Team Inc's Hawkish Town is one of the standouts in the second trial. Bred by Erik and Francisco Flores, the Hawkish colt took on recent Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist West Coast Hawk and the precocious filly All N The Jeans in last year's Kindergarten finale. After that May outing, Hawkish Town did not run again until Two Million trials and most recently he was moved up from third to second when he appeared in a maiden race on December 18. Allred's Plenty Good is the only winner in this trial that will also include Vivid Lady, a half sister to Champion of Champions finalist and stakes winner My Lady First, and Blazin Son, the gelded son of champion aged mare Blazin Fire.

Muniz Quarter Horse LLC's What A Hit, a half sister to Governor's Cup Futurity winners Hot Hitter and Hard Hitting, will headline the third trial. The filly was impressive when she broke her maiden despite having a lot of trouble at the start of the 300 yard race. Spackman Racing and Denny Boer's Queenly Walk posted a huge finish to break her maiden on January 8 and she's also been very competitive throughout her career. The busy filly has hit the board in five of eight lifetime starts.

Valentin Zamudio and Salvador Pineda's Big Jaime is the big standout in the fourth trial because of his appearance in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity as well as his three runner-up efforts in previous starts. One of those runner-up efforts happened in the Breeders trials when he qualified with a 350-yard trial of :17.54. He'll have to take on The Devil's Child, whose 1-length victory on December 3 is among the most lopsided wins posted by a horse participating in these trials.

In the fifth trial, all eyes will be on 3-year-old second time starter Phantasmic, who races for Danielle Hall and Mark and Ryan Hanson, as he'll come into the trials having posted a runaway 1-length win at 350 yards. The son of Snowbound could have been claimed for $5,000 on that night so his connections must be thrilled that he will be racing for them once again after that debut performance. Vessels Stallion Farm LLC's Onemoreglassofwine, who was third in the Golden State Million Juvenile Stakes, and Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Don Herbie will also compete in this heat.

Rancho El Alacran's Corazon Valiente has hit the board in four of his last five starts and could be ready to graduate, while Salvador Pimienta's Emperor Valerian has finished fourth or better in his last four outings. The two of them will be in action in the sixth and final trial to the Maiden Stakes along with Jess Walk, who finished second while showing a lot of quickness in her debut on January 2.