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Anaheim and Bellflower handicaps headline weekend's action

February 10, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Mares hoping to shine in Anaheim Handicap on Friday

Enrique Hernandez’s Varsity Girl, the winner of the 2009 West Texas Futurity, will be joined by multiple Grade1 finalists Tools Of Fire and Jess So Sixy in Friday’s competitive $16,000 Anaheim Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Varsity Girl, Jess So Sixy and Tools Of Fire have carved a name for themselves in Quarter Horse racing, as they’ve each earn over $100,000 in their respective racing careers. Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie’s Tool Of Fire is the richest of the lot after making over $150,000 in her 12 race career. The Walk Thru Fire mare ran in the Ed Burke Million Futurity and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity back in 2009. Robert Williams’ Jess So Sixy, meanwhile, ran in the Rainbow and Ruidoso derbies last year. The one to beat could be FF Racing Stables’ Whatta Knockout, as the quick breaking mare comes in after a solid third to 2009 champion aged mare Stylish Jess BR in the Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap on January 8.

Hoist Mission likely favorite in Bellflower Handicap

A comeback horse and a newcomer are among the prominent story lines for Saturday’s $16,000 Bellflower Handicap for 4-year-olds at 300 yards.

The comeback horse is Salvador Pimienta’s Rey Tiburon, who will be making his first start since running fifth in the El Primero Del Ano Derby last April. The son of A Regal Choice had previously posted a terrific trial victory by a 1¼-length margin. Felix Gonzalez will saddle the Mexican-bred runner. The newcomer is Mr Jess XL, an Oklahoman-bred horse previously trained by Erika Huitron. Mr Jess XL arrives here after racing at Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Remington Park, Manor Downs and Zia Park in 2010. Rodrigo Aceves will pilot the son of Mr Jess Perry for trainer Felix Quintero and owners Fast and Furious LLC.

The two sprinters will face Michael Isom’s Hoist Mission, who in his last outing edged six rivals to win the Cypress Handicap. The gelding ran third in last year’s Town Policy Handicap and also appeared in the Grade 1 Southern California Derby. His next mission is the Bellflower Handicap, which could provide him with his fourth career stakes victory at Los Alamitos.

Thinking Jazz, a multiple Grade 1 qualifier, and Cypress Handicap participants Takin Cash Bac Jr and Mighty Icy will also race in the Bellflower.