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Fall For It heads spring’s big Derby trials


March 17, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Brian Hyde’s Fall For It, who was ultra dominant in winning a pair of handicap races last fall, now heads the trials to one of the major derby races of the spring at Los Alamitos on Saturday night. Fall For It is one of 17 fillies that will compete in one of two trials to the $182,700 La Primera Del Ano Derby with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the derby final on Saturday, April 9.

Trained by Jim Hanson, Fall For It dominated the Chickasis Handicap by 2¼ lengths in September and then pulled away impressively to win the Autumn Handicap by ¾ of a length in October. The Separatist filly then took the rest of the year off before returning to post three nice drills this year. She worked once in January, February and most recently on March 2 when covering the 350 yards in :17.60. Jay Conklin will ride the winner of $31,922. Fall For It will start from post seven in the second of two trials at 400 yards.

Her main rival in this trial figures to be Breanna Moon, a talented filly out of the multiple stakes winning producing broodmare Moon Arisen. Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm, Breanna Moon is a half sister to 2007 El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Not A Full Moon and also 2001 Los Alamitos Million Futurity winner Your First Moon. Fearless And First, sixth in the Governor’s Cup Futurity, and Mimi Wells’ Wild West Futurity finalist Getit Together will race in this trial.

Rancho El Alacran’s Vivid Lady, a half sister to multiple Grade 1 finalist My Lady First, is one of the top names racing in the first trial. Also in action in this trial will be Wild West Futurity finalist First Down Destiny, who races for Brenda and Harvey Pickens, and Ed Allred’s allowance winner Flee The Fire. Trained by Scott Willoughby, Flee The Fire will be ridden by young pilot Antonio Alberto.