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Nothing runs like John Deere trials . . . but the Pat Hyland Memorial comes close

August 11, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Story by Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s One Ramblin Lady, the winner of the $56,400 Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity and $30,000 Ed Burke Juvenile Stakes, has now set her sights on the John Deere Juvenile California Regional Challenge trials on Friday evening.

Trained by Ugo De La Torre, One Ramblin Lady has been worth the $12,500 price paid by her connections in the Claiming trials on May 27. The Tac It Like A Man filly won her trial and has since won both the Claiming final and Ed Burke Juvenile. Adrian Loza, who has been nothing but a winner when he has ridden her, will pilot One Ramblin Lady in the first of four 350-yard trials on Friday.

Mimi Wells will have two talented Dan Francisco-trained runners going in the John Deere California trials starting with two-time allowance runner-up Willie Dasher against One Ramblin Lady in the opening trials. Willie Dasher’s strength is his outstanding quickness and it would not be surprising to see him get the early jump on One Ramblin Lady. Wells will then have the Walk Thru Fire gelding New Look in the second trial against Governor’s Cup Futurity trial winner Illegal Smile and Kindergarten Futurity sixth place finisher RLR Tres Premios.

The undefeated runners A First Down Snow, winner of the Dixie Futurity, and Rare Wave, a two-time winner at Sandy Downs, will head the third trial, while FDD Moon and Highlander Lass will face off in the final trial after finishing 1-2 when running against each other in a Governor’s Cup trial. FDD Moon went on to run sixth in the Governor’s Cup final.

Hi On The List heads Pat Hyland Memorial

Double Bar S Ranch’s Hi On The List, who battled for the lead at the start of the $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity, returns to stakes action as part of a strong cast in the $25,000 Pat Hyland Memorial Handicap Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Paul Jones, Hi On the List was second out of the gate in the Grade 1 Ed Burke and was still fighting for a top three spot after the first 110 yards of the 350-yard final. The son of Streakin La Jolla worked hard in the final half of the race, but had to settle for a sixth place finish against a super cast led by eventual winner Separate Fire, currently the nation’s number one ranked 2-year-old. Back in action in the Pat Hyland, Hi On The List is one of the top names on the list of top contenders for this 350-yard race.

Hi On The List is not the only million-dollar futurity graduate in the Hyland field, as Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ A Country Boy Can also made the field to the prestigious Ed Burke. Trained by Juan Aleman, A Country Boy Can won his trial to the Kindergarten Futurity and then finished second to the talented Terrific Synergy when qualifying to the Ed Burke. A terrible troubled trip in the Ed Burke eliminated A Country Boy Can from contention on that night and that race should be ignored.

The list of top contenders also includes Blue De Lis, a full sister to 2007 World Champion Blues Girl Too, who also makes her return after a third place finish in the trials to the Ed Burke Million Futurity. Trained by Jaime Gomez for Mike Abraham, Blue De Lis made headlines in her maiden race after blowing away her rivals by 2 ¼ lengths. If Blue De Lis shows her tremendous quickness once again she’ll give Hi On The List all she can handle.

The undefeated Zoomdasher, a 300-yard allowance winner in a quick time of :15.29, Teller Shez Wicked, who ran fourth in the Ed Burke Juvenile Stakes, Our Kinda Magic and Worth Everything complete the field.