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Filthy Fast installed as 2-to-1 favorite for Sunday's G1 Golden State Derby

August 27, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Filthy Fast sets the fastest time from three trials to the August 28 Golden State Derby—:19.424—on August 14
(photo by Scott Martinez, Los Alamitos Race Course)
Talented sprinter Filthy Fast headlines the running of the Grade 1 Golden State Derby on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Below is a report from the Golden State Derby trials held on August 14:

Making his first start in nearly six months, Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Filthy Fast scored the most impressive victory of his 11-race career while posting the fastest qualifying time to the Golden State Derby on August 14 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Ridden by Jay Conklin for trainer Roberto Dominguez, Filthy Fast won his 400-yard trial by a half-length over Ambush Alley in a time of :19.424. The gelded son of champions Splash Bac and Corona Kool, Filthy Fast will now be joined by the nine other qualifiers in the running of the Golden State Derby on Sunday, August 28.

Dominguez did not hide the fact that he was concerned about Filthy Fast’s long layoff coming into the trials.

“I tried to find him a race, but we couldn’t get him one before the trials,” he said. “I was hoping to run him in the Vandy’s Flash Handicap, but the race did not go so we decided to just run him fresh in the trials. I was nervous, but the thing that made me feel better is the fact that he was training so well and that he is very sound and strong horse. The thing that made me feel better was that if we did qualify him to this race that he would be in a perfect spot going into the final. I’m so pleased with the way things turned out. I knew that he would be a lot better as a 3-year-old and so far I’ve not been disappointed.”

Bred by Lucas Racing, Filthy Fast had an awful start in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity last year, but flew in the final yards to finish fourth. As a 3-year-old, he ran third to Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity finalist More Than You Know in the Holiday Handicap before winning his trial to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby. He broke behind the leaders in the Winter Derby final before finishing a solid fourth behind the winner Oatman and the major futurity winners The Goodbye Kisser and West Coast Hawk.

“After the Winter Derby, he didn’t have any other conditions until these trials,” Dominguez added. “ We gave him some time off and then we started prepping him for this race. I galloped him for about two months. We took him to gallop about every three to four days. We took it easy with him, but he came into this race in great shape.”

Steve Burns’ Ambush Alley finished with the second fastest qualifying time of :19.497 after his surprising runner-up finish in this trial. Sent off at 20-to-1 odds, Ambush Alley was fifth at the start of this race before surging to run second for trainer Mike Casselman and jockey Joel Cruz. Sired by the Thoroughbred Snowbound, Ambush Alley is out of the prolific broodmare Fames Easy. Dutch Masters III’s Docs Apollo ran third in this trial and finished as the third fastest qualifier with a time of :19.540.

Alessio, Brown and Davies’ Girlie Man was the biggest surprise of the night. The winner of last year’s Golden State Juvenile Stakes, Girlie Man had finished seventh or worse in each of his last three starts, which resulted in his 25-to-1 odds coming into this race. Instead, the homebred gelding by Snowbound finished strongly after getting bumped at the start to win the first of three trials on the night. Girlie Man’s winning time of :19.608 made him the fourth fastest qualifier.

“He had a tough trip in his last start,” said trainer Denny Ekins, referring to the gelding’s seventh place finish in the trials to the Governor’s Cup Derby. “We had some things that we needed to take care of on this horse. His owners are great people and I’m thankful that they’ve gone along with the things that I’ve wanted to try to get him better. He’s a beautiful horse and we’re thrilled with the way he performed in the trials.”

Trainer Cody Joiner’s winning weekend continued on Sunday courtesy of Double Bar S Ranch’s Pushing Dazies. Joiner won two races on Friday and three on Saturday, including two for Double Bar S Ranch, before winning his sixth race of the weekend with Pushing Dazies in her Golden State Derby trial. The lightly raced filly won her heat by a half-length while finishing with the fifth fastest time of the night of :19.636.

“I don’t know if I’m more proud of Cody Joiner or our horses,” said Dawn List of Double Bar S Ranch. “Cody is such a great young person and we’re really happy to see him do so well.”

Double Bar S Ranch’s patience with Pushing Dazies paid off in the trials. The daughter of Strawflyin Buds qualified to the Ed Burke Million Futurity in June of 2010, but injuries prevented her from running in the Ed Burke Million final and for the rest of her 2-year-old campaign. She returned to the track with a troubled fifth place finish on July 22.

“We did what we felt was best for her,” List added. “She was ready to run last year before we were ready to run her again. We took our time with her and she thanked us tonight with this victory.”

“We’ve done a lot of work with her,” Joiner said. “She’s never been a good gate horse, but she’s getting better. She’s still a little green. She’s only had four career starts and she was facing some very tough and seasoned horses with a lot of experience in these trials. She’ll keep getting better and we’re looking forward to her rest of the year. It’s a lot about confidence with this filly. She’s still lacking that confidence to just blow out of there. She has so much raw talent and ability and we see it all the time in the mornings. I can’t wait to see her when she’s a seasoned pro. She’ll be a lot of fun to watch.”

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: Filthy Fast (:19.424), Ambush Alley (:19.497), Docs Apollo (:19.540), Girlie Man (:19.608), Pushing Dazies (:19.636), Mr Luvly Dial (:19.688), Been Chased (:19.702), Like A Zephyr (:19.714), Significant Cartel (:19.717) and Allthatshewants (:19.797).