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Pair of stakes at Los Alamitos this weekend

November 15, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Top 2-year-olds to race in Corona Chick Handicap

Cesar Muniz’s Sugarbear Sax Man, who won the Autumn Handicap in his last start, now takes on a field that includes four horses coming off of victories in what looks like a wide-open running of the $25,000 Corona Chick Handicap for 2-year-olds on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. First post is at 6:00 p.m.

Trained by Jose Flores, Sugarbear Sax Man has been a steady performer the entire year. He’s been in the top two in five of his six career starts and also hit the board in the trials to the Kindergarten Futurity and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity earlier this year. In addition to his Autumn win, the Vessels Stallion Farm-bred sprinter competed in the prestigious Kindergarten in May.

Sugarbear Sax Man certainly made his connections proud in the Autumn, as he broke sharply and finished strongly en route to covering the 350 yards in :17.59. He’ll need another similar performance in the Corona Chick, as this race features an extremely sharp field. The list of contenders is headed by La Presita LLC’s Airplane Gold, who has won three of five races this year and was a neck winner over Zesty in a recent allowance start. Zesty will also compete in the Corona Chick and she was an allowance winner on September 16.

Bolt Lightly, IBA Dream Away and All Jock recently paid visits to the winner’s circle. Cal West Racing, Thomas Peffer and Rasool Rastgoo’s IBA Dream Away has won her last three starts, but this looks like her toughest test of the season. Bolt Lightly and All Jock, meanwhile, both come in with two-race win streaks to their name. Owned and bred by Michael Isom, Secret Hero is another top contender and she returns after running second in the Autumn Handicap. She was a trial winner to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on September 15 from post number eight, which is the same post that she has drawn for this race.

Full field of 10 set for Las Damas Handicap

Onemoreglassofwine and Royally Sandra have developed a healthy rivalary in 2012. The mares will face each other for the fourth time this year and are now among the 10 talented distaffers that will compete in Sunday's Las Damas Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Royally Sandra defeated Onemoreglassofwine by a half-length in their first meeting back on July 6 in an allowance event. The Vessels Stallion Farm-owned mare returned the favor on August 17, as she crossed the wire a neck ahead of R.D. Hubbard's Royally Sandra in the Elan Again Handicap. The two mares finished behind the filly Flame N Flash in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap on September 30, but they are certainly among the favorites to win the $35,000 Las Damas at 400 yards.

A daughter of Heza Fast Dash, Onemoreglassofwine won the PCQHRA Breeders Derby last year and her resume also features an appearance in the Charger Bar Handicap and earnings of $107,790. Royally Sandra made her name at Ruidoso Downs where the daughter of Royal Quick Dash faced Cold Cash 123 and Llano Teller in the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby in 2011. Royally Sandra was also fifth in the 2010 $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship held at Zia Park against a field that featured Cold Cash 123, The Goodbye Kisser, West Coast Hawk and Prospect To The Top. Matron Stakes winner Enjoy The Moment, La Pacifica Handicap and Breeders Derby runner-up Sudden Thoughts and the stakes winner Getit Together are among the other top contenders in the Las Damas.