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Matabari’s local return heads tonight’s Los Alamitos Super Derby trials


October 12, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Matabari (#7) wins her trial to last year's Los Alamitos $2 Million Futurity
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
The returns of Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner Matabari and All American Derby runner-up Bon Accord and the local debut of last year’s champion filly PJ Chick In Black are just some of the storylines heading into tonight’s (Saturday 10/12) trials to the Grade 1 $953,200 Los Alamitos Super Derby.

Matabari will be making her third start of the year, but her first at the Orange County oval since winning the $2,108,000 Two Million Futurity last December. Owned by Balgo Racing Team, Inc. and Marlyn Gonzalez, the filly by Mr Jess Perry started this year with a victory in a conditioned race at Ruidoso Downs on July 20. Matabari’s only other start of 2013 was a third place finish to champion Brace For Bernal in a trial to the All American Derby on August 17. Back to the place of her biggest victory, Matabari is one of 31 sophomores that will be in action in Saturday’s Super Derby trials. A total of four heats will be contested at 400 yards with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the rich Super Derby final on Saturday, November 2.

To be ridden by Ramon Sanchez and trained by Guillermo Morales, Matabari will be going after her fifth win in what will be her eighth career start. Bred by Jose Maria Gonzalez, Matabari has earned $865,126 in her career. Double Bar S Ranch’s Scoop Of Sunshine, who was an impressive winner in the Governor’s Cup Derby in her last start, is one of six horses that will face Matabari in the opening Super Derby trial. Cesar De Alba will ride Scoop Of Sunshine for trainer Paul Jones. The daughter of First Down Dash will also go after her fifth career victory. Gustavo and Jose De La Torre’s Lavish Susan, who also ran in the Two Million last year, Rainbow Futurity finalist Nellie Delaney, Golden State Million Futurity finalist Henoshersecret, Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational winner Margaritas N Coronas and Redd Tailed Hawk will race in this trial.

Fast forwarding to the fourth and final trial of the night, a terrific matchup is in store with AQHA champion filly PJ Chick In Black facing Bon Accord, who is back at Los Alamitos following a second place finish in the All American Derby on Labor Day weekend.

PJ Chick In Black won five of six starts during a freshman campaign that included a victory in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and New Mexican Spring Futurity. The Desirio filly will be making her first ever start at Los Alamitos, but the talented filly worked 350 yards from the gate and under the lights on September 27. John Stinebaugh will saddle the filly, which is owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms.

J. Garvan Kelly, Nancy Yearsley and Vinewood Farms’ Bon Accord won both of his starts as a freshman at Los Alamitos before running fifth in a trial to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby earlier this year. The Shazoom gelding the traveled to Remington Park where he won one of two starts before moving on to Ruidoso Down where he posted the fastest qualifying time to the All American Derby. Trained by Juan Aleman, Bon Accord went on to finish a close second to Feature Hero in the rich derby final. Francisco Rubio will pick up the amount aboard Bon Accord in place of the injured Rodrigo Aceves. Arnold Gonzalez’s Fires Blazin, a four-time Grade 1 finalist in his outstanding career, Golden State Derby runner-up Jess Being Valiant, Native Tea Rose, winner of the Stel Corona Handicap, Ruidoso Derby finalist Kat Quick, Otoole Hero and Emblaze will complete this field.

Earlier on the card, trial number two is a wide open affair filled with major stakes finalists. The lineup will feature Robert H. Williams’ Perrys Affair, who came within a nose of winning the Los Alamitos Winter Derby back in February. Owned by the partnership of Gentry and Force, Scatmandu is another talented runner in this trial. The son of the Kentucky-based Thoroughbred Scat Daddy, Scatmandu ran in the Rainbow Futurity last year and the Rainbow Derby this year. Perrys Affair and Scatmandu are both trained by Juan Aleman. Trained by Jose Flores, Hector A. Hernancez’s Blistering Speed, who finished fourth in last year’s PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and ran in this year’s Winter Derby, is another of the top names in the second trial.

Rosa Barboza’s Remembering Spence will headline the third Super Derby trial. Also trained by Aleman, Remembering Spence won the $232,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on February 16. He was third in last year’s Governor’s Cup Futurity and most recently he was an impressive 3/4 length winner in the Sgt. Pepper Feature Handicap on September 8. Just like he has done all year, Francisco Rubio will be aboard the Ed Allred-bred son of TR Dasher. Remembering Spence will be going after his sixth win in nine career starts on trial night. Other top names in this heat include Bingo and Amore La Blue, a pair of runners that competed in last year’s Golden State Million Futurity. Sired by Mr Jess Perry and out of World Champion Blues Girl Too, Amore La Blue ran in the Golden State Derby earlier this season for owners Lucky Seven Ranch. Racing for Salvador Pimienta, Bingo was second to Remembering Spencer in the Sgt Pepper Feature in his last outing. This trial will also feature Commando Tres Seis, who participated in last year’s Two Million Futurity for Hector A. Hernandez and trainer Jose Flores. The son of Tres Seis will be making his first start of 2013 in this heat.