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Wild West Futurity headlines Sunday night card


October 25, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Smoothe Movin Chic sets the fastest time—350 yards in :17.556—from four trials to the Wild West Futurity on October 6.
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
The 2013 Los Alamitos stakes racing series for horses from the Intermountain and Northwest regions plus Canada continues with the running of the $128,100 Wild West Futurity on Sunday night at Los Alamitos. A full field of 10 runners will compete in the Wild West to be contested at 350 yards.

Steve McIntyre’s Smoothe Movin Chic enters the rich Futurity as the fastest qualifier following her smooth looking victory on trial night back on Sunday, October 6. Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Smoothe Movin Chic posted a 1½-length victory on trial night and now looks to be one of the Wild West horses to watch. Smoothe Movin Chic goes after her fifth win in her seventh start on Sunday.

“When they sent her to me I knew that she was a nice filly,” Jones said. “I gave her an out, but she got run over and was nearly knocked down. She had no chance. I thought she would do better in her second time out, but I never expected her to win the way she did. It’s another win by a filly in my barn. They’ve been good to me this season.”

Jones’ fillies in 2013 have included Governor’s Cup Derby winner Scoop Of Sunshine, La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Revv Me Up, PCQHRA Breeders Derby winner Significant Heart and upcoming Los Alamitos Super Derby finalist Tres Queens.

Jim Walker’s Time For Jesse Lee posted the second fastest qualifying after a terrific 1¼-length victory on trial night. The gelding by Mr Jesse Lee covered the distance in :17.595 for jockey Jay Conklin and trainer Monty Arrossa and has been a winning machine throughout his career. Time For Jesse Lee goes after his seventh win from 10 starts in 2013. Time For Jesse Lee is also one of many standouts to race for Monty Arrossa at Los Alamitos this autumn. Arrossa also saddles Well Worth It in the Wild West.

“He’s been pretty awesome,” Arrossa said. “He had been off about 40 days going into the trials, but he always gives you his best. It’s fun to train a horse like Time For Jesse Lee. Anyone can train a runner.”

Yaqueline Ibarra and Michael McKay’s Avatarr is another trial winner to watch in the finale. The son of Brookstone Bay won his Wild West trial in a solid time of :17.730.

Vaughn Cook and Tom Bradbury’s Beaus Wagon comes in as the third-fastest qualifier following her trial victory in a time of :17.644. The filly by Pyc Paint Your Wagon was making her Los Alamitos debut after making her last three starts at Arapahoe Park in Colorado. Beaus Wagon is also eligible to compete in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity following her outing in the Wild West finale.

The field also features Phone Tag, Seperate List, Flyingt Cinderelaman, Jays Powerstroke, and All Guns Firing.

Trials report


Smoothe Movin Chic has fastest time to Wild West Futurity

Steve McIntyre’s Smoothe Movin Chic regained her winning form while posting the fastest qualifying time to the $128,100 Wild West Futurity on October 6. The Wild West is for horses based in the Intermountain and Northwest regions and Canada. The Wild West final will be held on Sunday, October 27.

Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Smoothe Movin Chic enjoyed smooth sailing in her heat, as she posted a 1½-length win while covering the 350 yards in :17.556. Bred by McIntyre and Lee Giles, the daughter of Maknmoves was picking up her fourth win in six starts. She came into the trials following a rare defeat, which occurred in her Los Alamitos debut back on September 7 when running sixth in the running of The Plan Handicap.

“When they sent her to me I knew that she was a nice filly,” Jones said. “I gave her an out, but she got run over and was nearly knocked down. She had no chance. I thought she would do better in her second time out, but I never expected her to win the way she did. It’s another win by a filly. They’ve been good to me this season.”

Jim Walker’s Time For Jesse Lee posted the second fastest qualifying time following his 1¼-length vitory in the second trial. The gelding by Mr Jesse Lee covered the distance in :17.595 for jockey Jay Conklin and trainer Monty Arrossa. Time For Jesse Lee has won six of nine starts. He was second by a nose in the John Deere California Juvenile Stakes in his last start on August 24.

“He’s been pretty awesome,” Arrossa said. “He had been off about 40 days since (the John Deere California), but he always gives you his best. It’s fun to train a horse like Time For Jesse Lee. Anyone can train a runner.”

It appears that Time For Jesse Lee loves to run for Arrossa, a well respected and long time trainer in the Intermountain region. Arrossa began conditioning horses when he was 18-years-old and has been plying the trade off and on for the past 23 years. In winning this trial with Time For Jesse Lee, Arrossa joined forces with fellow Shoshone, Idaho native, Jay Conklin.

“This is the first year that I’ve come out to California on my own,” Arrossa said. “I’ve sent horses to different trainers before, but it’s been great to come out here. People have been very accommodating and they’ve made me feel welcomed. It’s a dream come true to be at Los Alamitos.”

Arrossa made the decision early this year to give Los Alamitos a chance. The support of his great owners helped make the jump here an easy one.

“I had owners that told me that they would make the commitment to send horses here if I made the commitment to bring them here. It’s having races like the Wild West that has made it appealing for us to come out here. I’d like to continue to have a presence at Los Alamitos, maybe a small one, but I would like to try the Kindergarten Futurity and see what happens. We bought some colts at the Heritage Place Sale that we’d like to run here next year.”

Arrossa noted that horses from the Intermountain region have performed admirably at Los Alamitos over the years. For example, the talented Sparky E Boy ran at the Jerome County racetrack before traveling to Southern California to win stakes races and even finished second in the prestigious Champion of Champions.

“Sparky E Boy won the Dutch Masters III Futurity [at Jerome] and one of the horses the I saddled in these trials (Jesses Perfect One) won this year’s Dutch Masters III. Horses from our region can do well here.”

Yaqueline Ibarra and Michael McKay’s Avatarr won the second trial in a time of :17.730 on the way to also qualifying. The son of Brookstone Bay ran sixth in the John Deere California and was a trial winner to that race in his previous outing.

“The Challenge is for horses from every part of the country,” trainer Jose De La Torre said. “The Wild West is for horses from a more concentrated area and hopefully that will help him in the final. I think he’ll do well in the finale.”

Vaughn Cook and Tom Bradbury’s Beaus Wagon won the final trial in the third fastest time of :17.644. The filly by Pyc Paint Your Wagon was making her Los Alamitos debut after making his last three starts at Arapahoe Park in Colorado.

“She’s eligible to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity as well,” Cook said. “It’s great to campaign this horse with Tom Bradbury. He’s a great owner and partner. He’ll start racing a lot more out here.”

Cook, of Royal Vista Ranches in Wayne, Oklahoma, added that he’s also purchased a home in Anaheim and plans to spend time in California in the future.

“It’ll be our part-time home,” Cook said. “Our children are still in school so have no plans to be here permanently until the nest is empty.”

The complete list of qualifiers to the Wild West Futurity is as follows: Smoothe Movin Chic (:17.556), Time For Jesse Lee (:17.595), Beaus Wagon (:17.644), Avatarr (:17.730), Phone Tag (:17.751), Seperate List (:17.751), Flyingt Cinderelaman (:17.798), Jays Powerstroke (:17.802), All Guns Firing (:17.828) and Well Worth It (:17.870).