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Native Tea Rose heads Denim N Diamonds; Saturday post times moved to 6:30

February 22, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

Abigail Kawananakoa’s Native Tea Rose, the winner of the Grade 2 Charger Bar Handicap on January 5, headlines an eye-catching cast of distaffers in Saturday’s $25,000 Denim N Diamonds Handicap at Los Alamitos. First post time for the 8-race program is now 6:30 p.m.

Trained by Paul Jones, Native Tea Rose is enjoying a purple patch of racing form. The daughter of First Down Dash eyes her third stakes win in as many starts following strong victories in the Las Damas Handicap and in the Charger Bar. With Carlos Huerta aboard, her win in the Charger Bar was of the highest quality, as she beat a field that included 2013 AQHA champion aged mare Check N Fetch and PCQHRA Breeders Derby winner Significant Heart. Check N Fetch and Significant Heart both came into the $100,000 Charger Bar after racing in the $750,000 Champion of Champions.

"She was always one of our favorite horses," said Kawananakoa. "It all came together for her in the Las Damas. She is really starting to figure things out.”
Native Tea Rose, the fourth place finisher in the 2012 All American Futurity, has won five of 10 starts. To be ridden by Huerta once again, Native Tea Rose comes into this race with $237,430.

Native Tea Rose is out of the multiple stakes winner St Pats Tea, a Louisiana-bred mare from the stock on Edward Poston. Racing for owners Bob and Jerry Ann Gaston, St Pats Tea won the Grade 2 $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse Derby and the Grade 3 $43,880 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby in 2001. For her career, she earned over $95,000 while winning five of 13 starts.

"(Native Tea Rose) is talented (and) she's lightly raced," Jones said after the Charger Bar.

PCQHRA Breeders Derby finalist Splendiferous Diva is also part of the Denim N Diamonds. Owned by Veronica Gail Worth, the Separatist mare ran sixth in the derby after winning her derby trial. She was fifth in the Las Damas and most recently was third in an allowance test here. Ramon Sanchez will pilot her for Jones.

Other top names in this event include Junos Request Handicap winner Curlie Cue and La Primera Del Ano Derby finalist Forgotten Dynasty. Beautiful Fire, a talented runner from the family of World Champion Be A Bono, and recent allowance winner Zesty are also entered in this 350-yard race. The Denim N Diamonds is for California-bred runners.

First post times on Saturdays now 6:30 p.m. at Los Alamitos

Starting with tonight's Saturday race card, first post time will be 6:30 p.m. every Saturday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. First post time on Fridays remains at 7:00 p.m. while Sunday’s action gets underway at 5:00 p.m.