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Glitter In My Face heads tonight’s La Primera Del Ano Derby trials; 21 to race in El Primero Del Ano Derby trials on Sunday

March 15, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

La Primera Del Ano Derby trials

The top two finishers in the 2013 Kindergarten Futurity and a slew of Grade 1 stakes qualifiers from last season will headline the trials to the La Primera Del Ano Derby for fillies on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Four trials will be contested at 400 yards with the fillies with the 10 fastest times advancing to the La Primera final on Saturday, April 5. Trials will start in race number five. First post time is 6:30 p.m.

Jose Flores’ Glitter In My Face, the unbeaten Kindergarten winner last year, and Kindergarten runner-up She Forgives are among the top sprinters highlighting their respective derby trials. Trained by Jose Flores for his father, Antonio Flores, Glitter In My Face will make her return to racing for the first time since winning the Kindergarten on May 19. She’ll race in the evening’s seventh race. The daughter of Special Cartel was undefeated in her three outings last season before an illness kept her out of action for the second half of 2013. She’ll now compete against a strong field that will include Governor’s cup Futurity finalist Nefertity and California Breeders Freshman Fillies Stakes runner-up Joys Secret. Cruz Mendez will ride Glitter In My Face from post number four. Flores will be a busy trainer on La Primera trial night. In addition to Glitter In My Face, Flores will also saddle his father’s Moonlighter in the opening La Primera trial, plus standouts Fiesty Flo in the second heat and Sis Is Hot in the night’s final trial (race number eight).

Racing for Julio Encinas, Robert Parra and Paul Penuelas, Sis Is Hot is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Hot Hitter and a half sister to multiple stakes winner Hard Hitting. Sis Is Hot ran in last year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and was an allowance winner here as well. Fiesty Flo, meanwhile, will be facing a field that includes Vessels Stallion Farm’s Dynasty of Habits in the second trial. Owned by Freakier LLC, Fiesty Flo was second in the Los Alamitos Two Million Consolation Stakes and also competed in the Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes.

Dutch Masters III’s She Forgives won the Holiday Handicap by a half-length on December 29 to wrap up a productive and busy freshman season. Now racing in the night’s opening trial, She Forgives also ran in last year’s Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. Cesar De Alba will ride the Foose filly from the oustide post number seven for trainer Jaime Gomez. Pedro Barbizan Santiago Leite’s Composed Charisma, who also ran in the Ed Burke Million last year, is another one of the top runners in this trial.

Vessels Stallion Farm LLC’s Dynasty Of Habits, the runner-up in last year’s PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and a finalist to the February 15 Los Alamitos Winter Derby, will headline the second derby trial. Trained Cody Joiner and to be ridden by the meet’s current leading Quarter Horse jockey, Raul Valenzuela, Dynasty Of Habits will be aiming for her first win since an impressive 3/4 length victory in her Breeders Futurity trial. LJM Ranch Inc’s Crystal Sola On Fire and newcomer Tres Of Alice are a couple of others to watch in this event.

In addition to the aforementioned Sis Is Hot, the final trial will also feature three-time major stakes finalist Chalalita, Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Quirky, and Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile winner Mistic Rose. Owned by Rancho El Cabresto, Inc., Chalalita compete in the Governor’s Cup Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and most recently faced the opposite sex in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby. Mistic Rose, meanwhile, will be making her first start since a second place finish in her Los Alamitos Two Million trial.

El Primero Del Ano Derby trials

Ron Hartley’s Moonist, who has proven to be one of the hardest working runners from the freshman class of 2013, makes his 13th career start when he heads his trial to the El Primero Del Ano Derby on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

A total of 21 sophomores are set to participate in the El Primero trials at 400 yards, with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the derby final on Sunday, April 6. First post on Sunday is 5:00 p.m. local time.

To be ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer John Cooper, Moonist comes into the third and final El Primero trial after running fourth to the outstanding Viva Mi Corazon in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby on February 15. Moonist has won five times in his career with his top wins coming in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes and Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile Stakes—the consolation events to those futurities. The Separatist gelding also finished second in the Governor’s Cup Futurity last year. He now faces a solid group in the final El Primero trial on Sunday with his main rival figuring to be Ed Allred’s Yacht Clubber, who has been a solid allowance performer throughout his racing career.

The opening trial is a wide open affair with the Paul Jones-trained Dashin Dreams and multiple allowance runner-up Fire Cliff, owned by Allred and trained by Scott Willoughby, among the top contenders. Race Day Delight, who was second against allowance foes in his last start, AQRA Spring Futurity winner Phone Tag, and Fire Shakin, who finished third in his trial to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, are a few of the other top names in this event.

The second derby trial will include Lin Melton and Spackman Racing’s Smithy, who finished third in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity last season. Smithy is racing for the first time since finishing fourth in his Two Million trial. World Champion Racing Stables’ Dimes And Nicks was second in his Two Million trial and also figures to contend in this heat. Allred’s Energized ran in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby and now competes in this derby trial.