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Nichols’ runner holding the cards in Garden Grove


January 16, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Howard Nichols’ One More Card will look to build on her nice runner-up effort in the Holiday Handicap when she faces the red-hot fillies Who Is Sylvia, who has won four of her last five starts, and the streaking Its Tempting, a winner of her last three, in the $15,000 Garden Grove Handicap for fillies Saturday at Los Alamitos.

First post is at 6:00 p.m. local time, with the Garden Grove slated as the eighth race on the card.

One More Card faced the boys in a very contentious running of the Holiday Handicap, but she performed extremely well on that night. The daughter of Carters Cartel was fifth at the start and then came flying in the second half of the race to finish a half-length behind winner Viento Negro. One More Card has been second or better in four of five career starts.

Trained by Jaime Gomez, One More Card is from one of the most successful families in Quarter Horse racing. She’s a half sister to 2000 AQHA champion 2-year-old filly and Kindergarten Futurity winner Secret Card, Kindergarten winner Twin Spires, and Grade 1 Golden State Derby winner Docs Apollo. Out of the mare Docs First Card, One More Card is also a half sister to Kindergarten finalist Never Fold and stakes runner Docs First Cartel. One More Card will come into the race after posting a solid turn and work at 220 yards of :12.50 on January 10.

Owned by Ed Allred, Who Is Sylvia has been lights out since breaking her maiden on August 15. She won a conditioned allowance race on October 12, but did finish out of the money against the likes of PCQHRA Breeders Futurity runner-up A Goddess Thru Fire in the Corona Chick Handicap. She came back to post back-to-back victories when facing $20,000 and $25,000 claiming rivals. She figures to be a top contender in her second start in a stakes race.

Brayden Figueroa’s Its Tempting will go after her fourth win in a row following a pair of strong allowance victories. The daughter of champion Tempting Dash beat the previously undefeated Chowchilla Dream in her last start. Owned and bred by Balgo Racing Team Inc, Pink Berretta finished third in the Kindergarten final, but will be looking for her first top three finish since that outing. The daughter of Mr Eye Opener ran against a talented group in her last outing when finishing behind Grade 1 finalists Forget It and Wild Sixes Cartel and Viento Negro in a trial to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Felix Gonzalez trains Pink Berreta.

Lucky Seven Ranch’s Walk Around Blues and Nancy Scane’s Skinny Jeans, a pair of talented allowance winners in their most recent starts, recent allowance runner-up Laters Baby, and November 29th allowance winner The Perfect Love will complete the field.

The racing card will also feature allowance mares racing in the seventh race at 330 yards. Nerio Ruiz’s Tango In Cash, who competed in the Golden State Juvenile Invitational, and Holiday Handicap participant First Down Tiny Man will headline the field. Chris O’Dell, who trains First Down Tiny Man, will be busy on Saturday night, as he’ll also saddle Valiant Energy in her career debut in the sixth race, and the Walk Thru Fire mare Precious Energy in the fourth race. The two distaffers are half-sisters owned and bred by Parson Family Limited Partnership. Their dam is the Grade 1 winning mare Terrific Energy, who O’Dell trained to victories in the Charger Bar Handicap and Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap in 2009.