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Talented fillies in action this weekend at Los Alamitos

February 26, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

One Prompt JJ wins the Idaho Cup Futurity on August 8, 2014, at Les Bois Park
(photo by Gene Wilson and Associates)

Florentine Handicap

Jorge Navarro's One Prompt JJ, the winner of the $32,000 Idaho Cup Futurity last year, looks to score her first victory at Los Alamitos when she faces a group of fillies in the feature event on Friday, February 27—the $15,000 Florentine Handicap at 330 yards.

Bred by Mark and Peggy Brown, One Prompt JJ was one of the top fillies in the Intermountain circuit last year after winning five of her seven starts there. The daughter of Jesse James Jr broke her maiden in her career debut when she scored a half-length victory in the second division of the Emmett Futurity. She went on to finish third in the $39,900 Knight Transportation Futurity and fourth in the Grade 3 $150,000 Bitterroot Futurity, both of which were held at Les Bois Park. One Prompt JJ's last start at Les Bois Park was her daylight win in the Idaho Cup.

One Prompt JJ has remained very competitive in all of her local starts. She was second in a trial to the Wild West Futurity and third to the highly regarded A Goddess Thru Fire in the Corona Chick Handicap. In her last start, she overcame a trouble start to finish fourth in a trial to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby. Cruz Mendez will pilot her in the Florentine for trainer Jose Flores.

Four of the other five fillies in the race exit the Garden Grove Handicap held on January 17. The Perfect Love had the highest finish of the four in the Garden Grove, finishing in fourth place. Its Tempting entered the Garden Grove with a three-race win streak, but she had very troubled trip and was never in contention while running in sixth place. Who Is Sylvia and Laters Baby also endured very troubled trips in the Garden Grove and finished in fifth and eighth place, respectively. Double Bar S Ranch's Jess Cuz completes the field, making her first start since running third in a trial to the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on January 31.

Elan Again Handicap

Leonardo and Javier Olmos’ The Streakin Clean has posted four consecutive in-the-money finishes in stakes races at Los Alamitos. The Arizona-bred could make it five straight, as she appears to be the one to beat in Saturday’s $15,000 Elan Again Handicap at 330 yards.

To be ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Jaime Gomez, The Streakin Clean began her streak of top three stakes finishes when she finished third to 2014 AQHA champion aged mare Significant Heart in the Las Damas Handicap last November. The Streakin Clean picked up her first local stakes win thanks to a sizzling victory in the Hawkish Handicap at 100 yards before running second to 2014 PCQHRA champion 3-year-old filly Quirky in the Charger Bar Handicap and then third to Unchangeable in the Cypress Handicap. The Streakin Clean runs from post three in the Elan Again.

Alberto Valdes’ Ronas Runner was second by a head to The Streakin Clean in the Hawkish Handicap. The Corona Cartel mare will now look to score her first Los Alamitos stakes victory when she starts from the outside post seven in the Elan Again. The mare has finished first or second in seven of her 11 career starts. Her best efforts include a 1¼-length allowance win last August and a ½-length victory in a trial to the Los Alamitos Super Derby last year. Mario Loza will saddle the mare, which’ll be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio.

The rest of the field will include Grade 1 Southern California Derby finalist Zigfield Follies and California Gurl, who are both from the barn of Paul Jones. The trainer needs one more stakes win for his 300th at Los Alamitos. Girls Can Fly, Mrs Pickens and Bearing A Secret will complete the field.