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Old Girl heads trials to La Primera Del Ano Derby

March 13, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

It’s been 20 years since Frank Nakamura’s outstanding filly Ah Sigh won the La Primera Del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos in 1995, which was the year after she won the Miss Kindergaten Futurity also at the Orange County oval. The lightning-quick filly would also go on to win that year’s Los Alamitos Derby and eventually the title of AQHA champion 3-year-old filly.

During her 2-year-old campaign, Ah Sigh was equally awesome. She won eight of nine races, including three futurities, and was also that year’s champion 2-year-old filly. Her victories in the Miss Kindergarten (the Kindergarten was split into male and female divisions from 1992 to 1994) followed by the La Primera made her the last filly to score that stakes double. Two decades later and Jose Arturo Flores’ Old Girl looks like she could be the first Kindergarten winner to also win the Grade 2 La Primera when she headlines the trials to the 400-yard race on Saturday, March 14, at Los Alamitos. First post is at 6:00 p.m.

Jose Arturo’s nephew, trainer Jose Flores, will saddle Old Girl when she makes her sophomore debut in the La Primera trials. The capture the La Primera when she heads the trials to this year’s Grade 2 La Primera Del Ano Derby on Saturday night. The filly by Stel Corona will be making her first start since running third to PCQHRA 2-year-old colt of the year BF Farm Boss in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on October 4. Old Girl finished her 2-year-old season with four wins from six starts highlighted by her 1¼-length win in the Kindergarten.

“I think she’ll need this race,” Jose Flores said. “If we are fortunate enough to qualify, I think she’ll be ready for the final.”

To be ridden by Cruz Mendez, Old Girl will start from post number five in the second of three trials. The fillies with the 10 fastest times will be back for the La Primera final on Friday, April 3. This trial will also feature Pink Berreta, who ran third in the Kindergarten last year, and Run By You, who was fifth in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.

The opening trial is an extremely tough heat, as it will feature PCQHRA Breeders Futurity runner-up A Goddess Thru Fire, who also won the Corona Chick Handicap last year, Ed Burke Million runner-up Oneapolliticalflight, and California Breeders Freshman Fillies Stakes winner Take A Look. The field will also feature Valiant Energy and Foo Who, who posted dominant victories in their most recent outings. Foo Who scored a 2¼-length victory against allowance horses in mid-December, while Valiant Energy broke her maiden by 1¾ lengths last month. Lavish Ivory, whose most impressive efforts last year included a daylight maiden win and a third place finish in a trial to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, will complete the field.

Francisco Vega’s Bac In Front is one of the top names in the third and final trial. She’s won three of her last four starts and has never finished out of the money in her seven-race career. Apollitical Legacy, who ran in the consolation stakes to the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Two Million, will also be in action in this trial.