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Dutch Schultz tops list of El Primero qualifiers


March 25, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Dutch Schultz Fastest Qualifier
(photo by Orlando Gutirrez)
LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, CYPRESS, CA….  J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley’s Dutch Schultz easily posted the fastest qualifying time to the $152,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby after scoring a three-length victory over P.K. Thomas’ Lethal Bay in the second of two 400-yard trials Friday at Los Alamitos.

      With Cody Jensen handling the reins, Dutch Schultz covered the distance in :19.615 – nearly a 1/10th of a second faster than Lethal Bay. The latter ended up as the second fastest qualifier with Flyn GT, the winner of the other trial, finishing as the third fastest qualifier.

      Dutch Schultz and Lethal Bay will be facing each for the third time this year in the El Primero final on Friday, April 15. The two first met in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby, where Lethal Bay ran third to Dutch Schultz’s fifth place finish. They now figure among the betting favorites in the final.

      “Dutch Schultz will be tough in the final,” said Yearsley. “He had an off-night in the Winter final. He wasn’t himself at the end of that last race. I was a little concerned because he had the rail but he broke well and finished strongly.”

     Yearsley and Kelly are thoroughly enjoying their Quarter Horses, as they’ve won four races from their first eight starters this year. Trained by Paul Jones, Dutch Schultz has now accounted for two of those wins, which include the Cypress Handicap on New Year’s Day. Kelly has won an additional six races from 12 starters this season. 

      “There is a certain amount of risk involved when you run horses, so when things go right it is a ton of fun,” added Yearsley. “The breeding program that we developed a few years ago is coming to fruition thanks to homebreds like Dutch Schultz.”

       Also saddled by Jones, Lethal Bay covered the distance in :19.71. The Strawfly Special gelding, who finished sixth in the Los Alamitos Million last season, has hit the board in eight of his 10 career starts. Ramon Sanchez piloted him from the outside post seven.      

        Anjora Corporation’s Flyn GT edged Esmeralda Flores’ Special Crown Royal by a nose in a time of :19.85. Sanchez piloted the son of Chicks Beduino for trainer Juan Aleman.

       “(Flyn GT) is not a 400-yard horse,” Aleman said. “His best distances are 300 and 350 yards. They almost caught him at the gate but he managed to hold on. He is so quick out of the gate and that’ is his strength. He should be competitive in the final.”

       Flyn GT ran in two futurity finals last year, finishing third to champion Ocean Runaway in the Governor’s Cup Futurity and second to Heza Secret Diamond in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity.

      “Last year when he placed in those two futurities he has 31-1 and 17-1,” Aleman added. “That’s what racing is all about, the fastest qualifier or the big favorite do not always win. My horse is a tough horse and I think we have a good chance.”

       Aleman credits Flyn GT’s soundness for his ability to post strong efforts in stakes finals. “He is as sound as any horse that you’ll see. That’s why he can come back after running in the trials and surprise the field in the final. He just bounces back really well.”  

        Christian and Ru Anna Singletary’s Heza Secret Diamond finished fourth in the Dutch Schultz-trial but still managed to qualify with the sixth fastest time. The First Down Express gelding was making his first start since the Million trials on November 26.

       The complete list of qualifiers is as follows; Dutch Schultz (:19.615), Lethal Bay (:19.71), Flyn GT (:19.85), Special Crown Royal (:19.855), Aries Man (:19.925), Heza Secret Diamond (:19.97), Knud With Wings (:19.975), Ima Strawfly (:20.20), Walk With Rhythm (:20.25), and Corona Heat (:20.27).

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       Nancy Yearsley, who along with J. Garvan Kelly owns homebred Dutch Schultz, is the president of Yearsley Bloodstock Insurance, an equine insurance business with offices in Los Angeles and Lexington, Kentucky. She has been involved in Quarter Horse racing since the 1990s. Previously, she bred and raised Thoroughbreds going back to the 1980s.

         “The opportunities in Quarter Horse racing are fantastic compared to those in Thoroughbred racing. The stud fees in Quarter Horse racing are extremely affordable in comparison to the other breed, plus your chances to be part of some great races with great purses are a lot better. I don’t think the people involved in Thoroughbred racing know just how much fun the Quarter Horses really are, plus the people are just so nice.”

         In her years in Thoroughbred racing, Yearsley bred to a lot of stallions standing at the famed Ashford Stud. In Quarter Horse racing, Yearsley and Kelly have bred their mares to the likes of champions Corona Cartel, Separatist and Tres Seis.

        “I bred for commercial purposes when I was in the Thoroughbreds. With the Quarter Horses I breed to race them,” she added. “I am having a lot of fun.”

       “I own a horse insurance business and that’s how I’ve had the opportunity to do this,” Yearsley continued. “About three horses in every big race are horses that I’ve insured.”