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April 24, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Highly regarded Snitching debuts on Saturday


Ronald Skeen and Fawna Knight's Snitching has been one of the stars during morning workouts this season. The 2-year-old gelding by Walk Thru Fire posted the fastest of 59 works at 220 yards on March 21 (:12.20) before posting a great looking drill in :12 flat, which was the fastest of 32 drills on April 7.

After these two tremendous works Snitching looks like the horse to beat when he makes his career debut in Saturday's eighth race at 300 yards. Bred by Ed Allred, Snitching will be ridden by Cesar De Alba from post number three for trainer Mark Skeen and his wife and assistant trainer Holly Skeen. "We bought him at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale and we've liked him since day one," Mark Skeen said. "Holly loved him the first day she (exercised him) and told Cesar that to get on him because he was a good one. He's been a nice horse since day. He acts like he's special. He acts like a professional and does whatever we ask him to do. The first time that we hand opened him out of the gate Cesar came back and said, 'wow, he's the real deal.' With all that said, we know how it can go with first time starters. Anything can happen. He has a chance to be a good one, but that's all it is right now, just a chance."

Snitching is eligible to compete in the following futurities: Ed Burke Million, Governor's Cup, PCQHRA Breeders, and Los Alamitos Two Million. Out of the mare Departing, Snitching is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Snitcher. Five others will also race.

Snitching's full sister, Jose Antonio Flores and Brad Hart's Shut Out, will also make her career debut in Saturday's ninth race for fillies. Cruz Mendez will pilot Shut Out, who posted the third fastest of 21 drills on April 9. The field for this race also features Muller Racing LLC's Shes A Temptation, a full sister to champion Tempting Dash and Grade 1 winner A Tempting Dash. Shez A Better Choice, a filly from the family of 870-yard legend Snowbound Superstar, will also race in the ninth. A total of seven fillies will compete in this 300-yard dash.

Derby finalists, top juveniles in action on Sunday


An allowance field headed by Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Walk The Catwalk and Grade 3 El Primero Del Ano Derby finalist Cold Cartel and a pair of wide open events for 2-year-olds will headline the racing action on Sunday night at Los Alamitos. First post for the eight-race card is 5:20 p.m.

Racing for Steve Burns and trained by Mike Casselman, Walk The Catwalk will come into the $11,025 allowance event at 350 yards as one of the horses to beat after winning at a similar level on March 28. The son of Walk Thru Fire won that allowance event thanks to a nice start and a strong rally in the final 100 yards. Previously, Walk The Catwalk had to settle for seventh place following a very troubled journey against a strong field in the Winter Derby Carlos Huerta will be aboard the colt from post one.

As troubled trips are concerned, Rosalinda Gonzalez’s Cold Cartel had a nightmare of a race in the El Primero, as the gelding finished last, but was moved up to ninth following a disqualification. Trainer Mario Garcia and jockey Santiago Mendez will hope for a clean journey this time around for the winner of an allowance race back on February 14. Symbol Of Freedom, Scuba Doo and Closing Time will also race.

Juveniles will be in action in races six and seven on Sunday. A group of 2-year-old fillies headed by EG High Desert Farms’ Share Builder will compete in the sixth race at 300 yards, while the boys will compete in the seventh at the same distance. Genetically Gifted, a half brother to champion Five Bar Cartel, will race from along the rail in the seventh. He’ll face JB Perry, a colt by Mr Jess Perry and out of PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Jumpn Beduino.