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John Deere trials headline Saturday’s card at Los Alamitos

August 7, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ross and David Hinkins's RGR First To Fire by a nose over Mighty Fline in the $34,251 UQHRA Ed Giles Memorial Futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack on June 6
(photo by CDRP)
Trainer Paul Jones will saddle 10 of the 25 freshman sprinters that will compete in the trials to the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night, August 8, at Los Alamitos Race Track. The juveniles with the 10 fastest times will move on to race in the John Deere California regional final to be held here on Saturday, August 22. First post time for the nine race program is 7:10 p.m. local time.

Owned by Jones in partnership with Howard Nichols and Thompson Racing Inc., Kings Bridge is one of the marquee names in the trials. The Foose gelding has won his last three starts, including a neck victory in the trials to the Governor’s Cup Futurity on July 11. In addition, the Jones and Thompson-bred runner also won a pair of races by daylight earlier this year. Kings Bridge will be ridden by superstar jockey Ramon Sanchez in the second of three trials. Sanchez is back on the saddle after suffering a shoulder injury in a morning workout mishap in June. A winner of 1,748 Quarter Horse races, Sanchez will also pilot Jim Ivory and Kittyna for Jones in these trials.

Jones will saddle Ed Burke Million Futurity trial winner Foust in the first trial of the night. The gelding by Fantastic Corona Jr won a hotly contested Ed Burke trial by a nose before running sixth in the $25,000 Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes.

The horse to beat in the opening trial could be Jesus Nava’s Luv On The Run, who has posted a pair of tremendous victories among his four starts. He broke his maiden by a 1¼ lengths before winning an allowance test by a similar margin. Trained by Sergio Fiscal, Luv On The Run also ran third in the $25,000 California Breeders Freshman Stakes two weeks ago. Joaquin Melero’s Tellem Im Sweet, third in a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity, is another solid first trial contender.
The final heat is a wide open test headed by Ed Giles Futurity winner RGR First To Fire and recent winner Senor Gianni.