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Dutch Schultz wins El Primero final

April 22, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Dutch Schultz with Cody Jensen aboard for trainer Paul Jones,
(photo by Los Alamitos photo)
Los Alamitos Race Course--J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley’s already outstanding year got a whole lot better after Dutch Schultz posted a stakes record victory in the $152,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos.

With Cody Jensen aboard for trainer Paul Jones, Dutch Schultz covered the 400-yards in :19.54, a clocking that lowered the previous stakes mark shared by Takin On The Cash and Dash Ta Fame of :19.62. Dutch Schultz, a homebred bay gelding out of Holland Ease and Sky Chicks, earned $63,882 for his half-length victory over Aries Man in the El Primero.

Dutch Schultz’s career bankroll now stands at $220,629. This was his second stakes win of the year following his score in the Cypress Sophomore Handicap on January 1. The sprinter named after the famous New York gangster also finished third in the Golden State Million last year and was fifth in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby earlier this year.

For the owners, the winner’s circle has been a familiar place in 2005. Kelly has visited the photo spot 11 times – six on his own and five with Yearsley as his partner – from 22 starters this year. No other Quarter Horse owner has won more races than Kelly at this meeting with Dutch Masters III being the other operation with 11 triumphs in 2005.

“I guess you can say that we are king and queen for a day,” said Kelly, as he stood next to Yearsley, after enjoying the El Primero. “We have concentrated our horses for this winter meet. Our horses were fresh this winter and they took advantage of the situation. We’ve sent a lot of them home now – Dutch Schultz will probably get a break now that has won this race. But we’ll be back for the summer and fall.”

Dutch Schultz will likely travel to Ruidoso Downs before heading back to the Golden State for races like the Los Alamitos Super Derby. “We expect (champion) Ocean Runaway to run in the All American Derby trials and we want another shot to run against him,” said Kelly referring to Muller Racing LLC’s superstar colt. “Dutch Schultz gave Ocean Runaway the race of his life in the Golden State Million last year. When you have a pretty good horse like Dutch Schultz he deserves to run against the best and Ocean Runaway is definitely the best around.”

While a possible meeting with Ocean Runaway could be in the future for Dutch Schultz, the joy of the El Primero was still fresh in everybody’s mind in the winner’s circle.

“Cody has our horse’s number,” Yearsley said. “We knew our horse had a chance in this race if he could get out of the gate.”

“Cody had a great race with him in the Cypress Handicap but he didn’t ride in the Winter Derby trials or final,” Kelly added. “Saul Ramirez had done a great job riding our horse in the past but we felt that the horse needed a change and that’s what Cody provided.”

Jensen, who defeated Dutch Schultz when he rode One More Habit in the Winter Derby, did not take any of the credit for the win.

“Dutch Schultz won the race because of the great job of headman Jason Hart in the starting gate,” Jensen said. “Dutch Schultz wanted to act up in there but Jason did a heck of job getting him to relax. I hit him a couple of times left-handed during the race but that was it.”

As exciting as having a horse like Dutch Schultz has been for Kelly and Yearsley, the partners can’t wait to see the what Dutch Schultz’s little brother will do later this year.

“His name is Spike It And Fly and we are very high on him,” Kelly explained.

“He is a three-quarter brother to Dutch Schultz,” Yearsley added.

“Spike It And Fly will be getting here next week and we are going to point him to the Ed Burke Million and the other Bonanza races. He is a son of Corona Cartel and of course Corona Cartel is by Dutch Schultz’s sire, Holland Ease,” Kelly added.

For Yearsley, anything with four legs out of the broodmare Sky Chicks is special. “She is the first Quarter Horse that I ever owned,” she said. “She qualified to the first ever Los Alamitos Million and now she’s given us our first major stakes winner in the Dutch Schultz. I feel like she’s taken me full-circle.”

“We also have a Stoli yearling out of her and a Tres Seis foal that’s only five to six weeks old,” Kelly said.

I guess you could say the Sky is the limit with the Kelly/Yearsley partnership in the years ahead. Of course, Paul Jones continues to set the bar at Los Alamitos and the El Primero was no different. The trainer, who already this year has won the Winter Championship and Winter Derby, pulled the trifecta in the El Primero as he also saddled runner-up Aries Man for Billy Absher and Leland Decker and third place finisher Special Crown Royal for A Regal Choice Inc.

“Arias Man ran a heck of a race and he finished strongly tonight,” Jones said. “Special Crown Royal was fighting for the lead right from the start but he got caught at the end. I am still happy with his effort.

“I had six horses in this race but there were still four pretty good horses trying to beat us tonight,” Jones said. “To finish first, second and third in a graded derby, that’s a pretty good accomplishment. I am a very competitive person and I want to win every race, whether it is a $2,000 claiming race or a stakes race. There’s no better feeling in this world than going in the winner’s circle to have your picture taken.”

Aries Man earned $25,827 for running second, while Special Crown Royal picked up a check for $18,252 for his third place finish. Christian and Ru Anna Singletary’s Heza Secret Diamond, the winner of the Ed Burke Futurity last year, earned $10,647 for running fourth. Knud With Wings, Ima Strawfly, Lethal Bay, Flyn GT, Walk With Rhythm, and Corona Heat completed the field.