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Fervents Dynasty keeps shining, posts fastest time to Governor’s Cup Derby

July 11, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Fervents Dynasty sets the fastest qualifying time—400 yards in :19.917—from three trials to the Governor's Cup Derby
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Bruce and Jill Thompson’s Fervents Dynasty continues her solid 2016 campaign by posting the fastest qualifying time in Sunday’s trials to the $200,000 Governor’s Cup Derby at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Minor Arana for trainer Juan Aleman, Fervents Dynasty won the third and final trial of the evening in a 400-yard time of :19.917. For the year, the filly by FDD Dynasty has now won twice and finished second in her other start. The filly went winless in four starts in 2015. That’s a thing of the past. She’ll now go into the Governors’ Cup Derby as the fastest qualifier following her half-length victory over Ron Skeen and Fawna Knight’s Snitching, which finished as the third fastest qualifier of the night.

“The filly felt great and I’m thankful for this opportunity,” said Arana, who was enjoying perhaps the most important victory of his riding career. “The stumbled just slightly at the start, but she recovered fast and finished strong.”

A native of Guatemala, Arana began riding professionally in October of 2014. He picked up his first career victory in November of 2014. Prior to riding, Arana groomed horses for five years. He then spent two years as an exercise rider, but his dream was always to be a jockey. Fervents Dynasty is a half-sister to Paul Ford Handicap winner Sweet TR and allowance winner Enblaze. She was bred by CM Quarter Horses LLC.

Martha Wells’ Chicks Fayvorite won his trial in the second fastest qualifying time of :19.988 and like Fervents Dynasty, he’s a half-sibling to a Los Alamitos stakes winner.

“This is Forrest Fire’s half-brother by Favorite Cartel,” Wells said. “Chicks Fayvorite looks a lot like his mom (Chicks Tell) and I can see a lot of Forrest in there. I’m really excited that we’re going further (400 yards). That’s really super. I also bred the horse that ran second (to Chicks Fayvorite), Zendaya. I’m really happy.”

Ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Paul Jones, Chicks Fayvorite improved his career record to four wins in 13 starts. This is also his third derby final after qualifying to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby and El Primero Del Ano Derby. Chicks Fayvorite came into this race after enjoying an allowance victory on May 7.

Parsons Family Limited Partnership’s Thermonuclear Energy recovered from a troubled start to win the opening trial by an impressive 1 ¼ lengths. The Walk Thru Fire filly was sixth after a rough beginning, but quickly accelerated to take the lead. She never looked back on the way to an easy victory in her first start since winning the $30,000 Los Alamitos Invitational Stakes on December 13. Thermonuclear Energy has won four of eight career starts and has always finished in the top three. Rodrigo Aceves rode Thermonuclear Energy to the sixth fastest time of :20.099 for trainer Chris O’Dell. The filly will be looking to duplicate the accomplishment of her half-brother Terrific Synergy, as he won the 2012 Governor’s Cup Derby.

“She likes a lot of ground and we’re glad she had 400 yards in this race,” O’Dell said. “We wanted to bring her along slow. We have a few other derbies coming up. We picked this race for her comeback. We’ll see how she comes back. She got bumped around pretty good, but I didn’t see any cuts or anything.”

O’Dell also qualified 2015 Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Phoebes Dynasty. He’ll be looking to become the first horse to sweep the Governor’s Cup Futurity and Derby since Hot Hitter in 2010-11. He finished as the ninth fastest qualifier.

Long Beach Handicap winner Zendaya finished as the fourth fastest qualifier following her effort to Chicks Fayvorite. Sale Topper, which ran in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last year, ran third behind Fervents Dynasty and Zendaya and finished as the seventh fastest qualifier. Here’s the complete list of qualifiers: Fervents Dynasty (:19.917), Chicks Fayvorite (:19.988), Snitching (:20.026), Zendaya (:20.033), Unclaimed Dividend (:20.070), Thermonuclear Energy (:20.099), Sale Topper (:20.122), Makin Moments (:20.141), Phoebes Dynasty (:20.16o), and Checkn Fire (:20.165).