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39 to race in Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes trials on Sunday


January 27, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

Santos Montemayor’s PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist Better Check Him and two-time Arizona stakes runner-up Frozen Icon are among the 39 sophomores scheduled to compete in the trials to the $106,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on Sunday night, January 29. Five trials at 350 yards are on tap, with the horses with the 10 fastest times advancing to the final to be held on February 19. Horses are eligible to compete in the Maiden trials if they are maidens as of December 1, 2016. Since that deadline, nine have gone on to visit the winner’s circle.

To be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Juan Aleman, Better Check Him Out has yet to win a race in four career starts, but he made the field to the $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity when running second in the trials to Thirty Six Curls. The Foose gelding is in action in the fourth trial of the night, facing a field that also includes Angel Hernandez’s Fire Is Blue, who has hit the board in four career starts.

Martha Wells’ Frozen Icon ran in three futurities in Arizona, including a second place finish in the Turf Paradise Futurity for trainer Matt Fales. The Texas Icon filly makes her Los Alamitos debut when she races in the second trial versus Wayne Shizuru’s First Royal Tearoses, who ran third in a trial to the Ed Burke Million Futurity.

The opening trial features Lucky Seven Ranch’s Sass You Blue, who hit the board in a pair of Grade 1 futurity trials. Trained by Mike Casselman, Sass You Blue was third in her Golden State Million trials and Los Alamitos Two Million trial. Carlos Huerta will ride the One Dashing Eagle filly.

Terry Knight, now conditioning Quarter Horses for Legacy Ranch after the retirement of trainer Denny Ekins, will saddle Epic Empire in the third trial of the evening. The Tres Seis gelding faces Veronica Hernandez’s Commando 626, a third-place finisher in a trial to the Two Million.

Wild West Futurity finalist Stolin Diamond races in the fifth and final trial with a field also featuring Mr Tempting, All Kinds Of Kind, and more.

The trials begin with race #6 at 7:25 p.m. local (Pacific) time. First post is at 5:05 p.m. local time.