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All Kinds Of Kind, Stolin Diamond, Indie Anna head Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes final on Sunday night

February 17, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

Indie Anna sets the third-fastest qualifying time—350 yards in :17.826—from five trials to Sunday's Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Led by Double Bar S Ranch’s homebred filly All Kinds Of Kind, a field of nine sophomores are scheduled to compete in the $106,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on Sunday night, February 19, at Los Alamitos. Ten races are scheduled for Sunday with the Maiden Stakes slated as the fourth race. The card also features the running of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship.

To be ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Paul Jones, the Tac It Like A Man filly covered the 350-yard distance in :17.793 when posting the fastest qualifying time to the Maiden Stakes back on January 29. Horses are eligible to enter this race if they're maidens as of December 1, 2016.

(Note: go to for the complete trials report.)

All Kinds Of Kind came into the trials after breaking her maiden on December 2, one day after the deadline, and she also posted three straight runner-up efforts prior to winning for the first time. She’s certainly a filly on the rise.

"She's maturing," Jones said. "She's a big filly and she's starting to put things together. The number six horse in this race (Stolin Diamonds) was one of the toughest horses of the entire night and our filly didn't let him get past her. I'm really proud of this filly. She's not the fastest breaker and she's been silly in the gate early last year. She tried flipping in the gate one morning, but she's over doing things like that. She's getting better and better."

Lucky Seven Ranch's Sass You Blue, a half-sister to AQHA champion aged mare Sass Me Blue, also headline the Maiden Stakes after scoring a solid victory in the first trial of the night.

Sired by One Dashing Eagle and out of Jess Sass Me, Sass You Blue is also among the top contenders in the Maiden Stakes. Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Mike Casselman, Sass You Blue broke her maiden with a solid trial victory.

"She's just starting to learn how to put her talents to work," Casselman said. "She doesn't do much wrong, but she can be laid back and pretty quiet. She is a fast filly, but we asked Carlos to get her on her toes. She's a half-sister to Sass Me Blue and that's why Lucky Seven Ranch bought her from (consignor) Lazy E Ranch. She comes from a really is a great family. Their mother, Jess Sass Me, is a nice mare and a stakes winner at Los Alamitos."

Jess Sass Me was recently recognized with the prestigious AQHA Dam of Distinction award earned by producing multiple racing champions.

Andrea and Eddie Jensen’s Stolin Diamond, the fifth place finisher in the Wild West Futurity on October 23, Santos Montemayor’s Better Check Him Out, a PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist, and Maiden Stakes trial winner Indie Anna are among the other top runners in this event. Frozen Icon, Jess Enjoy Me, Newport Kind and Should Win are also entered.

Valley Farm and Indie Anna in the spotlight

Ed and Mary Johnson established Valley Farm, in 2010, but Quarter Horses have been part of Ed's life for a much longer time.

"I had the privilege of managing the great Go Man Go for three years when (AQHA Hall of Fame member) Harriett Peckham owned him," Johnson said. "Go Man Go is the best of all the great horses I've been around."

Johnson had a St Bar filly named Choir that qualified to the 1978 Golden State Futurity at Los Alamitos.

"We flew in Jerry Nicodemus to ride her in the final," he recalled final. "We didn't win the final, but I'm looking at her photo right now."

For 30 years, Ed did not own racehorses, but that love bug always remained. When the Johnsons started purchasing a few Quarter Horses a couple of years ago, they purchased their farm West of Fort Worth, Texas.

Valley Farm is now back in the spotlight in Southern California, as they’ll be represented by the talented Indie Anna in Sunday’s fourth race, the $106,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes. The Jess Zoomin filly posted the third fastest qualifying time of :17.826 when she broke her maiden in the trials on January 29 when facing PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist Better Check Him Out. Erasmo Gasca will ride Indie Anna for trainer Jose Flores from the outside post number nine. Valley Farm had previously enjoyed being part of the stakes action at Los Alamitos with the royally-bred runner Harems Last Dash.

"With Frank 'Scoop' Vessels and partners, we raced Southern California Derby winner Harems Last Dash," Johnson said. "The collective partners sold Harems Last Dash to George and Judy Weldon, who were also partners, after his racing career. We currently have five broodmares at the farm that we breed to outside stallions. We have one baby, a filly that was recently born by Favorite Cartel out of a daughter of Babe On The Fly named Desert Passage. That makes our filly a three-quarter sister to Little Talks."

Little Talks won the Golden State Million Futurity in 2015 and the PCQHRA Breeders Derby in 2016.

"We breed and raise our babies to sell, but we ended up keeping Indie Anna so we raced her," he added. "We named Indie Anna after Indigo Illusion, who is her great-granddam on both sides of the pedigree."

A superstar in the early 1980s, Indigo Illusion earned over $867,000 on the racetrack and won the Faberge Special Effort Futurity, Rainbow Derby and Vessels Maturity and twice participated in the Champion of Champions, finishing third and fourth in those appearances.

"(Indigo Illusion) won many stakes at Los Alamitos and other places, and was a champion," Johnson added. "There’s lots of Beduino in Indie Anna. I'm a pedigree wonk. It may not mean anything, but we're hoping it will play out."

Flores is also excited to see Indie Anna in action on Sunday night. “We've brought this filly along slowly and Valley Farm have been supportive and very patient with me," Flores said. "They told me to take my time with her and do things as needed. Some horses need more time to mature and become better racehorses. Indie Anna has been one of those horses and I really appreciate the owner's patience. She looked really good in the trials."

Valley Farm is worth watching at Los Alamitos in 2017. "We'll have some 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos this year for the trials to the Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million," Johnson added.