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Trials to the $140,000 Maiden Stakes on tap


February 8, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Who will be the next LDS Dash For Dylan? Fifty-two horses will compete in Saturday’s trials to the $140,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes at 350 yards with the horses with the 10 fastest times returning for the final on March 4. In order to be eligible to the Maiden Stakes a horse had to be a 2003 foal and been a maiden as of December 1.
     
LDS Dash For Dylan helped give the Maiden Stakes national notoriety last year after his victory in that race help kick start a campaign that featured wins in the Grade 1 Bayer Legend Challenge Championship, Grade 3 Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials, Grade 3 Northwest Derby Challenge and Old Habits Handicap. He also finished fourth in the Grade 1 Champion of Champions en route to being named PCQHRA champion 3-year-old gelding. Could there be another LDS Dash For Dylan among this year’s Maiden Stakes hopefuls?
        
Owned by drag racing legend Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, Mongoose Separatist headlines the first of six trial. The Separatist filly is a half-sister to 2004 champion aged horse, world record holder and multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Mongoose Jet Eye, who defeated the opposite sex in both the Vessels Maturity and The Championship at Sunland Park two years ago. Her younger sister will be facing males for the first time, however, she does enter this race after scoring an impressive ¾ length win on January 13. Guillermo Gutierrez will ride the gray filly for trainer Dennis Givens. The first trial will also feature Dennie Hill and Bill Rezzonico's Line of Authority, a half-brother to multiple champion, multiple Grade 1 winner and All American Futurity winner AB What A Runner. Line Of Authority has had a busy workout tab in his career, proven by his seven works since April 19. A true maiden, the son of Chicks Beduino has posted three drills since October 9.
    
The second trial is a wide-open event featuring Butte Crest Ranch Inc's Pdiddydash, Dutch Masters III’s Fire Finder and Hayden Brothers Ranch's Shes Sweet N Can Fly. Pdiddydash is by all-time leading stallion First Down Dash out of 1993 Governor's Cup Futurity winner Totally Illegal. She’s finished third in both of her starts. Fire Finder exits a fast maiden win on January 14 and now that Higher Fire is no longer owned by Dutch Masters III – she’s looking to establish herself as the top Walk Thru Fire filly in the barn. And speaking of Walk Thru Fire, Hayden Brothers Ranch's Shes Sweet N Can Fly is a half-sister to Walk Thru Fire. Bred by the Allred Bros, she's been competitive throughout her career.
   
Mike Ryan’s TR Special is one to watch in the third, as the lightly raced colt is a full-brother to 2001 All American Futurity winner Ausual Suspect and a half-brother to Grade 1 derby finalist Senior Solo. Ed Allred’s Go Thru Fire figures to do well after breaking her maiden by half-length on December 30. 12. Dennie and Kris Hill campaign Jesses Sixes, who ran fourth to qualifiers Make A Secret and First Wicked Lady in the trials to the All American Futurity.  The colt by Mr Jess Perry ran eighth in the All American Juvenile Stakes, which serves as the All American Futurity ‘consolation.’ Bret Vickery will saddle Jesses Sixes.
     
The Vickery-trained Im Alright Now, who enters this race after running third to Furious Dasher in the 550-yard Super Bowl Handicap, will head the fourth division of the Maiden Stakes trials. The Strawfly Special colt remains a maiden but he’s hit the board in four of six career starts. Paul and Marin Jones' Bugsy Beduino is a two-time winner since the December 1 deadline. One of his wins came at the allowance level, so that makes him one to watch in the trials. Mongoose Hawkette, who ran second at the allowance level in her last start, will also represent McEwen.
     
Leading rider Cody Jensen will pilot Getermovin for his father, Leon Jensen, in the fifth trial. A gelding by Maknmoves, Getermovin ran second in a futurity consolation in Wyoming and was runner-up in a maiden race at Laurel Brown. Allred’s Fleetly and Charlie Patterson and Marcus Smith's Jess Linda Te will also get reacquainted in this trial. Fleetly has never been out of the money in her seven career starts, breaking her maiden back on January 6. Jess Linda Tee, who is out local stakes winner Linda Te Chick, ran second to Fleetly in that race. 
    
The only undefeated horse in the trials – Rutilo Romero’s Czech Ala Susan - heads the final trial. The Corona Czech filly has posted victories by 1 ¼ and 1 ½ lengths and most recently allowance rivals in a 350-yard time of :17.46.  Hector Jaime Hernandez, who is winning races at a 33% clip, trains her.  Czech Ala Susan is definitely one of the top contenders to qualify. Salvador Pimienta's Fascination Gal, a half-sister to 2004 champion aged stallion Buccaneer Beach, will also compete in this trial. She ran to Czech Ala Susan back on January 8.