Dutch Masters III’s Diamonds N Dynasty (left) scored a solid half-length victory over Janet McKinnerney’s Meia Corona in Saturday’s fifth race for fillies to give trainer Jaime Gomez his third win of the meet with his 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos.
Friday was the first night of 2-year-olds racing at the Orange County oval and Gomez saddled two of the four winners on the night thanks to She Forgives and Texcoco. The trainer continued his good start with freshman sprinters on Saturday, as Diamonds N Dynasty led from start to finish while covering the 300 yards in :15.614. Jockey Rodrigo Aceves piloted the brown filly. Bred by Gomez, Diamonds N Dynasty is a filly by FDD Dynasty out of the Corona Cartel mare Awholelotofattitude. The winning filly came into this race following a terrific :12.10 drill at 220 yards on March 30. Her workout was the fourth fastest of 71 drills that morning.
The most eye-catching victory by a 2-year-old so far this season came courtesy of Jim Hanson and Cesar Lopez’s Bad Fast, who scored a 3 ¼ length win in the seventh race on Saturday. Facing a field of fillies, the filly by No Secrets Here flew out of the gate from the outside and had a two length advantage at the midway point of the race. A graduate of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, Bad Fast continued to fly from there on the way covering the 300 yards in :15.543 with jockey Leonardo Gonzalez aboard.
“She didn’t run as fast as some of the times on Friday night, but it looked like there was a head wind during her race,” Hanson said.
According to the Equibase chart, the seventh race featured a seven mile per hour crosswind.
“She’s cat quick. She’s been real quick in the morning workouts. Leonardo did a lot of the work with her in the mornings and we gave him the opportunity to ride her tonight,” Hanson added. “When we trained Bad Fast on the backside, she’s acted like she’s scared of other horses. For her first qualifier she started from the inside post and she had to deal with the rail. The next time we gave her a workout we started her between two horses to use them as bumpers for her. She drew the outside post for this race and maybe that stressed her out at the beginning. It looked like she came out a little bit early on, but then she took off.”
Paul Jones and Thompson Racing Inc’s Foose Is Loose won the remaining event for 2-year-olds on the night with a solid ¾ length victory in the evening’s eighth race. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Foose Is Loose covered the 300 yards in :15.795.
“It was a good first start and a good experience,” said owner Terry Thompson. “He’s posted two good works preparing for his debut. In his first workout he was conscious of the horse working next to him. In his second work, he was going along and when the other horse got next to next to him he was aware of his presence. This experience will help him a lot. We wanted him to show some talent in this race while doing everything right. It did look like he lost hind legs at the break, but Ramon said he asked him for more a couple of times and the horse responded right away. Ramon wrapped him up the rest of the way.”
Trained by Paul Jones, Foose Is Loose is a colt by Foose out of the 2008 La Pacifica Handicap winner Shescheckinumout. J. Francisco Diaz’s Feelin Fly finished second at odds of 24-1. Hanson, Chapple and Dunn’s McGraw finished third.