Four races at 300 yards featuring Quarter Horse freshman sprinters highlighted the racing action on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. Benny Rossett’s homebred filly Jabulani Secrets won her racing debut in strong fashion, as the brown filly posted a half-length victory over Dunn Ranch’s Khaleesi in the second race of the night. Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Paul Jones, Jabulani Secrets covered the distance in :15.725 while winning at odds of 2-1.
Jabulani Secrets is the daughter of the stallion No Secrets Here and the broodmare Strength In Numbers, who both were campaigned by Rossett. Racing for Rossett and Vessels Stallion Farm, No Secrets Here won the All American Futurity in 2006. Rossett’s Strength In Numbers won the 2007 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. Jabulani Secrets broke just a step behind the early leaders, but quickly took command of the lead on the way to her maiden win. She entered this race after posting a solid :12.20 drill on April 13.
Martha Wells enjoyed a nice weekend of racing at Turf Paradise and also at Los Alamitos. On Friday afternoon, Wells’ homebred Phone Tag won the $44,275 AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity at Turf Paradise at 300 yards under the guidance of former local rider Jorge Bourdieu. On Saturday evening, Wells was in the winner’s circle at Los Alamitos after her 2-year-old gelding Inpursuit won the sixth race of the night for $16,000 claiming 2-year-olds.
“I’ve been going back to Arizona for a lot of years for the President’s Futurity and this is the first time that I’ve won it,” Wells said. “It was extremely exciting. Phone Tag and Inpursuit were pasture mates growing up so it’s pretty special to see them win on back-to-back nights. I’ll take a win whenever I can get it.”
Phone Tag is a Separatist gelding out of the Hawkinson mare Hope To Cope. He won the President’s Open Sprint Futurity at odds of 10-1. Meanwhile, Inpursuit is a son of Stel Corona out of the mare Lookin And Dashin. Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga and saddled by Dan Francisco, Inpursuit stopped the clock in :15.973.
Racing for San Gregorio Racing Stable, Inc., the Separatist gelding Masherati B led every step of the way while crossing the finish line a half length in front of Tony Doughtie’s Streakit Dasher. Bred by Bielau Oaks, Masherati B covered the distance in :15.757 for jockey Eduardo Nicasio and trainer Jose De La Torre.
“He’s one of the horses that I thought could do well in his debut,” De La Torre said. “He worked with a filly that (track announcer and morning line maker) Ed Burgart likes a lot by the name of Mistic Rose. She looks like she could be special, but this horse has also shown a lot of talent. He jumped out of the gate tonight, but recuperated quickly and ran well. He comes from the good female family of Go Together.”
Go Together, the 1970 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly, is the granddam of Ed Allred’s late blue hen mare Jetsetting Girl. She produced the stakes winner Bridlewood and the multiple Grade 1 stakes placed runner Gulfstream Five, plus She Travels, who is the dam of Masherati B.
Linda Cannon’s Stel Hawk won the final race for freshman sprinters on the night as the heavy 1-2 favorite. Trained by Charles Treece and ridden by De Alba, the gelded son of Stel Corona posted a solid ¾ length victory over John Andreini and Vince Genco’s Secret Lips in a time of :15.760. Bred by Steve Burns, Stel Hawk came into this race after posting a :12.10 workout at 220 yards that was the fastest of 20 drills on April 11.
“He’s been good all along,” Treece said. “I was going to qualifying one more time, but I stopped myself. I thought that he was ready to go. Cesar De Alba loves this horse. He said that the horse never gets hot or throws a fit. He’s not in a lot of stakes races, but he is eligible to run in the Governor’s Cup Futurity and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.”
Cannon was part of the partnership that won the 2008 Governor’s Cup Futurity and 2009 Governor’s Cup Derby with freshman sire Hard Hitting.
Felix A Gonzalez’s won a $12,010 conditioned allowance event for 3-year-olds with the 16-1 longshot A Mere Touch on Saturday evening. Gonzalez also won an allowance on Friday night with Fire Boom. Ridden by Santiago Mendez for trainer Jose Antonio Moreno, A Mere Touch broke sharply from post four and remained strong on the way to a half-length victory in a time of :15.548 at 300 yards. The son of Swingin Jess was making his first start since running fifth in a trial to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby to eventual winner Remembering Spence. A Mere Touch earned $6,435 for the win. Juan Humberto Moya’s Eye Dash On earned $2,632 for finishing second.