Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Check N Fetch would not be denied in the running of the $25,000 Miss Princess Handicap for fillies and mares, as she led from start to finish en route to a powerful 1 ½ length victory on Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Paul Jones, Check N Fetch broke on top from post number four and quickly established a ¾ length advantage 100 yards into the race. She continued to extend her lead from there and was never challenged on the way to scoring her eight win in 16 career starts. The 5-year-old mare by Check Him Out earned $13,750 to take her lifetime bankroll to $73,183. Check N Fetch’s winning time of :17.257 in the Miss Princess is the fastest of the meet at 350 yards. The gray distaffer also finished second in the April 15 Native Empress Handicap in her previous start.
Angel Villalobos’ Queens R Blue earned $5,625 for her runner-up effort in the Miss Princess. The daughter of Shazoom, who was making only her second start of the year, was a solid allowance winner in her 2013 debut on January 6. Gregorio Arriaga piloted Queens R Blue for trainer Jaime Gomez.
Joleen Hales and Christian and Ru Anna Singletary’s Tres Of Linda earned $3,125 for finishing third. Tres Of Linda had previously won the Grade 2 Charger Bar Handicap and the Garden Grove Handicap this season. Attack The Cartel, Eyema Special Candy, Warm Form and Hollywood Mongoose completed the field.
Double Bar S Ranch’s Social Budderfly won her racing debut thanks to a wire to wire ¾ length victory in the third race for 2-year-old Quarter Horses on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The homebred filly by Carters Cartel out of Budderfly Effect covered the 300 yards in :15.598 with Cesar De Alba aboard for trainer Paul Jones. Budderfly Effect enjoyed success on the racetrack with a victory in the Northwest Juvenile Challenge and second place finishes in the Bitterroot Futurity and Dixie Downs Futurity. Budderfly Effect is also the mother of 2011 Golden State Million Futurity winner Igotyourtac and 2009 Kindergarten Futurity fastest qualifier Effectiveimmediately.
The sire Carters Cartel had another freshman winner on Sunday with Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s Alota Cartel. Making her second career start, the filly defeated a field of $16,000 maiden claimers in a time of :15.70. Santiago Mendez piloted Alota Cartel for trainer Guillermo Morales.
All-time leading Thoroughbred jockey Ramon Guce responded to a pair of riding triples by Alex Jimenez earlier this week with a triple of his own on Sunday night. Guce won both ends of the early Double with the Charles Treece-trained runners of Rachels Belle in the first and Richard Rosenberg’s Cut To The Front in the second. He added a third victory with the favorite Dockweiler, who races for a partnership and trainer Keith Craigmyle in the sixth. Guce moved back to the top of the Thoroughbred jockey standings thanks to his riding triple. He has 39 victories. Jimenez did pick up a win on Sunday evening with the favorite Lincecum in the fourth race to take his tally to 37 Thoroughbred wins this season.
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