Abigail Kawananakoa’s Significant Heart is now a perfect two for two during her sophomore season following an easy ¾ length victory in the $16,000 Lanty’s Jet Overnight Handicap for 3 and 4 year-old fillies on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Significant Heart flew out of the gate from post number one and never looked back on the way covering the 350 yards in :17.444. The daughter of Corona Cartel had previously scored a similar ¾ length win when breaking her maiden on May 17.
“She probably won this race at the break,” Sanchez said. “She got a little nervous when some of the other horses in the gate started moving around, but she eventually relaxed and then took off when the gates opened.”
“In her first jump she was already a length ahead of the field,” Jones added. “She just flew out of there. When I worked her and she posted a :17.80 (on May 2) I was impressed. I worked her next to Tres Queens, who is a good filly, and Significant Heart beat her by a length. Then in her first start, she finished first in a time of :15.33 against a head wind and I was impressed again. We decided to take a shot by entering her against some tough older mares in this handicap race and she looked pretty good. She’s sound and healthy and I’m happy with the way she’s going.”
Significant Heart earned $8,800 for this win to take her career record to $20,657. Significant Heart qualified to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity after running third in her trial race last year. Her career record now stands at two wins from seven career starts.
Steve Burns’Attack The Cartel earned $3,600 for finishing second in the Lanty’s Jet to take her lifetime record to $47,870. Attack The Cartel won the Native Empress Handicap earlier this year and was second in the Garden Grove Handicap. Anna MacPherson’s Annas Babe ran third with Warm Form, Tiny Taz, Curlie Cue and Surfers Dream completed the field. Eyema Special Candy was scratched.