Trainer Paul Jones is thrilled with the depth and strength of the 3-year-od fillies in his current stable. Among the young fillies in his barn, Jones trains La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Revv Me Up, Governor’s Cup Derby winner Scoop Of Sunshine and Governor’s Cup finalist I Go Out Walkin and recent overnight handicap winners Significant Heart and Native Tea Rose just to mention a few.
Jones had another 3-year-old filly shine for his barn on Friday at Los Alamitos after Double Bar S Ranch’s Look Whos Running won the $15,000 Stylish Jess BR Handicap at 350 yards. Ridden by Cesar De Alba, the Corona Cartel filly posted a half-length victory over Abigail Kawananakoa’s 3-year-old filly Tres Queens in the race for 3-year-olds and upwards. Tres Queens was also saddled by the champion trainer, Jones.
“Look Whos Running and Tres Queens were the only 3-year-old fillies in the field and they finished 1-2,” Jones said. “It shows that by this time of the year 3-year-olds are able to take on and do well against older runners.”
Look Whos Running caught the eye in her last start on July 14 when she posted a 1 ½ length victory when facing allowance fillies on July 14. The homebred runner out of the broodmare Worth A Look was making her first start of the year in that allowance event. She won one of six starts last year.
“Double Bar S Ranch are doing well with their fillies this year,” Jones said. “They also own (Governor’s Cup runners) Scoop Of Sunshine and I Go Out Walkin. Abigail is also doing well with her 3-year-old fillies with Significant Heart, Native Tea Rose and Tres Queens.”
Look Whos Running earned $8,250 for the win to take her career earnings to $19,555. For Jones, he won four consecutive stakes races held at Los Alamitos. He won all three stakes races held at Los Alamitos during the week of August 16-18 thanks to Native Tea Rose in the Stel Corona Handicap, Thisfeatureisspecial in the Merial California Distaff Challenge and Jess Featureme Quick in the Bank of America California Championship Challenge. Look Whos Running gave him four straight Los Alamitos stakes victories. Jones’ streak ended after the Bret Vickery-trained SFR Stuck On You won the Adequan California Derby Challenge at 16-1 odds. Jones saddled Creole Williams to a third place finish in the Adequan.
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Tres Queens earned $3,375 for running second. Curlie Cue, the winner of the Junos Request Handicap last season, finished third. Zoomdasher, Feature Miss America and Tac Out completed the field.
Young rider Roberto Hernandez piloted his second ever Quarter Horse winner at Los Alamitos on Friday night after piloting Tom Close and Lee Thompson’s Boy Wonder to victory in the sixth race. Hernandez, 25, has been riding at Los Alamitos for the past few months after working as an exercise rider here.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to ride against jockeys like Rodrigo Aceves and Ramon Sanchez,” he said. “My goal is to ride at their level in the years to come.”