Morning gate workouts for the 2-year-old Quarters Horses of 2015 kicked off Saturday morning at Los Alamitos with a flurry of promising juveniles posting the first of two required works they need prior to making a racing debut. Forty-nine 2-year-olds were credited with an official drill following Saturday’s morning workouts. Workouts for 2-year-olds will be held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at Los Alamitos with video clips of all available works to be posted at the track’s website losalamitos.com. All of Saturday’s works are available at here.
There were several 2-year-olds that caught the eye on Saturday morning headed by the five horses that shared the morning’s fastest clocking of :12.3. Owned by Jesus Nava and trained by Sergio Fiscal, Luv On The Run was among those that recorded a bullet work. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. L. Judd Morse, the colt by freshman sire Favorite Cartel showed tremendous acceleration in this drill and was full of run well past the wire. His mother is Luv In The Wind, who was also bred by Mr. and Mrs. L. Judd Morse. Luv In The Wind’s granddam is S.B. Burnett Estate’s Easy Jets Windi, who in between 1981 and 1983 was a five time allowance winner at Los Alamitos and a two time allowance winner during the Quarter Horse meets at Bay Meadows. Easy Jets Windi also competed in a total of seven stakes races at Los Alamitos. Even farther back, this family traces to W.J. Culbertson’s Flicka Hyloah, a stakes winner in the 1950 and a career winner of five races from 31 starts.
Luv On The Run is also a half-brother of Luv This Bar, the sixth place finisher in Blues Girl Too’s memorable victory in the 2006 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. That year’s Los Alamitos Two Million was the first to feature a $2 million purse and it featured one of its strongest fields ever. In addition to Blues Girl Too, who would be named AQHA World Champion the following year, the Los Alamitos Two Million field also included 2008 Champion of Champions winner and multiple champion Jess You And I, 2006 All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here, 2006 Ed Burke Million Futurity winner and champion FDD Dynasty, and Grade 1 winners A Stoli Mate and Trisk. Luv On The Run was purchased for $11,000 at last year’s Los Alamitos Equine Sale.
Owned and bred by Ed Allred and trained by Scott Willoughby, Sale Topper also posted a :12.3 clocking on Saturday morning. The son of Walk Thru Fire was repurchased for $24,000 at Los Alamitos Equine Sale. His mother is Special And Proud, a half-sister to AQHA champions Hawkish, Hawkinson and Flame And Flash, and 2014 PCQHRA Broodmare of the Year Look Her Over. The aforementioned Walk Thru Fire is one of the nation’s leading stallions as the sire of World Champion Last To Fire and champions Higher Fire, Separate Fire, Flame N Flash, and Pink Boots RM.
One of the last workout set of the morning featured the pair of Daring N Different and Kickin Seis for trainer Jose Flores. The two fillies delivered in a big way while sharing the spotlight after working evenly in a time of :12.3. Deleyco Race Team Corporation own the Tres Seis filly Kickin Seis, while Brad Hart will campaign the Valiant Hero filly Daring N Different.
Bred in Utah, Daring N Different is out of Daring Diversion, who finished third in the $35,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Stakes in 2004. Daring Diversion is out of Daring Difference, the winner of the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity and an earner of over $329,000 in her career. Her mother is the great producer Bedawee from the stock of Vessels Stallion Farm. Bedawee also produced Mr Eye Opener, the sire of All American Futurity winner Eyesa Special, and Miss Eye Opener, which is the mother of 1991 World Champion Special Leader. As for Kickin Seis, her dam is Kickin Escalation, who competed in the Juvenile Stakes in 2010.
Pedro Barbizan’s Perfectly Reasonable also posted a :12.3 drill on Saturday. The filly is by Good Reason SA, the winner of the Champion of Champions and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, and out of the Corona Cartel mare Corona Perfection. Perfectly Reasonable is a half-sister to Louisiana Senator, who won the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap, Grade 1 Leo Stakes, and Eastex Handicap during his tremendous 2011 season. Lousiana Senator was the runner-up in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby in 2009.
Other highlights from Saturday’s morning workouts included four other good looking juveniles sired by Good Reason SA. They included Senor Gianni, who posted a nice clocking of :12.4, and Give Me Sum Sugar, a filly out of PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner The Goodbye Kisser. Ed Allred’s Hot Looker is another promising juvenile that worked on Saturday. Sired by Walk Thru Fire and outo f Look Her Over, the filly worked 220 yards in :12.6. She’s a full sister to 2014 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner He Looks Hot. For more info on the 2-year-old workouts at Los Alamitos, please call 714-820-2690.