Trainer Paul Jones looks poised to have a strong year in the futurity division at Los Alamitos based on the first four days of morning workouts posted by 2-year-olds. On Saturday, March 10, Jones unveiled several impressive juveniles including Perfectly Reasonable, Senor Gianni, and Give Me Sum Sugar. On Tuesday, March 12, Jones sent out Free Swinger, the top seller at the 2014 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, and Kings Bridge to two of the morning’s fastest workout times.
His barn continued its strong early showing on Saturday, March 14, as Howard Nichols’ Favorite Kiss had the fastest of 28 workouts after covering the 220 yards in :12.3. With Cesar De Alba aboard, Favorite Kiss worked from the inside post against another good looking filly by the name of Tempting Diva. The latter stumbled at the start, but she recuperated and went on to finish the work impressively in a time of :12.8.
Favorite Kiss, a filly by Favorite Cartel out of The Goodbye Kisser, is a half sister to the previously mentioned 2-year-old Give Me Sum Sugar. Their mother, The Goodbye Kisser, never missed the board in nine career outings and won the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and John Deere California Juvenile Challenge in 2010. She also finished second in the 2011 Los Alamitos Winter Derby before finishing her career with six victories and $283,110 in earnings. Tempting Diva is the daughter of 2009 champion 2-year-old colt Tempting Dash and the mare The Long Straw, who ran in the Manor Downs Derby and Retama Park Derby in 2006. Tempting Diva is a half sister to Kindergarten Futurity finalist The Cartel Straw.
Other 2-year-olds that work on Saturday for the champion trainer included Much Better Reason, a half-brother to Vessels Stallion Farm’s 2010 Los Alamitos Million Futurity winner One Quick First Down, Mr PYC To You, an Oklahoma-bred colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon, and Tell Jess, a colt by One Sweet Jess and out of 2010 PCQHRA Champion Broodmare Chicks Tell. Much Better Reason and Tell Jess worked evenly together in a time of :12.5 with Tell Jess leaving the gate from the inside post and Much Better Reason from the outside post. Mr PYC To You worked 220 yards in :12.4 from the outside post.
Trained by Jose Flores, S-Quarter K LLC’s Ima Fearless Hero was one of the morning standouts after in :12.5 from the inside post. Sired by Valiant Hero and out of Dasha Freda, the colt is a half-brother to 2014 champion 2-year-old colt Heza Dasha Fire, who earned nearly $1 million last year while winning the Ed Burke Million Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity, while also racing in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Ima Fearless Hero is also a half-brother to Fearless And First, who qualified to the Governor’s Cup Futurity, Governor’s Cup Derby and PCQHRA Breeders Derby.
Another impressive baby on Saturday morning was Ed Allred’s Just Another Hit, who posted a :12.4 drill for trainer Scott Willoughby. The Walk Thru Fire filly is out of Chickasis. Just Another Hit is a full sister to the likes of multiples stakes winner Hot Hitter and a half sister to multiple stakes winner Hard Hitting.
On Thursday, March 12, the spotlight belonged to a pair of 2-year-olds trained by Yanet Rodriguez by the name of Walk Thru Crystal and Jess Ravin after posting a :12.5 clocking in their respective drills. A filly by Walk Thru Fire, Walk Thru Crystal worked from the outside post in the morning’s first work, with Jess Ravin also drilling from the inside post later that morning. Sired by Corona Cartel, Jess Ravin is a full sister to Jess Cuervo, a winner of seven of 21 career starts and earnings of $298,073. Jess Cuervo won the 2013 Lovingston Stakes and was third in the 2011 Rainbow Futurity and sixth in that year’s All American Futurity. Jess Ravin is also a half sibling of Paintyourownwagon, the winner of the 2010 Kansas Jackpot Futurity.
Out of the multiple Los Alamitos stakes finalist Corona Crystal, Walk Thru Crystal is a full sister to both Crystal Sola, who ran in the 2009 Los Alamitos Two Million, and to Captain Planet, who ran in last year’s PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. Crystal Sola was also the winner of the 2009 John Deere Oklahoma Juvenile Challenge, runner-up in the 2010 Remington Park Derby and a finalist to that year’s Heritage Place Derby.
To view all of Saturday's workouts click here. Morning workouts will continue at Los Alamitos on Tuesday, March 17, Thursday, March 19, and Saturday, March 21. Losalamitos.com will feature videos of all available 2-year-old works. For more info, please call 714-820-2690.