Just a few days after wrapping up a weekend in which he saddled the fastest qualifiers to both the La Primera Del Ano Derby and El Primero Del Ano Derby, trainer Jaime Gomez was busy unveiling a good looking group of freshman sprinters during morning workouts on Tuesday, March 17 at Los Alamitos.
Gomez had 10 freshman runners work 220 yards on Tuesday and many of them looked like ones to watch in the upcoming futurity campaign. On breeding alone, Docs Best Card is a headliner, as the 2-year-old colt is by the legendary Corona Cartel and out of the tremendous producer Docs First Card. Throw in a sharp looking workout of :12.5 and the Gomez-owned runner is certainly a potential star in the stable. Docs Best Card is a half brother of champion and Kindergarten Futurity winner Secret Card, Kindergarten winner Twin Spires, Golden State Derby winner Docs Apollo, and current sprinter One More Card.
Leaving the gate from the outside post, Docs Best Card worked alongside Dutch Masters III’s Thru The Night on Tuesday. The latter, who posted a time of :12.6, is out of Golden State Derby and La Primera Del Ano Derby finalist Night Lines. Other juveniles to watch from Gomez’s barn include Bobby Cox’s Carnegie Haul, an Oklahoma bred colt by Corona Cartel. From 26 freshman that worked on Tuesday, Carnegie Haul tied for the fastest time of :12.4 after breaking from the inside post. Antonio Fernandez Chedraui’s No Changes worked with Carnegie Haul and posted a time of :12.5 from the outside post. No Changes is a half brother of Ed Burke Million Futurity runner-up and Cypress Handicap winner Unchangeable. No Changes’ mother is Hard Lining, who is a sister of stakes winners Hot Hitter, Hard Hitting, and Lassen County.
The morning also featured works by Luis Mariscal’s Miss Special Regard, who posted a bullet work of :12.4, and Sochi 14, from the family of Los Alamitos Million Futurity finalist Hawkins Cash and Ed Burke Million finalist Rocco Rojo.
Lila Kessinger’s Love Ya KK, named in honor of her late husband, racehorse owner and breeder Kim Kessinger, worked nicely in :12.5 from the inside post for trainer Mike Casselman. The filly by First Down Dash and out of Love Ya Miss Jess is a full sister to All American Futurity and Derby finalist Lotta Love For Robyn and Goveror’s Cup Derby finalist Env. Casselman also worked two sharp looking runners in the form of Little Talks (:12.4 from inside post) and Cazadores (:12.6 from outside post). Owned by Steve Burns, Cazadores is by Walk Thru Fire and out of Separate Tac, which ran second in the Rainbow Derby and also qualified to the Ruidoso Futurity and All American Derby. The Casselman-trained Cazadores is a half-brother of Native Empress Stakes winner Attack The Cartel. The filly Little Talks is by Favorite Cartel and out of Babe On The Fly. The latter earned $246,111 in her racing career and as a broodmare she produced the Golden State Million Futurity finalist Fly First Down and California Breeders Sprint Stakes winner Carne Vino.
From 19 freshman that worked on Thursday, March 19, Ed Allred’s Sale Topper posted the co-fastest workout time of :12.3 at 220 yards. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire and out of Special And Proud was posting his second qualifying work and is now ready to make his first career start. Scott Willoughby trains Sale Topper.
Allred’s For Pee Jay was best when taking part of a three-horse drill on March 19. The Foose filly out of Chickafirst worked 220 yards in :12.3 from the inside post. For Pee Jay is also from the family headed by the blue-hen mare Chickasis that includes the likes of World Champion Freaky, Sis Is Hot and many, many more. For Pee Jay worked alongside Ready Red (:12.4 working in between horses) and Joyous (:12.4 from the outside post). Ready Red is a full brother to 2011 Kindergarten finalist Red Dasher, while Joyous is a filly from the family of multiple futurity finalist Choosy.
The morning’s works also included the Denny Ekins-trained Our Dicey FFM, a colt by First Down Dash out of Dicey Secrets. A full brother of 2006 All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here, Our Dicey FFM worked from the inside post in a time of :12.8.
Trained John Cooper worked the duo of Sepidinero and Big Time Wild as a set on March 19. Sepidinero is a full sister of California Breeders Sprint Stakes winner Ronsepi, a winner of six races and a top two finisher in 15 of 23 career starts. Sired by Separatist and out of California Wildfire, Big Time Wild is a half brother of Golden State Million and Governor’s Cup futurity finalist Chicanery and Governor’s Cup Futurity and PCQHRA Breeders futurity finalist More Than Wild.
Morning gate works for 2-year-olds continue at Los Alamitos on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday basis. Workout videos are posted online at losalamitos.com.