Ed Allred’s Nymph made her 2016 debut a winning one, as the Foose filly outdueled a solid field of sophomore fillies to win the $15,000 Emma Bug Handicap by a neck on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Scott Willoughby, Nymph won the 330-yard dash by a neck over the stakes placed Maggie Durant in a time of :16.762. For Nymph, this was her second stakes win of her career. She won the $25,000 Corona Chick Handicap last year. Maggie Durant came into this race after running second in the La Pacifica Handicap on May 13.
Nymph’s previous start was a fifth place finish in the Long Beach Handicap on December 5. That race is the only time in which she has finished lower than third in her now six career starts. In addition to the winning the Corona Chick, Nymph was second to stablemate Knocking On The Door in the Autumn Handicap in early October 2015. Bred by her owner, the gray filly is from the family of 1987 All American Futurity and Miss Princess Handicap winner Elans Special. Nymph is out of the Separatist mare Elans Last, which is a daughter of Elans Special.
Nymph earned $8,250 for her Emma Bug win to take her career earnings to $34,380. Owned by Spackman Racing and Lin Melton, Maggie Durant earned $3,375. Golden State Million Futurity finalist Favorite Kiss, which was making her first start of the year, ran third. Famous Lady Cartel, She Snows Shes Ivory, London Laura, and Give Me Sum Sugar completed the field.
Spackman Racing and trainer Lin Melton did have a chance to enjoy a nice victory earlier on Friday night after 2015 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity finalist Time For Jess won the evening’s sixth race. Carlos Huerta went from defeating a Melton-trained filly aboard Nymph to winning aboard a Melton-trained filly thanks to Time For Jess. With Huerta aboard, Time For Jess won the $11,325 allowance event for 3-year-old fillies by ¾ lengths in a 300-yard time of :15.367. Time For Jess earned $6,050 for the win.