Howard Nichols and Jose Flores’ Kickin Seis (left) posted her second impressive performance in a row when winning the 330-yard $15,000 Fall For It Handicap for sophomore fillies in :16.681 on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by G. Jairo Rangel, Kickin Seis’ time is among the fastest of the year at this distance here with the season’s fastest clocking of :16.631 being posted by Golden State Derby and El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Rite Regal in an allowance race on July 3. Trained by Jose Flores, Kickin Seis came into the Fall For It after winning a 300-yard allowance race in an also eye opening time of :15.39 back on December 11. Jj Cool Boy set this meet’s fastest 300 yard time of :15.322 on May 7.
Starting from post seven, Kickin Seis flew out of the gate and had a length lead after the first 100 yards. Bred by Deleyco Race Team Corp, the Tres Seis filly continued to pull away from her rivals and had 1 ¼ length lead after 220 yards. Rangel and Kickin Seis cruised home from there, as the two crossed the wire ¾ lengths ahead of Dutch Masters III’s Wild Honey Handicap runner-up Summer Dynasty.
Sent off at 6-1 odds, Kickin Seis improved to four wins in eight starts. She earned $8,250 to take her career earnings to $28,450. EG High Desert Farms’ Walk Thru Crystal, the 2015 champion 2-year-old filly, finished third. One Sweet Winner, High Class Cartel, Maggie Durant, Strawfinders Jessee and Gotcha Bella completed the field.
The first of two Arabian stakes raced scheduled for this weekend was held on Friday evening when fillies and mares competed in the $15,000 Uptown Farm Stakes at 7 furlongs. Owned by the partnership of Burt, Call, Eaton and Soltau, Dream Pearl held off Rosebrook Farms LLC’s RB Madymoiselle by a head in a time of 1:32.38. Dream Pearl has now won seven of 11 career starts and three of five in 2016. Terri Eaton saddled the 5-year-old mare by Burning Sand, which took the lead for good shortly after the opening quarter mile of the race.
“She has heart and every time she steps on the racetrack she puts every bit of effort into her job,” Eaton said. “I wasn’t expecting her to take the lead as quick as she did. She made the lead easy and kind of got a bit of a breather out there and held off her opponent.”
Dream Pearl earned $7,500 to take her career earnings to $46,440.
Saturday’s card will be headlined by the Arabian champion Paddys Day leading the field in the Grade II $48,700 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup. Richard Mullen, one of the leading riders in the United Arab Emirates, will ride Paddys Day. Mullen won the Group 1, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen aboard Reynaldothewizard in 2013.