It was another busy morning of gate workouts at Los Alamitos on Tuesday, as 46 2-year-olds worked 220 yards from the gate. Ed Allred’s Ynot Me had the morning’s fastest time of :12.20 after breaking sharply from the gate for trainer Scott Willoughby. Ynot Me was making her second gate work of the year and the filly by Favorite Cartel looked sharp. Out of the multiple stakes finalist Ynot Bar, the talented filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Ynot Walk and is from the family of champion aged mare Quirky.
Trainer John Cooper had to be all smiles after watching the set of young runners Alamode and The Revenant work together in impressive fashion on Tuesday. The two runners worked evenly while posting equal times of :12.30. Alamode is a gelding by Kiddy Up out of the broodmare Pie Maid, which is also the dam to the steely tough Mrs Pickens. Sired by Walk Thru Fire, Mrs Pickens made 38 starts in her racing career while earning $72,790. She was a three time allowance winner at Los Alamitos and competed in 10 stakes races including the 2015 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap.
Working from the outside post, The Revenant is a gelding by Favorite Cartel out of the Ruidoso Derby winner Remember Me Rose, a superstar runner that won three other stakes races during a great racing career that earned her $820,895. These were the second gate works for both of these Cooper trainees.
The morning also featured nice times from three juveniles making their first workouts. Rockin Asteroid, a gelding by Parsons Rock, covered the distance in :12.40 from the outside post in his first work for trainer Chris O’Dell. Rockin Asteroid is out of a Thoroughbred mare named Five Star Cruise, which won races at Santa Anita in 2012 and at Golden Gate and Fresno in 2011.
In her first gate work, the New Mexico-bred filly The Cartel Runner posted a :12.40 drill when working in between horses for trainer Jose Flores. The Corona Cartel filly is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Feature Malinche and multiples stakes finalist Nefertity. Feature Malinche had a nice 2013 campaign in which she won the Vandy’s Flash Handicap and La Pacifica Handicap and ran second in the La Primera Del Ano Derby.
Trained by Scott Willoughby for Ed Allred, Tustin Kid also worked from the outside post in :12.40 in his first work. Another promising juvenile by Kiddy Up, Tustin Kid is out of the mare Register To Win, which broke her maiden at her asking, but only made one additional start. Registered To Win is the mother of winners Registered Runner and Libertarian Lady.
The EG High Desert Farms-owned pair of Jessa Deluxe (:12.40) and Maya Cartel (:12.40) and he Jose Flores-trained trio of the Corona Cartel colt Smokin Cartel (:12.40), Foose colt Ramped Up (:12.40) and Tres Seis colt Kindigit (:12.40) were some of the other runners with fast clockings on Tuesday morning. Gate workouts continue at Los Alamitos. Watch videos of the works at losalamitos.com.