Four races for 2-year-olds were featured on Friday evening at Los Alamitos Race Course with Ron Hartley’s The Revenant and Omar Placencia’s Perfect Az Can Be among the impressive victors on the night.
Owner Ron Hartley and trainer John Cooper, which in recent years have teamed up to race big starts like Moonist and One Proud Eagle, appear to have another talented runner in the form of The Revenant, the winner of the fifth race on Friday. With leading rider Cesar De Alba aboard, The Revenant finished the 300-yard race with confidence, as he posted a neck win in a time of :15.791. The Revenant is a gelding by Favorite Cartel and out of the Grade 1 winning mare Remember Me Rose, which earned over $800,000 in her racing career. James Markum and Steve Burns bred The Revenant.
Jockey Eddie Garcia, the all-time leader in Quarter Horse wins at Los Alamitos, piloted the filly Perfect Az Can Be to victory in the sixth race on Friday. Trained by Kristin Watanabe for owner Omar Placencia, the Arizona-bred filly by Texas Icon covered the 300 yards in :15.92. Perfect Az Can Be is out of the mare Jess Perfect Girl, the third place finisher of the Grade 3 Yavapai Downs Futurity in 2007. Las Vegas Ranch bred Perfect Az Can Be, which is now the sixth winner from as many starters for Jess Perfect Girl. She's also the mother of current 3-year-old and multiple futurity winner Arizona Icon.
Owned and bred by Paulo Otavio Freire MacEdo, Magic Corona Mv scored a solid victory from along the rail while covering the distance in :15.88 in the seventh race for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Paul Jones, who saddled a pair of juvenile winners on Friday, Magic Corona Mv is a colt by Corona Cartel and out of Special Queen SA. This is the family of Champion of Champions and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner Good Reason SA.
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for Paul Jones & Lazy Creek Ranch, Fosse was declared the winner after the disqualification of One Dashing Chick in the third race. One Dashing Chick and Fosse battled for the top spot throughout the 300-yard race, but the gray filly One Dashing Chick lugged out and bumped late with Fosse. As a result, One Dashing Chick was disqualified from first and placed second following an inquiry. Fosse, a filly sired by the champion millionaire Foose and out of the AQHA champion aged mare Check N Fetch, covered the 300 yards in 16.14. Paul Jones bred Fosse.