LARC NEWS Posted: 2/26/2018 2:32:19 AM

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          Seven 2-year-olds drilled in the first morning of gate works for the freshman class of 2018 on Saturday, February 24. Among the headliners in the initial morning of gate drills was a Walk Thru Fire filly named Razzel Dazzel (left) from the  Roberto Dominguez barn and a Favorite Cartel colt named Chocolatito for all-time leading Quarter Horse owner Ed Allred.

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Purchased for $50,000 from the Burns Ranch consignment at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, Chocolatito topped a three-team set for Allred and trainer Scott Willoughby in the morning’s first set. Working in between horses, Chocolatito broke a step behind the One Sweet Jess colt Texting and the Walk Thru Fire gelding Oatie Three before finding his high gear to win the drill in a 220-yard time of :12.60.

“He broke just a bit slow,” Willoughby said. “The horse inside of him (Texting) was messing around a little bit. (Chocolatito) broke behind them, but then ran by them and looked like he did it pretty easy. (Jockey Cesar Gomez) is pretty excited about him. Oatie Three was on the outside and got a little lost out there by himself. I think he’ll improve quite a bit. We’ll have another set of three working on Tuesday and then about seven or eight next Saturday.”

Chocolatito’s dam is Enjoy The Walk, who earned $107,836 during a solid 18-race career. Enjoy The Walk appeared in eight stakes races and won the 2012 Matron Stakes and was second to Onemoreglassofwin in the 2011 PCQHRA Breeders Derby and third to Fall For It in the 2011 La Primera Del Ano Derby. Enjoy The Walk also raced in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap, Grade 1 Southern California Derby, and Charger Bar Handicap. She was winner of her trial to the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity in 2010.

Oatie Three is out of 2001 mare Kingman Kin, who is the mother of Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Oatman, a winner of $192,737 in a brief racing career. Kingman Kin is also the mother of Hulapai, Old Six Six, and Another Oatie. Hulapai won the Grade 1 Southern California Derby and Grade 3 Dillingham Handicap. The son of Red Hot Rhythm won eight races and earned $204,437. Old Six Six, who is a full brother to Oatman and Oatie Three, won the Cash Rate Handicap and qualified to the Winter Derby. He earned $73,727 in his career.    

Texting is out Sex On Fire, a Mike Abraham-bred mare, who won just once, but she earned $89,274 in her 13-race career. Sex On Fire was fifth in the 2011 Ed Burke Million Futurity and seventh in the 2012 La Primera Del Ano Derby. Texting is from the family of AQHA distance champion Hateful Hanna, stakes winner El Zapatista, and Grade 1 stakes finalist Fiery Kimbo. Allred purchased Texting for $14,500 from the Burns consignment at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

The bullet work of the morning :12.50 belonged to Razzel Dazzel, a $40,000 Los Alamitos Equine Sale purchase by Kolleen Ledgerwood. Working on the outside of a two-team drill, Razzel Dazzel was nicely focused during her drill against the Walk Thru Fire filly Legally Hott. Razzel Dazzel was listed in the catalog under the name of Walk With Anna and was part of the Firth Ranch consignment. Her dam is Tac Out, a winner of five races and $65,425. Tac Out made eight starts in stakes races and her best finishes included third place efforts in the 2013 Matron Stakes, 2012 Debutante Stakes and 2012 Junos Request Handicap at Los Alamitos. Razzel Dazzel’s grand-dam is Separate Tac, who was second in the Rainbow Derby and also competed in the All American Derby and Ruidoso Futurity . Separate Tac is also the mother of local stakes winner Attack The Cartel.     

Ledgerwood also owns Legally Hott, a $41,000 purchase from the Allred-consigment at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. Legally Hott worked in :12.8 from the inside post. Listed in the catalog under the name of Thinking Boys, Legally Hott’s dam is Thinking About Chick, who only started once during her racing career. Thinking About Chick is the mother of the First Down Express gelding Thinking First, who earned $147,378 in a solid racing career in which he ran second to Short Czech in the 2008 Grade 1 Southern California Derby and third to AQHA champion One Famous Eagle in the 2008 Grade 1 Golden State Derby. Thinking First was also a finalist to the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity in 2007. Going back to the dam Thinking About Chick, her mother is Bugged Thoughts, a winner of five races including the Grade 1 Blue Ribbon Futurity and finalist to the Grade 1 Graham Farms Futurity, Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity, and Grade 2 Blue Ribbon Derby.

The final pair of 2-year-olds to work on Saturday came from the barn of trainer Elena Andrade. They were Ricardo Martinez’s Jess My Joy, a filly by Mr Jess Perry and out of First Prize Joy, and Triple J Quarter Horse Breeding LLC’s Unwritten Law, a colt by Dominyum and out of Rare Encore. Unwritten Law worked the 220 yards in :12.7 on the outside, while Jess My Joy went :13.0 from the inside position. Unwritten Law’s mother, Rare Encore, won five races and earned $60,752. She won the Cherry Creek Futurity at Arapahoe Park in 1996 and the Grade 3 Aurora Derby also at Arapahoe in 1997. Rare Encore’s mother of Fols Audition, a winner of 13 races and $452,463. An iron mare, Fols Audition ran in 21 stakes races – five of them graded stakes events. She won the Black Gold Futurity in 1989 and Black Gold Derby in 1990.

Jess My Joy is out of the Weetona Stanley-bred mare First Prize Joy, whose dam is First Prize Dash, the 2006 AQHA Broodmare of the Year and Dam of Distinction. A prolific broodmare, First Prize Dash’s 43 foals have earned a combined total of around $3 million. They include First Prize Robin ($295,147 and Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity winner), Heza Fast Dash ($136,123 and Grade 2 Blue Ribbon Futurity winner), First Prize Leesa ($488,270 and Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity winner), and First Carolina ($415,047 Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity and Remington Park Derby  winner). This family traces back to First Prize Rose, the dam of the all-time legendary stallion and AQHA champion First Down Dash.

Los Alamitos is home of the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity held in June, the $1 million Golden State Million Futurity held in November and the $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity held in December. For more information e-mail us at larace@losalamitos.com or call 714-820-2690.

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