LARC NEWS Posted: 3/4/2018 12:47:47 AM

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       Carlos Avalos’ Designs By Dynasty dominated a field of older mares to win a stakes race named after her mother, the $18,000 Terrific Energy Handicap, on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Yanet Rodriguez (photo), Designs By Dynasty made her momma proud, as she flew out of the gate from post number eight and then pushed her lead to ¾ lengths right away. She had a 1 ½ length lead over Hootin For Hotlips at the halfway point of the 350-yard race before crossing the wire 1 ¼ lengths in front of the strong finishing Jess Hawk. Sired by FDD Dynasty, Designs By Dynasty posted the meet’s fastest time at this distance of :17.402, bettering Tarzanito’s :17.416 on February 9.  Sent off at 6-1 odds, Designs by Dynasty was making her first start for the connections after being purchased privately after her January 15 season debut.

“A month ago she was bought privately,” Rodriguez said. “The owner gave me a chance with the mare. Mr. Avalos is from Nothern California and I’ve trained some other horses from him before. I’m very fortunate to have this mare in my barn.”

After Designs By Dynasty arrived at her barn, Rodriguez concentrated in helping her gate manners.

“School her in the gate,” she said. “She moves around the gate. We try our best to improve the horse. I just wanted her to have a clean break. No excuses. We wanted to see what we had. I can’t thank Eduardo (Nicasio) enough. I can’t ask for more. He’s helped me out. We’ll see how she pulls up and we’ll go from there. She proved herself tonight. Hopefully she keeps proving herself throughout the year.”

An allowance winner in her previous starts, Designs By Dynasty qualified to the Grade 2 Golden State Derby last year. She also ran third in the Rebs Little Lulu Handicap on October 27. Bred and previously owned by Parsons Family Limited Partnership, Designs By Dynasty has now won four of 19 starts and her earnings of $9,900 in the Terrific Energy lifted her career bankroll to $43,398. She also became the latest stakes winner out of the two-time Grade 1 winning mare Terrific Energy.

A winner of the 2009 Charger Bar and Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap, Terrific Energy is also the mother of Governor’s Cup Derby winner Terrific Synergy, who as a 2-year-old qualified to the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities. Terrific Synergy was also sired FDD Dynasty, making him a full-brother to Designs By Dynasty. Dynasty Energy, who is also a full-brother to Designs By Dynasty and Terrific Synergy, finished third in the 2015 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Terrific Energy is also the mother of the Walk Thru Fire mare Thermonuclear Energy, the winner of last year’s Las Damas Handicap winner and runner-up in the Charger Bar Handicap held earlier this year.

EG High Desert Farms’ Jess Hawk, third to BH Lisas Boy in the Grade 1 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship in her last start, earned $4,050 for her runner-up effort in the Terrific Energy. The One Sweet Jess mare has finished in the top three in 11 of her 14 career starts. She’s now earned over $100,000 in her racing career. Her exact lifetime bankroll is $103,663. John Andreini and Vince Genco’s Hootin For Hotlips, who was making her first start since the Grade 2 Southern California Derby on December 15, held off Strawfinders Jessee to finish third. Hootin For Hotlips, a mare by Fantastic Corona Jr, earned $2,250 for her third place finish. C.K. and Laurel Allen’s Strawfinders Jessee was followed across the wire by Threemakesome, Newport Coaster, Crooked Path, Gold Diggin Queen, and Staggering Stride.

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