LARC NEWS Posted: 2/3/2018 2:35:15 AM


        Adrian and Atilano Gonzalez’s Precious Dominique became a two-time overnight stakes winner after showcasing her quick breaking ability to score an upset victory in the 100-yard, $15,000 The Blink Of An Eye Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jose Nicasio, the winner of the Val Tonks Awards for up and coming rider, Precious Dominique led every step of The Blink Of An Eye, covering the distance in :06.577. Sent off at 17-1 odds, the Foose filly beat a field that included recent 100-yard allowance winner Im Leonidas by a neck to go along with Matron Stakes winner Maggie Durant and multiple Grade 1 finalist Renewed. Maggie Durant, the 9-5 favorite in the race, was third while Renewed finished fourth.

Bred by Alessio, Brown and Davies LLC, Precious Dominique’s previous victory came in the Bobbys Angel Handicap for 2-year-olds back in October of 2016. She only made three starts in 2017, but that included a third place finish in a trial to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby and a second place finish to talented runner Strawfinders Jesse in an allowance race on December 16.

“It’s the break,” said Jose Hernandez Jr., who trains Precious Dominique. “We know that she’s a real quick breaker. We had to scratch her a couple of weeks ago. She got sick on us. We thought the 100 yards would be a good race for her, especially as quick as she is out of the gate. You might not be the best horse, but if you are a quick horse you can get the job done. She had not run in almost seven weeks so we knew she needed a race. This is the perfect tune-up.”

Precious Dominique earned $8,250 for the win to take her career earnings to $32,170. She’s won four of 12 career starts.

Cesar Dabdoub’s Im Leonidas, who won at 100 yards in :06.61 on January 14, earned $3,375 for his game effort. The horse by Tres Seis is trained by Jose Flores and was ridden by Jairo Rangel. The complete order of finish is as follows: Precious Dominique, Im Leonidas, Maggie Durant, Renewed, I Wont Give Up, Loud Little Kid, Bf Captain Caveman and Snowy Coronitas.


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