The 2-year-olds made their season debut on Friday at Los Alamitos with four baby races featured on the nine race card. All four races were contested at 300 yards.
Facing a field of 2-year-old fillies, Ed Allred’s Quirky (left) won the first baby race of the season by daylight at odds of 12-1. Ridden by Eulices Gomez for trainer Jimmy Glenn Jr., the daughter of Stel Corona broke sharply from post number eight and never looked back on the way to covering the 300 yards in :15.31. Her winning time was the fastest of the four races for 2-year-olds on Friday.
“She ran a beautiful race,” Glenn said. “I thought all along that she was one of my better babies. She had been ducking away in her morning workouts. The thing with her is that whenever we schooled her on the backside she would do everything right, but then when we would bring her to the front of the track and ask her for speed and she would start going right or left. A couple of fellow trainers that saw her told me that she was really going nicely in the last 100 yards of her workout. That was good to hear. She put it all together in this race.”
Quirky is out of the A Regal Choice mare Dont Pass Bar. Balgo Racing Team, Inc. and Marlyn Gonzalez’s Hot Capuccino finished second while Allred’s Sadie Sis ran third.
Jockey Jay Conklin piloted his first winner in over a year when he guided Jim Hanson and Ben McKinney’s Secretly Buff in the second baby race of the night. The gelding by No Secrets Here posted a half length victory over Jaime Gomez and Dutch Masters III’s Docs First Fire while covering the distance in :15.64.
“It feels good to win,” Conklin said. “I’ve been gone for a year and a half. I was healing up. I had a bad tear in a nerve on my lower back. After a long wait I was finally able to start working again and the Hansons have always been good to me. My mind and body are right and I wanted to ride again. It’s feels good.”
A graduate of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, Secretly Buff is out of the 2001 Quarter Horse Breeders Classic Distaff winner Sisal Buff. Runner-up Docs First Fire was followed across the wire by El Pretty Boy and Kr Famous Tequilla, who dead-heated for third.
Jaime Gomez saddled Dutch Masters III’s She Forgives and Jose Ubario’s Texcoco to victory in the other two races for 2-year-olds. Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, the 2-5 favorite She Forgives covered the distance in :15.51 to post a solid ½ length victory over Allred’s Wily. She Forgives’ victory in the sixth race is the first at Los Alamitos for freshman sire Foose. A graduate of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, She Forgives is out of the multiple stakes winner Forgive Him, the winner of the 2008 La Primera Del Ano Derby and 2009 Las Damas Handicap.
“She’s one of my best babies,” Gomez said. “We’re very excited about her. She outworked Docs First Fire twice in morning workouts and Docs First Fire ran second earlier tonight.”
Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga, Texcoco wrapped up the 2-year-old action with a neck victory over Allred’s Well And Good in the seventh race on the card. Sent off at 7-1 odds, the colt by Red Hot Rhythm covered the distance in :15.808.
“Two wins in four races is a good start,” Gomez said. “This horse did not make a mistake and he gave us a great effort. He is a good looking runner. I’m very happy with the way he performed.”
Saturday’s action will feature three races for 2-year-olds and Sunday’s card will have a pair of races for 2-year-olds.