LINDYS FIRST MOON WINS DEBUT AT LOS ALAMITOS
Jimmy Harrel and Joe Peacock’s Lindys First Moon (left) won the lone race for 2-year-olds on Friday at Los Alamitos. A Texas-bred colt by first-year sire First Moonflash, Lindys First Moon won the evening’s second race by ¾ lengths over Anna MacPherson’s Miner Sam. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, Lindys First Moon covered the 300 yards in :15.562.
“We had a lot of luck with (All American and Los Alamitos Two Million futurity finalist) Aha Moment as a 2-year-old last year and we think this one can be a good runner as well,” said Harrel. “This horse worked better than Aha Moment did last year. Lindys First Moon is bred to go down the track and we feel that he is going to do well at 400 and 440 yards. This was a prep for the futurities at Ruidoso Downs. He’s on the same plan as Aha Moment, who broke his maiden here and then went to New Mexico.”
Aha Moment finished third to World Champion One Dashing Eagle in the All American Futurity and then returned to run fifth to PCQHRA champion 2-year-old filly Matabari in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. The plan calls for Lindys First Moon to return to Los Alamitos for the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity following his trip to Ruidoso Downs.
“I usually don’t buy horses by first crop sires, but First Moonflash was an outstanding racehorse,” Harrel said. “He set track records in El Paso and when he came to Oklahoma he faced our horse, Separate Bet. Separate Bet was at the peak of his game when First Moonflash faced him in the (2009 Remington Park Invitational Championship). We were fortunate to win that race, but First Moonflash showed that he was a tremendous racehorse. When it came to Lindys First Moon, we liked this individual a great deal. We ended up buying for twice the amount that I thought he would sell for, but that’s okay. We like him this horse a lot. We had good luck with Aha Moment last year and we feel fortunate to have found another good horse in Lindys First Moon.”
Miner Sam, a gelding by TR Dasher, covered the distance in :15.699. Yacht Clubber finished third and was followed by Highest Fire, El Corona Cartel, The Little Delight, Hemmet and Riggotomas.
SAVING SHIRLEY DELIVERS IN FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE
Donald and Peggy Boyle’s Saving Shirley scored her second win in a row while defeating a nice group of 3-year-old fillies in the $12,010 conditioned allowance race on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Saving Shirley broke inward, but settled quickly while leading the rest of the way on the way to holding off Vessels Stallion Farm LLC and Bustardos Horse Racing LLC’s Our Secret Queen by a head. Saving Shirley covered the 330 yarsd in :16.802. Sired by Hawkinson and out of the blue-hen mare Shirleys Strawfly, the Oregon bred filly is a full sister to two-time AQHA Champion, Rainbow Derby and Bank of America Challenge Championship winner Strawkins plus Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity finalist BF Farm Boy. Saving Shirley is also a half-sister to 2005 Canada Distaff Challenge winner Raining Fresh Daisys.
As a 2-year-old in 2012, Saving Shirley faced the likes of World Champion One Dashing Eagle, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner Matabari and recent Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Remembering Spence. Saving Shirley earned $6,435 for her allowance victory. Our Secret Queen earned $2,632 for her runner-up effort. Chics On Fire, Sparta, Fire Blu and Beautiful Fire completed the field.