Felix A Gonzalez’s Fire Boom is on a roll, as the Walk Thru Fire gelding scored his second straight win in Friday’s $13,600 conditioned allowance feature at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves for trainer Jose Antonio Moreno, Fire Boom finished a half-length ahead of Double Bar S Ranch’s Featuring Habits while covering the 330-yard distance in :16.694. Fire Boom broke his maiden in his previous start when scoring a length victory on March 22. Fire Boom’s only other start of 2013 was a fourth place finish in a trial to the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes in February. Gonzalez claimed Fire Boom for $16,000 back on July 21. Fire Boom earned $6,985 for his victory in this race for non-winners of two races. Featuring Habits earned $2,857 for his second place effort. He has finished second or better in four of his seven starts. Dan Francisco saddled the colt by Feature Mr Jess.
Louden Proud and Mr Jay P, a pair of runners who broke their maiden in their previous start, finished third and fourth respectively. Line Slinger, Separate Deeis, Clever Me and Royal Drop completed the field.
Three races for 2-year-olds were contested on Friday night and freshman stallions Kiddy Up and Foose grabbed the spotlight as the winning sires in two of those races.
Kiddy Up sired the first winner of his career after Up For It (top) scored a half-length victory for owner Ed Allred. Rodrigo Aceves rode the bay filly in the evening’s seventh race for trainer Scott Willoughby. Up For It covered the 300 yards in :15.65 after breaking from the outside post eight.
“I think Kiddy Up might be another TR Dasher,” said Allred, the sport’s all-time leading breeder. “Kiddy Up only has about 10 registered horses this year, but I think he has a bright future ahead. We are giving him a bigger chance to prove himself in the next few years. We bred quite a few mares to him this year. He comes from a very good female family.”
Foose sired another winner at Los Alamitos after Foose Cash SR’s solid victory in the evening second race. Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Jose De La Torre, the bay colt posted a half-length victory in his debut in a time of :15.523 from post number three. Racing for La Presita LLC, Foose Cash SR is a half brother to Governor’s Cup Futurity finalist Don Loncho and Los Alamitos Super Derby finalist Danny Cartel.
De La Torre saddled another winner in the fourth race with the Furyofthewind colt Turbulent Times. Racing for Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas, the colt posted a neck victory while covering the distance in :15.614. Nicasio was aboard Turbulent Time from post five.
“We believe in this horse because he comes from a very nice family,” Avila said. “His mother is an outstanding mare who is also the mother of a very good horse named Testing The Ice. We also believe a lot in Furyofthewind, who is a young stallion.”
Avila and Cuevas campaigned Testing The Ice, who ran fourth to champion Ochoa in last year’s All American Derby and also qualified to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby.