James Azevedo and Boyles Family Trust’s High School Secrets (left) delivered his second stakes win of the year following a tightly contested running of the $25,000 Dillingham Handicap for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Paul Jones, High School Secrets edged Felix A. Gonzalez’s Mane Event by a head while covering the 400 yards in :19.787 from post number six. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, High School Secrets came into the Dillingham after winning the James Smith Memorial Handicap on April 14. He also competed in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on February 16. The top six finishers in this race were separated by about a length.
“That’s two in a row for High School Secrets, but he had to work hard to win this race,” Azevedo said. “It was a pretty fast race. I’m impressed with that this horse has done and Cesar fits him like a glove.”
A gelding by No Secrets Here and out of Summertime High, the Dillingham winner is from a family of horses that has provided a lot of success for trainer Paul Jones.
“I bought Summertime High at Heritage Place in foal to Royal Quick Dash. That baby turned out to be Summertime Quickie, a stakes winner of over $100,000 and the mother of (champion and freshman sire) Foose. Summertime Fly, who made over $180,000, is also from this family. Summertime High passed away this year, but she was up there in age. Her last baby is by Favorite Cartel.”
High School Secrets earned $13,750 for the win to take his lifetime earnings to $75,391. He also improved his record to five wins in 13 career starts.
“The last 50 yards really helped him,” Jones added. “He’s been a strong performer this year.”
“I thought he would like the distance, but he had to fight for every last yard of it in order to win this race,” De Alba added.
Trained by Jose Moreno and ridden by Santiago Mendez, Mane Event finished a strong second on the way to earning $5,625. The gelding by Carters Cartel came into this race after an impressive 1 ¼ length victory when facing $16,000 claimers on April 6. Mane Event had some early trouble, but he got back into contention quickly to stay in contention for the top honor.
“We got bumped a little bit at the start and that hurt us,” Mendez said. “The horse gave it his all and worked really hard the entire race.”
Alvin Cross Child’s Ric Oh Shay finished a nose behind Mane Event to earn third place money of $3,125. Buena Park Handicap winner Chaotic Cartel was right behind him in fourth place while El Primero Del Ano Derby finalists Tiny Flying Corona and Sugarbear Sax Man followed across the wire. Secretly Famous, Agent Of Move, French Fury and Stel Heights completed the field.
LEMA Racing Stables and Rancho El Cabresto, Inc’s Julias Perfection led from start to finish to win her racing debut by ¾ lengths in the first of two races for 2-year-olds contested on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Francisco Rubio for trainer Juan Aleman, Julias Perfection covered the 300 yards in :15.444. Bred by Vinewood Farms, the filly by TR Dasher out of Corona Perfections came into her racing debut after posting a sizzling fast 220-yard workout of :11.80 on April 27. The drill was the morning’s fastest of 30 drills.
TR Dasher also sired Anna MacPherson’s Miner Sam, who won the other race for 2-year-olds on the card. Making his second career start, Miner Sam finished strongly to win his return bow by a length in a time of :15.523. Gregorio Arriaga piloted the sorrel gelding for trainer James Glenn, Jr. The Ed Allred-bred sprinter had debuted with a second place finish to the Ruidoso bound sprinter Lindys First Moon on April 19. Julias Perfection and Miner Sam are both graduates of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.
Friday’s races for 2-year-olds went to Jesus Garcia’s Husker Cartel and Double Bar S Ranch’s Shestheonethatiwant. Making his second career start, Husker Cartel posted a runaway 1 ½ length victory in a 300 yard time of :15.481. The colt by Corona Cartel and out of Streakin Six Love was bred by Larry or Michelle Rice. Francisco Rubio piloted Husker Cartel for Juan Aleman from the outside post number eight. Paul Jones saddled Shestheonethatiwant to a debut neck victory in a time of :15.668 from post number six. Bred by Double Bar S Ranch, the brown filly is the daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash and out of Shes A Strawfly. Ramon Sanchez piloted her to victory.