Dennie and Kris Hill’s SFR Stuck On You will have an opportunity to duplicate a feat that her talented half brother LDS Dash For Dylan accomplished in 2005 after she scored an upset win in the $42,480 Adequan California Derby Challenge on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga for trainer Bret Vickery, SFR Stuck On You led from start to finish on the way to earning the California regional berth to the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship to be held here on November 9. The big-sized gray gelding LDS Dash For Dylan won the Derby Challenge final at Los Alamitos after winning the California regional in ’05. SFR Stuck On You is a filly by Stel Corona and LDS Dash For Dylan was sired by Dashing Cleat. They were both out of the Proudest Effort mare LDS Good Goin Gracie and bred by Donna King.
“Horses from this family are really big and for that reason we start them late in their 2-year-old year,” Vickery said. “That’s worked well with this family. It worked with LDS Dash For Dylan and it’s worked with her. She was lightly raced as a 2-year-old. We raced her in the fall. She’s done well this year. She was a longshot in this race, but she ran a good race in the trials. She finished second in the trials, but I thought she was a little flat because she arrived here about two weeks before that race after running in the (Adequan) Derby Challenge in Idaho. She still ran a nice race in the trials. This final is 30 days after she arrived here and I thought she looked really good and was on her toes tonight.”
SFR Stuck On You earned $19,540 for this win to take her lifetime total to $50,385. She’s now won three of 12 starts while finishing in the money in nine of those outings. Jack and Leslie Hale’s Royal Regard’s earned $8,496 for running second, finishing a neck behind SFR Stuck On You.
“This was a tough race, but she broke sharply and I thought we had a good chance to do well when she did that,” Arriaga said. “I thought (Royal Regard) was going to catch us, but (SFR Stuck On You) kept going and finished strong.”
Vickery is excited to saddle another horse for the Hills in the Bank of America Racing Challenge Night.
“I trained Policy Tacs for the Hills in (the 1999 Challenge Championship) at Los Alamitos,” Vickery said. “He ended up winning it as a big longshot. It was a big victory for us.”
Vickery is looking forward to training more runners out of LDS Good Goin Gracie.
“We have an FDD Dynasty out of this mare,” Vickery added. “This mare has done pretty well for us.”
Runner-up Royal Regard was ridden by Francisco Rubio for trainer Juan Aleman. She was an allowance winner on June 22. Fastest qualifier Creole Williams, owned by Double Bar S Ranch for trainer Paul Jones, earned $4,248 for running third. Creole Williams finished nicely in this race after leaving the gate in sixth place. French Fury, Fergilicious, Larryville, Arrowhead Trail, Checkspeed, Seis Pac and All Out Arrogant completed the field.