Rainbow Derby finalist Dublinon had an impressive first start at Los Alamitos after winning a $12,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds and upward on Saturday night. The son of Ocean Runaway was making his first outing at the Orange County oval while returning to action since winning a trial to the All American Derby on August 17. Racing for J Bar 7 Ranch LLC, Katsy and Monte Cluck and Doug Benson, Dublinon also finished sixth to the outstanding Wicked Courage in the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby on July 20.
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Dwayne Gilbreath, Dublinon won his Los Alamitos debut comfortably by a neck while covering the 350 yards in :17.490. Bred by Jacque Tanton, Dublinon earned $6,600 for the win to take his career earnings to $68,150. This was his third win in 10 career starts. Als Big Hit, a Separatist gelding bred by Eaves Horses Family Ltd. Partnership, ran second for trainer Mike Casselman. Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga, Als Big Hit races for Mason King and the Estate of Kim Kessinger.
There were two other allowance races contested on Saturday night. The eighth race featured an $11,325 purse also for 3-year-olds and upward. The 330-yard dash went to Javier Chavez’s Bullet In The Gun, who battled with 2013 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge winner Tell Of The Past and You Stole My Happy, while covering the distance in :16.886. A Governor’s Cup Derby finalist earlier this year, Bullet In The Gun was winning for the second time in 17 starts. He’s been second in seven other starts. Ramon Sanchez was also aboard the Stel Corona gelding for trainer Paul Jones. In the $11,025 fourth race, Chicks Man Dashin posted his fourth straight victory and second of the season while facing a field that included Runaway Corky, who had won six of his last seven starts, El Primero Del Ano Derby winner New Look and Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap winner Twelve Stepper. Chicks Man Dashin made one winning start in 2011 and did not race in 2012. He beat claiming foes in his only previous start of 2013. Jose A. Moreno saddled the son of Country Chicks Man for owner J. Guadalupe Casillas Gonzalez. Chicks Man Dashin covered the 350 yards in :17.40.
There was one allowance race contested on Friday and it went to Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Fire Up Willie. The 2-year-old filly by Walk Thru Fire was a trial winner on June 9 and the ninth place finisher in the Grade 1 $1,111,000 event. She’s eligible to race in the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Eduardo Nicasio rode her for Jose De La Torre, who co-owns the filly with Gustavo De La Torre.