LARC NEWS Posted: 8/10/2014 12:03:47 AM

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      Jim Nebeker’s Flying Foose edged the very talented Panama Wes by a nose while posting the fastest qualifying time to the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Three trials were contested at the Orange County oval featuring 22 freshman sprinters. Led by Flying Foose, the horses with the 10 fastest times will return for the John Deere final on August 23.

Trained by Paul Jones, Flying Foose has two wins to his name and five in the money finishes in his six-race career. The Foose gelding came into this race after running third in the California Breeders Freshman Stakes and prior to that he was an impressive 1 ¼ length winner when breaking his maiden on July 5.

“He’s really starting to put it all together,” Jones said. “He was a little green at first and didn’t want to load in the gate. He was like a little kid out there. He now has racing experience and is acting a lot more professional. I’m very happy that Jim Nebeker sent me this horse because he’s a Foose and I’m a little partial to his babies. Ron Moosman broke him and got him started in Utah and he deserves a lot of credit. I’m very pleased to have this horse.”

Jones owned and trained Foose at the start of the colt’s racing career before Hall of Fame owner and breeder Ed Allred joined him in an ownership partnership. Foose went on to win the Ed Burke Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Super Derby, while being named 2008 champion 2-year-old colt. He earned $1,616,938 during his 14-race career.  

“I’m proud of Foose,” Jones said. “He’s done really well. He is the sire of this year’s Ruidoso Derby winner in Rock You and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner last year (Foose Cash SR). He also has Foose Is Loose, who ran second in the Governor’s Cup Derby a couple of weeks ago. All of his babies try really hard and are very good, hard-knocking horses. Foose is getting a good response from the breeders. I think he’s done exceptionally well.”

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, Flying Foose covered the 350 yards in a time of :17.538.

“He got bumped there,” Jones added. “He got hit on his rear. If he didn’t get bumped, he would have won by a little more.”

Owned by Yuriana Ramirez, Panama Wes broke sharply from post number three and just missed maintaining a perfect record. The Walk Thru Fire colt came into the trials having won his two career starts. Ridden by Cruz Mendez and trained Jose Flores, his trial time of :17.541 was the second fastest of the night. Bred by Julianna Hawn Holt, Panama Wes is a half brother of 2010 World Champion Apollitical Jess.

The second trial and third fastest clocking of the evening went to the Chris O’Dell trained First Down Tiny Man, who posted an impressive ½ length victory in a time of :17.602. Racing from post number one, First Down Tiny Man was making only his second ever career start. He was sixth when facing maidens in his only other outing back on June 7.

“He was a little green in his first start,” O’Dell began. “I entered him to run again about a month ago and he drew post number one. I decided to school him in the gate and he flipped so bad that he cut his head badly in a couple of spot. He was just throwing his head around hard. He had one cut that nearly cost him his (left) eye. There were no other horses around when it happened. We started working on his eye and we were able to save it. He was doing well so we entered him in these trials and what post does he draw? He got the one-hole again. He handled it nicely. Second out and third fastest time, I’m pretty happy with the result.”

Bred in Tennessee by Cory Kilgore, First Down Tiny Man is the son of Tinys First Corona, who has sired several other horses that have landed in O’Dell’s barn in recent years. First Down Tiny Man is owned by Colten O’Dell , Wendy O’Dell and Pirate Stables.

“I’ve always done well with horses by Tinys First Corona,” O’Dell said. “I went to Oklahoma and picked First Down Tiny Man out of the sale there for me. He’s a family horse. I train Thoroughbreds for Pirate Stables and they also own a part of this horse for the fun of it.”

Six of the 10 qualifiers came out of the trial won by First Down Tiny Man, including Tiny Dash Corona, who is also by Tinys First Corona.

The other John Deere California Juvenile trial resulted in a landslide victory for Dee and Gary Hoovestal’s Dunk Two Politicians. Sired by the aforementioned Apollitical Jess and out of the mare Royal Quick Dunk, the filly was a 1 ¼ length winner in a time of :17.897. Saul Ramirez piloted him for trainer Bret Vickery.

The complete order of qualifiers is as follows: Flying Foose (:17.538), Panama Wes (:17.541), First Down Tiny Man (:17.602), Ynot Walk (:17.703), Juicy Walk (:17.788), Cartels Fire (:17.839), Koolist (:17.850), Dunk Two Politicians (:17.897),  Keepyourshirton (:18.02), and Tiny Dasha Corona (:18.032).

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