LARC NEWS Posted: 3/13/2021 11:49:16 PM


           Mike Tillemans’ homebred Red Hot Topic and Link Newcomb’s Valente One were the co-owners of the fastest time among the 35 juveniles that worked on Saturday morning at Los Alamitos.

          The two colts worked against each other and both received :12.3 clockings following their individual strong performances. Trained by Felix Gonzalez, Red Hot Topic showed the best quickness out of the two, as the came away fast from the inside post and flew to the wire under a hand ride. The son of first-year sire Fly Thru The Fire is out of the Foose mare Foo Fighter, who Tillemans campaigned at Los Alamitos in 2014. She’s the dam of Bail Me Out Bebe, who hit the board in all three of her starts as a 2-year-old last year and broke her maiden on August 1.

          Trained by Juan Aleman, Valente One was bred in Utah by McCole Land & Livestock and was purchased by Newcomb for $60,000 at the Ruidoso Yearling Sale. The son of Corona Cartel is out of Lady Perry On Fire, who is a daughter of the great broodmare Jess Sass Me. She is the dam of Jess Walking Thru, the champion 2-year-old filly in 2014, Sass Me Blue, the champion aged mare in 2016, plus stakes winners Jess Being Valiant and Fire And Sass.

          Ed Allred was represented by 12 qualifiers this morning from the barn of trainer Scott Willoughby. The top time from the Allred/Willoughby contingent was posted by the Kiddy Up filly Hitters Count, who covered the 220 yards in :12.4 while working in between horses as part of a three-horse set. Hitters Count is out of What A Hit, an allowance winner who qualified to the 2011 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes. She’s the dam of winner Hit It Up.

          Other 2-year-olds from Allred’s outstanding group of runners included Looking Hotter and Look Up, a pair of half-brothers to 2019 World Champion He Looks Hot and Grade 1 winner Once Over; More Than Chance, a half-brother to 2020 Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity winner Chance To Excel and stakes winner Chance To Fire; and  Seems Up, a half-sister to Grade 1 finalists Up And Atem and Up For Speed and 2021 Los Alamitos Oaks finalist Up For You.

         Other notable runners to work on Saturday morning include:

* Dasha Dynasty – colt by FDD Dynasty out of Dasha Freda – The Washington-bred colt is a half-brother to 2015 AQHA World Champion Heza Dasha Fire. The Jose Flores-trainee won his drill in a time of :13.0.

* Commander Cartel – colt by Corona Cartel out of Scoop Of Sunshine – From the barn of trainer Paul Jones, this Oklahoma-bred runner was posting his second gate drill. He covered the 220 yards in :12.4 for owners Double Bar S Ranch

* Famous Fantsy Pants – a Louisiana-bred colt by One Famous Eagle out of Fantsy Pants. Owned by J. Francisco Diaz, Famous Fantsy Pants worked in :12.5. His dam ran third in the 2016 Ajax Championship Challenge and is from the breeding stock of the outstanding Quarter Horse breeder Dan Lucas

* Midnite Fling and Howling Till Dawn worked in tandem in :12.7 for trainer Terry Knight and owner Legacy Ranch. Midnite Fling is a filly by Apollitical Jess out of Weownthenite, whose dam is the 2010 AQHA champion 2-year-old filly Flying Fig. Howling Till Dawn is by Valiant Hero and Copacabana, who was a perfect two for two in her career, including a length victory in her trial to the Ed Burke Million Futurity in 2017.

* Fortunate Corona – colt by Corona Cartel out of Matabari. Owned by S & S Horses, Fortunate Corona’s dam was a Grade 1 winner at the ages of 2, 3 and 5. Matabari finished third in the 2013 Champion of Champions on the way to being named AQHA champion 3-year-old filly. Fortunate Corona worked in :13.0 flat.

* All Ways – colt by Fly Thru The Fire out of Million Ways. Worked in :12.7 for trainer Juan Aleman. This is the female line of Seperate Ways, who is the dam of champions Separatist and Way Maker and multiple stakes winner Make It Anywhere.

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