Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - June 1, 2003 - Feet Of Flames will make her first start since being unlucky on the night of the Kindergarten Futurity, when she takes on several promising 2-year-olds in Thursday's fourth race at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Paul Jones for Anjora Corporation, Feet Of Flames was considered a strong contender in the $400,000 Kindergarten before she became fractious in the gate, flipped and ran off before the start of the race. Fortunately, Feet Of Flames escaped the incident unharmed and her connections now hope that she will bounce back with a solid effort in this 300-yard race.
"The important thing is that she did not get hurt when she ran off," said Gustavo Valenzuela, the agent of Anjora Corporation. "We think she's going to deliver a good performance, if she's back to her old self." Valenzuela noted that Feet Of Flames, a runner-up in both of her career outings, has been facing tough competition in her previous starts.
"She was second to Corona Clique and she's been one of the fastest 2-year-olds so far this meet and then to Shyann Cash, who ran third in the Kindergarten. Those are two top runners and I think that if Feet Of Flames runs her race she will be tough in this race. At least, that's what we're hoping for."
Ramon Sanchez will pilot Feet Of Flames from post four. The Corona Cartel filly has posted nearly identical times in her two outings. Look for her to post another sub :15.60 time in this race.
Ed Allred's Cash Her Out, who finished second despite being hard to load in her debut, figures to be Feet Of Flames' top contender in this race. Jessina, My Native Velvet, Unanswered Dreams, Time To Flee and Cook Hot will also race.
Caspollo, a half-brother of multiple stakes winner Inthetwinkleofaneye, will be in action in the eighth race on Thursday. Owner John Sperry has been Mr. Automatic this season, winning with seven of his 10 starters. Bred by the late Carol Sperry, Caspollo has drilled modestly in preparation for his debut. Ancient Mariner, who sizzled to a :12.20 drill on May 10, and Randy Treadaway's First And Perfect also figure to do well in this race.
Super Payout in Superfecta
Sunday's late Superfecta paid an eye-catching $21,686 after EG High Desert Farms' Band Red Hot won at 11-1 odds in the ninth race. Aspen Lake, who was an even bigger longshot at 32-1, ran second with 6-5 favorite Designed Tobe Super and 15-1 outsider Devils Got Sole completed the Superfecta.
EG High Desert Farms has done well this year, winning races with the likes of Kindergarten Futurity winner Hawkish and two-time stakes winner Magic And Rhythm. Band Red Hot gave the operation their ninth win from 51 starters.
Pavonada Keeps Rolling at 220 Yards
Pavonada scored her second straight win at the 220-yard $50,000 claiming level in Sunday's eighth race. Pavonada also ran second at this distance three outings ago. Charles Treece trains the Ronas Ryon mare for Lake Matthews Mare Farm, Inc. Also, on Sunday, Quick Moon Rising made a nice debut when the 2-year-old filly out of 1997 Blue Ribbon Futurity winner Quick Moon Sign scored a 1 1/2 length win at 300 yards. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for owner Bobby Cox, Quick Moon Rising covered the distance in :15.73.