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                                 Vessels Maturity-G1
by John Moorehouse
Katies Easy Moves didn’t take the easy route
to his first Grade 1 victory. In the $151,998 Vessels Maturity-G1 at Los Alamitos on July 7, he
faced such veteran stars as Champion Tarzanito and Graded stakes winners Jesstacartel, BH Lisas Boy, He Looks Hot, and Zoomin For Spuds.
“He’s been running his heart out,” said co-owner Jennifer Earll. “He’s been due. He’s been facing phenom-
enal horses, and tonight
was his night.”
Earll owns Katies Easy
Moves with her husband, Curtis. They race in the name of Caballo Rapido LLC and co-own the geld- ing with Five Livestock Co. LLC. Monty Arrossa trains the 6-year-old gelding.
“We’ve been in racing since Katies was a 2 year old,” said Jennifer. “He’s our very first racehorse.”
Governor’s Cup Derby-RG3
Eduardo Nicasio rode Katies Easy Moves in the 400-yard Vessels Maturity. Katies Easy Moves broke first out of the gate and never relinquished the lead. He scored by 1/2-length in :19.473 for a 101 speed index.
Katies Easy Moves began his career in Idaho, where he won the 2015 Bitterroot Juvenile Invitational. He also took the 2016
Western States Breeders Derby and the 2017 and 2018 First Down Dash Handicap.
“His owners are from the Intermountain region, and they love racing at Los Alamitos,” said Arrossa. “This is their first Grade 1. They’ve been in several with this horse, but they’ve never captured one until now.”
Walter Finder bred Katies Easy Moves out of lightly raced Katie Lane Finder. She has produced 100% money
earners from seven starters.Katies Easy Moves is her first stakes winner.
BH Lisas Boy (Mighty Invictus-Apollo Snowbound), bred, owned, and trained by Bill Hoburg, finished second for the second consecutive year, having won the race in 2017. This year, Oscar Andrade Jr. piloted the 6-year-old gelding.
Lesley Joyner’s homebred Jesstacartel (One Sweet Jess-Stolmeacartel) ran third under jockey Cruz Mendez for trainer Mark Skeen.
He Looks Hot (Walk Thru Fire-Look Her Over), Zoomin For Spuds (Zoomin For Bux-A Perfect Cocktail), Tarzanito (Favorite Cartel- Ancient Empress), Matilda Czech (Fast Prize Cartel-Short Czech), CM Boom Shakalaka (Carters Cartel-Mi Fames A Dandy) and Eyes The Favorite (Favorite Cartel-Eyesa Painted Bug) completed the order of finish.
by Tracy Gantz
Powerful Favorite kept his 2019 record perfect with his 6th win of the year in the $190,000 Governor’s Cup Derby-RG3 at Los Alamitos on
July 27. Trainer Christopher O’Dell attributes part of the improvement to the gelding’s ability in the gate.
“When he broke, it was over,” O’Dell said. “He’s learned how to leave. He’s so quiet in there.” Galloping Goddess, however, broke through
the gate before the start. “I thought it might
bother us a little bit, but he’s turned into a professional,” said O’Dell.
Drawn on the outside and ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, Powerful Favorite got away quickly and led throughout the 400 yards. He won by 1 1/4-lengths in :19.565 as the 2-5 favorite.
“He’s an amazing horse,” said Nicasio. “He’s getting better and better with each
race. He was in the gates for a long time, but he never moved.”
Connie Rosenthal campaigns Powerful Favorite in the name of Rosenthal Ranch LLC. She purchased him for $90,000 at the 2017
Los Alamitos Equine Sale for her husband, Bob, who died March 5, 2018, and never saw Powerful Favorite race. Powerful Favorite previously won the 2018 Governor’s Cup Futurity-G2 and 2019 Los Alamitos Winter Derby-G1 and El Primero
Del Ano Derby-G3. The geld- ing has now earned $579,935.p James Markum and Dr.
Steve Burns bred Powerful Favorite out of multiple stakes winner Remember Me Rose. The mare has produced 12 winners from 15 starters, including 2018 First Down Dash Derby winner Intense Fire and Mexican stakes win- ner Tessta Rossa.
Steven McIntyre bred second-place Cole Man
47 (Stel Corona-GM Silver Dreams) and owns him with Marin Jones. Carlos Huerta rode the gelding for trainer Paul Jones. Cole Man 47 won last year’s PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity-G2 and John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.
O’Dell also trains Tac Me Up (Kiddy Up-Tacatrina), who finished third with Cody Jensen in the irons. Ruth Barbour owns the gelding with Wendy and Colten O’Dell. Tac Me Up won last year’s Autumn Handicap.
Wicked Affair (One Sweet Jess-Burr Cold), Stel A Gambler (Stel Corona-Baccarat Bar), Galloping Goddess (One Sweet Jess-Ingrate Queen), Hot Little Kiddy (Kiddy Up-Girls Choice), You Caught My Eye (Favorite Cartel- Hawk Kue Pie), Jess Bein Me (Jess Being Valiant- Merry Corona) and No Telling (Walk Thru Fire-How Good) completed the order of finish.
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Los Alamitos $151,998 • 400 yards :19.473 • si 101
First Down Dash
Lanes Leinster
Katie Lane Finder
Current Kate
      Los Alamitos $190,000 • 400 yards :19.565 • si 98
Favorite Trick TB
Favorite Cartel
Corona Cartel
Remember Me Rose
     Im Moonlighting
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