Fast Ptrack won his first stake in Saturday's Derby. The 4-year-old colt began his racing career at Los Alamitos last January and has since won four of seven starts, all in California. Jockey Severiano Martinez rode Fast Ptrack to a neck victory over favored The Fast Lane for trainer Jean Pacheco and owners Sylvia and Francis Rust.
Two of the top quarter horse mares in training will campaign at Los Alamitos this season. See Me Do It, the 1989 World Champion, and See Me Gone, who has won two of the sport's biggest derbies this summer, will be on the grounds by the end of the week.
See Me Do It, who was second in her only start this year at Ruidoso Downs, is under the care of trainer Blane Schvaneveldt. See Me Gone is expected to be in trainer Bob Gilbert's barn by the end of the week.
Although the mares have similar names, they are unrelated. Their careers have also been similar.
Both have run third in the All-American Futurity--See Me Do It in 1988 and See Me Gone in 1990. Both also have won the Rainbow and All-American derbies--See Me Gone this year and See Me Do It in 1989. See Me Do It also won the 1989 Champion of Champions.
Neither trainer was certain when the mares would run here but Schvaneveldt mentioned the Vessels Maturity Trials for See Me Do It and Gilbert is considering the Los Alamitos Derby Trials on Oct. 11 for See Me Gone.
Los Alamitos Notes
Through 13 days of the quarter horse meeting, jockey Eddie Garcia leads the rider standings with 17 victories in 84 races. G. R. Carter, Roman Figueroa and Jim Lewis are tied for second with 11 each. Carter will fall from among the leaders in the next two weeks, having begun a 10-day suspension last Sunday. The Oklahoma native was hit with two five-day suspensions after disqualifications on Sept. 1 and 6. In the trainer's standings, Blane Schvaneveldt has 11 victories in 85 starters, one more than Caesar Dominguez, who has started 57.
Through Sunday, the average attendance, including off-track, was 6,610 and the average mutual handle was $923,276. . . . Weekend stakes include the Lowell Dillingham Handicap Friday for 3-year-old fillies at 350 yards, and Saturday's feature, the $30,000-added Town Policy Handicap for 3-year-olds at 350 yards.
Trials were held last Friday to determine the field for the $225,000 Governor's Cup Derby for California-breds. The final for the 400-yard race is Sept. 21, and includes Tolls Touch, who had the fastest qualifying time, 19.74; My Escalon, 19.79; Vital Sign, 19.84; Resolutions, 19.85; Pouvoir, 19.86; Miningman, 19.88; Blisterin, 19.96; Sable Select and White Ice, 19.97; and First Installment, 19.98.
Dashin Willie, an allowance winner last Wednesday night, has Los Alamitos in the family. His sire, Dash For Cash, won the 1976 and 1977 Champion of Champions, and his dam, Viking Anne, won several Los Alamitos 870-yard stakes in the late '70s and early '80s. Viking Anne has had four foals--Wicked Dash, Wicked Wind, Strictly Wicked and Wicked Willa, all sired by Dash For Cash--who have won or placed in major Los Alamitos stakes. Dashin Willie is owned by the Phillips Ranch of Frisco, Tex., and is trained by Schvaneveldt.
Lil Bit Rusty, who won two stakes races at last year's winter meeting, won her first start since Feb. 2 in last Friday's ninth race.