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He's Ready to Rock in Catalina

March 06, 2004|BOB MIESZERSKI

Redrockn, who won his trial easily, heads a field of eight 3-year-olds in tonight's $57,800 Catalina Derby at 870 yards.

Trained by Chuck Treece for owner Tuan Tran, Redrockn, a son of the thoroughbred sire Red, was fourth in his first start against maidens on Jan. 22 but improved in the first of two trials for the Catalina Derby on Feb. 19.

Ridden by Baltazar Contreras, the California-bred tracked the pace from the outside, then drew away in the stretch and won by 3 1/2 lengths in 46.01 seconds.

Other contenders are Deal Buster, the beaten favorite in the trial Redrockn won, and the unbeaten thoroughbred Rockin The Ship, who won his trial in 46.37 seconds for trainer Shane Chipman. Rockin The Ship had won his debut going two furlongs at Santa Anita last March 13.

The picks: 1. Dash N Style. 2. A Classic Whiplash. 3. Richillini. 4. Rakin Leaves. 5. Bad Cop. 6. Kayo Too. 7. Bac In The Saddle. 8. Twotimesthirtyseven. 9. Redrockn. 10. Mr Chen.

Four! Dash N Style and Jamaicanme Burn in the first, A Classic Whiplash and Revises in the second, Richillini in the third and Watch This Injun, Rakin Leaves and Lucky Colours in the fourth.

Shots in the dark: Finallylegal could improve his second time out for owner-trainer Blane Schvaneveldt in the fifth. Jusred tries a shorter trip in the 10th.

Post time: 6:30 p.m.

On the Net: For entries and results from Los Alamitos, visit: www.latimes.com/horseracing.

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