Field of Ten Entered in Grade 2, $175,300 Southern California Derby

Lotta Blues Man drew post 10 for Friday's 400-yard stakes at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

The fastest qualifier and morning-line choice, Lucky Seven Ranch's Lotta Blues Man is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Friday's Grade 2, 400-yard Southern California Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

A full field of 10 3-year-olds, headed by morning-line favorite Lotta Blues Man, has been entered back in Friday's 400-yard, $175,300 Southern California Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

The fastest qualifier, Lotta Blues Man is coming off of a convincing 1 3/4-length victory in the last of four trials on December 1. The homebred Favorite Cartel gelding is trained by Mike Casselman for owner Lucky Seven Ranch, and his sophomore resume includes a 1 1/2-length win in the 400-yard, $25,000 Town Policy Stakes on November 11.

Lotta Blues Man has banked $909,985 from 14 starts, all in California. The gelding drew post 10 and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba.

Other contenders include Mark and Peggy Brown's Kissed By An Eagle. A homebred son of One Famous Eagle trained by Roman Figueroa and the fourth-fastest qualifier, Kissed By An Eagle ran third, one length behind winner Chazaq, in the 400-yard, $956,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on November 12.

Kissed By An Eagle drew post 7 and will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Well Good (Cesar Gomez), 20-1
Renewed (Eduardo Nicasio), 12-1
Cartel Sixes (Jesus Ayala), 8-1
Bannister (Jose Nicasio), 15-1
Midori Sparkle (Cruz Mendez), 30-1
Seared (Eulices Gomez), 12-1
Kissed By An Eagle (Ramon Sanchez), 4-1
Mr Apollitical Dash (Carlos Huerta), 20-1
Hootin For Hotlips (G. Jairo Rangel), 20-1
Lotta Blues Man (Cesar DeAlba), 3-5

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