PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity

PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity

Chicks First Flash scores her third stakes win.

Chicks First Flash. PHOTO: Amber Mendez

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Chicks First Flash overcame a troubled start and rallied to win Sunday's 350-yard, $308,700 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Monty Arrossa for owners Five Livestock Company LLC and Steve M. Wright, Chicks First Flash defeated Mornings With Maria by a half of a length in :17.749. Armando Cervantes rode the bay son of 2009 champion aged stallion First Moonflash.

Chicks First Flash was bred in Idaho by Five Livestock Company LLC, and he was the eighth-fastest qualifier from six PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity trials run September 11. The gelding is out of First Prize Chicks, a stakes-winning 9-year-old daughter of champion Spit Curl Jess.

“He showed heart tonight,” Arrossa said of Chicks First Flash. “He did have a tough trip in the trials. He got bumped behind (Hes Chickless) in the trials. Hes Chickless is fast. He tried to come around him and he kind of helped us by dragging us into the final.

"We had to work him in between (the trials and final)," the trainer added. "It’s been a stressful three weeks for us. We had to breeze him on Tuesday to get him off the vet list. He had an easy breeze of a 220 work (in :12.70). Armando did a great job because that’s a hard spot. You have to work in a certain amount of time. Armando did a good job taking care of the horse and get him through there while saving some for the final. We were fortunate enough to make it work."

Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, Chicks First Flash has won four of seven races, and the $132,300 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes victory increased his earnings to $214,987. The gelding's record includes victories in the August 13, 350-yard John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge Stakes, and the June 18 Fred Scane Handicap. He also ran second, three-quarters of a length behind winner Valiantli, in the 300-yard, $257,500 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2) on May 15.

Arrossa indicated that Chicks First Flash might get some time off before pointing to next year's Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) trials.

"He's done everything we've asked of him," Arrossa added. "I think he's earned a break. I think we can give him some time off and bring him back for a winter campaign."

Valiantli ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Chicks First Flash. One Sweet Bar and Turbeau finished in a dead heat for fourth and were followed by Quirky Bitty Jess, Hes Chickless, and Frivolous.

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