07/07/2009 11:00PM

Foose starts campaign in derby trials

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One major stakes win and seconds in two other Grade 1 races made Foose a millionaire and the champion 2-year-old colt of 2008. This year, Paul Jones, who bred, co-owns, and trains Foose, is aiming for the world.

Foose makes his 2009 debut in the last division of three Governor's Cup Derby trials at Los Alamitos on Friday evening. The final in the 400-yard race for California-breds is July 25 and is worth an estimated $250,000. It is likely to be the least prestigious prize that Jones and co-owner Ed Allred aim to reach with Foose this year.

If Foose lives up to expectations, he could end the year with a start in the $700,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 12, the race that annually plays a major role in determining the Quarter Horse World Champion.

First, Foose must qualify for the Champion of Champions by winning a major stakes that features an automatic berth, such as the Los Alamitos Super Derby on Nov. 7, or through trials in late November.

Jones has three derbies in mind for Foose in coming months - the Governor's Cup Derby; the Golden State Derby, which has trials on Aug. 15 and a final on Aug. 29; and the Los Alamitos Super Derby, which has trials on Oct. 16.

The Governor's Cup Derby trials will be Foose's first start since a second to Tres Passes in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last December. Foose won the Ed Burke Million Futurity in June 2008 and was second to Tres Passes in the Golden State Million Futurity last November.

A colt by Stel Corona, Foose has won 4 of 7 starts and $1,037,728.

"It's nice to get him back," Jones said. "He's come back healthy. He didn't need any surgery. He had some little issues, and we gave him time off."

Foose is one of 21 3-year-olds entered in the three trials for the Governor's Cup Derby. The top 10 final times, regardless of finishing positions, advance to the final.

The first division features Sixish, winner of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity last fall. The second division is led by Alice K White, who won the La Primera Del Ano Derby in April.

200 eligible for Governor's Cup Futurity trials

Saturday's program at Los Alamitos features time trials for the $500,000-estimated Governor's Cup Futurity for statebreds.

More than 200 horses were eligible for the 350-yard trials as of last weekend, according to track officials.

Jones is optimistic about the prospects for Env, a First Down Dash filly who is winless in two starts. She had an excuse in her last race, having finished a troubled third in a division of the tough Ed Burke Million Futurity trials on June 6.