02/04/2009 12:00AM

Forgive Him is the class at Los Alamitos


La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Forgive Him has the class edge against five filly and mare rivals on Friday night at Los Alamitos in the $16,000 Huntington Harbour overnight handicap, a race stronger than the purse indicates.

Forgive Him put together three straight wins, highlighted by two stakes scores, last year, but has been winless in her last three starts. She scored her most important career victory in April 2008 when she raced to a half-length win in the Grade 1 La Primera Del Ano Derby for fillies. She took a decisive early lead as the 8-5 favorite in the 400-yard stakes and was never threatened while winning by three-quarters of a length.

Forgive Him, owned and bred by Ed Allred, followed that Grade 1 win by handling California-bred fillies by 1 3/4 lengths in the California Breeders Debutante Stakes as the 3-10 choice on July 26.

Allred is also represented by the stakes-tested Single Sadie. A 5-year-old mare, she has not won since a conditioned allowance victory last May. However, she did race to a second-place finish in the Grade 2 California Breeders Matron Stakes during her winless span.

Trainer Paul Jones has three of the six horses in the Huntington Harbour. His trio includes Hawk Kue Pie. She has no stakes experience, but has finished on the board in six of seven starts. She comes off a conditioned allowance win in 17.53 seconds for 350 yards.

Maiden Stakes trials on Saturday

The sharp Royal Proclamation and Grade 1 runner-up Zoomin Fool head the trials to the $130,000-estimated Maiden Stakes on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

The Maiden Stakes trials are restricted to 3-year-olds who were maidens on December 1, 2008.

Royal Proclamation was an impressive maiden winner on Jan. 10. In that 300-yard race he won by a half-length as the 13-10 favorite. He gained wagering attention after working 220 yards at Los Alamitos in an excellent 12.10 seconds, the top time from 48 horses working the distance on Dec. 20.

Zoomin Fool is still a maiden after six starts, but has a second behind Sixish in the Grade 1 PCQHRA Futurity. He was also second behind Sixish in their PCQHRA Futurity trial.

Irenes Choice qualified for the Grade 1 Kindergarten and comes off a half-length maiden win on Dec. 14.

First Icy Morn tries 870 yards

First Icy Morn will continue to stretch out in distance when he makes his 870-yard debut in the $25,000 Marathon Handicap on Saturday at Louisiana Downs.

The 4-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash won his maiden two starts ago in his 11th career start in his first race at 440 yards. He then won his 550-yard debut against nonwinners-of-two company by a half-length.

First Icy Morn showed class at 2 by qualifying for the Grade 1 Governor's Cup Futurity at Los Alamitos.

His 870-yard stakes-winning rivals include Live Oak Stakes winner Slinkys Fortune and Magnolia Stakes winner Cajuns Game.