06/29/2010 11:00PM

Fovee begins ambitious schedule in Vandy's Flash


Fovee's schedule is set for the rest of 2010.

Fovee, the star 3-year-old filly for owner Robert Gentry and trainer Juan Aleman, will start in Friday's $25,000 Vandy's Flash Handicap at Los Alamitos as a prep for a busy second half of the year, when she will run in trials, and hopefully the finals, of the Golden State Derby in August, the Los Alamitos Super Derby in November, and the Southern California Derby in December.

Along the way, Fovee will try to pick up a much-needed first stakes win, though Aleman admits that will be difficult.

"We figure we'll have seven outs, which is just fine for her," Aleman said. "She should be competitive. She's got the talent. She's one of the top fillies."

Fovee is part of a field of seven 3-year-olds in the 400-yard Vandy's Flash, and is the only filly in the field. She is one of two 3-year-olds in the field who have placed in a Grade 1, having finished third in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last December.

"You have to run against the boys, but she'll have to face those, and the tougher ones, in the big derbies," Aleman said.

This year, Fovee has had mixed form. She won a division of the La Primera del Ano Derby trials in March in her first start of the year, but only finished fifth in the final on April 10 under replacement jockey Ramon Sanchez. Her regular rider, Eduardo Nicasio, was injured earlier that night. Nicasio will be back aboard Fovee on Friday night.

Nicasio rode Fovee to a second in the minor Secret Card Handicap on June 4, when the filly stumbled at the start and was beaten a neck.

"She had almost two months off, and she stumbled coming out of the gate," Aleman said. "She's peaking right now, and we're looking for a good race."

Fovee drew the outside post in the Vandy's Flash. She is Aleman's only starter in the field. Trainer Adan Farias has two runners -- Chivalry Sr and Snitcher -- while Paul Jones starts a pair -- Scoville and Runaway Tyme. In May 2009, Runaway Tyme was third in the Grade 1 Kindergarten Futurity.

Chivalry Sr and Scoville won allowance races in their last starts. Combustible, who was stakes-placed twice in the spring for trainer Felipe Quintero, and Fantastic Righter, a minor stakes winner in Arizona in May for trainer Pedro Gomez, are the other starters.