11/04/2011 12:09PM

Los Alaimitos: Flying Fig regains form for Super Derby

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It has taken a year for Flying Fig to regain the form that led to her title as the champion Quarter Horse 2-year-old filly of 2010.

In time trials on Oct. 15 for Sunday’s $987,350 Los Alamitos Super Derby, Flying Fig set the second-fastest qualifying time with her first victory of 2011. The win, which came in Flying Fig’s second start of 2011, left trainer Dennis Ekins confident that the filly can win Sunday’s Grade 1 race over 400 yards.

“I think if she bounces back, she’ll be right there,” Ekins said. “I think she has a good opportunity and can be competitive, if she has a clean start.”

Owned by Legacy Ranch and Muller Racing, Flying Fig is still seeking her first stakes win. In her title year, she was second in three major futurities at Los Alamitos – the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Two Million. A winner of 4 of 9 starts and $719,356, Flying Fig has never won a race worth more than $8,000, a maiden race in her debut in May 2010.

Flying Fig’s consistent stakes form in 2010 was enough to secure the championship. After being given the winter and spring off this year, Flying Fig finished a troubled fifth in a division of the Rainbow Derby trials at Ruidoso Downs, failing to qualify for the final.

“She came out in bad shape,” Ekins said “She got cut up and beat up.”

In the Los Alamitos Super Derby trial, Flying Fig won the first of four divisions in 19.70 seconds. For Saturday’s final, Flying Fig has drawn the outside post, which Ekins said should work to her advantage.

“She should be able to get out of the gate well,” Ekins said.

Two other leading contenders are drawn on the outside half of the field – Miss Racy Jess and Thru the Fire, both winners of trial races.

Miss Racy Jess gave trainer Trey Wood his first winner at Los Alamitos in the trials. The son of noted New Mexico trainer Blane Wood, Trey Wood, 23, was the leading Quarter Horse trainer at Lone Star Park in 2010.

Miss Racy Jess was seventh in the 2010 All American Futurity. In the Los Alamitos Super Derby trials, she set the fastest qualifying time of 19.64 seconds.

The winner of the Super Derby receives an automatic berth to the $750,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 10.