04/12/2011 12:36PM

Los Alamitos: Fall for It wins La Primera Del Ano Derby

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A second career as a barrel racer may never happen for Fall for It, the former $6,250 claimer who won the third stakes of her career in the $182,700 La Primera Del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos last Saturday.

Owner Brian Hyde of Blackfoot, Idaho, is a barrel racing enthusiast who has taken some Quarter Horses off the track and converted them to that rodeo sport. The thought was in the back of his mind last summer when Fall for It was claimed from a cheap maiden race. Now the only thing in Fall for It’s future is more stakes.

In the Grade 2 La Primera Del Ano Derby over 400 yards, Fall for It ran the best race of her career, setting a stakes record of 19.35 seconds for 400 yards and winning by a convincing 2 1/2 lengths over Vivid Lady. She was ridden by Jay Conklin.

The difficult part going forward for Hyde and trainer Jim Hanson is finding suitable race for Fall for It, who has won 5 of 9 starts and $111,956. With the modest start of her career, Fall for It was not nominated to many of the lucrative derbys at Los Alamitos. She is eligible for the Southern California Derby on Dec. 17, but the trials for that race are not until Nov. 25. A race against older fillies and mares is possible this summer.

“You hate to not race when she’s doing so well right now,” said Ryan Hanson, the trainer’s son. “We want her to be sound and happy, and from there we’ll let her tell us what to do next.”

PK Fire upsets El Primero Del Ano

There is a $45,690 carryover into Friday’s pick six at Los Alamitos and it was largely caused when PK Fire ($76.40) upset a field that include 3-5 favorite One Sweet Jess in Sunday’s $239,500 El Primero Del Ano Derby.

PK Fire, ridden by Carlos Huerta, ran 400 yards in stakes-record time of 19.39 seconds, winning the first stakes of his career for owner Mike Abraham and Alfonzo Pasquel.

“He’s been on the cusp of good things his entire career,” Abraham said.

Current Sea, a 30-1 shot, finished second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths. One Sweet Jess, the winner of the Golden State Million Futurity last November, finished fifth after being bumped severely at the start by stablemate Eddie Ray Vaughn.

The All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs in September is a long-term goal for PK Fire and One Sweet Jess.