08/26/2011 2:14PM

Los Alamitos: Filthy Fast big favorite for Golden State Derby

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – The $238,250 Golden State Derby at Los Alamitos on Sunday is the third major stakes final in the career of the 3-year-old gelding Filthy Fast. This time the pressure is on.

The Grade 1 Golden State Derby is the first time that Filthy Fast has gone into a top race as a heavy favorite.

Filthy Fast set the fastest qualifying time in the 400-yard trials on Aug. 14, winning the third and final division in 19.42 seconds as the 9-10 favorite. He will probably be that short of a price against seven rivals on Sunday evening.

Filthy Fast, who is by Splash Bac, the 1995 champion 2-year-old colt, and out of Corona Kool, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1999 and champion aged mare of 2001, races for Kolleen Ledgerwood and trainer Roberto Dominguez.

Filthy Fast has won 5 of 11 starts and $68,189. The trial for the Golden State Derby was his first race since a fourth as a 25-1 outsider in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby last February. At 2 last year, Filthy Fast was fourth in the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Futurity in October.

On trial night, Dominguez said that Filthy Fast was given a break in late winter through the early summer because the gelding was not eligible for the derbies run at Los Alamitos. The emphasis, he said, was to have Filthy Fast ready for the final months of the year. Dominguez tried to start Filthy Fast in a minor stakes, but the plan backfired.

“We didn’t get in any races,” Dominguez said. “I tried to sneak him in the Vandys Flash, but it didn’t fill.”

In the Aug. 14 trial, Filthy Fast led throughout and won by a half-length over Ambush Alley, another qualifier for the final.

“I was bit nervous but he ran well,” Dominguez said. “I’ve got a lot of faith in this horse.”

Pushing Dazies, a winner of the second division of the trials, will attract support. One of two fillies in the field of eight, Pushing Dazies is starting in her first major final. She qualified for the Ed Burke Million Futurity in June 2010 but did not start in the final because of sore shins.

The Golden State Derby trial was her second start of 2011.

Girlie Man won the first trial on Aug. 14 in a 24-1 upset. A gelding, Girlie Man was fifth in the Governor’s Cup Futurity in July 2010.