07/25/2013 2:28PM

Los Alamitos: Moonist tries to follow in mom's hoofprints in Governor's Cup Futurity


Your First Moon was the champion 2-year-old filly and overall champion 2-year-old of 2001, a season in which she won the Governor’s Cup Futurity at Los Alamitos. A dozen years later, her foal Moonist can win the same race for 2-year-old Quarter Horses on Saturday.

Moonist was the second-fastest qualifier for the $388,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity in time trials July 13, running 350 yards in 17.38 seconds. The win left trainer John Cooper confident that Moonist, a gelding by Separatist, can win Saturday.

“He’s coming into his own,” Cooper said after the trials. “It takes a little longer for some. He’s racing because he can, but he’ll put it all together one day. He’ll race the longer distances as well, and one of these days he’ll do everything perfect.”

Moonist, purchased for $21,500 by Ronald Hartley at the Los Alamitos Equine sale last October, is part of a strong field in the Governor’s Cup Futurity, the richest race on an 11-race program for California-bred Quarter Horses.

Moonist drew the outside post in a field of 10. His main competition is fastest qualifier Chalalita, who was timed in 17.34 in the time trials; and Nefertity, an unbeaten filly who won her division of the trials in 17.43.

Secretly Hot, winner of the 2012 Governor’s Cup Futurity, starts in the $181,500 Governor’s Cup Derby, but will be among the outsiders in a field of 10. Secretly Hot was third in a division of the Governor’s Cup Derby trials behind I Go Out Walkin on July 12.

I Go Out Walkin is owned by Double Bar S Ranch, which starts fastest qualifier Scoop of Sunshine, a filly who won her 2013 debut in the Governor’s Cup Derby trials. In the trials, Scoop of Sunshine beat Revv Me Up, who won the La Primera Del Ano Derby for fillies in April.

The $100,000 Spencer Childers Championship for older horses will be the first start of 2013 for Chivalry Sr, who the 2011 Childers. A 6-year-old gelding, Chivalry Sr won the Los Alamitos Championship last October, but was last of 10 in the Champion of Champions last December.

Chivalry Sr faces two derby winners from 2012 – New Look, who won the El Primero Del Ano Derby; and Check My Thoughts, who won the Golden State and Southern California derbies.