09/29/2009 11:00PM

Trial's fastest gives a final another shot


Twice last year, Jessanotheraffair qualified for major futurities after winning a time trial, only to lose the final. He finished sixth in the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity and third in the Golden State Million Futurity.

The theme has continued this fall, at least in regard to winning time trials. Jessanotheraffair is the fastest qualifier for Friday's $176,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby at Los Alamitos. This time, assistant trainer Cody Joiner believes the gelding is ready for a breakthrough performance in the final.

"Last year, he lacked a little bit of maturity," Joiner said. "This year, he trains a lot more focused, doing his day-to-day things. He has shown me no reason to believe that he won't be very tough to beat."

Owned by Karen Bennett and trained by Cody's father, Michael Joiner, Jessanotheraffair has won 4 of 10 starts and $202,365, the bulk of which was earned from his third-place finish in the Golden State Million last November. Following that race, Jessanotheraffair underwent surgery to have bone chips removed from a knee.

This year, he has made three starts, twice at Ruidoso - a seventh in the Higheasterjet Handicap and a second in an allowance race - before winning a division of the PCQHRA Breeders' Derby trials on Sept. 18.

In the 400-yard PCQHRA trials, Jessanotheraffair outfinished Reida Hay Worth, a filly who was third in the 2008 Ed Burke Million and PCQHRA futurities. She, too, is considered a leading contender in Friday's race.

"I thought he came out of the toughest of the three trials," Cody Joiner said.

The field of 10 also includes Sixish, who won the 2008 PCQHRA Futurity, but was only fourth behind Jessanotheraffair in the Sept. 18 time trials after acting up in the gate. Trained by Jaime Gomez, Sixish was second in two major futurities in 2008 - the Kindergarten and Ed Burke Million - but is winless in three starts this year.

Like Jessanotheraffair, the other winners of the time trials are seeking their first stakes wins - Dickson Creek, who needed nine races to beat maidens, and Cartels First Card, who was fifth in the 2008 PCQHRA Futurity.

15 straight for Snowbound Superstar

Snowbound Superstar extended his winning streak to 15 races in Sunday's California Distance Challenge Stakes at Santa Anita, establishing a record for a Quarter Horse.

Snowbound Superstar won the 870-yard race by a nose over Bad Act after racing in traffic and being forced wide on the turn.

Snowbound Superstar will attempt to win his 16th consecutive race in the $125,000 Red Cell Racing Distance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos on Oct. 31.

Trained by Paul Jones for Tom and Brenda Brinkley, Snowbound Superstar broke a record jointly held by Josie's Bar (1953-54), Destiny Drummer (1980-82), and Pies Royal Request (1994-95).