10/22/2008 11:00PM

Vessels owns pair of aces


It could be a good night for Scoop Vessels and his Vessels Stallion Farm in the Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Championship, a stakes started by his grandfather Frank Vessels after he founded Los Alamitos Race Course.

Vessels has two in the race, and he bred and co-owns them: 2007 Champion of Champion runner-up Little Bit of Baja, and 2006 All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here.

Little Bit of Baja had a superb fall campaign last year when he won the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby and then finished second behind world champion Blue Girl Too's 440-yard track-record run in the Grade 1, $1 million Champion of Champions. Blues Girl Too's track record erased the previous track record set by two-time world champion Dash for Cash in 1976.

Little Bit of Baja was laid off after December's Champion of Champions and returned for trainer Felipe Quintero to finish third in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap. He rallied from the inside to finish one length behind champion Jess You and I in the 400-yard stakes.

The Paul Jones-trained No Secrets Here relishes 440 yards, as evidenced by his All American Futurity win at 2.

No Secrets Here has been favored in each of his four 2008 starts, but is winless with three second-place finishes. Those runner-up efforts included the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship and the Grade 1 Go Man Go, each at 400 yards.

Lone Star: Futurity up for grabs

Vertical Vision and Lethal Delight, the top two qualifiers, are each stepping up to the Grade 1 futurity ranks when they head a wide-open Grade 1, $531,945 Dash for Cash Futurity on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Vertical Vision has won his latest two starts, a first-level allowance and his Dash for Cash Futurity trial. His 1 1/4-length trial victory came in 19.695 seconds for 400 yards, the fastest time from the 16 trials held on Oct. 11.

Lethal Delight has been unable to make more than one start within a month, but she has raced to three wins from those three well-spaced starts. She came back from a 90-day layoff for her Dash for Cash Futurity trial to win by 1 1/4 lengths with the second-fastest time of 19.710 seconds.

The class edge in the Dash for Cash Futurity belongs to Miss Sin Tacha. The third-place finisher in the Grade 1, $1 million Heritage Place Futurity overcame a bump at the start to win her Dash for Cash Futurity trial by 1 3/4 lengths as the even-money favorite.

The Grade 1, $206,300 Dash for Cash Derby, also on Saturday night, features Ima Candy Suspect trying for his fifth straight win and his first Grade 1 victory. Two starts ago, he won the Grade 2 Gold Cup Derby and then ended Zazoom's five-race winning streak in their Dash for Cash Derby trial. Ima Candy Suspect raced to the fastest-qualifying time of 21.737 seconds.