Zenyatta’s victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic was not the last million-dollar race contested on Saturday in Southern California. That distinction went to the $1 million Los Alamitos Super Derby; a 400-yard test for 3-year-old Quarter Horses, won by Foose, last year’s champion 2-year-old colt.
Foose was clear of his Super Derby rivals midway down the stretcth to win by a 1/2 length in 19.45. Jockey Ramon Sanchez, who earlier this year won the $1.9 million All American Futurity with Running Brook Gal, claimed a record sixth Super Derby victory with Foose, who he rode for trainer Paul Jones and owner Ed Allred.
This was the second million-dollar victory for Foose, who won the Ed Burke Million Futurity last year. The Stel Corona-sired colt earned $398,160 in the Super Derby to take his lifetime earnings to $1,496,938. The victory also earned him a berth in this year’s $750,000 Champion of Champions, at Los Alamitos on December 12. His was the final “win and you’re in” berth to the race that includes three-time track record holder and number one ranked Freaky.
“We’ll probably need Freaky to have a bad day, in order to beat him in the Champion of Champions,” said Jones, who has won four Super Derbies, including the 2006 running with Wave Carver.
Foose now joins an elite group of horses, including champions Ocean Runaway and Stolis Winner, that have won two or more races with purses worth $1 million or more.