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Ab What A Runner Is Living Up to Her Name

Ab What A Runner, unbeaten in seven starts, is one of 17 3-year-olds who will be trying to qualify for the Los Alamitos Derby in a pair of trials tonight.

Owned by Kris and Donnie Hill and trained by Bret Vickery, Ab What A Runner, an Arizona-bred, won the 2002 All American Futurity at Ruidoso, N.M., and has earned nearly $1.1 million.

G.R. Carter will be aboard Ab What A Runner as she breaks from Post 6 in the first of the two 400-yard trials. The 10 fastest qualifiers will move on to the finals Nov. 8.

In the second trial, the California-bred Mongoose Jet Eye will seek his seventh win in eight starts against I Ought To Be First, Royal Miracle Dip, Mr Pie Chick, First To Flash, Deefirst, Doreme Fasolasi Win, Ipomea and First Place Queen.

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The picks: 1. Summer Getaway. 2. Regent Te. 3. Jaming Jammer. 4. Get Bugged. 5. Caperucita Roja. 6. Elainas Snowplow. 7. Kusu Man. 8. Ab What a Runner. 9. Mongoose Jet Eye. 10. Hez Blazin.

Four! Always Fighting and Summer Getaway in the first, Regent Te, Rapid Lady Jones and Ucr Dancer in the second, Jaming Jammer and Via Ventriloquist in the third and Get Bugged and Schofield Kid in the fourth.

Shots in the dark: Hint Of Scandal debuts for a new barn (Santiago Rodriguez) in the fifth. Devil In A Blue Jess could improve second time out over the track for trainer Bill Hoberg in the 10th.

Post Time: 6:30 p.m.

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On the Net: For entries and results from Los Alamitos, visit: www.latimes.com/horseracing.


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