The Racing Journal Logo

No Secrets Here Earns Berth to Champion of Champions

December 4, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

No Secrets Here, shown here winning his 2007 Z. Wayne Griffin Director, November 24, 2007.
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Benny Rosset and Vessels Stallion Farm’s No Secrets Here, the winner of the 2006 All American Futurity, has earned a berth to the $750,000 Champion of Champions following the announcement that Bank of America Challenge Championship winner WRS Special Shoe will skip this year’s Grade 1 classic for older horses at 440 yards.

The Champion of Champions will be held at Los Alamitos on Saturday, December 13.

No Secrets Here made the field after his runner-up effort to Little Bit Of Baja in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on Friday, November 21. His return to the Champion of Champions lineup is sweet redemption for his connections. Last year, the son of First Down Dash had to be scratched out of last year’s race after getting cast in his stall on the days leading up to the race.

If No Secrets Here wins the Champion of Champions he will earn $375,000 and raise his lifetime earnings to $1,997,095. That would make him the richest racing stallion of all-time and third richest racehorse ever, only behind three-time Champion of Champions winner Refrigerator ($2,126,309) and last year’s Champion of Champions winner Blues Girl Too ($2,032,328). After the Champion of Champions, No Secrets Here will begin his stallion career at Vessels Stallion Farm, where 2007 Grade 1 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship winner Strength In Numbers and 2008 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap winner Stylish Jess Br will head his first book of mares.

“After he ran second in the Directors Trials, we left the option open to run in the Champion of Champions,” said Vince Genco, the U.S. equine manager for Brazilian-based owner Benny Rosset. “Our plan is to point him to run in the Champion of Champions. The one thing that would stop us is if he goes into the race less than 100 percent. We want No Secrets Here to give us a good showing and we’re really excited about having him run in this race.

“Benny had two horses qualify to the Champion of Champions last year but neither of them made the starting gate because of unexpected circumstances,” Genco said. “I guess it wasn’t meant to be last year. Benny has two horses in the Champion of Champions this year in No Secrets Here and Stylish Jess Br in Strength, so maybe we’ll get lucky this year.”

Rosset, one of Brazil’s most influential horsemen in Quarter Horse racing, will arrive to California on the morning of the Champion of Champions to enjoy the race. “Benny is very happy. It’s like sweet redemption,” Genco added.