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New track record holder heads Kaweah Bar Handicap

April 22, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Five of the seven contenders in the $25,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap to be held on Saturday at Los Alamitos will enter the Grade 3 event looking to extend a winning streak while taking part in one of the most competitive races held thus far in the 2009 meeting.

Leading the way is Armando Aguirre’s Freaky, fresh off his 350-yard track record-setting performance on March 19th here at Los Alamitos. A length and a quarter winner that evening, he rolled to a convincing victory over a pair of Grade I winners in Trisk and Value The Man. Making only his first start for trainer Adan Farias, the sorrel son of Tr Dasher stopped the timer in a super-fast clocking of 17.14 seconds.

Another horse that figures to receive strong support from the wagering public is Felix A. Gonzalez’s A Mere Chocolate. Trained by Jesus Nunez, he enters this race in terrific form. Although he was disqualified last time out in his trial to the Los Alamitos Winter Championship, he still turned in a very strong race, finishing a length ahead of multiple stakes winner Magic Show Czech and Jp Rhythm. In addition to that performance, he also enjoyed a dynamite sophomore campaign, taking the Grade I Los Alamitos Winter Derby and qualifying to the Los Alamitos Super Derby and the Southern California Derby as well.

Go Straight could also run a big race. A winner last time out at the allowance level, he overcame a troubled beginning to get up for the head victory over Pistoli and Freaky. Prior to that, he also finished second in the California Breeders’ 550 Sophomore Stakes and in an allowance affair behind Southern California Derby winner Short Czech in May of 2008. Idle since last August, he will have to overcome an eight-month layoff in order to perform well in the Kaweah Bar. However, Go Straight turned in the second-fastest 220-yard workout of the day on March 18th and has run excellent in the past when racing off of a layoff.

Go Love A Lark Go and Pappyscoronalilbro could also pose a threat. A twelve-time winning veteran from the barn of trainer Hector Jaime Hernandez, this seven-year-old brings a wealth of class into this event. A two-time stakes winner last season, he knocked off Champion of Champions winner Jess You And I in the 220-yard Vespero Handicap last August. Pappyscoronalilbro should also run well. First or second in each of his last seven starts, he has won six races in the past two years and brings razor-sharp form into tonight’s event. A winner over $30,000 claimers in his last two starts, he’ll take on stakes competition for the first time in his career. Jesus Nunez’s Chiselled In Glory and 2007 Quarter Horse Racing Journal Stakes winner Hawk In The City will complete the field.

The full field for the Kaweah Bar Handicap
Post Horse               Jockey 
1 Go Love a Lark Go Cesar DeAlba
2 Freaky Rodrigo Aceves
3 Go Straight Alex Bautista
4 Hawk in the City Dennis M. Means
5 Chiselled in Glory Eduardo Nicasio
6 A Mere Chocolate Juan P. Andrade
7 Pappyscoronalilbro Ramon Sanchez