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Millionaire Tres Passes headlines tomorrow night’s Katella Handicap

March 12, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

In the same week that Forbes magazine named telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu as the world's richest man in its annual rankings, one of Quarter Horse racing's richest runners of all-time returns to action at Los Alamitos.

Tres Passes, who will headline the field to Saturday's $25,000 Katella Handicap, is the sport's second richest active Quarter Horse racing right now with $1,504,928. The figure makes the Tres Seis gelding the 17th richest Quarter Horse ever. Owned by Janet McKinnerney and trained by Blane Schvaneveldt, Tres Passes will look to add more money to his bank account when he faces six quality rivals in the Katella at Los Alamitos.

Tres Passes is only behind Stolis Winner among racing's richest active sprinters. Stolis Winner, of course, is second all-time on the money list, only behind the great three-time Champion of Champions winner Refrigerator. Tres Passes, meanwhile, would love nothing more than continue to move up the ladder among the Forbes-worthy list of Quarter Horses.

Spectacular during the autumn season of his 2-year-old campaign when winning the 2008 Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities, Tres Passes had a quiet sophomore year in 2009. A winner in only one of six starts, Tres Passes had a bad outing in his 2010 debut, as he threw his head at the start and ran eighth in a trial to the Los Alamitos Winter Championship. Schvaneveldt gave his star runner a 350-yard workout on February 26, which should bring the son of Tres Seis sharp for this start. If Tres Passes struggles again the Katella will not have a shortage of big name candidates looking to take advantage of the opportunity.

Ramiro Leira's Pappyscoronalilbro is one that enters the Katella after setting a 330-yard track record of :16.25 on February 19. Ed Allred's Beastly King is also hoping to make amends after running eighth in his season debut. The son of Metallic Lion ran in last year's El Primero Del Ano Derby and as a freshman ran in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity against Tres Passes and also in the Governor's Cup Futurity.

Masters Call, who ran in last year's Champion of Champions and most recently in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship, is another top name in the Katella, as is 2007 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Ancient Ruler. Newport Thursday, who has been on fire in each of his last two outings, albeit they both came at 300 yards, and 2009 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes finalist Fire Is On will also compete in the Katella.