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October 27, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

 LOS ALAMITOS RACECOURSE, CYPRESS, CA --- Jesus Nunez will send out three talented older stars, while champion trainer Paul Jones will be represented by five runners among the 10 that will see action in the Grade 3 $38,750 First Down Dash Handicap at 400 yards.

    Nunez’ trio is headed by Rare Coup, the winner of the Pomona Championship at Fairplex Park. Racing for Mauricio Gomez and Lake Mathews Mare Farm Inc, Rare Coup is a long time veteran of Grade 1 stakes races at Los Alamitos. Prior to the Pomona Championship, Rare Coup took on the likes of champions Catchmeinyourdreams and Whosleavingwho in this year’s Go Man Go Handicap, Vessels Maturity, and Los Alamitos Winter Championship.
By Orlando Gutirrez
   Rare Coup won back-to-back allowance races at Los Alamitos earlier this year, so he is a definite threat in this race. Hector Cuevas, who entered the week as the meet’s leading Quarter Horse rider with 134 wins, will be aboard the Rare Form gelding.

    Santispac, the winner of the Pomona Express Handicap at Fairplex Park, and Royal Prosity are the other Nunez-trainees in this race. Racing for Carolina Trevino, Santispac has not been as impressive at Los Alamitos as he has been at other tracks this year. He has yet to win in eight local starts this year. On the other hand, Manuel Carmona’s Royal Prosity has been ultra consistent this season, as he has hit the board in all nine outings. The Royal Quick Dash gelding was maiden at the beginning of the year, but he has since won four races and even finished second in the Independence Day Handicap.

    Jones has a slew of superstars in the First Down Dash, a list that includes All American Derby finalist Brookstone Bay and Jess Louisiana Blue, the champion aged stallion in 2002. Brookstone Bay enters after a runner-up effort in the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap for 3-year-olds How will he handle facing older horses for the first time? Meanwhile, Jess Louisiana Blue did not race in 2003 before returning with a fourth place finish to Rare Coup in the Pomona Championship.

    Jones’ barn also sends out track record holder Be Real Quick, who owns the fastest 300-yard clocking ever at Los Alamitos; Southern California Derby runner-up Coronas Prospect; and the stakes placed Bobcat Bob.

    The Patricia Visscher-trained Pats Charming Guy, winner of the Independence Day Handicap, and the red-hot Splashn Joe round out the field. Friday’s program will also feature an $11,950 allowance for 2-year-olds featuring PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist Aries Man and Grade 3 stakes winner Ruffles On A High.