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Tremendous field set for Kaweah Bar Handicap on Saturday

April 20, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Story by Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

A trio of horses who have already won stakes races during the 2011 Quarter Horse season at Los Alamitos headline a contentious running of the $25,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap at 350 yards on Saturday evening, April 23.

The Kaweah Bar promises to be among the best races of the first half of this meet, as the 10-horse field is led by the impressive Holiday Handicap winner More Than You Know. Hoist Mission, the winner of this year’s Bellflower and Cypress handicaps, and Katella Handicap winner Whole Lot Of Karma are among the other top runners that will see action.

The fastest qualifier to last year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, the 3-year-old son of Azyoucansee faces older horses for the second race in a row when he starts from post eight in the Kaweah Bar. Trained by Mario Loza for Jose A. Lopez, More Than You Know beat the talented 4-year-old Forrest Fire in an allowance race on April 10 while posting the meet’s fastest 350-yard time of :17.10. His time was only 4/100ths of a second off the track record set by Divide The Cash in June of 2010.

Owned and bred by Michael Isom, Hoist Mission has been in a couple of tough battles already this year and he’s come through with flying colors both times. The Utah-bred won the Cypress Handicap by a nose on January 15 and then became the meet’s only multiple stakes winner when he won the Bellflower Handicap by a neck on February 12. Rafael Orozco will saddle the son of Maknmoves, who starts from post four with jockey Jay Conklin in the irons.

Vessels Stallion Farm and Bud Feldkamp’s Whole Lot Of Karma also figures to be a major force in this race after outdueling Mamas Justice and Blues Man Too in the Katella Handicap on March 12. Trained by Adam Farias, Whole Lot Of Karma won that 350-yard race in a solid :17.26, so he has the speed to keep up with More Than You Know. The 4-year-old Whole Lot Of Karma also won the PCQHRA Breeders Derby last season.

Mamas Justice and Blues Man Too also return to action in this race, with the later having the distinction of having run in the 2010 Champion of Champions, while the former ran fourth to Good Reason SA in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship to go along with his runner-up effort in the Katella.

Forrest Fire and First Down King are veterans of many stakes races in their careers and can definitely be among the track’s best on any given night, while Carlos Romero’s 5-year-old Hulapai is slowly regaining his great form from 2009 when he won a couple of stakes races. Hulapai also comes from the barn of Mario Loza and enters this race after a half-length allowance victory in early March. The 7-year-old Pepe El Trueno and the sometimes brilliant sprinter Bloke complete the field.

Saturday’s program also features the debut of Mauro Zaborowsky’s Hot Style in the sixth race. Hot Style has a lot of promise after posting a :12.20 gate drill on April 2. On the Thoroughbred side, the veteran runner Technician goes after his fifth straight victory in the fourth race of the night.

Fans are reminded that there is no live racing at the Orange County oval on Easter Sunday. Live racing resumes on Friday, April 29.