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Locals set for Starter Allowance Challenge


October 25, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Full Snow Moon, Snow Patrol, and Corona With Lime, with 74 combined starts at Los Alamitos, are all in promising form for the $75,000 Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship during the Bank of America Challenge Championships this Saturday, October 29, at Los Alamitos Race Course.

The 350-yard Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship is the richest purse that any of these horses have ever chased. The Starter Allowance Challenge celebrates horses that have raced for a $5,000 claiming price or less in the past year. Claiming races provide the bulk of races at tracks throughout North America, so these horses represent racing’s blue-collar workers.

Full Snow Moon, by This Snow Is Royal out of Poetic Motions (by Dash For Cash), makes his first start for owner Jose De La Torre and trainer Ugo De La Torre after being claimed for $20,000 out of a third-place effort as the 2-to-1 favorite on July 2 at Los Alamitos. He earned his starting spot in the Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship by winning the Pfizer Sun Downs Starter Allowance Challenge in a track record :17.45 for 350 yards on May 7.

Robert Parra’s Snow Patrol, by This Snow Is Royal out of Streakin Love (by Streakin Six), has won his last two races and is having one of his finest years as a 6-year-old, with three wins and a second-place finish from four starts in 2011. The gelding won at the $5,000 claiming level two starts ago at Los Alamitos and then traveled to Emerald Downs to win the Pfizer Emerald Downs Starter Allowance Challenge, earning his berth in the Championship. He started his 2011 campaign for trainer Valentin Zamudio with a fast win over 300 yards in :15.35 for a $10,000 claiming price at Los Alamitos. Snow Patrol has started 35 times over his five-year career and returned with 12 wins, four second-place finishes and six third-place efforts.

Leopoldo Sanchez’s Corona With Lime, by Stel Corona out of Dashin Dashetta (by Dashin Moon Shadow), has only made two starts this year for trainer Hector Sanchez, but he has come through with a second behind Snow Patrol for a $5,000 tag in June and then won the Pfizer Los Alamitos Starter Allowance in August. He held on to get that win by a nose in a sharp :17.26 for the 350 yards.

Bank On It’s Eyes Movin, by Mr Eye Opener out of Movin Meter (by Meter Me Gone), makes his Los Alamitos debut for trainer Bill Hoburg after finishing just a nose behind Snow Patrol in the Pfizer Emerald Downs Starter Allowance on September 4. The consistent gelding has finished first or second in his five most recent races with a win at the $7,500 claiming level at Les Bois Park in July.