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Ten to contest $75K Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile

January 11, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

In what has become this track’s premier turf race, a field of ten turf specialists—nearly equally divided between California shippers and local hopefuls—including last year’s winner, will make for a highly competitive $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile this Saturday at Turf Paradise.

The 8th renewal of the Fitzsimmons Mile also marks the occasion of the track’s 56th anniversary.

The Fitzsimmons Mile is named in honor of the late coach and executive of the Phoenix Suns, who was also an avid horse racing fan. The race will be run at one mile on the turf. Cotton’s widow, JoAnn Fitzsimmons, will present the winner’s trophy.

In the previous seven runnings of the Fitzsimmons Mile, local horses have the edge, winning the stakes five of seven runnings, with years 2007-2008 going to California shippers.

Here is a closer look at this year’s field:


Briartic County
Lifetime record/earnings: 18-6-5-2/$65,026
Trainer/Jockey: Robert Anderson/Richard Hamel
Recent Best Effort: Won 12/18/11
Comment: Won last two starts; one-for-one on local turf

Lifetime record/earnings: 33-11-9-4/$202,847
Trainer/Jockey: Rick Houghton/Mike Ziegler
Recent Best Effort: Won Hank Mills Stakes, 12/17/11
Comment: Competitive stakes horse, primarily on dirt

All Saint
Lifetime record/earnings: 29-7-3-2/$250,116
Trainer/Jockey: Wilton Whitehouse/Mike Iammarino
Recent Best Effort: Second Walter Cluer Stakes, 10/29/11
Comment: Front-runner, won Fitzsimmons Mile 2011

California Shippers

Lifetime record/earnings: 15-3-1-1/$55,040
Trainer/Jockey: Randy Rarick/Wilson Dieguez
Recent Best Effort: Victory prep over local turf course 12/26/11
Comment: Races primarily in southern California

Leroy’s Dynameaux
Lifetime record/earnings: 17-3-2-4/$208,752
Trainer/Jockey: Mark Glatt/Stephan Heiler
Recent Best Effort: 3rd Santa Anita’s Lure Stakes, 11/5/11
Comment: Faced tougher California; strictly turf horse

Saratoga Boot
Lifetime record/earnings: 19-3-2-4
Trainer/Jockey: Mike Chambers/Anne Von Rosen
Recent Best Effort: Victory prep over local turf course, 12/10/11
Comment: Campaigns at Golden Gate

Life Is a Rock
Lifetime record/earnings: 19-5-2-6/$144,206
Trainer/Jockey: Robertino Diodoro/Jorge Carreno
Recent Best Effort: 2nd at Golden Gate, 12/29/11
Comment: Golden Gate shipper gets leading rider

Lifetime record/earnings: 34/8-7-6/$419,710
Trainer/Jockey: Robertino Diodoro/Kelly Bridges
Recent Best Effort: 3rd, Santa Anita, 11/3/11
Comment: Leading earner, best turf record

Fast Track
Lifetime record/earnings: 9-2-0-3/$30,940
Trainer/Jockey: Molly Pearson/Adolfo Morales
Recent Best Effort: 3rd Golden Gate, 12/10/11
Comment: California based, but broke maiden at Turf, 10/30/11

Mr. Candy Bar
Lifetime record/earnings: 15-2-2-2/$77,260
Trainer/Jockey: OJ Jauregui/Scott Stevens
Recent Best Effort: 3rd, Golden Gate, 11/17/11
Comment: All in-money-efforts on turf