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Itís a night of stakes races on California Breeders Champions Night

July 27, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

13 stakes races on tap with an average field size of 8.6 horses per race

A total of $942,500 in purse money will be up for grabs as 13 Quarter Horse stakes races for California-breds headlines a terrific Champions Night program on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The three richest races on the night will be the $380,000 Governorís Cup Futurity, the $222,500 Governorís Cup Derby and the $100,000 Spencer L. Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap. Fillies and mares will be in action in the $50,000 Matron Stakes with nine other divisional races also slated for this outstanding night of action. Ten 2-year-old sprinters will be in action in the rich Governorís Cup Futurity at 350 yards in the 12th race on the card. The field will include fastest qualifier La Gata Negra and stakes winner Remembering Spence.

Bred by Paul Jones and Thompson Racing Inc, Henoshersecret has been so consistent that one could see him popping up with a huge race in the futurity final. Jockey Ramon Sanchez and Paul Jones are masters with the big money on the line and the bay colt is the son of 2006 All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here. Henoshersecret is one of the most experienced horses in this race and the fact that he draws the outside nine posts means that he could have a lot of racing room on the outside to move away from any possible traffic jams in the middle of track.

LJM Ranch Incís Don Loncho has been sharp in his last two races, winning both in style for trainer Jose Flores. Don Loncho posted some fast workouts before debuting on April 13 and he ran a strong second to Henoshersecret when they both made their racing debuts. Now that heís won his last two starts, is Don Loncho ready to avenge his only loss against Henoshersecret in this futurity finale?

Trainer Charles Treece has done great work with 2-year-olds owned by the partnership headed by Jon and Linda Cannon. Their stakes finalists have included Governorís Cup Futurity and Derby winner Hard Hitting plus Bikers Bono, Hawk Mas Dinero and now Clever Me, whoíll race in Saturdayís Governorís Cup Futurity. While still a maiden, Clever Me has improved with each outing and Treeceís past success in the Governorís Cup races makes Clever Me tough to ignore.

Hall of Fame owner and breeder Ed Allred will be represented by the gray gelding Swindler from the barn of trainer Scott Willoughby. Swindler ran a game second to Don Loncho in the trials and has also shown the ability to leave the gate with a lot of quickness in each of his four career starts. Swindlerís sire is TR Dasher, who also sired Clever Me plus Francisco Guzmanís Remembering Spence and Dutch Masters IIIís Docs All Heart. Allred owns TR Dasher, who stands at Burns Ranch, and also heads the syndicates of stallions Walk Thru Fire and Stel Corona. The brilliant Walk Thru Fire sired Armando Arreola Jrís fastest qualifier La Gata Negra plus Double Bar S Ranchís I Go Out Walkin, Gildardo Garciaís Secretly Hot and Don Loncho. Stel Corona is the sire of Double Bar S Ranchís Beg Stel Or Borrow.

Terrific cast in Governorís Cup Derby

The $222,500 Governorsí Cup Derby is one of the most star-studded stakes race in Saturdayís California Breeders Champions Night.

The 400-yard derby will feature Mimi Wellsí El Primero Del Ano Derby winner New Look, who has won four of five races and $93,250 this year, plus Billy Smith and Pat Guthrieís Terrific Synergy, who posted the fastest qualifying time to this derby, and Berenisse and Marlyn Gonzalezís Kindly Fellow, the runner-up in last yearís Ed Burke Million Futurity and an impressive derby trial winner in his 2012 debut.

All eyes will be on Terrific Synergy, who will be ridden by G.R. Carter and saddled by Cody Joiner, as the FDD Dynasty gelding was lights out when winning his trial by 2 1/4 lengths on July 14. The sorrel sprinter was easily the fastest qualifier, bettering the time posted by second fastest qualifier Kindly Fellow by nearly 2/10ths of a second. Terrific Synergy is a perfect four for four in trial racesand heís also qualified to all four of the stakes races his aimed for in his career, but heís also winless in stakes finals. Will this finally be Terrific Synergyís moment to shine in a stakes race? Cody Joiner previously won this race when he was involved with Smith and Guthrieís FDD Dynasty in the 2007 running of the Governorís Cup Derby.

PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Ima Chickie Two, Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Eye For FDD, El Primero Del Ano Derby finalist Sompin About First, Curlie Cue, Shes Prime Time, Chicks Boudro and Pony Drive will complete this talented cast.

Hot Hitter looks to make history

Bred by Ed Allred and racing for Arnold Gonzalez, Hot Hitter will look to make history in Saturdayís Restricted Grade 1 $100,000 Spencer L. Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap.

Hot Hitter will look to become the first horse to sweep the three richest events contested annually on California Breeders Champions Night: The Governorís Cup Futurity, Governorís Cup Derby and Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap.

Sired by current California stallion of the year Walk Thru Fire and out of the 2008 PCQHRA champion broodmare Chickasis, Hot Hitter won the Governorís Cup Futurity in 2010 and followed it up by winning the Governorís Cup Derby last year. Heíll now face 10 talented older horses in the Spencer Childers at 400 yards. Trained by Guillermo Morales, Hot Hitter has finished in the money in 13 of 15 career starts and has also won five races. His earnings of $505,827 make him easily the richest horse in the Spencer Childers. Rodrigo Aceves will ride Hot Hitter, who is making his first start of 2012 and his first since running third to the talented Senor Toby in the A Ransom Handicap on December 16.

Hot Hitter will be facing a group of that includes Kaweah Bar Handicap winner Creston Goer and recent Vessels Maturity finalists Frosty Younger, Flaming Out and Buying Snow. Heíll also be taking on the 10-year-old pro Preciosnist RM, who has 19 of 64 career starts. Other standouts in this race include Muller Racing LLCís Shining First Dash, who was a top star as a 2-year-old in 2009, and a winner of nearly $400,000. De Moss, who scored an allowance race on July 7, Independence Day Handicap runner-up Twelve Stepper and the multiple Grade 1 finalist Walkin Bac will look to spoil Hot Hitterís attempt for a three-race California Breeders Champions Night sweep.

By the way, the only horses to have won three races on California Breeders Champions Night are World Champions A Ransom and Be A Bono. Hot Hitter is a three-quarter brother to Hot Hitter, who won the Governorís Cup Futurity and Derby, during his racing career.

Stars in action on Champions Night

The 13-race program on California Breeders Champions Night will offer a cavalcade of stakes winners throughout the night. The $50,000 Matron Stakes will be headed by a great duel between Charger Bar Handicap runner-up Getit Together and former claimer and recent Ivan Ashment Handicap winner Classic Sassy Check at 400 yards. The two met in the Ivan Ashment and the Jose Uranga-owned Classic Sassy Check won by 3/4 lengths. Oh La Traffic, who ran third in the Ivan Ashment, will look to knock them both down in the Matron Stakes.

Mimi Wells, who owns Getit Together, will send her old faithful runner Forrest Fire in the $25,000 Sprint Stakes. A career winner of $284,079, Forrest Fire became a stakes winner for the first time when he won the Katella Handicap on March 11. Heíll be facing a big time field of runners that will include 2007 champion 3-year-old gelding Little Bit Of Baja, recent Vessels Maturity finalist Fire Is On and multiple Grade 1 finalist BF Farm Boy.

Ed Allredís Kool Million, winner of the $151,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes and Dillingham Handicap, will headline the $25,000 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds, while 2-year-old stars High School Secrets, Got No Secrets and Mama Mia Bella are among are among those competing in a pair of Freshman Stakes divisions. The $25,000 Debutante for fillies is also part of the stakes lineup.

Free Los Alamitos Cap on Saturday, July 28

Champions Night also features a Los Alamitos Cap giveaway. Six stylish colors will be available for on-track fans with a paid nighttime admission. Giveaway will be held while supplies last.