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World Champion Cold Cash 123 heads Sunday’s Go Man Go Handicap


September 21, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Cold Cash 123, shown with trainer Denny Ekins, arrived at Los Alamitos on August 3
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
T. Bill Stables, Inc’s reigning World Champion Cold Cash 123 is set to make one of the most anticipated local debuts ever at Los Alamitos Race Course when he headlines an outstanding 10-horse field to the Grade 1 $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap on Sunday night.

To be ridden by Roy Baldillez for trainer Denny Ekins, the multiple Grade 1 stakes winning Cold Cash 123 has drawn post number eight in the Go Man Go and will face a field that includes the impressive Governor’s Cup Derby winner Terrific Synergy, 2011 champion aged gelding Rylees Boy and the track’s 400-yard track record holder Chivalry SR. Cold Cash 123 will be racing at Los Alamitos for the first time, making him the first sprinter since Winalota Cash in the 1996 Champion of Champions to make his local debut while being the reigning World Champion Quarter Horse. The winner of the Go Man Go will earn a berth to this year’s $750,000 Champion of Champions.

Ekins has crossed every T and dotted every i preparing Cold Cash 123 for this event. “We schooled him in the paddock and he was fantastic in there,” he added.

The trainer aso gave the T Bill Stables Inc.-bred 4-year-old gelding by Oak Tree Special a solid 350-yard gate drill on September 7. Baldillez flew in to work Cold Cash 123 and the connections were pleased with the result - a powerful looking :18.20 drill.

“The Go Man Go is a stepping stone for some upcoming big races for Cold Cash 123 in the form of the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship and the Champion of Champions. There could be a learning curve for him in his first local start, but that's why we wanted him to run in the Go Man Go. The owners are coming out to see the race so it's definitely going to be a special night."

Previously trained by the great Sleepy Gilbreath, Cold Cash 123 arrives having won each of his last five starts that include the Grade 1 $250,000 Remington Park Championship and the $100,000 Leo Stakes at Remington Park, the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park at Sunland Park and the $375,000Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park. Cold Cash 123 has earned $1,190,281 while winning 11 of 16 career starts.

Racing for Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie, the 3-year-old Terrific Synergy came into his own on California Breeders Champions Night with a scintillating 1¾ length victory in a 400-yard time of :19.48. He’ll need to repeat every bit of that effort against the toughest field that he’s ever faced. The gelded son of FDD Dynasty, who had a 2¼ length victory two races ago, looked razor sharp when drilling 220 yards in :12.30 on September 6. G.R. Carter comes in to ride the winner of six of nine career starts and $282,616.

“The horses in the field are incredible tough,” said trainer Cody Joiner. “Terrific Synergy is a 3-year-old stepping up against older horses. We feel he’s reached the next level and he’s confident. If he can put it all together then we feel he’ll be a formidable opponent. I couldn’t be happier with the draw. I like to be right next to Cold Cash 123 and Sparky E Boy. It’s probably the best post Terrific Synergy has drawn in a while. Terrific Synergy is a closer so that’s going to make it fun to see him come after the quick breakers.”

Reed Pierson’s Sparky E Boy loves the big stage, as proven by his near upset win in the Champion of Champions at 26-to-1 odds and his solid victory in the Bank of America California Championship. He also has the services of top jockey Rodrigo Aceves for trainer Francisco Ramirez.

Perennial champion trainer Paul Jones sends out a couple of new faces in his barn in the form of Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Rylees Boy, last year’s Remington Park Championship winner, and Juan Humberto Moya’s Twelve Stepper, who scored in the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap. Juan Aleman will send out track record holder Chivalry SR in what will be the gelding’s first start of the year. Racing for Stern Ranches, he finished third in last year’s Champion of Champions.