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AZ-bred Rylees Boy is new Champion of Champions; WA-bred Deniro 5th

December 16, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Rylees Boy (#10) and Flame N Flash (#2) battle to the last jump
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
10-to-1 longshot Rylees Boy put in a big rally to outfinish the surprising 3-year-old filly Flame N Flash to become the oldest horse ever to win the Grade 1 $750,000 Champion of Champions last night at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Trained by Paul Jones , who picked up his sixth Champion of Champions victory, and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Rylees Boy beat Flame N Flash by a head while covering the 440-yard in :21.382. Rylees Boy is the first 7-year-old to win the Champion of Champions. The distinction of being the oldest Champion of Champions winner had previously belonged to two-time world champion Tailor Fit, who won the 2001 running at the age of six.

Itís clear that thereís still plenty of spring left in Rylees Boy's step, as the Arizona-bred scored his fourth win of the year and 21st in 43 career starts. Owned by Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez, the son of Heza Motor Scooter earned $375,000 for this win to take his career earnings to $1,321,166.

Meanwhile, Washington-bred Deniro, hero of the Los Alamitos Super Derby in November, started with the lead pack, but could not sustain a championship run, finishing fifth, less than a length back of the winner, as the 7-to-2 second choice.

The 9-to-5 favorite Cold Cash 123 showed very little in the race, finishing eighth.

Look for the full story in the January issue of TRJ—The Racing Journal.