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Talented fillies in action in Go Josie Go Handicap

March 27, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Mike Abraham’s Required Fire, who is a perfect 3-for-3 racing at Los Alamitos, is among the talented 3-year-old fillies that will be in action in Friday’s $15,000 Go Josie Go Handicap at Los Alamitos.

To be ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores, Required Fire will come into this race after posting a nose victory over recent La Primera Del Ano Derby finalist Revv Me Up in the $125,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on February 24. Required Fire also posted solid wins here on January 12 and February 2. Abraham bred the Walk Thru Fire filly, who’ll start from post two in the Go Josie Go.

Trainer Paul Jones will saddle a pair of outstanding fillies in the Go Josie Go. The AQHA champion trainer will send out two-time graded futurity finalist Joy Roses Eagle SA to make her first start of the year in this race. The daughter of One Famous Eagle has not raced since winning her Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trial in November. Jones will also saddle John Andreini and Vince Genco’s Bolt Lightly, who ran second in the Holiday Handicap on New Year’s Eve and also finished third in last year’s Corona Chick Handicap. Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Buy Buy and allowance winner Emblaze completed the field.

The Go Josie Go Handicap is scheduled as the ninth race on Friday night; approximate posttime 10:10 p.m. Pacific Time.

Do you remember the champion filly Go Josie Go?

Imagine having a baby sired by an AQHA World Champion and out of an AQHA World Champion which then goes on to become an AQHA World Champion? In 1962, such a horse was born and her name was Go Josie Go. This great distaffer will be honored on Friday night with the running of the $15,000 Go Josie Go Handicap at Los Alamitos

Bred by Frank Vessels, Go Josie Go was the daughter of 1955, 1956 and 1957 World Champion Go Man Go and 1954 World Champion Josie's Bar. Go Josie Go would live up to her royal breeding, as she would go on to win 19 of 38 starts with earnings of $152,511. Her accomplishments were many and few ladies were as decorated as Go Josie Go.

The sorrel sprinter enjoyed a remarkable year in 1965, as she took home three championship titles, topped by the 1965 World Champion trophy. She was also named the top female runner - (champion mare) and the champion 3-year-old filly. In 1966, Go Josie Go repeated as champion mare and also added the title of champion aged mare. She also set the 300 yard track record at Los Alamitos in '66 when covering the distance in :15.38. She was also recognized by the AQHA as a Superior Race Horse in 1966.

During her great year of '65, Go Josie Go won the Autumn Championship, Los Alamitos Derby and Kaweah Bar Handicap. She also won the Autumn Championship in 1966 when she faced the following star field: Tiny Watch (1965 Champion Quarter Racing Stallion, 1966 Champion Quarter Racing Aged Stallion), Duplicate Copy (1966 & 1967 Champion Stallion and Champion Aged Stallion), The Ole Man (multiple stakes winner), Cee Bar Deck, Miss Gold Angel (winner of the 1965 Kindergarten Futurity and 1966 Los Alamitos Super Derby), Bar None Doll (1966 champion 3-year-old filly and 1967 champion aged mare), Bunny Capri and Joe Sherry (1963 champion 2-year-old gelding and 1965 and 1966 champion aged gelding owned by movie star Ben Johnson) - no easy field by any standard.

She also won the Josie's Bar Handicap, a race named after her dam, who happened to be a tremendous runner in her own right. Josie's Bar won 14 races and five stakes races, including the 1954 Pacific Coast QHRA Derby and California Championship. Go Josie Go, meanwhile, went on to the breeding shed in the late 1960s to modest success. Her progeny included Twin Profit, a colt by Twin Jet that won seven races and $28,063, and Sharp Miss, a filly by Alamitos Bar that earned nearly $20,000.