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It’s a full night of Quarter Horse stakes races on California Breeders Champions Night at Los Alamitos

July 25, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

One of the most prestigious Quarter Horse racing nights of the year is on tap as California Breeders Champions Night will offer an evening of 11 Quarter Horsestakes races on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

The racing action will be headed by the running of the $380,000 Governor's Cup Futurity featuring fastest qualifier Chalalita and talented trial winners Moonist and Nefertity, plus the $181,500 Governor's Cup Derby led by La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Revv Me Up and stablemates Scoop Of Sunshine, who posted the fastest qualifying time, and I Go Out Walking. The Spencer L. Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap is the main event for older horses and will feature a purse of $100,000. Multiple Grade 1 derby winner Check My Thoughts, 2012 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship winner Chivalry SR and 2012 El Primero Del Ano Derby winner New Look are among the seven talented older runners competing in the Spencer Childers.

The 14th running of California Breeders Champions Night will once again serve as a showcase event for the finest California-bred runners in training. Featuring combined purses of over $925,000, the event is the product of joint cooperation between the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association and track management at Los Alamitos Race Course.

In addition to the three aforementioned races, Champions Night will also feature the running of the $50,000 Matron Stakes for distaffers. Check N Fetch, the winner of the Miss Princess and Independence Day Handicap, headlines a field of nine runners that will compete in this event. Classic Sassy Check, winner of last year's Ivan Ashment Handicap and 2012 Las Damas Handicap runner-up Touch Of Paso are among the top mares in action.

First post is at 7:10 p.m. local time.

10 freshman sprinters to race in $380K Governor’s Cup Futurity

Rancho El Cabresto's Chalalita and Ronald Hartley's Moonist will enter as two of the favorites in the $380,000 Governor's Cup Futurity after posting runaway victories and the two fastest qualifying times on the night of trials to the 350-yard futurity on July 13.

Bred by her owner, fastest qualifier Chalalita enjoyed a wire-to-wire victory while posting a 1 ½ length victory in a the night's fastest time of :17.34. The filly by Walk Thru Fire out of Matron Stakes winner Chalala will be ridden by Francisco Rubio for trainer Juan Aleman.

"I was surprised to see her win by such a nice margin," said Juan Tirado Lizarraga of Rancho El Cabresto. "She's the first daughter out of Chalala. That mare won a lot of good races for us."

Ron Hartley's Moonist scored a two length win in his trial and posted the second fastest qualifying time. A graduate of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, the Separatist gelding is out of champion Your First Moon. Ridden by Alex Bautista, Moonist has won his last two starts in daylight fashion.

"He's coming into his own," said trainer John Cooper. "He's like his daddy when it comes to leaving the gate and he is out of good mare. He'll race the longer distances as well and one of these days he'll do everything perfect."

Owned and bred by Balgo Racing Team, Inc., the unbeaten Nefertity was an impressive 1 ¾ length winner and the owner of the third fastest time. Sired by TR Dasher and out of the mare A Reason To Run is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Feature Malinche. Cruz Mendez will ride her.

"She broke her maiden early in the year so we had time to get her ready for (the trials)," said trainer Guillermo Morales. "This filly is very similar to Feature Malinche in attitude. Feature Malinche has matured a lot as she's gotten older. Hopefully this filly will continue to keep maturing."

Hall of Fame owner and breeder Ed Allred had four of his homebred runners qualify to the Governor's Cup Futurity headed by the Scott Willoughby-trained Up For It, who won her trial by an impressive 1 ¾ lengths. She's the first horse by freshman sire Kiddy Up to qualify to a futurity.

“We are so happy with this young stud Kiddy Up,” Allred said. “It will be another two years before you see a lot of his babies, but they’ll be coming. I bred 35 to 40 of my mares to him this year. We’ve never stood a horse at (Rolling A Ranch) that didn’t make it as a stud. Sires like TR Dasher have started at the ranch and have gone on to do well in their stallion careers.”

Allred will also be represented by the Connie Hall-trained More Than Wild, the Jose Flores-trained Trust Me and the Willoughby-trained Well And Good in the Governor's Cup final. More Than Wild finished second to Chalalita in the trials and was a nice maiden winner in late May. Trust Me had a daylight maiden win in his debut and Well And Good was an Ed Burke Million trial winner and one of three to qualify out of his Governor’s Cup heat.

Double Bar S Ranch's Shestheonethatiwant and Jose and Gustavo De La Torre, La Presita LLC and San Gregorio Racing Stables's Foose Cash Sr finished 1-2 when facing off in their trial race. Shestheonethatiwant had also posted a maiden win earlier in her career, while the Anselmo Aguilar-bred colt Foose Cash Sr was a solid half-length maiden winner in his debut back on April 26. The field will be completed by Flying L Ranch's Flying Top Fueler, who looked strong when scoring a ¾ length win in his futurity trial. A graduate of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, the Walk Thru Fire colt has won two of four starts while facing Grade 1 finalists Turbulent Times, Unchangeable and Quirky.

Stablemates headline Governor’s Cup Derby

The Double Bar S Ranch-owned fillies Scoop Of Sunshine and I Go Out Walkin will headline a solid cast of 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $181,500 Governor’s Cup Derby after they each scored trial wins to this race back on July 12.

Making their first starts in 2013, Scoop Of Sunshine and I Go Out Walkin each won their trial race in impressive fashion while also posting the two fastest qualifying times. Ridden by Cesar De Alba and trained by Paul Jones, the First Down Dash filly Scoop Of Sunshine led the way with a time of :19.472 after a 1 ½ length trial win. Also saddled by Jones and piloted by Ramon Sanchez, the Walk Thru Fire filly I Go Out Walking was a ¾ length winner in a time of :19.62. Double Bar S Ranch won the Governor’s Cup Futurity in dead-heat fashion with Tac It Like A Man in 2006, but a victory by one of its fillies would represents a first Governor’s Cup Derby win. Bred by Double Bar S Ranch, IGo Out Walkin was a finalist in last year’s Governor’s Cup Futurity and is the daughter of former 300-yard track record holder Rieda Hay Worth. Meanwhile, the homebred filly Scoop Of Sunshine is a half-sister of the outstanding 2011 Golden State Million Futurity winner Igotyourtac. Scoop Of Sunshine ran in last year’s Golden State Million as well. Her mother is Budderfly Effect, who also produced 2009 Kindergarten Futurity finalist Effectiveimmediately. Also a product of the outstanding Double Bar S Ranch breeding program, Budderfly Effect is by Strawflyin Buds and out of Ladies N Jens.

“Ladies N Jens comes from the last crop of Dash For Cash,” said Dawn List on trial night. “We love her and she’s done very well for us. Plus, she has our dad’s name (Jens) in her name.”

Jens L. List Jr.’s legacy is also honored annually on Champions Night with a race for 3-year-olds that carries his name.

Owned by Manuel Lorenzana, Secretly Hot won the Governor’s Cup Futurity last year and will now look to add a victory in the Governor’s Cup Derby. If she’s successful at this task, the Jesse Godinez-trained daughter of Walk Thru Fire will become only the eighth horse in 34 years to sweep the Governor’s Cup series. Secretly Hot finished third to I Go Out Walkin in the trials.

Trainer Paul Jones will saddle five of the 10 runners in the Governor’s Cup Derby. In addition to Scoop Of Sunshine and I Go Out Walkin, Jones also trains Revv Me Up, Bullet In The Gun and Jewel First Cat SA. Owned by John and Cina Sperry, Revv Me Up will be going after her second derby win of the season after scoring in the La Primera Del Ano Derby on April 6.

The field will also feature LJM Ranch Inc’s Don Loncho, who ran a solid fourth in last year’s Governor’s Cup Futurity, Jesus Romero Villalobos’ Tac It Like A Champ, a gelding sired by the aforementioned Tac It Like A Man, Felix A Gonzalez’s Fire Boom, who was fourth in his trial and was an allowance winner earlier in the year, and Joe Rae Burns and Mike Casselman’s Dawn Of A New Day, who ran third to Scoop Of Sunshine in the trials.

Multiple stakes winners get together in Spencer Childers Handicap

The Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap will feature a meeting a multiple stakes winners when the trio of Stern Ranches’ Chivalry SR, Ed Allred’s Check My Thoughts and Martha Wells’ New Look get together for the $100,000 event at 400 yards.

To be ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Chivalry SR will go after his second victory in the Spencer Childers after taking this event in 2011. The homebred son of Walk Thru Fire made only three starts in 2012, but one of those efforts resulted in victory in the $150,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. His last start came in the Champion of Champions on December 15. A winner of eight of 22 career starts and earnings of $332,856, Chivalry SR will start from post number four in his 2013 debut.

Trained by James Glenn, Jr. and ridden by Eulices Gomez, Check My Thoughts returns to action for the first time since competing in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship. As a 3-year-old, Check My Thoughts won the Grade 1 Golden State Derby and Grade 1 Southern California Derby. He also won a division of the Freshman Stakes as a 2-year-old on Champions Night back in 2011. Check My Thoughts will be going after his seventh win in 17 career starts.

The Dan Francisco-trained New Look also competed in the Winter Championship earlier this year. He finished fourth to Matron Stakes participant Check N Fetch in the Independence Day Handicap in his most recent start. As a 3-year-old, New Look won the El Primero Del Ano Derby, Town Policy Handicap and Dana Point Handicap. Gregorio Arriaga will ride.

Salvador Veliz’s Creston Goer will also be making his first start since running in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on November 24. The TR Dasher gelding had a solid season in 2012, as he won the Kaweah Bar Handicap and finished second in both the Spencer Childers and Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap. For his career, Creston Goer has finished in the top two in nine of 13 starts. The Juan Aleman-trained JB Ketchum, who has won each of his last three starts, allowance winner Ambush Alley and PCQHRA Breeders Derby finalist Once Over will complete the field.

Matron Stakes among top stakes races on tap

Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Check N Fetch will go after her third stakes victory in as many starts when the 5-year-old gray mare by Check Him Out headlines a field of nine distaffers in the $50,000 Matron Stakes on California Breeders Champions Night.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Paul Jones, Check N Fetch has been outstanding in her last two outings. She was a 1½-length winner against her own sex in the 350-yard Miss Princess Handicap on May 12 before returning with a half-length victory against the boys in the Independence Day Handicap on June 30. Bred by Mr. or Mrs. Judd Morse, Check N Fetch is the owner of the meet’s fastest times at both 300 and 350 yards. The Matron Stakes is contested at 400 yards. Check N Fetch will face a field that includes Larry Konecne’s 2012 Las Damas Handicap runner-up Touch Of Paso and Mario Gutierrez and Jesus Uranga’s 2012 Ivan Ashment Handicap winner Classic Sassy Check. The latter was finished second in the Miss Princess and fourth in the Matron Stakes last year. Anna MacPherson’s Annas Babe is another top mare in this event. She was third in the Lanty’s Jet Handicap and has also posted a pair of allowance victories this year. Five other mares will race.

Ron Hartley’s Ronsepi will look to defend his crown in the $25,000 Sprint Stakes when he headlines a full field of 10 in the 350-yard dash. Trained by John Cooper, Ronsepi is a two-time winner so far this year, but will be facing a cast that includes 2012 Spencer Childers Handicap winner Twelve Stepper, recent Vessels Maturity finalist Chicks Boudro, 2012 multiple derby finalist Pony Drive and multiple stakes winner Forrest Fire. The field also includes the 9-year-old veteran Hard Act, who has won eight of 32 career starts. El Baia, a winner in his last three starts, De Moss, FDD Moon and Carne Vino will complete this field.

The $25,000 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial Stakes at 400 yards has also lured a full field of 10 runners that include 2012 West Texas Futurity finalist Greater Still and El Primero Del Ano Derby finalist Votemout. Easyist and Fast Moving Fire are two runners in this field fresh off of victories at Los Alamitos. Freshman runners will be in action in a pair of divisional $25,000 stakes races at 350 yards. The fillies division is extremely tough as it will feature Susan Lucas’ Hannahs Double Love, who broke her maiden by an eye-popping 2 1/4 lengths, Tom Close and Lee Thompson’s Kindergarten Futurity finalist Last Chancer and Ed Burke Million Futurity trial winners Khaleesi and Jabulani Secrets plus Governor’s Cup Futurity trial winner Sadie Sis. The boys division is also strong as it features Governor’s Cup Futurity trial winner Stel Hawk, Ed Burke Million Futurity trial winner Secret Lips and allowance winner Diamonds N Dynasty.

The $25,000 Debutante Stakes for sophomore fillies will be headed by S.A.M Ranch LLC’s Barrel Babe, who has won her last two starts, Juan Carlos Gonzalez’s A Walking Secret, who will make 2013 debut after winning three of five outings last year. She won a Golden State Million Futurity trial in her final start of 2012. A pair of Claiming Stakes will bookend the 11-race card. Bonos Jeans and About To Fire will head the first race for sophomore $5,000 claimers while Flyin Kyle and Harvest The Wind will head the 11th race for 3-year-olds and upward $10,000 claimers.