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Pink Ribbon heads Saturday night card at Los Alamitos


October 16, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Blackberry Czech (left) returns after winning the Kindergarten Futurity on April 20, 2012; Secretly Hot (right) returns after winning the Governor's Cup Futurity on July 28, 2012.
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Headed by major futurity winners Blackberry Czech and Secretly Hot, a full field of 10 princesses are scheduled to start in the $16,000 Pink Ribbon Handicap for 3-year-old fillies and mares on Saturday, October 19, at Los Alamitos.

The Pink Ribbon is the feature event on the Betting on a Cure for Breast Cancer Night at the Races. In addition to the Pink Ribbon, the Vessels Club hosts a Fashion Expo in the Finish Line Room. All patrons are invited to visit the Fashion Expo, featuring many of the outstanding vendors featured in the Los Alamitos Gift Shop. Representatives of St. Mary’s Medical Foundation and Susan G. Komen LA County affiliate will be on hand to sell opportunity drawing tickets for great prizes to raise funds for finding a cure for breast cancer.

Owned by Salvador Pimienta, Blackberry Czech is one of the 10 outstanding distaffers to compete in the $16,000 Pink Ribbon. The field also features Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Secretly Hot.

Trained by Paul Jones, the homebred daughter of Corona Czech goes after her second win of the year and her second stakes win after winning the $268,000 Kindergarten last year. To be ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Blackberry Czech’s last victory came by a half-length against allowance competition on August 10. The Arizona-bred goes after her fifth win in nine lifetime starts.

Manuel Lorenzana’s Secretly Hot won the $375,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity last year and she’s been a major stakes finalist throughout her career. She won the Holiday Handicap at the end of 2012 and so far this year she’s qualified to the La Primera Del Ano Derby and Governor’s Cup Derby.

The Pink Ribbon field also features Governor’s Cup Derby runner-up Dawn Of A New Day, who took on the boys in the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap in her last start. Trained by Mike Casselman, Dawn Of A New Day will be ridden by Alex Bautista, who piloted Blackberry Czech in the Kindergarten last year.

Mimi Wells’ Chics On Fire starts from the outside post 10 in this event. Also bred by the owner, Chics On Fire won the California Breeders Debutante Stakes when facing fillies two races ago and she also took part in the Sgt Pepper Feature.

Shakeemdontbreakem, third against the boys in the Sgt Pepper Feature, Paint Your Beau, Annas Babe, Saving Shirley, Lethal Cartel, and Tac Out complete the field.