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Champion Flame N Flash heads tonight’s Las Damas Handicap

December 8, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Flame N Flash and jockey Francisco Rubio return after winning last year's Mildred Vessels Memorial on September 30, 2012
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Champion Flame N Flash and Grade 1 stakes finalist Native Tea Rose will meet again while being among the six distaffers racing in the $35,000 Las Damas Handicap at 400 yards tonight, December 8, at Los Alamitos. First post is 5:05 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Trained by Juan Aleman for owner Robert Williams, Flame N Flash finished second in last year’s Champion of Champions, but she had struggled during most of her 4-year-old campaign. The daughter of Walk Thru Fire finally had a winning performance in her last start, as she posted a solid allowance win over Native Tea Rose at 350 yards on November 10. That outing did end her streak of 16 consecutive starts racing in either a stakes trial or in a stakes final. Her best efforts during that streak included the aforementioned Champion of Champions runner-up effort and wins in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap and La Primera Del Ano Derby. A solid effort in this race and Flame N Flash could make her next start in the Charger Bar Handicap on January 5.

Abigail Kawananakoa’s Native Tea Rose finished fourth in last year’s All American Futurity and in her best effort this season she won the Stel Corona Handicap at 350 yards. The First Down Dash filly ran fifth in her trial to the Los Alamitos Super Derby before coming in second to Flame N Flash last month. Paul Jones will saddle Native Tea Rose.

Dean Frey’s Shez Jess Toxic has been a model of consistency during her entire career. The mare has finished in the money in 14 of her 15 career starts while winning five times. She was third in the Merial Distaff Challenge in last month’s Bank of America Challenge Night and before that she ran second in the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap. Shez Jess Toxic was runner-up in last year’s Southern California Derby and as a 2-year-old the daughter of Take Off Jess earned $75,000 when winning the John Deere Juvenile Challenge. Veteran stakes runner Im A Feature Girl, One Fancy Eagle and Splendiferous Diva will complete the field.