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He Is The Risingstar goes after fourth stakes wins at 550 yards on Sunday night

January 12, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches' He Is The Risingstar—the owner of the two fastest 550-yard times of the 2016 racing season at Los Alamitos—looks to earn his fourth stakes victory at this distance when he carries the highweight of 126 pounds in $20,000 Barbra B Handicap this Sunday, January 15.

He Is The Risingstar is also the defending champion of the Barbra B, which he won last year with an oustanding time of :27.105. His winning time in the Barbra B was the meet’s second fastest at 550 yard, bettered only by his :26.80 clocking when easily winning the Paul Ford Handicap by 2¼ lengths. Those two victories plus his victory in the 2015 Paul Ford earned him the title of the king of the 550-yard division. The son of Mr Jess Perry has won $107,760 in his career and six of 18 career starts. Cesar De Alba will ride the Texas-bred for trainer Paul Jones.

Fawna Knight’s Front And Center carries the next highweight of 123 pounds, based on his two 550-yard wins in 2015 plus his victory in that year’s First Down Dash Handicap at 400 yards. The Walk Thru Fire gelding won once in 2016, a daylight victory at 870 yards. He looks for big effort at 550 once again, especially after running a troubled 10th in the Barbra B.

Trained by Matt Fales for his parents, Ralph and Carolyn Fales, Mickey Ward carries 122 pounds. He was second in his 550-yard debut in the Paul Ford and could prove a tough customer once again thanks to his stamina and experience at 870 yards.

Martha Wells’ Getit Quick has always been highly competitive and was a top three finisher in seven of nine starts last year. The Favorite Cartel gelding ran third at 15-to-1 odds in the Paul Ford, a race that was also his debut at 550 yards. Getit Quick’s dam is the stakes winner Getit Together, who won the Las Damas Handicap and AQHA Members Plus Stakes in 2012.

Paul Jones’ Kismet also competes in this event. He’s a half-brother of 2005 Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity winner Make A Secret. The field to Barbra B also includes Dustys Classy Dash and Miss Loujean, who posted a 2½-length victory in her last start on January 7.