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Ocean Runaway is Horse of the Meet

December 28, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

For the second year in a row, Muller Racing Inc's Ocean Runaway was named the 2005 Los Alamitos Horse of the Meet by voting media members and track officials. Ocean Runaway is the first Quarter Horse to earn this title in consecutive years since Refrigerator accomplished the feat in 1992-93.
Ocean Runaway won the Grade 1 $500,000 Champion of Champions and the Grade 2 $119,000 PCQHRA Breeders Derby and also broke the 15-year-old track record at 400 yards when winning the second division of the Z. Wayne Griffin Director's Trials. His winning effort in the Z. Wayne Griffin came just seven after running second in the Grade 1 $637,100 Los Alamitos Super Derby. That division of the Z. Wayne Griffin was named the Race of the Meet.

Ocean Runaway received 10 of 16 votes for Horse of the Meet. The colt by First Down Dash, bred by Daniel Lucas, was also the 3-Year-Old of the Meet and 3-Year-Old Colt of the Meet. Last year, Ocean Runaway was named the Horse of the Meet after winning the $1,509,324 Los Alamitos Million and $1,002,400 Golden State Futurity.

For the third year in a row, Kirk Goodfellow's Catchmeinyourdreams was voted Aged Horse of the Meet and Aged Gelding of the Meet. Catchmeinyourdreams became the first horse to win the $200,000 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship three years in a row. He also won the $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship. Bred by Ed Allred, Catchmeinyourdreams received 14 of 16 votes for Aged Horse of the Meet. He also received one vote for Horse of the Meet.

Dwf, Helzer, Holmes, Hubbard & Hubbard's Latest Version, runner-up in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship and third place finisher in the Vessels Maturity, was named Aged Stallion of the Meet after getting 12 of the 16 votes, while Charger Bar Handicap winner Mini Rock was named Aged Mare of the Meet. Racing for The Parsons Family Trust, Mini Rock won the Grade California Distaff Challenge and California Breeders Matron Stakes. Mini Rock lost this division by one vote last year to Mongoose Jet Eye. She was an easy winner this time around, garnering 11 of 16 votes.

Juan Alberto Tirado Lizarraga's Apollitical Time was the unanimous selection for 3-Year-Old Filly after winning eight of 11 starts, including the Los Alamitos Super Derby and the Grade 1 $130,500 Governor's Cup Derby. She also received one vote for Horse of the Meet and five votes for Top 3-Year-Old of the Meet. Donna King's LDS Dash For Dylan, a winner of six of 11 starts here, earned 15 of 16 votes on the way to being named Top 3-Year-Old Gelding.

The winners in each of the 2-year-old categories were selected unanimously. Trained by Jaime Gomez for Dutch Masters III, Higher Fire was voted the Top 2-Year-Old and 2-Year-Old Filly after winning the $1,145,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity and the $1,100,000 Golden State Million Futurity and finished second in the $1,500,000 Los Alamitos Million Futurity. She also received two votes for Horse of the Meet. James Azevedo and Charles Boyles' Finding Nemo was chosen the Top 2-Year-Old Colt after winning the Restricted Grade 1 $411,000 Governor's Cup Futurity and Grade 1 $387,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, while Los Alamitos Million Futurity winner Value The Man was the Top 2-Year-Old Gelding. J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley campaign Value The Man.

Joan Dale Hubbard's Prankster CF received every vote in the poll for Top Distance Horse of the Meet. Prankster CF won five of six starts around the turn, including the Grade 1 $100,000 MD Barns Distance Challenge. There was a tie in the Top Claiming Horse award between Hazels Last Pie and Ecstasy Baby, as they received eight votes each. Voters rewarded Linda Godinez and Monty Reynold's Hazels Last Pie dramatic improvement, as she went from a $2,500 claimer to winner of the $75,000 Professional's Choice Claiming Stakes. Voters that selected Ecstasy Baby rewarded her for making at least one start in each of the first 11 months of the year, while picking up four wins against $20,000 claimers. J. Garvan Kelly campaigned Ecstasy Baby until Jesus Nunez claimed her on November 27.

Voting media members included representatives of the American Quarter Horse Association; Orange County Register; Track Magazine; TVG; Equibase; Daily Racing Form; and The Racing Journal as well as selected track officials.