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Recaps for Graded stakes on California Champions Night

June 20, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

From: Orlando Gutirrez


Owned and bred by Mark and Peggy Brown, Legendary Dreamer reversed a last place finish in an allowance race in his previous start to win the Grate 3 $27,050 Jens L List Jr Memorial California Breeders Stakes at 400 yards.

The three-year-old gray colt bred in Idaho broke from the extreme outside in the field of seven three-year-olds and got up in the final strides under jockey Carlos Bautista to beat Brubeck by a neck in a time of 19.95 seconds.

Jabonerita Chicks finished third, and the 3-5 favorite He Could Be The One was out-of-the-money. Legendary Dreamer was sent off as the 5-1 third choice in the race.

The Jens L List Jr Memorial California Breeders Stakes represented Legendary Dreamer’s stakes debut, and his connections said that he will be pointed to some of the derby races later in the meeting.

“He ran super. He ran very well,” Schvaneveldt said. “He just got wiped out in his last race, but I really liked him. He’s entered in some of derbies later in the meet. If [Be A Bono and Not For Long] are in them, I guess we’ll take them on.”

“[Trainer] Blane [Schvaneveldt] has done a great job with Legendary Dreamer,” owner Mark Brown said. “This horse has always been a smart horse, and I think being on the outside was a good draw for him.”

Legendary Dreamer, now a winner of three out of five starts, earned $14,877 for the win. The gray colt is the son of Chicks Beduino and the broodmare Playful Habits.

Brubeck, who was making his stakes debut after a series of strong allowance efforts, earned $6,086 for running second. Jabonerita Chicks, winner in her last two outings, including the La Pacifica Handicap on March 19, settled for third place. Appeals King Special, Sometimes You Win, Make A Chick Run, and He Could Be The One followed the top three finishers.


 Trainer Paul Jones notched his third victory of the night and second big upset as 13-1 longshot Sum Special Strawfly nosed out Debuts Dasher and stablemate Chicky Do Run Run to win the Grade 3 $27,450 California Breeders Sprint Stakes. 

Owned by James Azevedo and Charles Boyles, Sum Special Strawfly broke alertly for jockey Ramon Sanchez and held on tenaciously for the win. The four-year-old son of Strawfly Special covered the 350 yards in a quick 17.65 and paid $28.60 for the win. 

“He ran a big race,” Jones said. “He’s done well for us and he’s right where we want him to be as we head into the big fall races. I also have to give Chicky Do Run Run a lot of credit. He wins this race by a length without the bad break.”

“He’s back on track,” said Boyles of his charge Sum Special Strawfly. “We’ve been patient with him and his last race was a nice tune-up for this. Now, we’re on to the Vessels Maturity and, if all goes well, maybe we’ll get lucky and nab a berth to the Champion of Champions.”

Bred by Azevedo and Boyles and sired by Strawfly Special, Sum Special Strawfly earned $15,097 for the win. His earnings now stand at $259,538. The 4-year-old gelding won the El Primero Del Ano Derby last season and was the runner-up to First Place Queen in the Golden State Futurity in 2002.

Jose Santos’ Debuts Dasher earned $6,176 for finishing second, while Bob Grimes’ Chicky Do Run Run banked $3,432 for running third. Cee A Dash, Youthlike, Chiarascuro, Chicks First Policy, Azyoucansee, and Santispac completed the field.


 Bred, owned, and trained by Patricia Visscher, Enjoy The Moment roared from behind to win the Grade III $53,600 California Breeders Matron Stakes by three-quarters of a length over 7-5 favorite Mini Rock in the 400-yard race. 

Sent off as the 2-1 second choice, the five-year-old gray mare Enjoy The Moment savored her second straight and her fourth in her last six starts. She entered the Matron after dead-heating for the win in the Miss Princess Handicap on in April 10. Piloted by jockey Eddie Garcia, Enjoy The Moment covered the distance in :19.91.

“She’s something,” said Visscher of her homebred 5-year-old mare. “And, I’m enjoying the moment. That little mare just kicks it into gear halfway down the stretch every time. The 400 yards is definitely her game.”

“She’s just a real nice mare,” Garcia added. “She broke good and I just held on. She really went well the last 100 yards.”

One of three Chicks Beduino-sired Quarter Horses to win on Champions Night, Enjoy The Moment earned $97,818. Already this year, she has earned more than $40,000 – not bad for a mare that was looking at being retired last year.

“She has her little problems so I just figured we would turn her into a broodmare this year,” Visscher explained. “A friend of mine talked me out of that idea. She has been terrific ever since.”

Mini Rock, the winner of the La Primera Del Ano Derby two years ago, earned $9,380 for her runner-up effort. Ridden by Gary Boag for trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, Mini Rock has now made $254,283. Mini Rock has been second or better in 16 of 24 outings. Special Queen Sa ran third, while Mistletoe Handicap winner Just Think ran fourth. Sammies White Chick and That Lovely Day completed the field.


Longshot Splashinator broke his maiden in a big way, as he finished powerfully to win the  $27,750 California Breeders Freshman Stakes over 350 yards.

Splashinator, an 11-1 outsider under jockey Ramon Sanchez, got up in the final strides to defeat 15-1 shot El Malquerido by a head with 25-1 longshot Apollitical Time a neck away in third place. This longshot-filled trifecta paid $2,163. The superfecta returned $3,426. This Dashing Chic, the 9-5 favorite, appeared to have no excuses in finishing out of the money in sixth place.

Splashinator, a gelding sired by Splash Bac and out of the Alota Streak, covered the 350 yards in :17.91. He earned $15,262 for the win. Splash Bac also sired Marathon winner Kash To Splash.

Splashinator is owned by Luis Manuel Padilla, Jr. and trained by Paul Jones. Padilla missed Splashinator’s victory as he was in Arizona. Jones said he expected his two-year-old bay gelding to run a good race but was not confident that the horse would actually win.

“He ran good in his last trial, and we thought he would have a chance to run a good race, but we did not expect him to win. This was a good opportunity to run him. It was a tough race”

Jones said Splashinator is nominated to the Ed Burke Futurity later in the meet.

“He is in a few other futurities later in the meet,” Jones concluded.

The California Breeders Freshman Stakes turned out to be an eventful race. After breaking on top, Walk With Rhythm veered sharply into the inside rail and unseated jockey Carlos Bautista. Track announcer Ed Burgart reported that Bautista was able to get up and walk to an ambulance under his own power shortly after the race.


 Jose Santos’ Kash To Splash, sent off as the second choice at 9-5, took advantage of a perfect trip to capture the Grade III $26,250 California Breeders Marathon Stakes by 1 lengths over the Paul Jones-trained Hi Patriot. The 7-5 favorite, Bac In The Saddle, broke poorly and trailed in the early going only to rally for third.

The victory for Kash To Splash was the second in three starts for trainer Charles Treece. In his last start, the four-year-old gelding ran a good fourth to Oak Canyon in the James Smith Memorial Handicap. Kash To Splash, a former $2,500 claimer, covered the 870 yards in 45.85 and paid $5.80 for the win.

“We had a dream trip,” said Treece. “He broke alertly and stalked the leader to the top of the stretch and finished strong. It didn’t hurt our cause that the favorite broke poorly but, despite that, I think we were still the best horse tonight.”

Santos credited jockey Antonio Castanon for a job well done aboard Kash To Splash.

“Antonio rode this horse when he ran fourth in the James Smith Memorial Handicap in his last start,” Santos began. “Antonio asked me if he could ride this horse one more time. Antonio was confident that the horse had a big race in him. When he said that I told him ‘of course, you can have the mount.’ Antonio did a great job on this horse.”

Kash To Splash earned $14,437 for the win. The Splash Bac gelding out of Karen Kash is one of four winner on Champions Night bred by Vessels Stallion Farms. The other three are Traffic Maze, Splashinator, and Governor’s Cup Derby winner Not For Long, which Vessels bred in cooperation with Walter Fletcher.


While Traffic Maze may have surprised the Los Alamitos Race Course betting public with her win in the $26,650 California Breeders 550 Sophomore Stakes over 550 yards, trainer Scott Willoughby was very confident about his filly’s chances.

As the longest shot in the field of six at 21-1, Traffic Maze rallied late under jockey Sam Thompson to beat out 3-5 favorite Mr Stylin with One Blow Ko finishing third. Traffic Maze, whose victory was her first since breaking her maiden in January, covered the 550 yards in 27.77 seconds.

“I was not surprised at all,” Willoughby said. “This filly can run. She had a few problems, but we got them all straightened out, and she ran a good race.”

Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, Traffic Maze is by Dash Thru Traffic and out of Sage Amazement. She earned a $14,657 for the effort.