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Go Man Go set for Saturday


September 14, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Be A Bono will carry 127 lbs in Go Man Go
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - The fifth invitation to the $600,000 Champion of Champions will be up for grabs this Saturday night (Sept. 16) when a field of 10 older horses step on the track to compete in the Grade 1 $110,200 Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos.

As it stands right now, four horses have already earned berths to the Champion of Champions, which is Quarter Horse racing's most famous race for older horses and historically the most influential race in determining year-end World Champion honors.

The four horses with starting berths to the Champion of Champions are Vessels Maturity winner Be A Bono, Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Gold Medal Jess, Remington Park Championship winner SLM Snowman and All American Derby winner Arealstraitheart.

Spencer Childers' Be A Bono and Joel Rod Pierce's Gold Medal Jess will both race in the Go Man Go and are among the heavy favorites to win this race. If either one does come out on top in this 400-yard race then the Go Man Go berth to the Champion of Champions will revert to the Z. Wayne Griffin Director's Trials to be held on November 18.

Be A Bono is the favorite in this race based on his sharp current form after having knee injury late last year. The son of Bono Jazz has won the (G1) Vessels Maturity on June 23 and the (RG1) Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap and in both races he's flown like a rocket at the end. Be A Bono came home in a track record, final 1/8th of a mile time of :09.24 in the Spencer Childers, beating the mark of :09.29 he posted for that same distance in the Vessels Maturity. To be ridden by G.R. Carter, Be A Bono will carry highweight of 127 pounds.

Gold Medal Jess, meanwhile, will be looking to regain his winning ways after losing each of his last three starts. The horse by Mr Jess Perry won the Winter Championship by a half-length but in his last two starts he's finished seventh in the Vessels and fourth in the MBNA America California Challenge. Trainer Bret Vickery has always said that Gold Medal Jess runs his best when his race are close together, so running in the Challenge just three weeks ago should play to Gold Medal Jess' favor in the Go Man Go.

Catchmeinyourdreams will enter the Go Man Go with career earnings of $988,717 and a second place finish or better will push his lifetime earnings over the $1 million mark. Catchmeinyourdreams won the Go Man Go Handicap in 2004 but did not run in this race last year. Trained by Chris O'Dell, Catchmeinyourdreams has finished first or second in 11 of his last 15 starts.

All but three of those races have come at the graded stakes level. Catchmeinyourdreams enters this race after running second in both the MBNA America California Challenge and Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap.

Track record holders Aladim Bryan SA, owner of the fastest 550-yard time here, and Commander Corona, who tied the track record at 300 yards earlier this season, will also compete in the Go Man Go. Aladim Bryan SA beat Be A Bono in the trials to the Vessels Maturity earlier this season.

TNT Racing's Covert, Like Frankie And Me, runner-up in last year's Champion of Champions, Skyline Chick, Texas Trio and LDS Dash For Dylan will complete the field.