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Whosleavingwho wins return bow


July 30, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Race Course--Making his first start of the year, former World Champion Whosleavingwho posted a nose victory over Debuts Dasher in an allowance test July 29 at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Alejandro Luna for owners Jim Geiler and Kim Kessinger, Whosleavingwho finished strongly to catch Debuts Dasher for the win. Voted the co-world champion in 2002, Whosleavingwho covered the 350 yards in :17.41. The millionaire 6-year-old gelding had not raced since running fourth in the Champion of Champions on December 14.

"He ran a super race tonight," Luna said. "He battled hard early before taking off in the second half of the race."

"He was acting like his old self tonight," Whosleavingwho's trainer Paul Jones said. "When he is at his best he is hard to saddle. He was hard to saddle tonight, so I knew he was ready. The 350 yards is not his best distance - he wants to go farther. Our plan is to go in the Go Man Go Handicap (on September 11).

"Alejandro Luna did a good job with him. He eased him down through there and only touched him once at towards the end. It is a lot fun to come out and watch a horse like Whosleavingwho race. This race worked out great. He now has a win under his belt and this should build up his heart and confidence."

Whosleavingwho won the Los Alamitos Winter Championship and Vessels Maturity last year and the Champion of Champion in 2002. After his Vessels Maturity triumph, Whosleavingwho lost touch with his best form, running out of the money in the Los Alamitos Championship.
"In 2002, he ran hard all year long and danced every dance," Jones continued. "He ran just as hard in 2003, winning a couple of big stakes races. He got a little tired towards the end of the year and needed a break. Perhaps, he ran too strong for too long and he was no longer in the game mentally.

"We gave him a little break before the Champion of Champions and he came back to run a good race. He bumped and nearly knocked off stride in the middle of that race and still finished fourth, and he only finished a neck behind Catchmeinyourdreams for second place. We've given him another nice long break. He has been at Vessels Stallion Farm and he loved it there," Jones concluded.