Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - August 2, 2003 - A Ransom won the Vessels Maturity each of the last three years, but now that he has been retired, the likely heir to the Vessels throne is Whosleavingwho, the No. 1 ranked Quarter Horse in the world.
Trained by Paul Jones for Kim Kessinger and Jim Geiler, Whosleavingwho will headline the 10-horse field in Saturday's $125,800 Vessels Maturity at Los Alamitos. The co-world champion sprinter will enter this race after posting the fastest qualifying time in the Vessels trials three weeks ago. "He did not have a perfect start in the trials but once he took the lead he showed his class," Jones said.
Whosleavingwho could also become a millionaire with a victory in the Vessels final, as enters this race needing $48,278 to reach that milestone. The winner of the Vessels will earn more than $52,000 to go along with an automatic berth to the $500,000 Champion of Champions to be held on the 13th.
Whosleavingwho already holds a berth for the Champion of Champions thanks to his victory in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship. If Whosleavingwho was to win the Vessels, the berth will carry over to the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on November 21.
Jones will saddle four horses in the Vessels final. In addition to Whosleavingwho, he'll also send out three-time local stakes winner Miami Cartel, and champions First Regards and Your First Moon. Ramich Farms' First Regards was the 3-year-old filly last year, while Vessels Stallion Farms' Your First Moon was voted the top 2-year-old in 2001.
Bobcat Bob is one of three horses racing for owner Felix A. Gonzalez in the Vessels final. His other representatives are Sammies White Chick, who was third in a Vessels trial, and California Breeders Sprint Stakes winner Harley Man.
"Our goal was to see the three horses make the Vessels final," said Gonzalez's son, Jose Luis Gonzalez. "We're thrilled to have achieved that goal."
Adan Farias trains all three for Gonzalez, who by the way, is the brother of Enrique Gonzalez, the owner of superstar 2-year-old, Hawkish.
Fakri Family Ltd Partnership's Dinastia Toll, the winner of the Charger Bar Handicap earlier this year, Anjora Corp's Takin On Spoon Man, and Lake Matthews Mare Farm's Rare Coup will complete the field.