140 Horses Nominated to 4th Edition of Champions Night
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - June 14, 2003 - A total of 140 horses have been nominated to 13 races for the fourth edition of California Breeders Champions Night at Los Alamitos on Saturday, June 21. Entries for Champions Night will be held on Wednesday morning - June 18. Los Alamitos will offer free past performance lines on all the horses nominated to Champions Night on its website at www.losalamitos.com. The free past performance lines will be available as a PDF file and can viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat starting on the evening of Saturday, June 14.
Champions Night will also feature the running of the $342,500 Governor's Cup Futurity and $137,700 Governor's Cup Derby. Horses competed in time trials to become eligible for the derby and futurity. Righteous Brother, a full-brother of 2000 World Champion A Ransom and Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Metallic Lion, are two of the top names in the futurity. The sizzling quick Magic And Rhythm, who will be going after her third stakes win in a row, will head the derby.
Co-World Champion Whosleavingwho appears all set to race in the $150,000 Spencer L. Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap at 400 yards. Owned by Kim Kessinger and Jim Geiler, the son of Chicks Beduino will be chomping at the bid of a rematch against Catchmeinyourdreams, who defeated him in the MBNA America California Challenge on May 31.
"Whosleavingwho is all ready to go," trainer Paul Jones said. "He ran a strong second against Catchmeinyourdreams in their last encounter. Catchmeinyourdreams just got us at the end of that race. Whosleavingwho probably was not 100% but he should be a lot closer to that this time around. He should be a lot sharper this time around and we are looking forward to seeing him avenge his last defeat. Horses can get beat on any given race but I feel that Whosleavingwho is ready for Champions Night."
Kirk Goodfellow's Catchmeinyourdreams earned a berth to the $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship with his upset win over Whosleavingwho. Bred by Ed Allred, Catchmeinyourdreams now looks primed and ready to challenge the Co-World Champion again in the Spencer Childers. Catchmeinyourdreams will enter with a record of five wins in 23 starts.
Your First Moon, the champion 2-year-old in 2001, multiple allowance winner Bobcat Bob, who has averaged 97 speed figures in his last two outings, Westmont, Chicks Regard, Go Green Go and Mini Rock have also been nominated. Mini Rock was voted the meet's top 3-year-old filly last season.
Trainer Connie Hall has nominated two outstanding 2-year-olds for the $25,000 Freshman Stakes at 350 yards. They are Pazazz Quarterhorses' Lani Chick, an impressive maiden winner in her career debut, and Tessa and Wade Siegel's Dorothy Nell. Two-time winner Dream Dollars, who just missed qualifying to the Governor's Cup Futurity, Kindergarten Futurity finalist Shyanns Cash, and West Texas Futurity finalist Shez Foxy Brown are among the 16 horses nominated to this race.
Fortune First, the runner-up in the West Texas Derby at Sunland Park on March 23, and local derby finalists A Mere Special and Fine Wines are among the 17 sophomores nominated to the $25,000 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial California Breeders Stakes at 400 yards.
A Mere Special was the top qualifier to the El Primero Del Ano Derby, where he finished fourth, while Fine Wines was the fastest qualifier to the La Primera Del Ano Derby. Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Red Hot Blitzer, Denim N Diamonds Handicap winner Royalclassic Express, and multiple futurity finalist Just Think have also been nominated to this race. The Jens L. List Jr. honors the late great Quarter Horse breeder and founder of Double Bar S. Ranch.
Coupers First Dash will be looking to defend her Matron Stakes title in the $50,000 test for older mares at 400 yards. Racing for EG High Desert Farms, Coupers First Dash is one of 11 horses nominated to this race. Your First Moon and Mini Rock are also part of this list, as are Vandy's Flash Handicap winner Mountain Snow, who ran second in last year's Sophomore Stakes, 2002 Governor's Cup Derby winner Last Shall Be First, and multiple stakes heroines Inthetwinkleofaneye and Sammies White Chick.
Also looking for a repeat win on Champions Night will be Valberry Pie, who'll be looking to duplicate his victory in the $25,000 Sprint Stakes at 350 yards. Valberry Pie will likely face a field featuring Debuts Dasher, himself a winner of the Sophomore Stakes last year. Chicks First Policy, the champion 3-year-old gelding in 2000, Southern California Derby runner-up Harley Man and Carmel Handicap winner Truly Tia are among the 10 horses nominated to the Sprint.
With the recently retired champion Sign Of Lanty no longer the focal point of the distance division, there will be a new distance star crowned in the $25,000 Marathon Stakes at 870 yards. Eleven horses have been nominated to this race, including Allred's Rail Skimmer, a winner of two overnight handicaps around the turn last year, and 870-yard derby winner He Doll. Chicks Charger Easy, another veteran of the distance wars, and promising distance newcomer Harbor Beach should also make this race an interesting affair.
The $25,000 550-Yard Sophomore Stakes and six claiming stakes race will complete the Champions Night program. For more information please call 714-820-2690.