$918,250 Champions Night to Feature Co-World Champion
Friday, June 20, 2003
Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - June 20, 2003 - Three restricted Grade 1 races, an appearance by Co-World Champion Whosleavingwho, and total purses of $918,250 highlight the fourth running of California Breeders Champions Night Saturday at Los Alamitos. A total of 102 horses will compete in the 14-race, all-Quarter Horses program, which gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
Whosleavingwho will be in action in the restricted Grade 1 $159,100 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap at 400 yards. The other restricted Grade 1 races are the $342,500 Governor's Cup Futurity and $137,700 Governor's Cup Derby. Champions night will also feature four restricted Grade 3 races: the $53,700 Matron Stakes; the $27,800 Freshman Stakes; the $27,850 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial Stakes; $26,950 Marathon Stakes.
Co-World Champion Whosleavingwho is all set for the Spencer L. Childers at 400 yards while looking for his 16th win in 30 starts. Owned by Kim Kessinger and Jim Geiler, the son of Chicks Beduino will again be squaring off with Catchmeinyourdreams, who defeated the world champion 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 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 and Chicks Regard will complete the field.