Ochoa, Cold Cash Arrive at Los Al

Champions arrive at Los Alamitos to prepare for fall campaign.

Press Release
September 6, 2013

Ochoa wins the All American Derby

Ochoa. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

Megastar champions Ochoa and Cold Cash 123 are currently stabled at Los Alamitos Race Course after arriving to beautiful Southern California prior to Labor Day weekend.

The two juggernauts are being pointed to the major Grade 1 races for older horses that are annually contested at the Orange County oval during the second half of the meeting. Ochoa, the sport’s all-time leader in money earned, and 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 are among the 23 horses that have been nominated to the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) to be held on Sunday, September 15.

Racing for J Bar 7 Ranch LLC, Katsy and Monte Cluck and Doug Benson, Ochoa is visiting Los Alamitos for the first time after racing in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma during his 14-race career. Trained by Sleepy Gilbreath, the gelding by Tres Seis has won 10 of those starts while earning a record $2,687,615. Ochoa won the All American Futurity (G1) in 2011 and All American Derby (G1) in 2012 and most recently won the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs on August 4.  Bred by John Jones Jr Interests Ltd, Ochoa has also won the Rainbow Derby (G1) during his stellar career. Assistant trainer James Lackey, the winning pilot in the 1987 Champion of Champions (G1) aboard First Down Dash and 1985 Champion of Champions with Cash Rate, is watching over Ochoa and Cold Cash 123.

T. Bill Stables, Inc’s Cold Cash 123 is the defending Go Man Go Handicap winner, a race that he won in his Los Alamitos racing debut here last year. The world champion in 2011, Cold Cash 123 arrives after racing in the Remington Park Championship on June 1. His last victory came in the Bank of America Oklahoma Championship (G2) to make him eligible to race in the $350,000 Bank of America Championship Challenge (G1) to be held here on Saturday, November 9. Cold Cash 123 is a nine-time stakes winner in his great career that has seen him win 13 of 23 starts and $1,326,306 in earnings.

“(Ochoa and Cold Cash 123) are unique racing individuals,” Lackey said. “It’s an honor to be part of the Gilbreath racing team. I’ve been around them the better part of the year. They’re just tremendous athletes and very unique and special. Their talent and mental capacity show that. Ochoa is extremely powerful. I’ve probably never been around a Quarter Horse of his size and magnitude. He gave me goose bumps watching him last year and I wasn’t even a part of it yet. Cold Cash 123 was here last year and he knows his surroundings well. He’s settled in good and he’s pretty laid back. He makes himself at home wherever he goes. He’s training exceptionally well.”

In addition to the multiple champion Ochoa and Cold Cash 123, the tremendous list of nominees to the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap is as follows:

•    Multiple stakes winner A Toss Up
•    All American and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity finalist Aha Moment
•    Three-time major Los Alamitos stakes winner Check My Thoughts
•    Multiple local winner Chicks Dashin Man
•    Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship winner Chivalry SR
•    Multiple stakes placed runner Consider
•    Multiple local winner Dash Him Out
•    Los Alamitos Super Derby winner Deniro
•     California Breeders Sprint Stakes participant El Baia
•     Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap winner and AQHA champion Flame N Flash
•    Major Grade 1 finalist and AQHA champion Hez Our Secret
•     Bank of America California Challenge winner Jess Featureme Quick
•     2011 Golden State Million Futurity runner-up Jess Lips
•     Arizona racing standout JM Blue Light
•    Vessels Maturity winner Last To Fire
•     Spencer Childers Handicap runner-up Once Over
•     Remington Park Championship winner Priceless Feature
•     Champion of Champions winner and AQHA champion Rylees Boy
•      2012 Golden State Million Futurity runner-up Seperate Interest
•     2011 Champion of Champions runner-up Sparky E Boy
•     Red Cell Distance Challenge winner Stray Cat

Watch an interview with assistant trainer James Lackey