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Cold Cash 123 and Ochoa Matchup Set in Remington Park Championship

Stablemate champions lead star-studded field.

May 30, 2013

The long-awaited meeting between the two stars of the Dwayne “Sleepy’ Gilbreath stable is here. Two-time champion Ochoa and 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 have seen each other along the shedrow every day for the past couple years, and will be in the same starting gate for the first time in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) on Saturday night at Remington Park. Also on the stellar card is the $1,075,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and the $285,780 Heritage Place Derby (G1).

The two geldings have their similarities. They both adore the Remington Championship distance of 440 yards, but they both have recent questionable races. If either of them gets a clean and clear break from the gate, then they become nearly unbeatable with their unsurpassed speed in the final 100 yards. That scenario has played out in numerous Grade-1 races and resulted in their championship honors.

Ochoa (Tres Seis-Stolis Fortune by Stoli) is the all-time-leading money-earning American Quarter Horse at $2,619,741, with $2,541,581 coming in races at 440 yards. He is the first Quarter Horse to earn $1 million in consecutive years and earned more money – $1,375,541 – last year than any 3-year-old in Quarter Horse history.

Much of his earnings prowess has come from his wins in the 2011 $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) and last year’s $2.2 million All American Derby (G1), both over the quarter mile at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding won the Futurity by 1 1/2 lengths and the Derby by a length.

Perhaps his most exciting stakes win came in last summer’s $904,000 Rainbow Derby (G1). After a start that left him behind the leaders, he responded with an explosive closing charge to get up in the final stride of the 440-yard race to win by a head over Priceless Feature.

Ochoa is making his Remington Park debut for owners J Bar 7 Ranch, Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Doug and Shavon Benson. He is bred by Johnny T.L. Jones Jr., owner of J Bar 7 Ranch at Quanah, Texas.

T-Bill Stables’ homebred Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) has raced at Remington Park with three wins from five starts, including last year’s Remington Park Championship. While Ochoa makes his first start since finishing fifth in the Texas Classic Derby (G1) in November, Cold Cash 123 has a start this year over the track, winning the $101,000 Bank of America Remington Park Championship Challenge (G2) on May 12 as the odds-on favorite.

In addition to his Remington Park Championship win, Cold Cash 123 last year took the Leo Stakes (G1) at Remington Park and the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos before finishing third in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1).

Cold Cash 123 earned his world championship as a 3-year-old in 2011 when he won the Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, the Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park and finished his season with a win in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

Roy Baldillez has been the primary rider for Ochoa and Cold Cash 123 and has chosen to ride Ochoa this weekend.

Gilbreath will also send out Leo Stakes runner-up The Long Knife. The superlative Gilbreath trio will be joined by Sooner State Stakes (RG1) third-place finisher A Toss Up, Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1) winner Kool Country Man, SLM Big Daddy Stakes winner You Can Call Mr Earl, Bank of America Remington Park Challenge runner-up The Sunday Assassin, Sooner State Stakes winner Priceless Feature, Eastex Handicap (G2) winner Fast Prize Mike, Leo Stakes third-place finisher Jess Lips and Leo Stakes winner First In Class DBS.