Former Claimer Wins Ashment

Check Him Out filly goes from $3,200 claimer to stakes winner.

June 10, 2012

Claimed for $3,200 in March by Jose Uranga, Classic Sassy Check is now a stakes winner after defeating five rivals in the $25,000 Ivan Ashment Handicap (R) for 3-year-old and upward California-bred fillies and mares on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Sired by Check Him Out and out of the former world record holder Classic Sassy Chic, the 4-year-old brown mare beat Grade 2 Charger Bar Handicap runner-up Getit Together by three-quarter lengths in the 400-yard race. She covered the distance in :19.939. Classic Sassy Check has been outstanding in her two starts since being claimed by Uranga. She finished second to Perrier Cartel in the Miss Princess Handicap in her first start for her new connections on May 13 and was a wire-to-wire winner this time around.

“She had won two races before I claimed her so that’s what first caught my eye,” said Uranga of the Anna and Rod MacPherson-bred mare.

Classic Sassy Check was claimed by Mario Gutierrez for $2,500 on the night that she broke her maiden on December 31, 2011. She returned to beat $4,000 claimers in her next start and then picked up her third in a row when getting claimed by Uranga on March 10.

“I thought she was posting pretty good times so that’s what attracted me to her,” the owner added. “Then she ran a great race the night that we claimed her for $3,200. We gave her two months off and then we tried her in the Miss Princess. She ran a pretty good second and now she’s given me my first stakes win. We’re going to look at California Breeders’ Champions Night with her next. The Matron Stakes is a possibility.”

A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, Uranga lives in Compton, California. Uranga is a maintenance supervisor at a local refinery plant.

“We make several roofing products,” he added.

In addition to Classic Sassy Check, Uranga owns a Quarter Horse named Scare Down and is a partner on a Benjamin Warren-bred Thoroughbred.

“I’ve always liked horses,” he said. “I grew up on a ranch in Mexico and liking horses is something that I learned from my family. I used to ride horses when I was a kid, but I don’t do that as much anymore.”

A winner in four of her last five starts, Classic Sassy Check earned $13,750 in the Ivan Ashment. Her career earnings now stand at $44,015. Cruz Mendez piloted her for trainer Jose Antonio Moreno. Mimi Wells’ Getit Together earned $5,624 for running second. Oh La Traffic, Alota Action, OC City Girl and Shes Worth A Kiss completed the field.