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Mr Bigtime Resurfaces in Refrigerator

Champion JLS Mr Bigtime looks for another win in Refrigerator Handicap.

October 3, 2012

Legendary trainer C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath keeps JLS Mr Bigtime’s races well spaced, and the gelding makes his third 2012 start of a successful season in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

A homebred from JLS-Speed Horse Ranch, JLS Mr Bigtime (Bigtime Favorite-Psalmist by Osceola Warrior) made his first start in nearly nine months when he made his 2012 debut in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) in May. He ran a strong race to finish second to stablemate and reigning world champion Cold Cash 123. While Cold Cash 123 was, obviously, the best horse in the race, JLS Mr Bigtime ran an excellent race off the extended layoff to get within a neck of Cold Cash 123.

JLS Mr Bigtime came back against Louisiana-breds in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) on July 14 as the 1-2 favorite and scored a head win while setting a Delta Downs track record of :21.303 for the 440 yards. The Louisiana Classic was his latest race, and he posted the fastest 220-yard work from 34 horses on September 8.

The 4-year-old gelding has won 10 of 17 starts and was a very close second in the 2010 All American Futurity (G1) as the favorite. He has earned $947,797.

Joel Tavarez’s 2011 champion 3-year-old colt Prospect To The Top (Coronas Prospect-Cream To The Top by Easily Smashed) had a strong summer at Ruidoso Downs after standing to his first book of mares this spring. He was second by a head in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) and then spoiled champion Noconi’s swan song race when he defeated the veteran in the All American Gold Cup (G3) by three-quarters of a length.

Prospect To The Top earned his championship with wins in the Hobbs America Derby (G2) and West Texas Derby (G3) and a second in the All American Derby (G1) for trainer Ralph Muniz.

Mary Passmore’s Chi Ter (Granite Lake-This Chicks Stylish by Chicks Beduino) has been on the board in each of his seven 2012 outs and comes off a win in the $51,750 Keokuk Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadows. He won by three-quarters of a length in :19.470 for 400 yards.

Earlier this year, the Jackie Kirby-trained Chi Ter won the Sawgrass Stakes at Hialeah, then back-to-back allowance races at Remington Park before finishing third in the Sooner State Stakes (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds.