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Pot Ocash Wins Independence Day 'Cap

Mr Eye Opener gelding continues to improve and notches first stakes win at Los Alamitos.

July 2, 2012

Felix Gonzalez’s Pot Ocash made himself some cash by winning the $25,000 Independence Day Handicap on Sunday and his victory helped produce the biggest Pick 6 payout of the current meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.

There was just one ticket with all six winners in Sunday’s Pick 6 for a tremendous payout of $80,091. The payout is the largest at Los Alamitos since the Pick 6 on June 10, 2011, returned $86,606. Paying $17.40 for the win, Pot Ocash’s was the largest-priced winner in the Independence Day and his victory came in the final leg of the Pick 6. Other high-priced horses that won during the Pick 6 sequence on Sunday included 8th race winner Time After Time ($16.20) and sixth race winner Hard Storm ($7.00). The other winners in the Pick 6 sequence were De Moss ($6.40), Who U Foolin ($5.20), and BF Farmers Daughter ($3.40).

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for owner/trainer Felix Gonzalez, Pot Ocash led the Independence Day from start to finish to record his first stakes win in 25 career starts. The hard-knocking 5-year-old gelding earned $13,750 for the win to take his lifetime earnings to $44,460. The son of Mr Eye Opener was picking up his second straight win and third career victory.

“His class is starting to show,” said Gonzalez of the gelding out the champion broodmare Corona Cash. “I think the sons of Mr Eye Opener get a lot better as they get older and more experienced. He’s always been a solid runner and he’s now starting to be more consistent.”

Bred by Henry Brown, Pot Ocash has finished third or better in five of his last eight starts. He posted a half-length allowance victory in his previous outing at 330 yards. His victory in the Independence Day came at 300 yards and in a time of :15.213.

“I’m hoping that this is a sign of what he can do in the future,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll now look to find a few more stakes races for Pot Ocash.”

Juan Humberto Moya’s Twelve Stepper posted a gutsy runner-up effort for trainer Arnold Pulido. The Walk Thru Fire gelding earned $5,625 for his effort. AJS Kissntell, Jumpn Shake, Augustus Princeps, Run Naked and Harems Last Dash completed the field.

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The Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) and Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) have traded its trial dates on July 13 and 14. The Governor’s Cup Futurity trials have been moved one day ahead to Friday, July 13, while the Governor’s Cup Derby trials have been moved back a day to Saturday, July 14. Both finals will be held as part of the California Breeders’ Champions Night on Saturday, July 28. The Champions Night will feature a full night of stakes racing action with top stakes races like the Spencer Childers California Breeders’ Championship Handicap (RG1), Jens List Memorial Stakes (R) and Matron Stakes (RG3) headlining the racing action.