Seven in Z Wayne Trials
Race offers a final berth into Champion of Champions.
November 21, 2013
Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret will look to win the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trial for the second straight year, but more importantly he’ll look to qualify for the Champion of Champions once again on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Trey Wood, the reigning champion 3-year-old colt won the Z. Wayne Griffin last year and the finished a solid fourth to Rylees Boy in the Champion of Champions. The winner of this year’s Z. Wayne Griffin will earn an invitation to join a stellar cast in this year’s Champion of Champions. The winner of the Zia Park Championship, which will be contested in New Mexico and shown here at approximately 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, will also award its winner a berth to the Champion of Champions.
Hez Our Secret will enter the Z. Wayne Griffin after running second to champion Ochoa in a star-studded running of the Grade 1 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. Ricky Ramirez will ride Hez Our Secret from post number one. A total of seven horses will compete in the Z. Wayne Griffin. The field will also include 2011 World Champion Cold Cash 123, who just finished second in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship on November 9 and PCQHRA Breeders Derby winner Significant Heart, who is the only female runner in the Z. Wayne Griffin.
T-Bill Stables, Inc.’s Cold Cash 123 is the richest horse in this field - not only for his career with $1,398,306, but for the year with $128,025. Cold Cash 123 ran eight in last year’s Champion of Champions. Owned by Abigail Kawananakoa and trained by Paul Jones, Significant Heart has earned nearly $90,000 this season.
Valeriano Racing Stables LLC.’s Jess Lips finished third to Ochoa in the Los Alamitos Championship and has always performed well at the Orange County oval. Jess Lips could give trainer Eddie Willis three qualifiers to the Champion of Champions with a big effort in this race. Willis has already qualified Feature Hero and Priceless Feature. The Estate of Kim A. Kessinger’s Seperate Interest is the only 3-year-old colt in this event. Trained by Mike Casselman, Seperate Interest won the Town Policy in his last start and as a freshman racing at Los Alamitos he was second in the Golden State Million Futurity and fourth in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Wade Siegel and Don Boyle’s BF Farm Boy, a winner of four races and nearly $100,000 this year, and Gilberto Jasso’s Special Gold will also race. BF Farm Boy is a three-time stakes winner this year, while Special Gold won the Turf Paradise Challenge two races ago.
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