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WC Cold Cash 123 in Bank of America Challenge

Bank of America Challenge Championship features contentious field.

Q-Racing Journal
November 6, 2013

T-Bill Stables’ Cold Cash 123 brings the 2011 world champion title and more than $1.3 million in earnings into the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at 440 yards.

Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) won last year’s $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos and is now trying to rebound from subpar efforts in his latest two starts. Before those defeats, the long-striding 440-yard specialist raced to a neck win in the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2) as the odds-on favorite to earn his berth in the Bank of America Challenge Championship.

The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained 5-year-old gelding earned his world title as a 3-year-old when he posted Grade 1 wins at 400 yards in the Rainbow Derby and the Texas Classic Derby before taking on older horses at 400 yards and winning The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

At 440 yards, Cold Cash 123 has earned $1,047,692 with 10 wins from 14 starts. Four of those wins came in Grade 1 stakes.

Reed Pierson and Brad Stevenson’s Sparky E Boy (Hawkinson-YR Brown Lucy by Lanes Leinster) has made 27 of his 33 career starts at Los Alamitos and found success against the best horses on the grounds.

Sparky E Boy was second by a short nose to Good Reason SA in the 2011 Champion of Champions (G1) and won last year’s Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3). He has made his two latest starts for trainer Paul Jones and was second in the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3) and then finished in a dead heat for second behind the impressive Last To Fire in the Go Man Go Handicap (G1), his latest race.

Jones will also send out Melissa Miller’s homebred Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash). The 4-year-old gelding has made four starts at Los Alamitos with a win in the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3) and a second in the Vessels Maturity (G1).

Before coming to Los Alamitos, Jess Featureme Quick raced in New Mexico. He won the Hobbs America Derby (G3), raced to seconds in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) and the Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge (G2) and was third in the All American Derby (G1) behind champions Ochoa and Hez Our Secret.