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Los Alamitos Winter Championship Trials

Bail Czech is the fastest qualifier to the February 9, $159,550 final of the Los Alamitos Winter Championship.

Bail Czech Los Alamitos Winter Championship trials

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EG High Desert Farms’ Bail Czech, a homebred 4-year-old Corona Czech gelding trained by Jorge Farias, on Sunday posted the fastest qualifying time to the February 9, $159,550 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1).

Ridden by Juan Pablo Leon, Bail Czech won the first of three 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :19.764. The California-bred gelding was winning for the fifth time in 19 starts, all at Los Alamitos.

Bail Czech has earned $118,834, and his resume includes a victory in last year's Vandy's Flash Handicap and a second-place finish in last year's Golden State Derby (G2).

“He’s a solid horse that’s capable of running some big races,” said Enrique Gonzalez, the owner of EG High Desert Farms. 

Second-fastest qualifier Corona Jumpim MRL won the second heat by a nose in :19.782. Eduardo Nicasio rode the gray 6-year-old Corona For Me stallion for owner Haras Portofino and trainer Chris O'Dell.

Corona Jumpim MRL was bred in Brazil and is a past South American champion. He has won four of 14 races, including the 2018 AQHA South America Championship Challenge in Brazil, and he has banked $129,589.

“We’re starting to figure him out a little bit or maybe he’s figuring us out – one or the other,” said O'Dell. “He’s a pretty cool horse. We put a flipping halter on him. Sometimes that’s our go to move. He’s been much better. He fought the gate all the time without it. Now he goes in there and stands.

"He’s not a rocket out of there, but at least he gets going in the right direction," he added. "He likes to run them down at the end of the race. For a big, heavy horse he does well. He’ll dig in and prove that he can run a little bit.”   

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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