Q-Racing Blog: Looking Ahead
Q-Racing Blog: Looking Ahead
Break out those trusty, slightly scarred old binoculars that you have tried to wear out for decades. The ones that always came through when you are watching the start of 440 race in a Ruidoso driving rain or when the Los Al fog is pouring over the grandstand. Let’s use them to peer into the still-blurry future and try to find the probable and possible participants in the $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at 440 yards on December 14.
The Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials will be held on November 17 over 400 yards with all open berths filled by trial participants. Also, the winner of the $1,009,650 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) will be extended a Champion of Champions invitation. That race on November 16 will be run after this is written. If you had to place a bet, wager on the winner running in the Champion of Champions.
Here is what is known, courtesy of our compadres at Los Alamitos, and this information can change.
BH Lisas Boy
The Bill Hoburg-bred, -owned and -trained BH Lisas Boy runs in his third consecutive Champion of Champions. He was fifth in the 2017 running and third by a neck last year. The 7-year-old gelding is in premier form with wins in the $125,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1), the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and the $40,579 Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3). The gelded son of Mighty Invictus has won 11 stakes races at Los Alamitos. He’s all racehorse.
Zoomin For Spuds
Jim Walker’s homebred champion Zoomin For Spuds started this year in good order. He attained his top 2019 priority by qualifying for the Champion of Champions with a win in the $157,200 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) back in February as the 9-5 favorite. The Monty Arrossa-trained gelding by Zoomin For Bux is winless in his three starts since that Winter Championship score with a fifth in the $155,100 Vessels Maturity (G1) and a troubled eighth in the Go Man Go.
Katies Easy Moves
Caballo Rapido LLC and Five Livestock Company LLC’s Katies Easy Move scored his sole win from seven 2019 starts at an opportune time when he won the $155,000 Vessels Maturity (G1) at 12-1 odds for Arrossa. The Maknmoves-sired gelding was then second to BH Lisas Boy in the Go Man Go and a troubled third, beaten a neck, to that hall of fame-caliber rival in the Los Alamitos Championship.
Steve Burns’ homebred 3-year-old filly Tequila Sangria showed her grit when she overcame a bump at the start and raced to a nose win in the $125,000 Mildred Vessels Handicap over older fillies and mares. It was her first start against her elders. The Favorite Cartel daughter from the Mike Casselman stable also won the $15,000 Big Lew Handicap and has three wins from four starts this year.
Rogelio Marquez Jr. and Kathy Robinson’s Political Attraction was named Remington Park Horse of the Meeting after three graded stakes wins from three starts at the track. The Apollitical Jess-sired gelding won the $255,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) after wins in the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) and the $50,000 Eastex Stakes (G2). He was second in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park in his latest start on October 12.
SF Hot Pass
Shannon Fisher’s SF Hot Pass culminated a three stakes-race winning streak with a nose win in the $266,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at The Downs at Albuquerque in his latest start on October 26. Previously, the Leon Bard-trained gelding faced Texas-breds and finished in a dead heat for the win in the $30,000 TQHA 250 Stakes and won the $20,000 Nevill Stakes. He was second in the $65,602 Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge (G2).
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