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Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship

BH Lisas Boy earns provisional berth to Grade 1 Champion of Champions.

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BH Lisas Boy, a homebred 7-year-old Mighty Invictus gelding owned and trained by Bill Hoburg, earned a provisional berth to this year's Champion of Champions with his neck victory as the 5-2 favorite in Sunday's $125,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Ridden by Oscar Andrade Jr., BH Lisas Boy went 440 yards in :21.409. The gelding earned a 101 speed index and the $62,500 winner's share of the purse.

BH Lisas Boy became the first Quarter Horse with career victories in the Robert Boniface, Go Man Go Handicap (G1), Vessels Maturity (G1), and Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). The 11-time Los Alamitos stakes winner also won the Grade 1 Bank of America Championship Challenge here in 2018, leaving the Grade 1 Champion of Champions as the only major race for older horses at Los Alamitos to be added to his great list of accomplishments.

“That’s our goal,” Hoburg said after watching BH Lisas Boy score his 23rd win in 42 career starts. “It appears to me that being 7-years-old he’s at the top of his game. I thought he’d probably (be retired) by now being that old. His older brother that I pony off of, he was a graded winner as well. When he got to be 6-years-old he said ‘I’m done.’ Another of his brothers did the same thing.

"I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop with this horse, but he just keeps putting it out there," he added. "He’ll have a couple of weeks off. He’ll be in light training and then we’ll gear him back up for the Champion of Champions. This was his last race until then. We thought about running him in the Bank of America Championship (on October 26), but we decided to keep him here. This is home for him. He loves his house and he loves this track. I love Los Alamitos. This is where he’s going to hang out until the Champion of Champions.”

BH Lisas Boy was stretching out in distance off of his victory in the September 1, 400-yard Go Man Go Handicap.

“He exploded out of there,” said Andrade Jr. "I think he broke sensational, the best he’s done for me."

BH Lisas Boy has earned $921,053.

Tarzanito ran second and was followed by Katies Easy Moves, Yanque, Hotstepper, Fenian Faith, Bos Time Machine, Jesstacartel, and Eagles Fly Higher. 

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