All About Larry Defends Red Cell Championship

Champion distance horse looks to repeat in Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship.

Q-Racing Journal
November 6, 2013

Diane Heath’s 2012 champion distance horse All About Larry is back to defend his title in the $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) when he makes his first start since March.

All About Larry (Heza Motor Scooter-Come Hell Or Hiwater by Shoot Yeah) has won 10 of 22 starts at 870 yards, reaching the zenith of his career with his championship run in 2012. He won the SunRay Park Marathon by 3 1/4 lengths, the Master Salls Handicap by 8 3/4 lengths, the Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge by 9 lengths and then the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) by 5 1/4 lengths. He was the 2-5 favorite in each of the Challenge stakes.

Trainer John Stinebaugh has given All About Larry a far less ambitious campaign this year. He finished fourth in his Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge trial, however reached the goal of making the finals. The gelding was back in his usual form in the Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3) when he went gate-to-wire in front to score by 4 lengths at 19-10 odds. That was his latest start.

Stinebaugh also saddles Frankie B (Tres Seis-My Fortune Feature by Feature Mr Jess), who comes off his first stakes win in the Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge. That was just his second 2013 start and he could move forward off that length win.

Lyle Lovett’s Stray Cat (Storm Cat (TB)-Your First Moon by First Down Dash) was newsworthy when he was conceived as the only American Quarter Horse sired by leading Thoroughbred sire Storm Cat. Storm Cat is now living up to high expectations since he started racing around the turn. He won the Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3) in June to earn his spot in the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship. Trainer Paul Jones then ran him in a 440-yard Los Alamitos allowance race and he dueled on the lead to prevail by a nose on July 7.

Horton Racing’s homebred Call Her Hero (Valiant Hero-Shady Caller (TB) by Caller I.D.) comes to Los Alamitos after a successful campaign at Prairie Meadows. The Charlton Hunt-trained mare scored a front-running win in an allowance race and then stepped up in the Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge. She opened up a commanding lead entering the stretch and cruised to a 6-length score. She then concluded her Iowa campaign with a third-place run in the Covered Bridges Stakes (G3) at 7-5 odds.