All About Larry Favored in Red Cell Championship

All About Larry is morning line favorite in Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship.

Q-Racing Journal
October 24, 2012

Eight horses are set to run in the competitive $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1), set as the sixth race and first championship race. The race is 870 yards.

The super-hot runner All About Larry (Heza Motor Scooter-Come Hell Or Hiwater by Shoot Yeah) has been installed as the early favorite and was given Post 4. The gelding, who races for Diane Heath and is trained by John Stinebaugh, has won five of seven starts this year and is in dominating form. Two starts ago, he won the August 12 Master Salls Handicap at Ruidoso Downs by 9 3/4 lengths and then demolished the September 28 Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge field by 9 lengths while setting a track record.

Rene Laatsch’s Yin Your Eyes returns to defend his title in the race, as the Bill Hoburg-trained gelding won the race at Los Alamitos last year. The Eye Yin You gelding, whom Hoburg also bred in partnership, has won or placed in 18 of his 30 career starts and earned $125,994.

The winner of the 2010 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship, De Passem Okey (Okey Dokey Dale-Impassable Gal (TB) by Sir Richard Lewis) has been the sport’s champion distance horse both of the past two years and has won six of his latest seven starts dating back nearly a year. The gelding was unbeatable this spring at Remington Park when he went four-for four, won three graded stakes and was the overwhelming favorite in each start. He took the April 1 Pauls Valley Handicap (G3), the May 6 Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3) and the May 28 Remington Park Distance Handicap (G3).

Trainer Rodney Reed prepared De Passem Okey for the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship by easily winning a $20,680 allowance race over 870 yards at Will Rogers Downs on September 15. De Passem Okey has won two of three starts at Prairie Meadows and has proven victorious in 16 of 30 outs over 870 yards.

Horton Racing’s homebred Call Her Hero (Valiant Hero-Shady Caller (TB) by Caller I.D.) brings a four-race winning streak, including those three wins over Yin Your Eyes, into the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship. Following an 8-length romp in a July 6 Fair Meadows maiden race, she came to Prairie Meadows and rattled off wins in her Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge trial, the September 15 Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge final and the October 6 Covered Bridges Stakes (G3). She was the odds-on favorite for her latest two wins.

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

De Passem Okey, G.R. Carter Jr., 4-1
Call Her Hero, Stormy Smith, 5-1
Bok Man, Jeff Jermain, 20-1
All About Larry, Salvador Martinez, 2-1
Hes A Real Stone, Cody Smith, 8-1
JW A Royal Flirt, Esgar Ramirez, 6-1
Yin Your Eyes, Mark Luark, 12-1
Emperor Valerian, Cody Jensen, 6-1