Los Al's California Champions Night

Los Alamitos hosts a full card of California-bred stakes races.

July 27, 2012

Strong and deep fields in the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1), $380,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) and the $222,500 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) highlight the annual California Champions Night on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Watch a preview video by Los Alamitos.

The 400-yard California Breeders Championship attracted the dangerous Hot Hitter and the sharp Twelve Stepper

Balgo Racing Team Inc.’s Hot Hitter (Walk Thru Fire-Chickasis by Chicks Beduino) broke out two years ago on California Champions Night with a win in the $423,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity and then came back last year to win the $191,000 Governor’s Cup Derby (then a RG1), his most recent win. He makes his first start since a third-place finish back in December for trainer Guillermo Morales.

Juan Humberto Moya’s Twelve Stepper (Walk Thru Fire-Twelfth Secret by Raise A Secret) has four wins and a pair of seconds in his latest six starts. He won a pair of 300-yard races for a $30,000 claiming tag before finishing a close second in the Independence Day Handicap in his most recent start.

In the Governor’s Cup Futurity, Armando Arreola Jr’s La Gata Negra (Walk Thru Fire-Miss Kittys Bar Bet by Sum Fun To Bet) stepped up with a maiden win when she made her third start in her Governor’s Cup Futurity trial. She won by a scant nose over second-fastest qualifier I Go Out Walkin (Walk Thru Fire-Rieda Hay Worth by Corona Cartel).

La Gata Negra covered the 350 yards in :17.572 while the Double Bar S Ranch’s homebred I Go Out Walkin was timed in :17.584.

In the Governor’s Cup Derby, Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie’s Terrific Synergy (FDD Dynasty-Terrific Energy by Mr Jess Perry) is the horse to beat after coming back from a layoff to dominate the three trials. The Cody Joiner-trained gelding destroyed his rivals when he pulled away to win by 2 lengths in :19.584 for 400 yards.

Last year, Terrific Synergy was the only horse to qualify for the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million futurities.

In the $50,000 California Breeders Matron Stakes (RG3), Jose Uranga’s Classic Sassy Check (Check Him Out-Classic Sassy Chic by A Classic Dash) has made an impressive climb up the class ladder since being claimed for $3,200 in March. After a two-month rest, she was second in the Miss Princess Handicap (G3) and then won the Ivan Ashment Handicap (R) for trainer Jose Antonio Moreno.

In the $25,000 Jens List Jr Memorial California Breeders Stakes over 400 yards, Dr. Ed Allred’s Kool Million (Bono Jazz-Kool As Ever by Chicks Beduino) is well positioned after winning the $151,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes, winning the Dillingham Handicap and finishing second in the Vandy’s Flash Handicap at 4-5 odds in his latest three starts for trainer Jose Antonio Flores.

In the $25,000 California Breeders Sprint at 350 yards, Vessels Stallion Farms and Los Bustardos’ Little Bit Of Baja (First Down Dash-BCR Pale Moon by Kingdom Key) makes a rare start at 350 yards after proving to be a Grade 1 force at a quarter mile. The 8-year-old gelding has won one of three starts at 350 yards, while at a quarter mile, he has close seconds in the 2008 and 2009 Champion of Champions (G1) and the 2009 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). The Francisco Ramirez-trained gelding was fourth in the 440-yard Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2) in May.

In the $25,000 California Breeders Freshman Stakes over 350 yards, Rosario Jimenez’s Mama Mia Bella (Royaltys Choice-Fed X Dash by A Classic Dash) was fourth in the $268,200 Kindergarten Futurity (G1) and then won her maiden by 1 1/4 lengths on June 16.

In the $25,000 California Breeders Debutante Stakes for 3-year-olds at 350 yards, Dr. Allred’s Bet It Snows (Snowbound (TB)-Bet She Flys by TR Dasher) steps up to the stakes division after winning a $12,500 claiming race and then winning a starter-allowance race as the 7-5 choice.

In the California Breeders Freshman Fillies Stakes at 350 yards, Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Buy Buy (Stel Corona-Aquisitive by Separatist) shoots for her third-straight win. She was claimed for $10,000 out of her latest winning effort when she won by 1 1/2 lengths at 7-10 odds.