Sparky E Boy Returns in BoA Los Alamitos

Talented field vies for a berth in the Bank of America Challenge Championship.

August 17, 2012

Reed Pierson’s Sparky E Boy, who finished second by nose in the $750,000 Champion Of Champions (G1), makes his first appearance since the February 19 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) when he starts in the $69,840 Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G2) on Sunday night at the Southern California track.

The winner of the Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3) qualifies for the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

Trainer Francisco Ramirez is bringing Sparky E Boy (Hawkinson-YR Brown Lucy by Lanes Leinster) after a six-month layoff and he has shown the class to be successful at the Grade 1 level. In December, the 5-year-old gelding gave Good Reason SA a tough fight in the 440-yard Champion Of Champions and came up a nose short of the win in American Quarter Horse racing’s classic event for older horses. The previous year, he concluded his 2010 season with a strong effort at the Grade 1 level when he was second in the Southern California Derby (G1).

Martha Wells’ homebred Forrest Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Chicks Tell by Chicks Beduino) looks to regain her spring form when he won the Katella Handicap and was second in the Kaweah Bar Handicap (G3) in successive starts. The Dan Francisco-trained gelding raced to a third-place finish in last year’s Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (then G2).

Muller Racing’s homebred Shining First Dash (First Down Dash-Keep On Shining by Keep On Turning) returns after a surprising third-place run in the July 28 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1) at 68-1 odds. Last year, he was second behind Favorite Cartel, and ahead of Forrest Fire, in the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge.