Well Worth It in The Plan Handicap

Well Worth It readies for Los Alamitos debut.

Press Release
September 5, 2013

Well Worth It, the third place finisher in the $114,656 Bitterroot Futurity (RG3) at Les Bois Park, and Jays Powerstroke, the winner of the Beehive Futurity Consolation Stakes, are among the racing newcomers that will be in action in the $15,000 The Plan Handicap for 2-year-olds on Saturday at Los Alamitos.  First post time is 6 p.m.

The Plan Handicap will serve as a prep race for many of these freshman runners from the Intermountain and Northwest regions for the trials to the Wild West Futurity to be held at Los Alamitos on Sunday, October 6. The trials will be the feature event on that Sunday following the conclusion of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale that will be held on October 5 and 6.

Racing for Denny and Sandy Weigt, Well Worth It could be one of the favorites in this 350-yard race. The filly by champion Carters Cartel out of the stakes winner Worth A Look was an impressive 4 length trial winner to the John Deere Juvenile regional at Les Bois Park, but was sixth in the $50,851 final after a troubled trip. Well Worth It faced in the that race the likes of John Deere regional winner SS Paydirt and Time For Jesse Lee, who then came to Los Alamitos and finished second in the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge.

Jay Giles’ Jays Powerstroke is another newcomer to watch. The gelding by Cartella Star won the Beehive Futurity Consolation stakes after running second in a trial to that futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack. His mother is Nora GVL, who was a claiming stakes winner at Los Alamitos in 2003. Also racing is Steve McIntyre’s Smoothe Movin Chic, who arrives after winning three of four career starts. The homebred filly’s top career victory came in an allowance race in mid-June. Paul Jones trains her at Los Alamitos.

Clayton and Kay Russell’s A Corona Habit was an allowance winner at Les Bois Park on August 7 and could be the x-factor in this event after winning two of five career outings. A Corona Habit will be saddled by Mark Skeen. Sired by Separatist, Tom Close and Lee Thompson’s Boy Wonder competed in the South Valley-Swett Ranch Futurity and will be looking for a second straight victory.  Trained by Denny Ekins, Boy Wonder has the most local racing experience of all the horses in the field with three starts. The Separatist gelding defeated claiming rivals here on August 23 and also ran in the California Breeders Freshman Stakes on July 27. His mother is She Doll, an allowance winner here in 2003.

Gary and Jeralyn Messenger’s Fames Version will complete The Plan field. The filly sired by Winners Version is a consistent competitor with victories in two of seven starts and top three efforts in all but one of her outings. She was third in the Bitterroot Juvenile Invitational earlier this year.