BH Lisas Boy Wins Bank of America California Challenge

The homebred gelding takes a three-quarter length victory Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

BIll Hoburg's BH Lisas Boy, an Idaho-bred son of Mighty Invictus, wins Sunday's 440-yard Bank of America California Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

A sharp break from post 8 helped BH Lisas Boy earn a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $74,070 Bank of America Califfornia Challenge (G3) at Los Alamitos.

A homebred 4-year-old Mighty Invictus gelding owned and trained by Bill Hoburg, BH Lisas Boy went 440 yards in :21.456, earning a 99 speed index and a return trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), which will be run at Los Alamitos on October 29. Jesus Ayala rode BH Lisas Boy.

Hoburg, who has been training since 1971, wasn't surprised to see BH Lisas Boy shine at the 440 trip.

"He has an older brother (Yin Your Eyes) who won a Grade 1, 870-yard race here five years ago," he said. "These horses like the distance."

BH Lisas Boy was making just his second start at Los Alamitos. On July 23, the Idaho-bred gelding finished third in a 400-yard, $15,000 open-condition allowance race.

"We ran him out here the first time, and he completely washed out," Hoburg said. "I led him over here to win, and the way he washed out I thought he was going to run last. I was surprised when he ran third.

"We schooled him extensively in the paddock, and I have to give credit to (starter Gary Brinson) and the starting gate crew," he added. "They helped me with this horse. They spent a lot of time with me. This horse has always been fast, but really poor away from the gate."

Raced at seven different tracks in six states, BH Lisas Boy has won 10 of his 17 starts, including four stakes. The $33,332 winner's share of the purse from his first career graded stakes score pushed his earnings to $136,628.

Jess A Cowboy finished second, three-quarters of a length behind BH Lisas Boy. BF Farm Boss, 6-5 favorite Dutcher, Jake Gold Br, He Is The Risingstar, Fire Fortune, Lotta Dynasty, Ima Polaris, Eclipse Through Time, and SS Paydirt completed the order of finish.

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