Heza Dasha Fire Preps for Return

The reigning world champion is being pointed to the September 4 Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Reigning world champion Heza Dasha Fire is being pointed to the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap on September 4. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Reigning world champion Heza Dasha Fire has been prepping for his return to the racetrack, and on Tuesday the homebred 4-year-old gelding worked 350 yards in :17.50 for owner S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick, Washington, and trainer Jose Flores.

The workout took place at Los Alamitos under jockey Cruz Mendez. Heza Dasha Fire is being pointed to the 400-yard, $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at the Southern California track on September 4.

Heza Dasha Fire hasn't raced since February 14, when he ran second in the 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). After that race, he had surgery to remove chips from both knees, and then he was moved to Lazy Creek Ranch in Murrieta, California, for rest and recuperation.

Heza Dasha Fire returned to Los Alamitos earlier this summer and posted a pair of 220-yard drills: a :12.30 on July 2 and a :12.20 three weeks later.

“He looked great in the (Tuesday) work and has been training super,” Flores said. “He looks ready for the Go Man Go. He looks stronger and stronger every day. He’s more mature and his weight has been good. We’re hoping for another strong second half of the year.

"It’s been a quiet year in our barn, but maybe that’ll change now," he added. "That (350-yard work) was it for Heza Dasha Fire in terms of workouts before the Go Man Go. That was a pretty good work, and sets him up great for the Go Man Go.”

During his world championship season, Heza Dasha Fire won all five of his outs and banked $726,432, and his three graded stakes victories included the 440-yard Champion of Champions. The winner of the Go Man Go will earn a berth in this year's Champion of Champions if there are no dead-heats for the win in any of the five remaining races carrying an automatic berth.

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