Worth Doing Rallies to Win Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity
The Walk Thru Fire gelding gets his first stakes score on Sunday.
December 10, 2016
A $50,000 yearling buy at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale, Worth Doing paid big dividends for owner Fawna Knight, as the Walk Thru Fire gelding rallied to win Sunday's $1,908,050 Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1).
Worth Doing's margin of victory was a head from 11-10 favorite and fastest qualifier Lotta Blues Man, and he covered 400 yards in :19.831. Tony Guymon rode Worth Doing, the fifth-fastest qualifier, for trainer Mark Skeen.
"This is the best he’s ever broke," said Guymon. "He always kind of breaks with them, but tonight he broke with the leaders and wouldn't let them get by.
“We had the last pick (on the post position selection show this past Wednesday) and I was like ‘Oh man,’ ” he added. “But when they left us the 2 hole and Lotta Blues Man had the three, I thought it was good. We are right by the horse we wanted to be next to because I knew what he would do. Lotta Blues Man runs big at the end. I thought if we were with him that we would push each other and that it was going to be a horse race and it was."
The start of the race was delayed when one of the finalists was backed out of the gate for an equipment correction.
"When there was the little delay, my horse was perfect," Guymon said. "Nothing upsets this horse. He’s a pro. He stays on his toes, but he didn’t get nervous and he didn’t get upset. He walked back in and looked down the racetrack and he was going to go."
Worth Doing was bred in California by Ed Allred. The gelding is out of Callan Rocks, a winning 9-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel and a finalist in the 2010 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. His second dam, the unraced Bills Ryon mare Phoebe Ryon, produced stakes winner and '04 All American Futurity (G1) finalist Corona Ease.
|Trainer Mark Skeen and his wife,
Holly, celebrate Worth Doing's
win in Sunday's Los Alamitos Two-
Million Futurity. PHOTO: Scott
Worth Doing traces back to his third dam, Dashing Phoebe, a multiple graded stakes winning Dash For Cash mare who was the sport's champion 2-year-old filly in 1985 and champion sophomore filly the following year.
Worth Doing was one of only three 2-year-olds to qualify for all three of Los Alamitos' seven-figure futurities: the Ed Burke Million (G1), Golden State Million (G1), and Los Alamitos Two-Million. The gelding ran second in the Ed Burke Million and third in the Golden State Million, and his resume includes a second-place finish in the Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) for California-bred juveniles in July.
"It got pretty close at the end (of the Los Alamitos Two-Million), but what I’ve said the whole time is that what we needed to do was to get a neck out of there because he’s all heart and fast,” said Skeen. “This horse doesn’t make many mistakes.
"He pretty much does his thing all the time, every time," the trainer added. "It seems like he runs back in the final a little better than in the trials.”
Knight is Skeen's sister and is a resident of Orange County, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
"We had (Worth Doing) picked out in the early stages (of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale),” she recalled. “You have four or five that you’re looking at and he was definitely our favorite. We really didn’t know if we would get him bought for what we wanted to spend.”
Knight's son Ren, whose passion for the horses came through on Sunday night, was also a big early fan of Worth Doing.
“He was big and strong,” Ren Knight said. “He was well built in the shoulders, his knees were good and his x-rays were clean. It was difficult to see what you didn’t like about him.
"We had him picked before the sale," he added. "Mark paid a visit over to Allred’s and went to the ranch and really liked him. We didn’t know if he was going to be in a price range that we would be comfortable with.”
Campaigned exclusively in California, Worth Doing has won six of nine races, and he became Quarter Horse racing's newest millionaire, as the winner's share of the purse from the state's richest race for any breed bumped his earnings to $1,179,101.
Katella Deli ran third, a neck behind Worth Doing. Cartel Sixes, Mr Apollitical Dash, Kissed By An Eagle, Ms Jess Knockout, Jess Mas, One Hot Habit, and Billionaire Boy completed the order of finish.
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