Bh Lisas Boy Scores in Winter Championship

The homebred gelding earns his first Grade 1 win Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Bill Hoburg's Bh Lisas Boy scored a half-length victory in Sunday's Los Alamitos Winter Championship. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Bh Lisas Boy, a homebred 5-year-old son of Mighty Invictus campaigned by Bill Hoburg of Kennewick, Washington, earned his first Grade 1 victory in Sunday's $150,900 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1).

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer John Cooper and sent to post as the 13-10 favorite in the field of 10, Bh Lisas Boy covered 400 yards in :19.629. In addition to banking the $63,378 winner's share of the purse, the Idaho-bred sorrel gelding landed the season's first berth in this year's Champion of Champions (G1).

The connections of Bh Lisas Boy, including
trainer John Cooper (left) and owner Bill
Hoburg (third from left), celebrate the
homebred gelding's win in the Los Alamitos
Winter Championship. PHOTO: Los Alamitos

Bh Lisa's Boy 2016 resume included a second-place finish to AJs High in the 440-yard, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), a race which also gives a Champion of Champions berth to its winner.

"I was very frustrated,” Hoburg said. “I felt this horse should have been in the Champion of Champions, but you have to win a berth. We didn’t win a berth. That was our fault.

“The berth to the Champion of Champions means more than the money,” he added. “I don’t care about the purse tonight. It was all about the berth. That’s what I was after.

“He’s my first horse in the Champion of Champions. I felt like I could have qualified him last year by running in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials, but then I probably would have had a horse that was 85% going into the Champion of Champions instead of one that was 110%.”

Bh Lisas Boy has been well-traveled, as the gelding has raced in six states. He has won 12 of his 22 starts, and his six stakes victories include last year's 440-yard Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3).

Zoomin For Spuds, last year's champion 3-year-old gelding, finished second, a half of a length behind Bh Lisas Boy, and was followed by Jess A Pollitician, Mr Pyc To You, He Looks Hot, We Like Corona, Stevie B First Cash, Megatron Harry, Ima Fearless Hero, and Timely Delivery.

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