Chazaq Scores in Los Alamitos Super Derby

The Corona Cartel gelding lands a spot in the Champion of Champions

Q-Racing Journal

Dutch Masters III's Chazaq (number 10, purple saddle cloth) earned a berth in this year's Champion of Champions with his victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Chazaq, a gelded son of Corona Cartel owned by Dutch Masters III, led at every call en route to a half-length victory in Saturday's $956,500 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Jaime Gomez, Chazaq covered 400 yards in :19.792 and banked the $387,030 winner's share of the purse from his second career Grade 1 win. In addition, the gelding landed a berth in the 440-yard, $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on December 16.

 
James Streelman (left) and trainer Jaime
Gomez celebrate Chazaq's half-length
win in Sunday's Los Alamitos Super Derby.
PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Dutch Masters III sure hoped again that one day they would be back in the Champion of Champions. That’s now a reality thanks to Chazaq.

“I flew in from Palm Desert this evening for this race,” said Dr. James Streelman of Dutch Masters III. “I was there with a partner of mine, and we brought a whole bunch of people with us to the race. I told them this horse was really good last year, but we had to operate on him and maybe he had lost a step. I also told them I thought he was ready for a big (race). When you have this guy (Jaime Gomez) you have a chance because he’s the best.”

Chazaq was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. The gelding has seven of 13 starts, including last year's Ed Burke Million Futurity, and he has banked $948,664.

“This horse showed us what he had in the Ed Burke Million Futurity,” Streelman said. “He had some problems in subsequent trials. We did a little surgery after his 2-year-old year. Speaking from personal experience, original equipment is best, but I’m standing here because I got a heart transplant. He didn’t have real big problems, but he needed that surgery. This horse came back great.”

Gomez was celebrating a one-two finish in the Los Alamitos Super Derby, as Katella Deli, a Foose gelding he trains for Dutch Masters III and Paul Blanchard of Albuquerque, finished second at odds of 32-1.     

“I’m very blessed,” Gomez said. “I have a great crew in the barn and Dr. Ricky Overly does a wonderful job looking after my horses. I can’t be any happier.

"(Chazaq) goes into the starting gate like a pony," the trainer added. "When it’s time to go, he’ll jump 10 yards out of there. He’s as nice as a horse can be. First and second in this race, what else can I ask for?"

Kissed By An Eagle, Jess Mas, Tarzanito, Renewed, LD Is Back, and That Rico completed the order of finish. Billionaire Boy and Look At Her were scratched.

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