Deep Field in Champ at SUN
Championship contenders line up for Sunday battle.
December 23, 2014
Dana Stroud and Brian Stroud’s JRC Callas First – winner of seven-straight races with two Grade 1 stakes wins during the streak – has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) over 400 yards on Sunday afternoon.
The Championship at Sunland Park has a very deep field with every entrant a 2014 stakes winner. The cancellation of the $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos could have boosted the field for The Championship at Sunland Park.
The Championship at Sunland Park could influence year-end championship honors with this stellar field.
JRC Callas First (Winners Award-Calla Missy Jane by Dirty Coup) started his winning streak at the $5,000 starter-allowance level back in May at Sam Houston Race Park and is now in the discussion for championship honors.
The Brian Stroud-trained gelding rose to the point that he has two Grade 1 wins in his latest three starts. He used a strong late rush to take the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) in October at Lone Star Park. Then, after winning the $25,000 B.F. Phillips Handicap (RG3), he shipped to Zia Park and showed his class when he battled to a neck win in the $150,480 Zia Park Championship (G1).
James Sills and Abelardo Flores Jr.’s A Toss Up (Sweet First Down-Shake Cartel by Corona Cartel) has won three of four starts this year and comes off a very classy win in the $150,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1). The Eddie Willis-trained gelding pulled away to a three-quarter-length win in the Los Alamitos Championship.
J. Garvin Kelly, Nancy Yearsley and Vinewood Farms’ Bon Accord (Shazoom-Dream Mirage by Royal Quick Dash) has Grade 1 wins this year at Remington Park and Los Alamitos. He concluded his Remington Park season with a win in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) and the started his fall season at Los Alamitos with a one-half-length win in the $100,000 Go Man Go Invitational Handicap (G1). The gelding was third to A Toss Up as the 6-5 favorite in the Los Alamitos Championship, his most recent effort.
World Champion Racing Stables LLC and Lapresita LLC’s Foose Cash SR (Foose-Takin Some Gold by Takin On The Cash) has won his latest five starts, including two important Grade 1 stakes at Los Alamitos. He surprised at 25-1 odds when he won last year’s $1,990,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). This fall he fought to a nose win in the $972,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1), a non-betting race, in his most recent start.
Jerry Windham’s homebred Stimulus (Mr Jess Perry-Veva Jean by Runaway Winner) is thriving as a 4-year-old. The gelding won the $77,000 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge and then dominated the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) by two lengths at Prairie Meadows. He moved to Zia Park was second by a neck behind JRC Callas First in the Zia Park Championship after breaking out at the start.
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