Wagon Tales Wins Los Al Debut
Shipper from Lone Star Park takes A Ransom Handicap at Los Alamitos.
December 21, 2014
Michael and Donalda Pohl’s Wagon Tales enjoyed a successful Los Alamitos racing debut, as the Oklahoma-bred colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon posted a neck victory over Jens List Memorial Stakes (R) winner Conquer All in the $25,000 A Ransom Handicap on Saturday night.
Wagon Tales was making his first start at the Orange County oval and his third outing of 2014. Bred by The Mixer Ranch, he had previously competed in a trial to the Dash For Cash Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park and was second to 2013 All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash in a trial to the All American Derby (G1). Wagon Tales is no stranger to the All American. The bay colt posted the overall fastest qualifying time from two days of trials (:21.021) in 2013. His clocking was the fastest from more than 250 times recorded in the trials.
Third in the All American Futurity final, Wagon Tales showed his tremendous class in the A Ransom. He was second at the start in this field of nine, but then flew in the second half of the race to post a comfortable victory. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Wagon Tales was picking up his fourth win in nine starts.
“He tried to lug out,” Sanchez said. “I had to correct him, but once I straightened him out he was too much horse for this field. I just hope he continues to run at this level.”
Wagon Tales covered the 350 yards in :17.419. He earned $13,750 for the effort to take his career bankroll over the $400,000 mark. He’s now made $400,531.
“He’s been at Los Alamitos for about three months,” said Roque Gonzalez, the barn’s assistant trainer. “He’s a very professional horse.”
In addition to running third in the $2.6 million All American Futurity, Wagon Tales also finished third in the $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1). He won the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R). Wagon Tales’ dam is Signs Zoomer, a daughter of Shazoom out of the Vital Sign mare Stylish Sign. Signs Zoomer won or placed in three of eight and was fourth in the 2008 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Futurity (RG2). PYC Paint Your Wagon was a three-time Grade 1 winner who earned $889,581. His stakes wins include the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity.
Alberto Duenas and Raul Moreno’s Conquer All earned $5,625 for the finishing second. Mr Its Country Time, a three time stakes winner here this season, was third. Remarkablesapoweer, Mr Corona Cartel, Senor Gold Solo, Dare To Flair, One Slick Cartel, and Unchangeable completed the field.
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