Quirky Aims for Repeat in Charger Bar

The homebred 5-year-old mare is the 129-pound highweight on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Quirky will attempt to be only the second mare to win back-to-back runnings of Los Alamitos' Charger Bar Handicap on Sunday. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Quirky, a homebred 5-year-old daughter of Stel Corona racing for Ed Allred, has been assigned to carry top weight of 129 pounds for Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) for distaffers at Los Alamitos.

From December 21, 2014-September 27, 2015, Quirky assembled a five race win streak that included a half-length victory in the 2015 Charger Bar Handicap. The mare is coming off of a sixth-place finish, five lengths behind winner Heza Dasha Fire, in the 440-yard, $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on December 12.

"She had no excuse in the Champion of Champions," said James Glenn Jr., Quirky's trainer. "She came out of the race great. She faced a strong field. It was what it was.

Quirky ended her 4-year-old campaign with four stakes wins and earnings of $157,955 from five outs.

"She matured, trained better, ate better, got stronger and bigger, improved in the starting gate and was better in every possible way," Glenn said. "I don't have a thing to complain about regarding her year. Mares like her don't come around very often."

If Quirky wins on Sunday, she will be just the second mare to win back to back runnings of the Charger Bar, Champion Stylish Jess BR won the race in 2010 and '11.

Glenn said that, win or lose, Quirky would be headed to Burns Ranch in Menifee, California, to be bred.

"They took some Walk Thru Fire embryos out of her last year," he added. "They'll do something similar to that this year."

The Charger Bar Handicap honors the memory of American Quarter Horse racing's world champion in 1971. A Utah-bred daughter of the Depth Charge mare Tiny Charger, Charger Bar was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2001. When she died in 1997 at the age of 29, her ashes were scattered on the infield at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

The complete lineup for the Charger Bar Handicap, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments:
Take A Look (J.R. Ayala, 124)
Skinny Jeans (Oscar Peinado, 123)
Solid Connection (Cruz Mendez, 123)
Tallulah Moon (Jose Alvarez, 122)
Sass Me Blue (Cody Jensen, 124)
Apollitical Zoom (Cesar DeAlba, 124)
Walk Around Blues (Roberto Hernandez, 123)
Quirky (Eulices Gomez, 129)
Vivid (Santiago Mendez, 124)
Political Chick (Antonio Alberto, 122)
AE-Bring Me Home (Alejandro Luna, 121)
AE-Morethanmeetstheye (Tony Guymon, 120)

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