Champion of Champions Berths on the Line Sunday at Los Alamitos
Seven sprinters have been entered in Sunday's 400-yard Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Stakes.
November 11, 2015
Edited press release
A total of seven sprinters has been entered in Sunday’s 400-yard, $15,000 Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Stakes at Los Alamitos.
At least four Champion of Champions (G1) berths will be on the line in this race, five if the connections of Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) winner Daytona B decide to forgo their spot in the starting gate. The 440-yard, $600,000 Champion of Champions will be run at Los Alamitos on December 12.
One piece of the Champion of Champions puzzle was clarified on Thursday when trainer John Brasseaux confirmed that Remington Park Championship (G1) winner Dashin Brown Streak was set to arrive in California on Friday night to race in the Champion of Champions. Dashin Brown Streak will be trained by Paul Jones at Los Alamitos.
The Directors Trials will be headed by Burns Ranch’s Seperate Interest, the winner of last year’s Z. Wayne Griffin Stakes. The Separatist stallion will go to stud at Burns Ranch once his racing career comes to a close, and an appearance in the Champion of Champions can only help his outstanding resume.
An earner of $468,386, Seperate Interest will be going after his seventh win in 27 starts. Already this season Seperate Interest has finished second to Moonist in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap and third to Moonist and Far Niente in the Grade 1 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. Mike Casselman will saddle the 5-year-old, who will be ridden by Oscar Peinado.
Reliance Ranches LLC’s Rock You is another top contender in this race. Trained locally by Jaime Gomez, Rock You won the All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs earlier this year and was fourth in the Los Alamitos Championship. Rock You has done well in trial races at Los Alamitos in the past, including winning his Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) trial in 2013.
Ed Allred’s Well And Good has danced every dance this year. Following his victory in the Scott Lewis Handicap on February 13, Well And Good has appeared in six stakes races while facing the top older horses on the grounds. He ran second to Far Niente in the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity and second to Moonist in the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap (RG1). He’s hit the board in six of nine outings this year.
Stanley Watkins’ Jiffy James and Jesus Padilla’s Remarkableyesapoweer were supplemented into the trials for $5,000 each. Jiffy James ran in the Vessels Maturity earlier this year, while Remarkableyesapoweer was fourth in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship and also raced in the Vessels Maturity and Los Alamitos Championship.
The list of hopefuls to the Champion of Champions will be completed by Go Man Go Handicap third-place finisher French Fury and Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) third-place finisher Solid Connection, the only mare in the field. Solid Connection won the Dana Point Handicap earlier this year and was second in the Cash For Kas Handicap.
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