Field of Nine Entered Back in Grade 1 Vessels Maturity
The winner will earn a berth in this year's Champion of Champions.
July 1, 2016
A field of nine, headed by 2015 Texas Classic Derby (G1) runner-up Dutcher, has been entered back in Sunday's 400-yard, $152,000 Vessels Maturity (G1) at Los Alamitos.
The field lost some of its lustre when two-time champion Moonist, the fastest qualifier and likely post-time favorite, lost a battle with colic on June 21, nine days after he qualified to the Vessels Maturity. However, the nine aged horses entered back, topped by Dutcher, are accomplished in their own right.
A homebred 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess trained by Juan Aleman for owners Jumonville Ranch and Brian Ranch, Dutcher made his season debut with a half-length victory in the second of two Vessels Maturity trials on June 12. The gelding has won three of 12 starts and has banked $108,751, and he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite.
Dutcher drew post 8 and will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio.
Forget It, a 4-year-old Foose gelding trained by Jose Antonio Moreno for owner Hector M. Villalobos, ended his sophomore season with a three-quarter length win in the 400-yard, $134,000 Southern California Derby (G1). The gelding's 3-year-old campaign included victories in the Governor's Cup Derby (RG3) and El Primero del Ano Derby (G3).
Cruz Mendez will ride Forget It from post 9.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
He Looks Hot (Carlos Huerta), 7-2
Energy Cartel (Tony Guymon), 20-1
Walk The Catwalk (Ruben Lozano), 7-2
Vivid (G. Jairo Rangel), 12-1
Dr Jess (Jesus Ayala), 8-1
Fiery Kimbo (Carlos Marquez), 20-1
He Is The Risingstar (Jose A. Alvarez), 10-1
Dutcher (Eduardo Nicasio), 5-2
Forget It (Cruz Mendez), 4-1
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