California Breeders' Champions Night Draws 98 Entries

A total of $885,000 in purses will be on the line Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Ed Allred's Quirky will be making her first start in six months in Saturday's California Breeders' Matron Stakes, one of nine official stakes on Los Alamitos' California Breeders' Champions Night program. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

A total of 98 state-bred Quarter Horses has been entered in Saturday's California Breeders' Champions Night program at Los Alamitos.

Post time for the first of 11 races, of which nine are official stakes, is 7 p.m. Click here for a video preview of California Breeders' Champions Night, courtesy of

The night's richest race, the 350-yard, $387,500 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2), is topped by morning-line favorite and fastest qualifier AJs Anna Smoke. A homebred gelding by champion Separatist trained by John Cooper for owner Rod Macpherson Jr., AJs Anna Smoke has won four of his five starts and has earned $32,125, and he was a finalist in the 350-yard, $1,110,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) on June 19.

AJs Anna Smoke drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba.

Fawna Knight's Worth Doing, a gelded son of Walk Thru Fire trained by Mark Skeen, has won three of four outs and has banked $190,425, with his only loss being a second-place finish to Chazaq in the Ed Burke Million Futurity. Worth Doing drew post 2 and will be ridden by Tony Guymon.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Smell Perfume (Rodrigo Aceves), 20-1
Worth Doing (Tony Guymon), 5-1
AJs Anna Smoke (Cesar DeAlba), 5-2
A Bit Quirky (Carlos Huerta), 20-1
Seared (Eulices Gomez), 3-1
Kiddy Up Cowgirl (Jesus Ayala), 10-1
Up For Dashing (Joe Badilla Jr.), 9-2
Myfavoritestreaker (Cruz Mendez), 8-1
American Force (Eduardo Nicasio), 15-1
Stelfast (Oscar Peinado), 15-1

A field of 10 sophomores has been entered back in Saturday's 400-yard, $200,000 Governor's Cup Derby (RG3).

Thermonuclear Energy, a homebred daughter of Walk Thru Fire trained by Chris O'Dell for the Parsons Family Limited Partnership, made her 3-year-old debut with a clear 1 3/4-length victory in the first of three trials on July 10. Made the 5-2 morning-line favorite by track linemaker Ed Burgart, the Grade 1-placed filly filly ended her juvenile campaign with a nose victory as the odds-on choice in the 400-yard, $30,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Fastest qualifier Fervents Dynasty led at every call en route to a three-quarter length win in the last Governor's Cup Derby trial. Juan Aleman trains the Fdd Dynasty filly for owners Bruce and Jill Thompson.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Unclaimed Dividend (Jesus Ayala), 20-1
Thermonuclear Energy (Rodrigo Aceves), 5-2
Fervents Dynasty (Minor Arana), 7-2
Snitching (Tony Guymon), 9-2
Zendaya (Jonathan ROman), 10-1
Chicks Fayvorite (Oscar Peinado), 9-2
Makin Moments (Eddie S. Garcia), 15-1
Sale Topper (Carlos Huerta), 6-1
Checkn Fire (Cruz Mendez), 20-1
Phoebes Dynasty (Joe Badilla Jr.), 20-1

Ed Allred's He Looks Hot is the morning-line favorite in the 400-yard, $100,000 Spencer L. Childers California Breeders' Championship (RG1).

A homebred 4-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding trained by Scott Willoughby, He Looks Hot was unraced as a 3-year-old. However, He Looks Hot opened his 2016 campaign by earning $69,015 from just three starts, and he comes into this race off of a neck victory in the 400-yard, $152,000 Vessels Maturity (G1) on July 3.

Other contenders include Fire Fortune, who will be returning to Los Alamitos and making his 4-year-old debut in this race. A homebred 4-year-old gelding by Walk Thru Fire owned and trained by Jaime Gomez, Fire Fortune raced at Ruidoso Downs last summer and ran third, 2 1/4 lengths behind winner Apollitical Blood, in the 440-yard, $2,378,000 All American Derby (G1).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Front And Center (Tony Guymon, 122), 10-1
Fire Fortune (Rodrigo Aceves, 122), 7-2
Flay (Oscar Peinado, 122), 6-1
He Looks Hot (Carlos Huerta, 127), 7-5
Forget It (Cruz Mendez, 124), 7-2
Fiery Kimbo (Rodolfo Arvizu, 118), 30-1
Look Of A Dasher (Jesus Ayala, 119), 15-1
Walk The Catwalk (Ruben Lozano, 122), 12-1
Trust Me (G. Jairo Rangel, 118), 30-1

Ed Allred's Quirky, a Grade 1-winning 5-year-old Stel Corona mare trained by James Glenn, is the 129-pound highweight for Saturday's 400-yard, $40,000 California Breeders' Matron Handicap (RG3).

The 3-5 morning-line favorite, Quirky will be making her first start since January 3, when the homebred mare scored a head victory as the even-money choice in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1). Quirky last year assembled a four-race win streak, all against stakes company, and she was voted champion aged mare.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assginments and morning-line odds:
Vivid (G. Jairo Rangel, 123), 8-1
Quirky (Eulices Gomez, 129), 3-5
Bac In Front (Carlos Huerta, 124), 3-1
Foo Who (Eduardo Nicasio, 122), 10-1
Walk Around Blues (Rodrigo Aceves, 118), 15-1
Bring Me Home (Minor Arana, 121), 8-1

The other official stakes on Saturday's program are the 350-yard, $25,000 California Breeders' Freshman Fillies Stakes (R) for 2-year-old fillies; the 350-yard, $25,000 California Breeders' Debutante Stakes (R) for 3-year-old fillies; the 350-yard, $25,000 California Breeders' Freshman Stakes (R) for 2-year-olds; the 400-yard, $25,000 Jens L. List Memorial California Breeders' Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds; and the 350-yard, $25,000 California Breeders' Sprint Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds and older.

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