Heza Dasha Fire Headlines Go Man Go

The reigning world champion seeks his first win of the season Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Reigning world champion Heza Dasha Fire is the 3-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday's Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

While the eyes of the Quarter Horse racing world are understandably focused on the mountains of southern New Mexico this weekend, reigning world champion Heza Dasha Fire will take on eight rivals in Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Heza Dasha Fire will be making his first start since February 14, when the homebred 4-year-old gelding ran second to two-time champion Moonist in the 400-yard, $140,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). Jose Flores trains Heza Dasha Fire for the Meneely family's S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick, Washington.

Flores is looking forward to seeing Heza Dasha Fire back on the track.

"He's maintaining his body weight better this year than last," Flores said. "I can't wait to see him run."

Heza Dasha Fire had surgery on both knees after the Los Alamitos Winter Championship. The gelding prepped for the Go Man Go with three morning drills over the track, including a 350-yard gate work in :17.50 on August 9.

"I'm really pleased with how the surgery went," Flores said. "The entire team did a great job getting Heza Dasha Fire back to the track. He's been working great."

Made the 3-5 favorite by track morning-line maker Ed Burgart, Heza Dasha Fire drew post 9 and will be ridden by Cruz Mendez.

Missing from the Go Man Go lineup is three-time Grade 1 winner Far Niente. According to trainer Jose Hernandez, the gelding sustained a minor cut on one of his legs and is expected to be back in time for the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) later this fall.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:

Forget It (G. Jairo Rangel, 123), 8-1
Dr Jess (Jesus Ayala, 122), 20-1
Walk The Catwalk (Ruben Lozano, 120), 20-1
Fiery Kimbo (Rodolfo Arvizu, 118), 30-1
Dutcher (Alejandro Luna, 124), 10-1
Bh Lisas Boy (Ramon Sanchez, 125), 7-2
Closing Time (Carlos Huerta, 121), 8-1
Viento Negro (Cesar DeAlba, 117), 30-1
Heza Dasha Fire (Cruz Mendez, 129), 3-5

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