Bh Lisas Boy Seeks Second Grade 1 Win of the Season on Sunday

The homebred 5-year-old is the morning-line favorite in the Vessels Maturity at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Bh Lisas Boy, pictured here winning the Los Alamitos Winter Championship in February, is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in Sunday's Vessels Maturity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Bh Lisas Boy, a homebred 5-year-old gelding by Mighty Invictus owned and trained by Bill Hoburg, will be seeking his second Grade 1 win of the season in Sunday's 400-yard, $162,600 Vessels Maturity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Bh Lisas Boy is having his best season yet, as the gelding has won all four of his outs this year, including the 400-yard, $151,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) in February, a victory which gave him a berth in this year's Champion of Champions (G1) in December.

"It's very humbling to have a horse like BH Lisas Boy,"  said Hoburg after the Idaho-bred posted the fastest qualifying time to the Vessels Maturity on June 17. "I've waited 40 years to have a nice horse like this. It's one of the most humbling experiences I've ever had.

"I got one broodmare," he added, referring to Apollo Snowbound, a 17-year-old winning daughter of the Meadowlake (TB) stallion Snowbound (TB) and the dam of Bh Lisas Boy. "It's one chance in a million to get a horse like this. Last year we campaigned the horse here and we just missed by head-bobs a couple of times to qualify (to the Champion of Champions). My plan was (to) come back with a fresh horse this year to see if we could qualify.”

Hoburg has campaigned Bh Lisas Boy at seven different tracks in six states, including his home area of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and the gelding has won 14 of 24 starts and has earned $338,406. Cesar DeAlba will ride Bh Lisas Boy from post 10 on Sunday.

“When (BH Lisas Boy) was racing in the Northwest he was fast, but he wasn’t breaking very well,” Hoburg recalled. “I saw him run some stellar races coming from (behind) to win. Last July I decided to bring this horse to California. I hooked him up with a (flipping halter) on this horse and the rest is history.

"Putting a flipping halter on this horse helped him stand up in the gate, pay attention to the doors, and leave with the competition," he added. "This horse came off the trials in excellent condition and is training remarkably well. Being the fastest qualifier only means a thing on qualifying night. When you re-enter it’s a brand new game and he’ll be facing nine other nice horses.”

Bh Lisas Boy's nine opponents in the Vessels Maturity include Jim Walker’s Zoomin For Spuds, the winner of last year's Champion of Champions and the 2016 champion 3-year-old gelding. A homebred 4-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux, the gelding is trained by Monty Arrossa and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala from post 6.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Dr Jess (G. Jairo Rangel), 15-1
Stel Easy (Carlos Huerta), 20-1
Freakin Runaway (Rodrigo Aceves), 10-1
Flash N Bling (Tony Guymon), 20-1
Rip Tide (Cruz Mendez), 20-1
Zoomin For Spuds (Jesus Ayala), 6-1
Jess Ravin (Ramon Sanchez), 6-1
The Charm Of Corona (Cody Jensen), 15-1
Time For Jess (Eduardo Nicasio), 20-1
Bh Lisas Boy (Cesar DeAlba), 3-5

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