Thermonuclear Energy Returns in Charger Bar

Ten distaffers are entered in the season's first Grade 1 race

Q-Racing Journal

Thermonuclear Energy is the morning-line favorite for Sunday's Charger Bar Stakes. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Thermonuclear Energy, a homebred daughter of Walk Thru Fire owned the the Parsons Family Liimited Partnership, will make her 6-year-old season debut in Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Stakes (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Chris O'Dell, Thermonuclear Energy won two stakes last year, including the 400-yard, $40,000 California Breeders' Matron Stakes (RG3) on July 28. The mare is coming off of a second-place finish in the November 24, $50,000 Las Damas Handicap (G3).

Thermonuclear Energy drew post 10 and will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio. Her nine opponents include One Sweet Racy, a 5-year-old One Sweet Jess mare trained by O'Dell for owner Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas. One Sweet Racy ended her 2018 campaign with a nose victory as the 3-5 favorite in the 400-yard, $100,000 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

One Sweet Racy drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cody Jensen.

The complete lineup for the Charger Bar, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jess Mas (Oscar Andrade Jr.), 15-1
Kiddy Up Cowgirl (Eulices Gomez), 20-1
One Sweet Racy (Cody Jensen), 7-2
Splendid Cause (Carlos Huerta), 30-1
Tough To Figure (Vinnie Bednar), 12-1
Tickle Ur Fancy (Saul Ramirez Jr.), 10-1
Matilda Czech (Cruz Mendez), 8-1
Love To Reason Br (Jose Nicasio), 9-2
A Political Lady (Jesus Rios Ayala), 4-1
Thermonuclear Energy (Eduardo Nicasio), 5-2

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