CHECK N FETCH KEEPS ON WINNING
Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Check N Fetch (left) is a now stakes winner at three different distances at Los Alamitos after scoring a wire-to-wire neck victory in the $50,000 Matron Stakes for distaffers at 400 yards. The 4-year-old mare by Check Him Out had previously won the 350-yard Miss Princess Handicap and the 300-yard Independence Day Handicap against the opposite sex. Her three stakes wins have come in back-to-back-to-back starts.
“She’s not a big mare, but she’s ornery,” said trainer Paul Jones. “She’s a funny horse. If you just tried to pet her in her stall she’ll try to bite you. But on the track, she’s one fast and talented good mare.”
Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, Check N Fetch covered the 400 yards in :19.685. She earned $25,500 for winning this race and she’s now won 10 of 18 career starts. She’s eligible to the AQHA Challenge Racing Series and Jones will also likely point her to the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap on September 29.
Anita Perez Ramirez’s Shesnowsall earned $8,000 for finishing second for trainer Jose Moreno and jockey Raul Valenzuela. Tac Out, Touch Of Paso, Annas Babe, Study Hall Pierce, Classic Sassy Check, Tac It To Heart and Lost In Memphis completed the field.
CARNE VINO WINS SPRINT STAKES AFTER RONSEPI’S DQ
Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s Carne Vino won the $25,000 Sprint Stakes after defending Sprint Stakes winner Ronsepi crossed the wire first, but was disqualified and placed fifth because of interference in the 350-yard race. The stewards ruled that Ronsepi lugged in at the 1/16th pole and forced El Baia to steady off his heels, costing him a chance to finish fourth.
“You win some, you lose some,” said Ronsepi’s owner Ron Hartley, who is a former steward at Los Alamitos Race Course.
“The favorites (El Baia and Ronsepi) bumped each other and Carne Vino took advantage of that,” said Guillermo Morales, who trains Carne Vino. “Carne Vino ran a pretty good race. Even though he lost the Independence Day Handicap in his previous start, I was satisfied with his effort. He posted a good 300-yard time of :15.54 and he was coming off a long layoff. It was tough for him to win that race after a long break, but it helped him remember that he is a fast horse. He did things right in this race and it worked out.”
Carne Vino crossed the wire only a neck behind Ronsepi, but the effort was good enough to earn him first place money of $13,750 following the disqualification. Ridden by Raul Valenzuela, Carne Vino improved to four wins in 13 starts. The official order of finish in the Sprint Stakes follows: Carne Vino, Hard Act, De Moss, El Baia, Ronsepi, Twelve Stepper, Chicks Boudro, Fdd Moon, Forrest Fire and Pony Drive.
A REGAL TIME WINS JENS LIST MEMORIAL
Owned and bred by Trujillo Racing Stable, A Regal Time won his third race from his last four starts following a neck victory over Our Secret Queen in the $25,000 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial Stakes. Racing at the 400-yard distance, A Regal Time finished strongly to earn the first place prize of $13,750.
“In his last time out, A Regal Time was the favorite over the favorite tonight (Easyist). He had a lot of trouble in that race so I thought that we could give it another try and hopefully he could show us what he can do. That’s what happened tonight.”
A Regal Time, who covered the 350 yards in :17.770, had previously won at the $12,500 and $16,000 claiming levels this year. His only other victory came in a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity last year. A Regal Time now has four victories in nine career starts.
“We’ll look for an allowance for him or perhaps an overnight handicap,” Aleman added.
Racing for Vessels Stallion Farm LLC and Bustardos Horse Racing LLC, Our Secret Queen earned $5,625 for finishing second. Easyist, Fast Moving Fire, Chicks Gone, Line Slinger, Whittier High, Votemout, How Much Better and Greater Still completed the field.
HANNAHS DOUBLE LOVE AND STEL HAWK WINS STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS
Fresh off a winning effort in a trial to the Governor’s Cup Futurity, Linda Cannon’s Stel Hawk improved to three wins in four career starts following a wire-to-wire neck victory in the $25,000 Freshman Stakes at 350 yards. Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Charles Treece, the Stel Corona gelding earned $13,750 while covering the distance in ;17.641. Stel Hawk was unlucky not to qualify to the Governor’s Cup Futurity final, as his winning trial time of :17.65 missed the cut off by 3/100ths of a second.
Nevertheless, the gelding’s connections were all smiles following his Freshman Stakes win.
“This is joyous night,” Cannon said. “We got to visit the winner’s circle in the company of the people that were in the ownership group of (Governor’s Cup Futurity and Derby winner) Hard Hitting and (Governor’s Cup finalist) Bikers Bono. Champions Night has always been a memorable night for us.”
Dutch Masters III’s Diamonds N Dynasty finished second and was followed by Our Man John, Belvedere Up, Secret Lips, Undercover Kid, Mecano, Hot To Go and Boy Wonder.
Susan Lucas’ Hannahs Double Love improved to a perfect two for two after winning the $25,000 Freshman Stakes for fillies at 350 yards. The daughter of Tac It Like A Man won this race by ¾ lengths after breaking her maiden by an impressive 2 ¼ lengths at 300 yards on May 10. Francisco Rubio piloted Hannahs Double Love to victory in a time of :17.619 for trainer Juan Aleman. The filly earned $13,750 for the win.
“The mother of Hannahs Double Love is (the Thoroughbred) Kickstand Kelly and she’s by Kelly Kip, which we stand at stud,” said Lucas’ husband, George Lucas. “Kickstand Kelli is double bred to (1959 American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly) My Dear Girl. Kelly Kip still holds track records at Belmont and Aqueduct. Kickstand Kelli had never produced a Quarter Horse so we didn’t pay her to a lot of futurities. She is eligible to run in the Dash For Cash Futurity and she’ll probably head to Texas for those trials.”
Joys Secret, Twittie Bird, Sadie Sis, Buy It All, Khaleesi, Seperate Flight, Jabulani Secrets and Last Chancer completed the field.
CHICS ON FIRE TOPS DEBUTANTE FOR FILLIES
Martha Wells’ Chics On Fire paid her second visit to the winner’s circle in as many stars after scoring a ¾ length victory in the $25,000 Debutante Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 350 yards. Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga for trainer Dan Francisco, the filly by Walk Thru Fire covered the distance in :17.656 while earning $13,750. She’s now won three of 11 starts. In five starts this year, the homebred filly has won twice and finished in the money four times.
“She was hitting herself while running last year,” Wells explained. “We gave her time off and while doing that we found that the calmer the rider sat the better she performed. She didn’t like it if the rider moved to much or tried to push. She wanted to do things by herself. It’s worked for her this year. She liked the distance tonight.”
“She’s won three races now so we’ll look to run her in a handicap or allowance,” Francisco added.
Juan Carlos Gonzalez’s A Walking Secret, who was making her 2013 debut, finished second and was followed by Stella La Rosa, Barrel Babe, Cant Buy Class and Bolt Lightly.
Champions Night also featured a pair of Claiming Stakes races. The $15,000 Sophomore Claiming Stakes was the first race on the card and it featured Ed Allred’s About To Fire scoring a neck victory over J. Francisco Diaz’s Bonos Jeans. Saddled by Jose Flores and ridden by Cruz Mendez, About To Fire picked up her third win in 13 starts. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire was claimed out of this race by trainer Dan Francisco for owner Link Newcomb. Bonos Jeans was also claimed. He went to trainer Humberto Loma and owner Maria Rodriguez.
Alberto Duenas’ Flyin Kyle was the evening’s final race – the $17,500 Senior Claiming Stakes at 400 yards. Ridden by Raul Valenzuela for trainer Jose Moreno, the Corona Czech gelding has now won his last three starts. He earned $9,625 for covering the 400 yards in :19.842.