LARC NEWS Posted: 7/28/2013 4:48:18 AM


       Hall of Fame Owner and Breeder Ed Allred enjoyed an outstanding California Breeders Champions Night as his homebreds won the $380,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity, the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap and also the evening’s opening race – the $15,000 Sophomore Claiming Stakes – on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course.

A total of 11 stakes races were contested on the 14th annual Champions Night, a showcase event for the top California-bred Quarter Horses in training. Other top races on the card included the $180,000 Governor’s Cup Derby, the $50,000 Matron Stakes and the $25,000 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial Stakes. Double Bar S Ranch’s Scoop Of Sunshine pulled away to win the Governor’s Cup Derby, while Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Check N Fetch scored her third stakes of the season when winning the Matron Stakes.    


Allred won the Governor’s Cup Futurity as owner for the third time in his career, and his first since champion 2-year-old gelding Way Maker in 1989, after the Scott Willoughby-trained Kiddy Up filly Up For It posted a half-length victory over Ron Hartley’s Moonist. Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, Up For It won the Governor’s Cup in wire-to-wire fashion while covering the 350yards in a time of :17.471. Up For It’s win gave freshman stallion Kiddy Up his first stakes victory.

“That’s what makes it so much fun for a breeder,” Allred said. “It takes patience and you sometimes sacrifice yourself when you are proving a young stallion if it does not work out. I didn’t breed a lot of mares to him at the start, but now I’m very confident on him now. I’ll breed all of our good mares to Kiddy Up. I have eight Kiddy Ups this year, but we have 45 coming next year. His foals simply look the part. We are very fortunate to have some very good young stallions right now like Foose, Stel Corona, TR Dasher, Masters Call and of course, Walk Thru Fire.”

An impressive 1 ¾ length winner in the Governor’s Cup trials, Up For It has now won three of her four career starts. Her mother is the 6-year-old Walk Thru Fire mare Fire For Toby, who is the daughter of the multiple stakes winner Flare For Toby. Up For It earned $157,000 and she’s now made $163,330.

“This filly has a huge heart and she’s a big finisher,” Willoughby said. “She loves to train and she knows what she’s doing. We’ll point her to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials and we’ll decide about running her in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity trials. This is great for Kiddy Up. He’s going to be a top sire. There are very few of them right now, but I’ve been impressed by all of his babies. Sadie Sis is another of his babies and she barely missed qualifying to this race. She had the 11th fastest time and it Up For It that kicked her out of the top 10 in the trials.”

“Up For It ran perfectly,” added Aceves, who piloted her from post number four. “It was a beautiful race with no trouble at all.”

Trained by John Cooper, Hartley’s Moonist finished a strong second after leaving the gate sharply from the outside post number 10. A son of Governor’s Cup Futurity winners Separatist and Your First Moon, Moonist earned $63,750 for his runner-up effort under jockey Alex Bautista.

“I’m pleased when I see a horse do what he can do,” Cooper said. “He broke cleanly and ran pretty nicely. I look at the first two jumps and he did well in that regard. He tried hard and that’s what I want to see from a horse.”

Allred also owned the third, fourth and sixth place finishers in this race. The Separatist gelding Well And Good, who was also saddled by Willoughby and ridden by Gregorio Arriaga, earned $45,000 for finishing third, while the Connie Hall-trained Stel Corona gelding More Than Wild earned $26,250 for running fourth. Sixth place finisher Trust Me, who was saddled by Jose Flores, earned $18,750 in this race. The complete order of finish is as follows: Up For It, Moonist, Well And Good, More Than Wild, Flying To Fueler, Trust Me, Chalalita, Shestheonethatiwant, Nefertity and Foose Cash Sr.


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