Not having to deal with the likes of champions Moonist, Matabari, and Jake Gold BR or Grade 1 winners Rock You and Far Niente suited Remarkableyesapoweer nicely in the running of the $20,000 Cypress Handicap on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The end result for the gelding by Eyesa Special was a convincing ¾ length victory, his first stakes win in 22 career starts.
Bred by Hector Padilla and owned by his son, Jesus Daniel Padilla, Remarkableyesapoweer led the running of the Cypress Handicap from start to finish while covering the 350 yards in :17.692. The win was his first since scoring an allowance race back on October 4. In between wins, the California-bred faced Moonist, Far Niente, stakes winner Seperate Interest and other superstar runners in the Grade 1 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. He also ran against Rock You, stakes winner Well And Good and others in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trial, and was a game third in the First Down Dash Handicap in his final start of 2015. The Cypress, however, was all about showing his racing power.
“He finally won a stakes races,” said Padilla of Turlock, California. “He had been facing nothing but tough horses. This was a good group of horses that he faced in the Cypress Handicap, but he had been taking on horses like Moonist and Far Niente. It’s not easy to beat those horses. My family bred this horse so he’s a special horse. We had him in some stakes races when he was a younger and he ran a nice race in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (he finished fourth to the millionaire Matabari).”
In 10 in 2015, Remarkableyesapoweer ran in the Kaweah Bar Handicap and Vessels Maturity in addition to the Winter Championship, Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, Z. Wayne Griffin, and First Down Dash. His two wins came against allowance competition.
“We would have liked to get in the Champion of Champions,” Padilla added. “Tonight he broke super out of the gate. We just want to keep him sound and hope he can have a nice campaign in 2016. We enjoy coming down to Los Alamitos to watch his races.”
Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Moreno, Remarkableyesapoweer earned $11,000 to take his career earnings to $71,069.
“He did everything right,” Moreno said. “He’s run against the best of the best in past races. I think he can keep running in handicap races like this one.”
Nerio Ruiz’s Tango In Cash earned $4,500 for finishing second. Trained by Guillermo Morales and ridden by Rodolfo Arvizu, Tango In Cash has now posted two straight runner-up efforts in stakes races. He came into this race after running second in the A Ransom Handicap on December 18. Rafael Everado Sanchez’s Foosilame earned $2,500 for running third and was followed by Balata Joe Now, First Down Tiny Man, and Flying Foose.