WORTH EVERY PENNY
By Sonja Eschenburg - Los Alamitos Publicity
Horse racing can have its ups and down. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. Sometimes though, you just get lucky. Take Fawna Knight, owner of Worth Doing, for example. She surely knew what she was doing when she bought the 2 year old chestnut gelding from the 2014 Los Alamitos Equine.
Worth Doing, a gelded son of Walk Thru Fire, has proved to be nothing short of outstanding and consistent. The Ed Allred-bred sprinter has already qualified to three major futurities at Los Alamitos - the Ed Burke Million Futurity, the Governor's Cup Futurity and Sunday's $1,016,250 Golden State Million Futurity. He's won four of six starts and has never been lower than second in any of his races.
Training a 2 year old can often be challenging, but Worth Doing's strengths have made him a pleasure to work with for trainer Mark Skeen and for jockey Tony Guymon ride.
"He consistently runs good, clean races," Knight said. "We hit the jackpot with him - which I am sure of."
For Knight, horse racing has always been a family affair. In fact, Skeen is actually Knight's brother. Knight and Skeen grew up in Utah surrounded by horses. Their dad and family for years past have all been heavily involved in horse racing, and it was only a matter of time before the two chose to walk down that same path.
While Worth Doing has already qualified for and placed in several very well-known races - he was second in both the Ed Burke and Governor's Cup, he has also consistently set fast times in trials. In the Golden State Million trials, Worth Doing won his heat with a final time of : 19.933, deeming him as the 6th faster qualifier.
"It is entirely fair to say we have been spoiled with [Worth Doing.] He just does things so well every time," Knight added.
The brother/sister duo of Knight and Skeen has had quite the streak of good luck when it comes to entering and running not only Worth Doing, but other runners at Los Alamitos. That list includes Worth Doing, plus Grade 1 winner Oatman, stakes winner Old Six Six and stakes finalists Snitching, Front And Center and many more.
For the siblings, horse racing has been a been a joy worth every moment.