LARC NEWS Posted: 7/30/2017 3:55:54 AM

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        Owned and bred by Ed Allred, He Looks Hot (on the left in photo) delivered the performance of California Breeders Champions Night after outdueling 2015 World Champion Heza Dasha Fire by a head in the Restricted Grade 1 $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap.

Ridden for the first time by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Scott Willoughby, the gelding by Walk Thru Fire was superb in the Spencer Childers, as he posted the meet’s fastest 400-yard time of :19.509. He Looks Hot’s time bettered the previous mark of :19.523 set by BH Lisas Boy in a trial to the Vessels Maturity on June 11.

He Looks Hot has now beaten Heza Dasha Fire twice - he also got the best of him in the 2014 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity – to join the great Moonist as the only horses with two victories over the six-time Grade 1 stakes winner.  Heza Dasha Fire does hold a 3-2 edge over He Looks Hot in their encounters, but this rivalry might still continue in 2017.

“We had a big offer on the table for this horse before this race for a quarter of a million dollars,” Allred said. “Had he run a distant second in this race, we probably would have sold him, but now we’ll have to keep him. The Champion of Champions is the goal.”

“He’s not the best horse that I’ve ever had, but he’s a very good horse,” Allred said. “We had to geld him, but he’s certainly a nice horse.”

In addition to this Restricted Grade 1 victory and his win in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million, He Looks Hot also won the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity in 2016. For his career, the gelding by Walk Thru Fire has earned $1,058,614 from six wins in 19 career starts.

Owned by S-Quarter K LLC, Heza Dasha Fire was making his first start since finishing second in the Champion of Champions last year. Also sired by Walk Thru Fire, Heza Dasha Fire earned $22,500 in his 2017 debut to take his lifetime earnings to $1,941,237. Jose Flores trains Heza Dasha Fire, who was ridden by Cruz Mendez.

“They did a great job with He Looks Hot,” Flores said. “We just got beat tonight. That’s the way it is. Sometime you win, sometimes you lose. It was my turn to lose, but maybe we’ll get them next time. It looks like (Heza Dasha Fire) came back okay, but it’s been a while since he ran after getting sick following the Champion of Champions. We’ll have to go back to the drawing board. I was expecting to be able to win, but He Looks Hot ran a heck of a race. This is the second time he’s beat me. There’ a reason why he’s done it,  he’s a fast horse. It’ll be fun to face him again. If he pulls up okay, (Heza Dasha Fire) will go in the Go Man Go.”  

Allred’s Stel Easy earned $12,500 for running third. El Remalcable and Sepertist Dash completed the field.

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Allred announced that he had recently purchased the 6-year-old stallion Fly Thru The Fire, a son of Walk Thru Fire out of the outstanding mare Babe On The Fly, to stand him at stud at Burns Ranch in Menifee, California in 2018. A winner of four of 12 starts with earnings of $144,125, Fly Thru The Fire won the City of Hialeah Stakes in 2016 and was second to Zoomin Effortlessly in the $250,000 Downs at Albuquerque Fall Championship last year. Fly Thru The Fire made his final start in the Grade 1 Leo Stakes at Remington Park on April 1, 2017.

RITE REGAL RETURNS WITH VICTORY IN SPRINT STAKES

Making his first start since January 27, Urschel 3-D Ranch LLC’s Rite Regal outdueled eventual runner-up Chicks Fayvorite and third place finisher My Favorite Check to win the $25,000 Sprint Stakes by a head on California Breeders Champions Night.

For Rite Regal, it was his 11th career win in 18 starts and first since winning a division of the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on November 13. Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores, Rite Regal covered the 350 yards in :17.633 and will now be pointed to race in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap on September 3.

“We were going to work him 350 yards, but we found this race and just went ahead and put him in,” Flores said. “I think it will set him nicely for the Go Man Go.”

Rite Regal enjoyed a tremendous campaign in 2016, as he won the Grade 2 Golden State Derby and Grade 3 El Primero Del Ano Derby. He also finished second in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby and competed in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby. Rite Regal came into the Sprint Stakes after racing in the trials to this year’s Los Alamitos Winter Championship. A participant in the 2016 Champion of Champions, Rite Regal could get back into the Champion of Champions conversation with a winning effort in the Go Man Go Handicap.   

Rite Regal earned $13,750 for the win to take his career earnings to $383,092.

Martha Wells’ Chicks Fayvorite earned $5,625 for running second, while My Favorite Check earned $3,125. Boylike, Tell Jess, and Makin Moments completed the field.  

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