California Breeders' Champions Weekend
California Breeders' Champions Weekend
M And G Farms Inc.'s Constituent, a brown son of the Separatist stallion Seperate Interest and the fifth-fastest qualifier, won a head bob at the wire to take Saturday's 350-yard, $315,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2), the richest of three California-bred stakes contested at Los Alamitos on Saturday.
Prepped by Valentin Zamudio, Constituent defeated his half brother, Squid Word, by a nose in :17.662 under jockey Juan Leon. The colt earned a 93 speed index and $132,300 from his third win in four outs and first stakes victory.
"Constituent is very good out of the gate,” Leon said. “He left with the field and stayed right there. He was there until the end. He stayed there, stayed there and stayed there until taking the lead at the very end.
"I thought we were right there the entire way," the rider added. "I feel blessed to have this win and proud to win this race for the people in my hometown of Sonora, Mexico.”
Constituent was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California, and he was a $27,000 yearling purchase at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The colt's dam, Tahma Hawk, is a winning homebred daughter of champion Hawkinson. Constituent is a half brother to 2013 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) winner Oldsmobile Hill, stakes winner Stel Hawk, and 2015 All American Futurity (G1) finalist Crooked Path.
Zamudio was collecting his second victory in a row in the Governor’s Cup after saddling Nunez’s Pitbull to victory over a field that included his full-brother Lebowski.
“I saddled those brothers last year as well,” Zamudio said. “To finish first and second this year with another set of a brothers is a huge thrill. I cannot describe how exciting this is for me. It is the result of hard work by a lot of people. Constituent ran a strong race in the trial. He drifted a bit, but he got the win. He has big, big heart. He showed it again tonight."
Constituent has banked $139,315 while racing exclusively at Los Alamitos.
Opt Out ran third, a neck behind the winner, and was followed by BF Outfoosed, Favorite Colossus, fastest qualifier Untuckit, Checkn Favorite, Cartels Legacy, Favorite Five, and Single Brad.
California Breeders' Sprint Stakes (R)
EG High Desert Farms' Golden Boy Gonza lit up the tote in Saturday's $25,000 California Breeders' Sprint Stakes (R).
Ridden by Mark Jasso for trainer Jesus Nunez, Golden Boy Gonza defeated odds-on favorite Alamode by three-quarters of length while making his 350-yard trip in :17.412. The homebred 4-year-old Fast Prize Cartel gelding was sent to post at odds of 34-1 and returned a $70.40 win mutuel.
Golden Boy Gonza was making his first start since January 25, when he ran second in a 330-yard dash for $30,000 claimers. Campaigned exclusively in California, the chestnut gelding has won four of 19 races, and the $13,750 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win bumped his earnings to $50,761.
Golden Boy Gonza was a finalist in last year's 400-yard Golden State Derby (G2).
Favorite Illusion, Deceiver, Chicks Fayvorite, Ali Babe Foose, and Sacred Nation completed the order of finish.
California Breeders' Freshman Stakes (R)
Abel Reyes' La Reina Del Sur 1, the even-money favorite in a field of seven state-bred juveniles, sprinted to a one-length victory in Saturday's $25,000 California Breeders' Freshman Stakes (R).
Ridden by Juan Leon for trainer Sally Rivera, La Reina Del Sur 1 covered 350 yards in :17.713 while returning a $4 win mutuel. The homebred daughter of Favorite Cartel banked $13,750 from her first stakes win.
La Reina Del Sur 1 is out of Go First N Famous, a 7-year-old daughter of One Famous Eagle. Her second dam, the winning Ocean Runaway mare Kr Tsunami, ran third in the 2009 Canada Cup Futurity (RG2) at Lethbridge, Alberta.
La Reina Del Sur has won three of five starts and has earned $38,971. The filly was a finalist in the May 17, 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2).
Monopolist, the 8-5 second choice, finished second and was followed by Flex Jet, Faruk, EG Domingo, From Above, and Fool This Kid.
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