California Breeders' Champions Weekend
California Breeders' Champions Weekend
Fastest qualifier Nomadic, a homebred son of Favorite Cartel trained by Scott Willoughby for owner Ed Allred, earned his first graded stakes victory in Sunday's $180,000 Governor's Cup Derby (RG2) at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Vinnie Bednar, Nomadic went 400 yards in :19.615, and his margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from stablemate Up For Speed. Just Be Real, another finalists trained by Willoughby for Dr. Allred, finished third.
“He was doing fantastic after the trials,” Willoughby said of Nomadic. “All my horses were doing really well. Up For Speed on the outside ran a great race. The gray horse (Just Be Real) ran a big race.
Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, Nomadic has won five of 10 starts and has banked $243,998. The sorrel gelding was the fastest qualifier to last year's Grade 1, 400-yard Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity, and he was a finalist in the February 8 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1).
"(Nomadic) is fit and ready to run,” Willoughby said. “After the Los Alamitos Two Million when he had a little bit of trouble at the gate and ran fourth, we came and he just didn’t fire in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby final. We gave him some time off and it worked out well.
"I really thought he could win (the Two Million) after he had the fastest time, but he got into a little bit of trouble and you can’t spot them great horses like that and run them down very often," the trainer added.
Runforyourlife ran fourth and was followed by Javelina Cantina, Cattail Cove, Fayvorite Chick, Bono Is Good and Fire By Night. Close To It was scratched.
Spencer Childers California Breeders' Championship (RG1)
EG High Desert Farms Bail Czech led at every call en route to a half-length win in Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders' Championship (RG1).
Ridden by Jesus Ayala for trainer Jesus Nunez, Bail Czech stopped the timer in :19.690. The homebred 4-year-old Corona Czech gelding earned $52,000 from his first graded stakes win.
Bail Czech was coming off of a fifth-place finish in the July 5, 400-yard Vessels Maturity (G1).
“This horse was coming back from a little layoff before the Vessels Maturity (trials),” Nunez said. “I think the Vessels Maturity final got him fit. He came in very fit and ready for this race. This horse has always given 100 percent. He always tries."
Nunez added that Bail Czech would be pointed to the August 30, 400-yard Go Man Go Handicap (G1). The trainer is confident that Bail Czech can qualify to this year's Grade 1, 440-yard Champion of Champions.
“If he continues running the way he ran in this last race, I think (he can),” Nunez said. “You never know. He ran a huge race and his time was good.”
All told, Bail Czech has won six of 23 races and has earned $187,660.
Transcend finished second and was followed by Tools In The Sky, Yanque and Cavuto.
California Breeders' Debutante Stakes (R)
Ashley T. Garcia's All Prettied Up broke sharply from post 2 and scored a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $25,000 California Breeders' Debutante Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-old fillies.
Trained by Angela Aquino, All Prettied Up covered 350 yards in :17.772, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Look Of Love MV. Oscar Andrade Jr. rode the brown daughter of Favorite Cartel.
"I was super happy that (Oscar) chose (to ride) her because I know he had three other calls in there," Aquino said. "I'd lost him a few times before, and she really runs well for him."
All Prettied Up was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. A $15,000 purchase at the 2018 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, the filly has won three of 13 outs, and the $13,750 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed her bankroll to $38,537.
“She’s had trouble and I ran her against older horses,” Aquino said. “She got back in with the fillies and 3-year-olds, and I think that gave her chance. She had been running against a lot tougher competition.”
Strong Willed, Evee, Chalala Favorite and Chancer completed the order of finish.
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