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Press ReleaseJanuary 25, 2014
Randall Dees’ All Out Arrogant enjoyed his second stakes win from his last three starts after defeating a field that included 2011 Champion of Champions runner-up Sparky E Boy in the $25,000 Cypress Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Raul Valenzuela and trained by Cody Joiner, All Out Arrogant broke nicely from post two and never looked back on the way to a three-quarter length victory in a 350-yard time of :17.371. The gelding by FDD Dynasty previously won the John Deere Stakes on November 9 when defeating eventual Southern California Derby (G1) winner Jabuti Eagle SA.
It was horse owner Ron Martin in the winner’s circle to accept the Cypress Handicap trophy on behalf of his good friend, Randall Dees. The Huntington Beach, California, resident joined Cody Joiner in Oklahoma City to attend the Heritage Place Sale.
“They deserve this,” said Martin of the winning connections. “This horse has been a hard-knocking horse, but he’s had terrible luck in many races. Cody felt great about his chances in this race if things went his way.”
Lady Luck was on the side of All Out Arrogant, as the 4-year-old bred by Dean and Darrell Frey avoided major trouble this time around. As a result, the brown gelding captured the $13,750 winner’s share of the purse while enjoying his fifth win in 13 career starts. A graduate of the 2011 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, All Out Arrogant has earned $47,498 in his career.
“I’ve known Randall for about 20 years and we’ve enjoyed a horse racing partnership over the years as well,” Martin added. “I’m glad to see him enjoy success with his horses because he’s an enthusiastic owner, a generous person and a great guy. I can’t say enough about him.”
Reed Pierson and Brad Stevenson’s Sparky E Boy earned $5,625 for finishing second to take his lifetime earnings to $351,474. The 7-year-old Hawkinson gelding had posted 19 top two finishes in his 36-race career. He is trained by Paul Jones.
“He didn’t break as sharp, but he ran a pretty good race,” Pierson said. “He just seems to want to move a little bit in the gate. He’s given us so much to be thankful for over the year, way more than we deserve. You have to enjoy every one of his races because you never know when you’ll get another one like him again.”
Chicks Special Agent finished third and was followed by Perrys Affair, Fols Jesse, Go For Sixes, Whatta Corona Runner and Bd Cruiser.
Jockey Ramon Guce was released from Los Alamitos Medical Center late Friday evening, just a few hours after he was taken there following a racing spill in the seventh race. The track’s all-time leading jockey was aboard the Thoroughbred Shesonlyseventeen in the 4 ½-furlong race when the accident occurred. Shesonlyseventeen was injured in the process and had to be vanned off.
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