Chivalry SR Returns on Cal-Bred Night
Grade 1 winner returns after half-year break.
July 25, 2013
Stern Ranches’ homebred Chivalry SR makes his first start since the Champion of Champions (G1) back in December when he heads the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap (RG1) on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.
The 400-yard Childers is among a stakes-filled program of Cal-bred races, which also features the $380,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2), the $181,500 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) and the $50,000 California Breeders Matron Stakes (RG3).
Chivalry SR (Walk Thru Fire-Artesias Beduino by Beduino (TB)) looks to return to the form he had two years ago when he set the 400-yard Los Alamitos track record of :19.067 while rolling to a 1½-length win in the Childers. The Paul Jones-trained gelding only had one win from three starts last year, however he made the most of that opportunity when he won the $150,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1) in a hard-fought battle over Grade 1-winner El Aguila Real and world champion Cold Cash 123.
Salvado Veliz’s Creston Goer (TR Dasher-Secret Goer by Raise A Secret) also comes off a long layoff and has an impressive history in the Childers. He won last year’s Kaweah Bar Handicap and then raced to second-place finishes in the Childers, beaten just a nose, and the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1). Also from the Jones barn, Creston Goer makes his first appearance since November.
In the 350-yard Governor’s Cup Futurity, with the largest purse on the program, Ranch El Cabresto Inc.’s Chalalita (Walk Thru Fire-Chalala by Chicks Beduino Jr) holds fastest-qualifier honors. The Juan Aleman-trained filly turned in a :17.340 time while winning her trial by 1 1/2 lengths. She has two wins and a second in her Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) trial from three starts.
Ronald Hartley’s Moonist (Separatist-Your First Moon by First Down Dash) is after his third-straight victory. After being winless in his first two starts, the John Cooper-trained gelding won his maiden and then his Governor’s Cup Futurity trial by 2 lengths, with the second-fastest time of :17.387.
Jones is set up to be the dominant training force in the 400-yard Governor’s Cup Derby, with five qualifiers, topped by the four-fastest qualifiers. He won both the trials with the Double Bar S Ranch homebreds: fastest-qualifier Scoop Of Sunshine (First Down Dash-Budderfly Effect by Strawflyin Buds) and second-fastest qualifier I Go Out Walkin (Walk Thru Fire-Rieda Hay Worth by Corona Cartel).
Scoop Of Sunshine raced to her first win since she won her Golden State Million Futurity trial back in October when she took her Governor’s Cup Derby trial by 1 1/2 lengths. She stopped the timer in:19.472.
I Go Out Walkin, who also made her 2013 debut in the trials, qualified for last year’s $380,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity and then won her maiden when she won her Governor’s Cup Derby trial by three quarters of a length as the 9-5 favorite.
In the 400-yard Matron Stakes for distaffers, Jones has another opportunity with Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Check N Fetch (Check Him Out-Shyann La Jolla by Streakin La Jolla). The 5-year-old mare is in peak form with a 1 1/2-length win in the Miss Princess Handicap and then a half-length win in the Independence Day Handicap in her latest race. She was second in the Native Empress Stakes before her back-to-back stakes wins.
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