Cold Cash 123 Scores in RP Championship
World champ overcomes rough start to record big victory at Remington Park.
May 27, 2012
The Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship featured a dozen older horses with highly-successful resumes. Unfortunately for 11 of the contestants, one of the runners was reigning world champion Cold Cash 123, and the 4-year-old overcame another brutal start, then rolled to an easy three-quarter-length victory in the 440-yard classic.
Owned and bred by T. Bill Stables of Clare, Michigan, and trained by Dwayne ‘Sleepy’ Gilbreath, Cold Cash 123 was ridden by Roy Baldillez. The world champ has a knack for awkward starts on his own accord. However, in the Remington Park Championship, he endured a physical undertaking due to rivals on either side collapsing on him at the beginning.
“He stood really well today,” Baldillez remarked. “He may have gotten a little too relaxed and he got bumped pretty hard. He’s a remarkable horse. He loves to run and he’s a great horse.”
Streakin Down and A Toss Up made contact with Cold Cash 123 in the opening strides. The result was Cold Cash 123 losing his back-end, going nearly sideways before recovering to get into stride. Despite the first yards, Cold Cash 123 quickly moved to the lead and had the advantage by the halfway mark before opening up, well within himself at the end. He stopped the clock in :21.267 over a fast track.
Gilbreath has had many star horses under his care over the years, including Refrigerator in the early 1990s. He places Cold Cash 123 on the highest level of those he’s been involved with in his career.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have some good horses but very few are great horses,” he said. “This is a great horse.”
JLS Speed Horse Ranch Inc.’s JLS Mr Bigtime, the runner-up in the 2010 All American Futurity (G1), was second at odds of 21-1, a head better than three-time Grade 1 winner Llano Teller, owned by Wootan Racing and Reed Land and Cattle. Mr Truly Uno was another neck behind in fourth position.
The even-money wagering favorite, Cold Cash 123 paid $4 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. JLS MR Bigtime paid $12 to place and $5 to show. Llano Teller returned $4.40 to show.
The Remington Park Championship was the 11th win from 16 career starts for Cold Cash 123 and his second locally, joining his score in the Leo Stakes (G1) in March. The winner’s share of $150,000 moved the career total for Cold Cash 123 to $1,190,281.
Bred in Michigan by his owner, Cold Cash 123 is a 4-year-old gelding by Oak Tree Special from the Takin On The Cash mare Hot Cash 123. The victory was the first in the Remington Park Championship for T. Bill Stables and Gilbreath. Baldillez posted his second win in the race to go along with his 1993 win aboard Easily A Rogue.
By virtue of his win in the Remington Park Championship, Cold Cash 123 has earned a berth into the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California in December.
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