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Cold Cash Leads Stellar Go Man Go

World champion makes his Los Alamitos debut in Go Man Go Handicap.

September 20, 2012

T. Bill Stables’ homebred reigning world champion Cold Cash 123 makes his Los Alamitos debut at the highest level when he faces a stellar field in the Grade 1, $100,000 Go Man Go Invitational over 400 yards on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

This year’s Go Man Go Invitational carries an automatic berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos in December.

Lining up to take on Cold Cash 123, who is beginning his fall preparations for the Champion of Champions, which he already carries an invitation for, are Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) winner Terrific Synergy, track-record setter Chivalry SR and the always dangerous champion Rylees Boy.

Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Taken On The Cash) won American Quarter Horse racing’s highest honor last year and has continued to lead the sport this year as the No. 1-ranked horse in the weekly AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll.

Trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath until his move to Los Alamitos, where he joined the Denny Ekins stable, Cold Cash 123 earned his world championship with Grade 1 wins in the Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs, Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park and The Championship at Sunland Park.

The Texas Classic Derby win started his current four-race winning streak with each of those wins in Grade 1 races. After The Championship at Sunland Park, he started his 2012 campaign with a win over rival Llano Teller in the Leo Stakes (G1) at Remington Park and then a three-quarter length score in the Remington Park Championship (G1) over champion JLS Mr Bigtime and millionaire Llano Teller.

Cold Cash 123 summered at Ruidoso Downs in the Gilbreath barn before shipping to Ekins in August.

Cold Cash 123 earned his Champion of Champions invitation with his Remington Park Championship score.

Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie’s Terrific Synergy (FDD Dynasty-Terrific Energy by Mr Jess Perry) is one of the “now” horses at Los Alamitos after winning the Governor’s Cup Derby in his most recent start. The Cody Joiner-trained gelding started his 2012 season in the Governor’s Cup Derby trials and dominated with 2 length win in the fastest-qualifying time of :19.584. He stepped up in the Governor’s Cup Derby to win by 2 as the 3-5 favorite.

Terrific Synergy showed top-tier potential last year, however never came through with the major futurity win. He was the only horse to qualify for the Grade 1 Ed Burke Memorial, Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities. His best effort in those three seven-figure futurities was a fourth-place run in the Ed Burke Million.

Stern Ranches’ homebred Chivalry SR (Walk Thru Fire-Artesias Beduino by Beduino (TB) makes his first start since his third-place finish behind Good Reason SA in last December’s Champion Of Champions. Last year, he also set the Los Alamitos 400-yard track record of :19.067 while winning the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1) and took his Z. Wayne Griffin Directors’ Trial.

Gerardo Ochoa-Pena’s Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones) returns to Los Alamitos and joins the Paul Jones barn after finishing a close second in last year’s Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) and third in the 2009 Bank of America Challenge Championship, his two previous starts at the Southern California track.

This year, the gelding easily won the Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge (G2) for the third straight year. He was then fifth in the Remington Park Championship behind Cold Cash 123, his most recent start on May 27.

The complete field, from the rail out:

Senor Toby
Harems Last Dash
Rylees Boy
Chivalry SR
Shining First Dash
Twelve Stepper
Creston Goer
Cold Cash 123
Terrific Synergy
Sparky E Boy