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Deep Field Set in Charger Bar

Aleman trio leads the way in Charger Bar Handicap.

January 6, 2012

A trio of proven stakes mares from the Juan Aleman barn, including Mildred Vessels Invitational Handicap (G1) winner Fovee, head a deep group of distaffers who promise to provide a competitive show in the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G2) for fillies and mares over 400 yards on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Robert Gentry’s homebred Fovee (Cuvee (TB)-Fodice by First Down Dash) only made four starts last year. However, she raced to a pair of stakes wins to become a year-end championship contender. She returned to action after a 13-month layoff in August to win the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge (G3) and then stepped up to take the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) over distaff competition.

Fovee then was third as the 3-2 favorite in the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) and had no chance against the boys in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) after being eliminated at the start. She favors Los Alamitos with five wins, four seconds and a pair of her thirds from 13 local starts. In addition to her two stakes wins this year at Los Alamitos, she has a second in the 2010 Vandy’s Flash Handicap (G3) and a close third in the 2009 Los Alamitos Million (G1) behind this year’s Champion of Champion winner Good Reason SA.

Aleman will also send out Gentry’s Fredaville (Mr Jess Perry-Fearless Freda by Dash For Cash) and Rancho El Cabresto’s Chalala (Chicks Beduino-Kita Leader by Special Leader) in the Charger Bar.

Fredaville was three-for-three, including two stakes wins, at Remington Park last spring and finished second in the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship ahead of Fovee.

Chalala looks to return to the form that saw her win in the California Breeders Matron Stakes (RG3) back in July. She won by a half length over Cal-bred females and has since finished off the board against open distaff competition.

Johnny Trotter’s Dash Back Perry (Mr Jess Perry-Dash Back To Me by Dash For Cash) will be respected in the Charger Bar after winning the Las Damas Handicap (G3) for trainer Joe “Bear” Bassett in her latest start. She sprinted to the early lead and then went on to win by a half length in :19.652 for the 400 yards.

Dash Back Perry has been competitive at the highest level in California, New Mexico and Texas. In 2010, she was third in the Texas Classic Derby (G1) and then third in the Zia Park Championship (G1).

Alvin Jones’ Sheza Bad Habit (Looking For Chicks-Sheza Habit by Apollo (TB)) was on a roll last fall at Los Alamitos after shipping to Southern California from the Intermountain region with the Bret Vickery stable. She raced to back-to-back stakes wins when she took the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap (G3) and then scored in the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) by a half length while defeating Fredaville and Fovee.

LJM Ranch’s Azshecanfly (Azyoucansee-PJ Flying Phoebe by Strawfly Special) has been on the board in her latest four starts against female competition. The Francisco Ramirez-trained mare won the Prissy Fein Handicap, was second to Chalala in the California Breeders Matron Stakes, second in the AQHA Members Stakes and a close third in the Mildred Vessels to Fovee.