Flame N Flash Attemps Millie Vessels Defense

Champion returns looking to defend her title.

September 27, 2013

Robert William’s Flame N Flash won the 2012 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) as a 3-year-old and now she is back to defend her title in the $150,000 400-yard sprint for distaffers on Sunday evening at Los Alamitos.

Flame N Flash (Walk Thru Fire-Oh La Proud by Shirleys Champion (TB)) won the Mildred Vessels and the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3) while finishing a close second in the Champion of Champions (G1) on her way to the 2012 champion 3-year-old filly title.

The Juan Aleman-trained 4-year-old is trying to regain that championship form this year. She has made two starts with excessive trouble in each race. She finished last in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) over females and in the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) against the boys.

Lorena Rodriguez’s Check N Fetch (Check Him Out-Shyann La Jolla by Streakin La Jolla) has won nine of 19 starts and holds the quickest time this year at Los Alamitos over 350 yards (:17.257) and 300 yards (:15.229). She raced to her 350-yard mark while winning the Miss Princess Handicap (G3) and set her 300-yard time twice: in the Independence Day Handicap and in an allowance race.

The Paul Jones-trained mare followed her Independence Day win with a victory in the California Breeders Matron Stakes (RG3) by a neck as the 7-10 favorite. She finished in a dead heat for third in the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge in her latest effort.

Joleen Hales and Christian and Ru Anna Singletary’s Tres Of Linda (Tres Seis-Lindas Dasher by Chicks Beduino) joined Check N Fetch in the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge dead heat. The Scott Willoughby-trained mare won the Charger Bar Handicap in January and Garden Grove Handicap in March, and then was third behind Check N Fetch in the Miss Princess and the Independence Day.

Jones also saddles Mauro Zaborowsky’s Thisfeatureisspecial (Feature Mr Jess-This Girl Is Special by Special Effort), coming off a very successful comeback when she fought to a head win in the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge (G3) on August 17. In her previous start, the Charger Bar Handicap in January, she was only a head off of Tres Of Linda while finishing second.

 A year ago, Thisfeatureisspecial won the Juno Request Stakes (G2) at Remington Park and then travelled to Los Alamitos to post back-to-back seconds in the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge and the Mildred Vessels before a fourth-place effort in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1) against males.