Go Man Go Features Heavy Hitters

Grade 1 race is filled with multiple champions.

September 12, 2013

T-Bill Stables’ homebred world champion Cold Cash 123 begins his fall quest towards another possible championship when he defends his title in the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) against 11 rivals on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Part of the one-two punch from the Sleepy Gilbreath barn with all-time-leading-money earner Ochoa, Cold Cash 123 makes his 2013 debut at Los Alamitos in the Go Man Go while Ochoa was nominated to the Go Man Go, but will wait to make his Los Alamitos debut. The two horses have never yet faced each other, but they could meet in the $750,000 Champion of Champions on December 14.

However, the Go Man Go does not contain a direct invitation to the Champion of Champions. If any horse wins more than one race with an automatic berth to the Champion of Champions, then one of those berths goes to the Go Man Go winner.

Cold Cash 123 won the Bank of America Remington Park Championship (G2), so he could come back in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) on November 8 and race for a Champion of Champions invitation.

Ochoa could race on October 13 in the $150,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1), a race containing a Champion of Champions berth.

Either horse could run in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on November 23 to pick up a spot in the Champion of Champions.

Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) made his Los Alamitos debut a year ago in the Go Man Go and came through with a robust half length win. He then closed out his 2012 campaign with a close third, beaten by a neck, in the Los Alamitos Championship and an eighth-place finish in the Champion of Champions after a slow start where he lacked racing room to unleash his closing rush.

During his world championship season in 2011, Cold Cash 123 raced to Grade 1 wins in the Rainbow Derby, The Championship at Sunland Park and the Texas Classic Derby.

The 5-year-old gelding has earned $1,326,306 with 13 wins from 23 starts.

Lorena Rodriguez’s Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones) already has a starting spot in the Champion of Champions after winning the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) back in February. The 8-year-old gelding was then rested by trainer Paul Jones for a fall run towards the Champion of Champions. He came back in the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge and finished fourth as the 8-5 favorite, so the Go Man Go Handicap will be his second start off a layoff.

Rylees Boy made his first 21 starts on the Arizona circuit, including all of his 2-year-old and 3-year-olds seasons, and he has now earned $1,398,839 with 22 wins from 46 starts. He has been the champion aged gelding the last two years and was also named last year’s champion aged horse after he won the Champion of Champions by a head over Flame N Flash.

Robert Williams’ Flame N Flash (Walk Thru Fire-Oh La Proud by Shirley’s Champion (TB)) returns from an eight-month layoff. After her close second-place finish in the Champion of Champions at 26-1 odds, she threw her head at the start of the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) for fillies and mares and was never a threat, finishing last as the even-money choice.

The Elena Andrade-trained Flame N Flash won the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3) and earned her 2012 Champion of Champions berth with a one-half length win over older females in the Mildred Vessels Handicap (G1). She was named the 2012 champion 3-year-old filly.

Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret (First Down Dash-Secret Separation by Separatist) is always dangerous at Los Alamitos and Ruidoso Downs. He is making his first start since a third-place finish behind Rylees Boy in the Winter Championship at 3-1 odds. The Trey Wood-trained 4-year-old raced to second-place finishes last year in the sport’s two richest derbies: the $2.2 million All American Derby (G1) and the $948,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1). He won his Directors Trial and finished fourth in the Champion of Champions.