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Remembering Spence Drops Into A Ransom

Grade 1 winner returns at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal
December 18, 2013

Rosa Barboza’s Grade 1 winner Remembering Spence, winner of six of 10 starts, may have dropped into a spot to add another stakes win to that resume when he lines up against fellow sophomores in the $25,000 A Ransom Handicap on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Remembering Spence (TR Dasher-Sables Bono by Bono Jazz), named by breeder Dr. Ed Allred after his late mentor Spencer Childers, started 2013 with four-straight wins before finishing fifth in the $901,200 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) as the 7-10 favorite in his most recent out. The highlights of his year-starting winning streak were a game nose win at even-money odds in the $231,650 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) back in February and then coming back in September to win the $25,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap at 2-5 odds.

Trained by Juan Aleman, Remembering Spence showed his class as a juvenile when he won the Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile (R) and was a close third in the $375,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2), beaten by only a head.

Felix Gonzalez’s Ivory Knight (Ivory James-Royal Delphias Chick by Chicks Beduino) steps up from the claiming ranks searching for his sixth-straight win. He started his streak back in June for a $6,250 tag and comes off a win at the $25,000 level. He won by three quarters of a length as the 13-10 favorite while in hand.

Spackman Racing and Lin Melton’s Dynasty Red (FDD Dynasty-Red High Heels by Corona Cartel) fits well in the A Ransom after finishing on the board in 13 of 16 starts while making 15 starts in trials or stakes. Two starts ago, he ran a solid fifth behind Significant Heart in the $168,500 PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby (RG3) and then he was second by a nose as the 11-10 favorite in the $15,000 John Ward Overnight Handicap.