Touch Of Paso, Flare Checking Meet in Cypress

Stakes winners meet in 350-yard Cypress Handicap.

January 13, 2012

Corona Kool Handicap winner Touch Of Paso and John Deere Stakes runner-up Flare Checking meet over 350 yards on Sunday night in the $25,000 Cypress Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Larry Konecne’s homebred Touch Of Paso (Jumpn-Queen Judea by Strawfly Special) looks to duplicate her consistent 2011 campaign for trainer James Hanson when she won four of eight starts with one second, and concluded her campaign with a win in the $17,000 Corona Kool Handicap.

In the 350-yard Corona Kool on December 3, Touch Of Paso lived up to her 9-10 odds by drawing away from her rivals to win by a half length. She was timed in :17.588 for her second win in three starts.

In August, Touch Of Paso was second in the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge. Then in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) on October 29, she had a rough trip and was moved up to fourth place following the disqualification of the winner T Gold J.

Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred Flare Checking (Check Him Out-Flare For Toby by Frisco Flare) has found success from the claiming to minor stakes level. Two starts ago, the Patricia Visscher-trained mare came off a 60-day freshening to finish second in a division of the John Deere Stakes at 42-1 odds. She then was fifth in the Corona Kool after shifting in at the start.

Caitlin Smith and Jeannie Knuchell’s homebred Pathological Liar (Devon Lane (TB)-Secrets And Lies by Beduino Secret) is shortening in distance to 350 yards after winning the $67,000 Gold Rush 870 Derby back on December 4. That front-running stakes win was also the maiden score for the David Showalter-trained gelding.

Pathological Liar has made five starts with his only start not at 870 yards coming in his career debut when he was a very troubled seventh at 330 yards.

Vinewood Farms and S. Montemayor’s TR Eddie (TR Dasher-Corona Clique by Corona Cartel) makes his first start since racing in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on November 6. He was in prime form last winter at Los Alamitos when he reeled off three-straight wins, capped by his head victory in the $138,300 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes for trainer Juan Aleman.