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World Champion Cold Cash 123 Returns Saturday

World Champion Cold Cash 123 to line up in Leo Stakes at Remington Park.

March 21, 2012

A tremendous field of veterans entered the $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) on Saturday night at Remington Park. The post position draw held this morning in the Remington Park racing office came out with a group of 10, led by world champion Cold Cash 123 and one of his main rivals, millionaire Llano Teller.

The Leo Stakes will be contested at 400 yards and features nine wagering interests to the public as there is one same-owner entry of two horses. The Leo Stakes is scheduled as the 10th of 11 races on Saturday, with estimated post time at 9:54 p.m. central time. The first race on the programs is at 6 p.m. Live and archived video of the race will be available at Q-Racing Video.

T-Bill Stables' homebred Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) last year won six of eight starts, including the Rainbow Derby (G1), Texas Classic Derby (G1) and The Championship at Sunland Park (G1). The C. Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath trainee earned $818,447 of his career $979,741 in earnings.

Llano Teller (Teller Cartel-Annie Eye Over by Mr Eye Opener) won six of nine starts last year, earning $1,090,221. He won the All American Derby (G1) and Ruidoso Derby (G1). He defeated Cold Cash 123 in the All American, and he also participated in the Rainbow and Texas Classic derbies. Llano Teller, who has won 10 of his 19 starts in an impressive career, has earned $1,575,609 for breeder and co-owner Wootan Racing and partner Reed Land and Cattle Co.

Remington Park odds-maker Jerry Shottenkirk placed the two rivals near each other for morning-line status with Cold Cash 123 at 5-2 odds and Llano Teller at 3-1.

“It's hard to imagine a tougher race for older horses," Shottenkirk said. "Off his big finish and ultimate world championship season, Cold Cash 123 is a slight favorite over Llano Teller who is a three-time winner over the strip and has never been off the board here.”

Trained by Heath Reed of Seminole, Oklahoma, Llano Teller sits at No. 17 on the list of American Quarter Horses by all-time earnings.

A win in the Leo Stakes would put Cold Cash 123 over the million-dollar mark in earnings. While achieving great success elsewhere, Cold Cash 123 is still in search of his first win at Remington Park, where he has never reached a top-three finish in two prior outs.

Ed Melzer’s Streakin Down raced to a second-place finish at 2-1 odds in last year’s Leo Handicap when he couldn’t handle the hot Louisiana Senator. The 5-year-old gelding has finished in the top-three runners in 11 of 13 starts and earned $425,015 at Remingon Park.

The Leo field boasts combined earnings of $4,581,570 and 69 career victories between them.

The field for the Leo Stakes (G1), by saddle-towel and program number, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:

1. T Gold J, Bonifacio Almanza, Paul Nieto, 10-1
1a. Jess Special Candy, Bonifacio Almanza, Adalberto Candanosa, 10-1
2. PK Fire, Eddie Willis, David Pinon, 5-1
3. Cold Granite Stone, Michelle Hurdle, Bryan Ernst, 8-1
4. Llano Teller, Heath Reed, G.R. Carter, 3-1
5. Shakem Blue, Jorge Mendoza, Benito Baca, 15-1
6. Streakin Down, Eddie Willis, Jimmy Brooks, 4-1
7. Shake Em Special Pop, Kenneth Griggs, Jesus Salazar, 20-1
8. Cold Cash 123, Sleepy Gilbreath, Roy Baldillez, 5-2
9. Smokey Stone, Alonzo Loya, Ricky Ramirez, 20-1

The Leo Stakes undercard on Saturday also features the $50,000 Decketta Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares (Race 9, 9:28 p.m.).

In the 350-yard Decketta, Larry Koecne’s homebred Touch Of Paso (Jumpn-Queen Judea by Strawfly Special) joins the Remington Park division of trainer Paul Jones’ far-flung operation after competing at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California.

Touch of Paso has been on a roll at Los Alamitos with a win in the Corona Kool Handicap and seconds in the Cypress Handicap and the Denim N Diamonds Handicap in her latest three starts. Previously, she was also moved up to fourth place in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) after starting as the 2-1 favorite.

Gary Kurz’s Jakes Charming Jody (Jody O Toole-Charming Elan by Special Elan) returns from a nearly five-month layoff. The Toby Keeton-trained mare concluded her 2011 season with a second in the TQHA Sires Cup Derby and a third in the Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge.