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Challenge Championship 2013 Winner - Vodka With Ice

Stoli-Hips So Fine by Extra Easy
Breeder - Michael Pohl (TX)
Owner - Gerardo Prado
Trainer - Pablo Rabasa, Jr.
Jockey - Francisco Rubio
Time - :21.340 (SI-99)

Vodka With Ice Shakes Up Bank of America Challenge

The $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on Saturday ended with 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 chasing 17-1 longshot Vodka With Ice, and a night of many surprises ended with one more. Vodka With Ice, an 8-year-old gelding with earnings of less than $180,000 entering the race, held off a valiant late charge by millionaire Cold Cash 123 to take down a $161,000 payday for owner Gerardo Prado and trainer Pablo Rabasa Jr. Francisco Rubio, who also won the $75,000 Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge Championship and $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2), piloted the Stoli gelding to a neck victory in :21.340 for 440 yards. The richest race during the Bank of America Challenge Championships also provided the winner with a berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) to be run December 14 at Los Alamitos.

Vodka With Ice, who was bred in Texas by Michael Pohl, qualified with a victory in the Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge at the track near Seattle. The veteran has been well-traveled throughout his career, with starts at major tracks like Los Alamitos and Lone Star Park and small tracks like Sandy Downs in Idaho, where he broke his maiden at first asking in 2007 for a $1,175 purse. The gelding has also raced at the Gem County Fair, Elko County Fair and Crooked River Roundup while putting together a record of 47-11-8-5 before this win. Although he had five previous stakes victories, none came close to matching the $350,000 purse at Los Alamitos.

"You dont know how wonderful (this is)," said his trainer. "I know this horse. The way he broke, I knew he had won the race."

Rabasa said Vodka With Ice suffered from ulcers last year, and once he got that under control the gelding became more relaxed. Now he’ll have the chance to move on to the Champion of Champions in December.

T Bill Stables Inc.’s homebred Cold Cash 123 unleashed his usual late run as the 9-5 favorite but could not quite catch Vodka With Ice. The 5-year-old Oak Tree Special gelding picked up $70,000 for his effort to boost his earnings to $1,398,306.

Eliazar Salas’ Valiant Valor, a Valiant Hero gelding who came in from Turf Paradise in Arizona, took third.

 Stakes History

Year Winner Owner Trainer Jockey Purse
2013 Vodka With Ice
Gerardo Prado  Pablo Rabasa Jr.
Francisco Rubio
2012 Rylees Boy Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez
Paul Jones
Ramon Sanchez
2011 Favorite Cartel Jones/Thompson/Helzer/Hubbard Paul Jones Ramon Sanchez $353,500
2010 Feature Jess Rockin Reed Land and Cattle Co. LLC Donnie Strickland John Hamilton $353,500
2009 Fighter On Fire Rancho El Alacran Adan Farias Rodrigo Aceves $350,000
2008 WRS Special Shoe Williams Racing Stable, Inc. Heath Taylor Jarrod Deschamp $353,500
2007 Strawkins Donald and Peggy Boyle Paul Jones Freddie Martinez $301,500
2006 This Sno Is Cold Los Ladrilleros Horse Racing Co. Melinda Garcia Rodrigo Vellejo $301,500
2005 Catchmeinyourdreams Kird Goodfellow Chris O'Dell Cody Jensen $300,000
2004 SLM Snowman Steve and Lindsey Mitchell Don Mourning Jacky Martin $300,000
2003 Panther Mountain Guy Weimer Janet VanBebber Alvin Brossette $300,000
2002 Streakin Sin Tacha Janet VanBebber Janet VanBebber Alvin Brossette $300,000
2001 Tailor Fit Betty Jane Burlin Janet VanBebber Alvin Brossette $300,000
2000 Runaway Wil C.E. Dobbins Mike Teel G.R. Carter, Jr. $300,000
1999 Policy Tacs Dennie Hill Bret Vickery Alex Bautista $300,000
1998 Kool Kue Baby Ramiro Lopez K.C. Carden Tami Purcell $300,000
1997 SLM Big Daddy Steve and Lindsey Mitchell Don Mourning Jacky Martin $250,000
1996 Kool Kue Baby Manuel Garcia K.C. Carden Gilbert Ortiz $200,000
1995 Rare Bar Gary L. Mead Charley Hunt Troy Crissup $200,000
1994 Down With Debt George N. Haddad Charlie Bloomquist John Creager $100,000
1993 Junos Request Nanny McCoy Charley Hunt Steve Treasure $56,500

Fastest Time

Year Horse Track Time / Speed Index
2009 Fighter On Fire Los Alamitos :21.124 / 103

Highest Speed Index

Year Horse Track Time / Speed Index
1996 Kool Kue Baby Turf Paradise :21.35 / 118

Highest Win Payoff

Year Horse Track Odds to $1 $2 Win Price
1999 Policy Tacs Los Alamitos 46.6 $95.20

Lowest Win Payoff

Year Horse Track Odds to $1 $2 Win Price
1994 Down With Debt Los Alamitos 0.6 $3.20
2002 Streakin Sin Tacha Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie 0.6 $3.20
2005 Catchmeinyourdreams Los Alamitos 0.6 $3.20