January 2, 2012
Twenty one aged mares have been nominated to the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G2) to be held on Sunday, January 8, at Los Alamitos. The Charger Bar Handicap is one of the premier races for older mares in the nation and is named in honor of the 1973 World Champion and Champion of Champions winner.
Robert Gentry’s Fovee, winner of the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) last year, has been assigned the 125 pound highweight for the 400-yard Charger Bar. Fovee was the only mare to compete in last year’s Champion of Champions. The daughter of Cuvee won two of three starts and earned nearly $100,000 in 2011. She is one of three mares from the barn of Juan Aleman to be nominated to the Charger Bar. Aleman’s other nominees are multiple Los Alamitos stakes winner Chalala and Gentry’s Fredaville. They were both assigned 123 pounds.
Four distaffers were assigned 124 pounds including Johnny Trotter’s Las Damas Handicap winner Dash Back Perry. Alvin Jonas’ two-time Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap winner Sheza Bad Habit and stakes winner Azshecanfly and Mimi Wells’ Getit Together have also been assigned 124 pounds. Two other top mares on the list of nominees are PCQHRA Breeders Derby winner Onemoreglassofwine and Corona Kool Handicap winner Touch Of Paso.
The rest of the nominees are: Enjoy The Walk, Hawks Dream Girl, Icy In the Morn, Im Tryin, KR Dragonfly, Natalias Got Moves, Sentimental Chick, Shesa Stylish Chic, Sheza Fast Habit, Thisfeatureisspecial, Watch This Secret and Willie Swings.
NOTABLE CHANGE TO BLANE SCHVANEVELDT HANDICAP FORMAT
The 6th running of the $40,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap will be held on Friday, October 5 honoring the great Quarter Horse racing tradition of the Northwest and Intermountain regions.
Named in honor of the legendary Hall of Fame Quarter Horse trainer and breeder, the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap is a 400-yard race for Quarter Horses 3-year-olds and upwards. Quarter Horses are eligible to run if they’ve raced in the Northwest and/or Intermountain states of Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming since January 1, 2012. New this year, horses racing or based at Los Alamitos in 2012 that travel to the Northwest and Intermountain regions to race will not be eligible to compete in the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap.
More information on the Blane Schvanevelt Handicap will be announced in the weeks to come. For questions or inquiries, please call the Los Alamitos Racing Office at 714-820-2788.
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