World Champion Cold Cash 123 Arrives at Los Alamitos

August 3, 2012

Cold Cash 123 Denny Ekins

T-Bill Stables Inc.’s Cold Cash 123, the reigning world champion and currently the nation’s unanimous No. 1-ranked American Quarter Horse, safely arrived at Los Alamitos Race Course this morning. The gelding will now begin acclimatizing to life in Orange County.

It is the lure and challenge of the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on December 15, that has attracted the superstar Cold Cash 123 to the West Coast, but he could also run in the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) on September 23 and/or the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) on October 28. Trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath during his world champion campaign in 2011 and throughout his career on the track, Cold Cash 123 won the Remington Park Championship (G1) in impressive fashion on May 27 and arrives in California after training at Ruidoso Downs.

A homebred racing for Carolyn and Walter Bay’s T-Bill Stables of Clare, Michigan, Cold Cash 123 is a 4-year-old gelding by Oak Tree Special out of the Takin On The Cash mare Hot Cash 123. The earner of $1,190,281 has won 11 of 16 career races, including eight of his last 10 and six of eight in 2011. Cold Cash 123 won the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby, Texas Classic Derby and The Championship at Sunland Park last year. He won the Leo Stakes at Remington Park earlier this year prior to his Remington Park Championship victory.
   
Ekins has trained champions Tolltac, Sterling Sport and Ocean Runaway, the latter of which won the Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) in 2004 and Champion of Champions in 2005.

“Sleepy and I have known each other for a lot of years,” Ekins said. “He called me a few weeks ago and asked me if I would be OK with having the horse in the barn at Los Alamitos. I told him that I was delighted to have him. I talked to the owners, and we had a great conversation. Everyone seemed comfortable with Cold Cash 123 coming to Los Alamitos, and everything has worked out well. I am absolutely delighted and honored to have an opportunity to train this great world champion.

“I’ve had ongoing discussions with the connections about the horse for about three weeks now,” Ekins added. “The horse has been working out at Ruidoso and looks great. I looked at him galloping on Tuesday morning, and he was doing really good. He has already qualified to the Champion of Champions, but we will be pointing him to a couple of possible races at Los Alamitos. The first one is the Go Man Go Handicap and the second is the Los Alamitos Championship. That doesn’t mean that he will run in both races.  Whether we run him in both, that will totally be up to the horse. He will tell us what he wants to do. If things work out well, the connections will keep the horse here for the 2013 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). We are definitely excited.”