Once Over, Stray Cat Lead Barbra B

Los Alamitos hosts quality stakes feature on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal
January 10, 2014

Ed Allred’s homebred $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1) runner-up Once Over and Lyle Lovett’s homebred $45,270 Remington Park Red Cell Distance Challenge (G3) winner Stray Cat meet over 440 yards when they head the $20,000 Barbra B Handicap on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Once Over (Walk Thru Fire-Look Her Over by Check Him Out) has been lightly raced. He was second to Check My Thoughts in the Childers at 23-1 odds back in July at Los Alamitos for trainer Scott Willoughby and then surfaced in the $62,200 Lovington Stakes (G2) at Zia Park in November in the Paul Jones barn. He was fifth in the 400-yard Lovington after a rough start.

Willoughby will be saddling Once Over in the Barbra B when he makes his first appearance since the Lovington.

Stray Cat (Storm Cat (TB)-Your First Moon by First Down Dash) scored his most recent victory at 440 yards. The sole Quarter Horse by all-time leading Thoroughbred sire Storm Cat, Stray Cat took a 440-yard allowance race in July by a nose for trainer Jones.

The 5-year-old stallion scored his only career stakes win when he won the Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge by a nose with a late rally in May. That win qualified him for the $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1). He had a troubled start and finished sixth at 7-2 odds. That was his latest start on November 9.

Spackman Racing and Lin Melton’s Dynasty Red (FDD Dynasty-Red High Heels by Corona Cartel) fits well in the Barbra B. The Melton-trained 4-year-old was fifth in the $168,500 PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby (G3), a close second in the $15,000 John Ward Handicap and third in the $25,000 A Ransom Handicap in his latest three starts.

Brad McKinzie and Schvaneveldt Ranch’s homebred Follow The Dream (Tres Seis-In Between Dreams by Bridlewood) makes a big class jump after a win at the $16,000 claiming level. In that 330-yard race he made a late run for trainer Rafael Orozco for his second win in four starts.