Remembering Spence Wins Sgt Pepper Feature

Grade 1 winner scores off a nearly seven-month layoff.

September 9, 2013

Making his first start since mid-February, Rosa Barboza’s Remembering Spence easily remembered the way to the winner’s circle after an impressive three-quarter length victory in the $25,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Francisco Rubio for trainer Juan Aleman, the 2-5 favorite Remembering Spence took the lead shortly after the start and never looked back on the way to posting his third straight win and fifth in eight lifetime outings. Bred by Ed Allred, the son of TR Dasher carried the highweight of 127 pounds on the way to covering the 350 yards in :17.402 from the outside post eight. Remembering Spence had not raced since scoring a nose victory in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on February 16. He came into this race after posting three solid workouts – his most recent being a 350-yard drill in :17.70 on August 20.

“He needed this race to get him ready for the trials to the Los Alamitos Super Derby (on October 12),” Aleman said. “He was turned out after the Winter Derby. He was paid into the PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby trials (to be held on September 13), but we decided to skip the Breeders’ Derby for the Super Derby. The Sgt Pepper Feature sets him up perfectly for the Super Derby trials that are 34 days away. He made this race look easy.”

“(Remembering Spence) was moving around a little bit in the gate,” Rubio added. “He came out okay and it took him about 50 yards to really get going. He started flying from there. He was all by himself out there. I never touched him from there.”

Remembering Spence is named in honor of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame owner and breeder Spencer L. Childers. Out of the Bono Jazz mare Sables Bono from Childers’ breeding program, Remembering Spence earned $13,750 in the Sgt Pepper Feature and has now made $180,873 in his career. Aleman added that 2013 All American Derby (G1) runner-up Bon Accord shipped in last week to Los Alamitos and will also be pointed to the Los Alamitos Super Derby trials.

Salvador Pimienta’s Bingo earned $5,625 for finishing second. Paul Jones saddled the Tres Seis gelding, who was ridden by Cesar De Alba from post number one. Jakita Investments LLC’s Shakeemdontbreakem finished third and was followed across the wire by Dawn Of A New Day, A Regal Time, Pats Cartel, Chics On Fire and Margaritas N Coronas.