Tell Of The Past Wins John Deere Los Al Challenge

Gelding is part of big weekend for Kessinger family.

August 26, 2012

Lila Kessinger was not about to miss this weekend of racing at Los Alamitos Race Course. The widow of the highly respected owner and breeder Kim Kessinger was in town to watch and enjoy several of her husband’s beloved horses in action and the early results produced a couple of very sentimental visits to the winner’s circle.

Lila watched as Als Big Hit broke his maiden in impressive fashion in Saturday’s sixth race. Three races later, Lila was back in the winner’s circle following Tell Of The Past’s dominant victory over a quality field in the $38,790 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge. Next for Lila is Delight At Night’s race in Sunday’s Grade 1 Golden State Derby. Whether Delight At Night wins or loses, it’s already been a weekend that Lila will treasure in memory of her husband.

“Kim was smiling on us (Saturday),” she said. “I wasn’t going to miss this for anything. All three of these horses are from a family of horses that Kim loved. He worked really hard on this breeding line and he enjoyed it a great deal. I was so proud in the way his horses ran. It’s an unbelievable feeling to come out and be here at Los Alamitos and it was a great opportunity for me to spend some time with good friends like Steve and Jo Rae Burns, Mike Casselman, and Joe Bassett. Kim really loved his horses and he loved the many friends that he made along the way. He spent a lot of time with his horses and this was his passion. It gave him joy and he loved it.”

Ridden by Saul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Joe Bassett, Tell Of The Past posted a wire-to-wire victory from the outside post number eight following the early scratches of Jabuti Eagle SA and Ill Be A Dasher. The gelding by Teller Cartel flew out of the gate to establish a length advantage and cruised from there to a three-quarter length victory over Ron Martin and Randall Dees’ All Out Arrogant. Out of the outstanding broodmare A Delightful Legacy, Tell Of The Past covered the 350-yard distance in :17.495. His mother was a finalist in the 2003 All American Juvenile Invitational (R) and Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1), who has produced All American Derby winner (G1) and champion Inseperable, the good filly Jess Before Dawn and recent Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) finalist Starlite Delight. The aforementioned winner Al’s Big Hit is a gelding out of Buckshot Delight, a full sister to A Delightful Legacy. Their mother is the 1999 AQHA Champion Broodmare Fortune Of Delight, the dam of that year’s champion 2-year-old A Delightful Dasher and 1998 champion 2-year-old gelding Hes My Dasher.

As for Tell Of The Past, his racing future appears to be firmly set at Los Alamitos in 2012.

“We’ve already made the decision to keep him here at Los Alamitos,” the trainer said. “He’s in the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. The way he won tonight convinced me to stay at home. He’s still improving and he’ll get so much better at 400 yards. Saul qualified three horses to this race and it looks like made the right pick in Tell Of The Past. The other two horses (Mokara and Jessa Secret) had a legitimate chance, after all they qualified to this race, but Tell Of The Past was on the improve in a big way.”

Tell Of The Past earned $17,843 in his maiden victory in his third career start. He was second to Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Joy Roses Eagle SA in the trials to this race. Joy Roses Eagle SA looked like one of the horses to beat in this race, but she was bumped several times at the start and never had an opportunity to challenge. Saddled by Cody Joiner, All Out Arrogant earned $7,758 for finishing in second place. The complete order of finish follows: Tell Of The Past, All Out Arrogant, Bingo, Eagle Nation, Heza Dynasty, Mokara, Jessa Secret, and Joy Roses Eagle SA.