LARC NEWS Posted: 7/28/2013 4:47:29 AM

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       Ed Allred enjoyed a 1-2 finish in the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap after Check My Thoughts scored the third major stakes victory of his career following a half-length victory of Once Over in the 400-yard race.

Covering the distance in :19.606 for trainer James Glenn Jr., and jockey Eulices Gomez, Check My Thought earned $53,500 for winning his first race since the Grade 1 Southern California Derby on December 23. The Southern California was his second Grade 1 derby of last year. The son of Check Him Out also won the Golden State Derby. As a 2-year-old, Check My Thoughts won a division of the Freshman Stakes in the 2011 renewal of Champions Night.

“He’s one of the toughest horses on the planet,” Glenn said. “This horse doesn’t like to be turned out. We gave him some time off and it’s hard to get them back ready at this level. This horse likes to run and once he turns the corner in his training he starts getting better and better. Two weeks ago I didn’t think he would be ready for this race, but he started putting on weight and just got better with each day.”

Now a three-time major stakes winner, Check My Thoughts improved his record to seven wins in 17 starts and earnings of $422,434. Trained by Scott Willoughby, the Walk Thru Fire gelding Once Over earned $18,500 for finishing second. Stern Ranches’ Chivalry Sr, a multiple major stakes winner, finished third while making his 2013 racing debut. Rodrigo Aceves rode Once Over.

“Check My Thoughts had never had a good trip until tonight,” Allred said. “When I saw him break on top I knew we were in great shape. He’s had foot problems, but Jimmy has done a great job with this horse. Once Over had a good trip. They were squirreling around when they got together. They both ran well.”

The Spencer L. Childers is named in honor of one of the great owners and breeders in the history of Quarter Horse racing. Allred considered Childers a mentor, a teacher and a father figure in the industry.

“He picked me up out of nowhere when I was a young man in this game and took me under his wing,” Allred said. “He knew so much about the breed and knew the breeding game as well as anyone in Quarter Horse racing. He was a man of huge integrity. He did not take any shortcuts in life and it was a privilege to have learned from people like Spencer, Robert L. Boniface and Z. Wayne Griffin. Those lessons have served me sell over the years. We named this race after Spencer while he was still alive and he was able to win several times with his great champion horse Be A Bono. It was fun to see him win his own race and I feel honored to win it tonight.”

New Look, the winner of the 2012 El Primero Del Ano Derby, finished fourth. Ambush Alley and Creston Goer completed the field.

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