The 21st edition of California Breeders Champions Night is just around the corner on Saturday, July 25 and after a review of the nominees and the many possible race lineups, the evening promises to be one of the yearís premier nights of Quarter Horse racing action. The evening will offer a full evening of stakes racing action featuring the best California-bred Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos.
The fields for two of the featured events on California Breeders Champions Night have already been decided following the trials to the $322,000 Governorís Cup Futurity and $185,000 Governorís Cup Derby. The Governorís Cup Futurity will be led by Haras Portofinoís fastest qualifier Untuckit and Jeff and Michelle Cravensí Favorite Colossus, who is trained by former leading rider Cesar De Alba. The Governorís Cup Derby will feature many of the Californiaís top freshman stars in 2019 in the form of Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity winner Runforyourlife, Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity runner-up Cattail Cove and Autumn Handicap winner Just Be Real. The fastest qualifier to the Governorís Cup Derby is Ed Allredís Nomadic, a sleek and athletic looking Quarter Horse who as a 2-year-old posted the top time to the Two Million last year.
The feature for 3-year-olds and upward Quarter Horses is the Restricted Grade 1 $100,000 Spencer Childers Championship Handicap at 400 yards. The 16 nominees include Grade 1 Vessels Maturity winner Chocolatito, multiple stakes winner Powerful Favorite, two-time Grade 1 winner Tequila Sangria, Grade 2 stakes winner Cole Man 47 and multiple stakes winner Yanque. Tequila Sangria, the winner of the 2019 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap and this yearís Charger Bar, is also among the eight nominated to the California Breeders Matron Stakes for 3 and up mares. Sass Go Blue, winner of the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity last year, Grade 1 finalist Sacred Nation and stakes winners Mister Tornado and Up And Coming are among the 12 nominated to the Jens List Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds. Ali Babe Foose, Chicks Fayvorite and Red Hawk Cartel are among the 21 nominated to the Sprint Stakes for 3 and up while 12 fillies were nominated to the Debutante. Distance star Ballast Point heads the 550-Yard Stakes noms, while 2-year-olds were nominated to both the Freshman Stakes and Freshman Stakes for Fillies. Four claiming stakes are also part of the lineup.
The full list of nominations can be found here. California Breeders Champions Night is the product of joint cooperation between the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association and track management at Los Alamitos Race Course.