08/01/2012 2:59PM

Los Alamitos: Cold Cash 123 coming to town


Reigning world champion Cold Cash 123 is bound for Los Alamitos this week.

Cold Cash 123 will be trained this fall by Denny Ekins. Wednesday, Ekins said that the 4-year-old gelding will be vanned from Ruidoso Downs in southern New Mexico to Los Alamitos, and will be at his stable in California on Friday morning.

Ekins will accompany Cold Cash 123 on the trip.

“The horse looks good and he looks fit,” Ekins said. “We’re excited to have the horse.”

Owned by Walter and Carolyn Bay, Cold Cash 123 has won 11 of 16 starts and $1,190,281 while trained by Sleepy Gilbreath. Cold Cash 123 won two races in Oklahoma earlier this year – the Leo Stakes in March and the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship in May.

Gilbreath took Cold Cash 123 to his stable at Ruidoso in late spring, but said at the time that it was doubtful whether he would start at that meeting. The track does not have a lucrative stakes program for older horses compared to 2- and 3-year-olds.

Instead, Cold Cash 123 is expected to have three starts at Los Alamitos this fall – the Go Man Go Handicap on Sept. 23, the Los Alamitos Championship on Oct.28, and the Champion of Champions on Dec. 15. Cold Cash 123 earned an automatic berth to the Champion of Champions with his win in the Remington Park Championship.

Secretly Hot makes it three in a row

The 2-year-old filly Secretly Hot won her third consecutive race, and first stakes, in the $375,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity for California-breds last Saturday.

Trainer Francisco Ramirez expects even greater things in the fall. The filly is nominated to three major futurities in coming months – the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders’ Futurity in October, the Golden State Million in November, and the Los Alamitos Two Million in December. All of those races have qualifying time trials.

Ramirez, who also works as the ranch trainer at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, Calif., said after the Governor’s Cup Futurity that he expects more from the filly, and from himself.

“This is not enough,” he said after leaving the winner’s circle.

“We’ve been looking forward to the big ones. We’re going to get it and we just have to keep trying.”

The most exciting prospect to win on Saturday’s all-stakes program was Terrific Synergy, who scored a commanding victory by 1 3/4 lengths in the $217,500 Governor’s Cup Derby.

Trainer Cody Joiner said the Go Man Go Handicap will be Terrific Synergy’s next start.