09/24/2012 7:46AM

Los Alamitos: Cold Cash 123 takes Go Man Go in California debut

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Cold Cash 123 won his sixth consecutive race and solidified his status as the favorite for the $750,000 Champion of Champions in December with a convincing win in Sunday’s $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos.

The 2011 World Champion, Cold Cash 123 ($6.60) won by a half-length under a confident hand ride from jockey Roy Baldillez. Cold Cash 123 ran 400 yards in 19.51 seconds.

Creston Goer, a 10-1 shot, was second, a half-length in front of Senor Toby in the field of 10.

Cold Cash 123 was second to Creston Goer in the first 100 yards but took the lead midway through the race. Through the last 100 yards, the result was not in question.

Owned by Carolyn and Walter Bay, Cold Cash 123 made his California debut in the Go Man Go Handicap.

The Go Man Go Handicap was Cold Cash 123’s first start for trainer Dennis Ekins. Texas-based Sleepy Gilbreath trained Cold Cash 123 for his previous starts, which cam in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

A massive 4-year-old gelding, Cold Cash 123 has won 12 of 17 starts and $1,240,281.

Ekins said that Cold Cash 123 will make his next start in the $150,000 Los Alamitos Championship on Oct. 28, or possibly be trained up to the Champion of Champions on Dec. 15.

Jordan More than 1 year ago
Cold Cash 123 is the best quarter horse going in a strong year for the breed. There is this guy in the older horse division, all-time leading earner Ochoa in the 3 year old division, and dual million dollar race winner One Dashing Eagle in the 2 year olds. As a fan in SoCal, thanks to the Bays and Mr. Gilbreath for sending their champion to run in the Go Man Go and the Champion of Champions. From what I've read, it was a decision they agonized over. But this is the reward. Having conquered California, Cold Cash 123 has entered rarified air as one of the best quarters of the new century. In contrast, I was disappointed to read that the connections of star 3 year old, Ochoa, have declined their berth to run in the Champion of Champions. Unless the horse has an injury I am unaware of, this less-than-sporting move should take the horse out of consideration for world champion honors unless there are major upsets the rest of the year. Ochoa has never raced outside of Ruidoso, while Cold Cash 123 has won grade 1 races at Ruidoso, Lone Star, Sunland, Remington, and Los Alamitos.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
I forgot Cold Cash 123's grade 1 victory at Zia Park as a 2 year old. So, that's a career total of 7 grade 1s at 6 tracks.