12/19/2012 2:30PM

Los Alamitos: Rylees Boy scrambles World Champion picture


LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – Quarter Horse racing will have a new World Champion for 2012.

The result of the $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos last Saturday night will have a pivotal impact on the championships, which will be announced in January.

Cold Cash 123, the 2011 World Champion, finished eighth in the Champion of Champions, losing a chance to retain his title.

Race winner Rylees Boy won two major stakes for older horses at the end of the year, beginning with the Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows in October. He may not have done enough over the year to earn the World Championship, but is expected to be champion aged gelding.

The 7-year-old Rylees Boy is the oldest winner of the Champion of Champions. He will remain in training in 2013, with the Los Alamitos Winter Championship in February as his first goal, trainer Paul Jones said last weekend.

The World Champion may be One Dashing Eagle, who won 6 of 7 starts, including three major futurities – the Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million at Los Alamitos, and the most prestigious of them all, the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Sept. 4.

One Dashing Eagle is currently out-of-training after undergoing surgery earlier this month to have bone chips removed from his ankles and a knee. Trainer Jose de la Torre said last week that One Dashing Eagle could return to racing in 2013, be retired to stud, or be bred to mares and then return to racing.

Rylees Boy won the Champion of Champions by a head over the 3-year-old filly Flame N Flash. Earlier this year, Flame N Flash won the La Primera Del Ano Derby and the Mildred Vessels Handicap, against older fillies and mares. Those wins should be enough to gain the 3-year-old filly championship.

Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity was won by the filly Matabari, who could earn champion 2-year-old filly honors. The Two Million Futurity was her only stakes appearance of the year. Matabari was sent to a local ranch for a winter break on Monday and will be pointed to the major stakes in the second half of 2013, trainer Jose Antonio Flores said.

* With no Thoroughbred racing in Southern California this weekend, Los Alamitos will conduct afternoon racing from Friday through Sunday. Post time will be 2 p.m. Pacific each day. The highlight of the weekend is Sunday’s $200,000 Southern California Derby.

Jose Quintana More than 1 year ago
Rylees Boy should take it hes deserves it.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
yep i miss those 870 yd races they created much intrest-I remember Friar Bob-Father John ,Jeeps Cute Bar By Mr Cute Bar He Was A Good One)-LOLK-DS
John More than 1 year ago
Anyone know why Los Al doesnt run the big 870 races anymore, I never see Alw or Handicapp 870's ? They were fun to bet !
702Ray More than 1 year ago
John, I got this info from a conversation I had with a guy who said he was involved with Los Al about 2 years ago. he said they eliminated the 870 yard races as a way to preserve the horse population on track. They commited to only running short races. now I'm not sure how this preserves the horse population but thats what he said.He also said that they satisfy the need for distance races by running the 4 1/2 F races for T-breds which to me is not a bad exchange i just wish they were allowed to write better races.. it would be kool to see a stakes race or some nice allowance races.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
yeah basically just a shortage of horses. the more 870 races they run and horses stretch out, the less there are for the short races. as it is they only get about 35 horses a night anymore for the quarter horse races. they also ran of the arabians a few years back, which makes it harder for them to fill a card. allred isnt exactly an easy person to deal with.
METS More than 1 year ago
Who cares?
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
how about the people who like to make money? dont you think theres a reason why every off shore book either doesnt take qh racing anymore or has made it a minor minor track with small limits? because people who actually do the work and watch tapes and make their own speed figures have busted them all!! keep reading the form like every other sucker and listening to andy beyer and todd schrupp while playing the thoroughbreds. i havent worked since 94 and have p;ayed strictly quarters.
Edward More than 1 year ago
One Dashing Eagle hands down!