02/18/2013 1:33PM

Los Alamitos: Rylees Boy wins Winter Championship, earning berth in Champion of Champions


Rylees Boy, the winner of the 2012 Champion of Champions, became the first horse to earn a berth in the 2013 running of that race with a late-charging win in Sunday's $171,300 Los Alamitos Winter Championship at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Rylees Boy closed from fourth in a field of nine to win by a half-length over stablemate Bills Last. Hez Our Secret was third in the field of nine. Last to Fire, the 2-1 favorite, finished fourth.

The Winter Championship winner received an automatic berth to the Champion of Champions.

Rylees Boy ($10.60) ran 400 yards in 19.63 seconds. An 8-year-old gelding, Rylees Boy had been second in a division of the Winter Championship trials on Jan. 27. Owned by Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez and trained by Paul Jones, Rylees Boy has won 22 of 45 starts and $1,393,862.

Jones said that Rylees Boy will be campaigned sparingly in advance of a fall campaign. The 2013 Champion of Champions is on Dec. 14.