03/25/2012 10:03AM

Remington: Cold Cash 123 surpasses $1 million by taking Leo


Cold Cash 123, the reigning world champion Quarter Horse, won his first start of the year Saturday night at Remington Park, when he overcame a slow start to edge Llano Teller by a neck in the $100,000 Leo Stakes. With the win, which was his fourth straight, Cold Cash 123 became a millionaire.

The Leo, which was delayed when a horse broke through the gate and was briefly loose, was the first start since Dec. 31 for Cold Cash 123. He broke outward in the 400-yard race, and then picked up steam to cover the distance in 19.52 seconds. He paid $3.40. 

“This horse tends to get a little mad at the gate,” said winning rider Roy Baldillez.  “When we had to back them out and then reload, he didn’t get away good, but he’s going to get going. I just hold him together and he’ll do the rest.”

Baldillez was aboard trainer Sleepy Gilbreath, who said last week that the major objective this year with Cold Cash 123 is to qualify for the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Dec. 15. The $250,000 Remington Park Invitational on May 27 carries a berth to that race and is a goal for Cold Cash 123. The horse, who has now won 10 of 15 starts and $1,039,741, races for his breeders, Carolyn and Walter Bay of Clare, Mich.