05/10/2013 5:27PM

Remington Park: Cold Cash 123 in Challenge


Cold Cash 123, the 2011 world champion Quarter Horse, has returned to the Southwest to lead Sunday’s Grade 2, $101,340 Oklahoma Challenge Championship at Remington Park. The 440-yard race is one of three stakes on the card, and the winners of the races will earn berths into the Challenge Championship finals at Los Alamitos in November.

Cold Cash 123 invades from Los Alamitos in Southern California, where he won the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap last September. In more recent times, he was eighth in the Champion of Champions in December and sixth in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship in his last start Feb. 17. During his time in Southern California, the horse was based with trainer Dennis Ekins.

Cold Cash 123 on Sunday returns to the barn of trainer Sleepy Gilbreath, who between 2011 and 2012 sent the horse out to win such Grade 1 races as the Texas Classic Derby, the Championship at Sunland, as well as the Leo and the Remington Park Invitational Championship. As part of his preparation for the Oklahoma Challenge Championship, Cold Cash 123 worked a bullet 220 yards at Remington. He went in 11.18 seconds, the fastest of 37 moves at the distance March 29.

Roy Baldillez has the mount on the horse, who races for his breeder, T Bill Stables.
Others making up the 10-horse field include The Long Knife, the 2012 winner of the Texas Classic Derby who missed by a neck in the Leo Stakes at Remington in his last start March 30. G.R. Carter has the mount for Steve Denny and Gilbreath.

De Passem Okey will be going for his 21st career win when he starts in the Grade 3, $47,270 Remington Park Distance Challenge Stakes at 870 yards. The other major race on the card is the $40,860 Remington Park Distaff Challenge Stakes.