Weewinnin, who blew out the Betfair Hollywood Park toteboard at 60-1 to win the state-bred King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 16, will tackle two turns for the first time in Saturday’s $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at one mile.
Drawn outside in a field of 11, it’ll be up to jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. to tuck in and save as much ground as he can to the Club House turn. Although he was dismissed in the King Glorious at long odds, the son of Comic Strip ran a good fourth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 1. A first-out maiden $32,000 claiming winner on June 16 at Golden Gate Fields, Weewinnin is owned by E-Racing.Com or Gray or Lyons and partners. With two wins from three starts, he has earnings of $125,900. He is trained by Brian Koriner.
Trainer John Sadler will send out Lee and Susan Searing’s homebred Monument, who won the Cal Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita going 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 13 and who comes off a close third as the 2-1 favorite to Weewinnin in the King Glorious.
With $217,500 in earnings, Monument is easily the leading money earner in the field. He has a record of 6-3-1-1.
Veteran trainer Hector Palma will be represented by Fighting Hussar, who rallied to be second to Weewinnin in the King Glorious. With a 6-2-1-2 record, he has the benefit of added seasoning and will also be trying a route of ground for the first time. By Rockport Harbor, he is owned by B G Stable or Palma and has earnings of $126,200.
Although he’s lightly raced and is also trying two turns for the first time, Omega Star broke his maiden in a fashion that would suggest two turns could be right up his alley. A facile three-length winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 31, the gelding by Candy Ride is trained by John Shirreffs and is owned by his breeders, Martin Wygod and Herman Sarkowsky. He has a win and a second from two starts and $46,000 in earnings.
The California Breeders Champion Stakes, which will be run as the seventh race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Omega Star, Julien Leparoux, 117; Alydidit, Orlando Mojica, 117; Major Truth, Alonso Quinonez, 117; O Wild West Wind, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Lovmeister, Martin Pedroza, 117; Fighting Hussar, Rafael Bejarano, 119; China Prince, Joe Talamo, 117; Monument, Juan Hernandez, 122; Tiz a Minister, Garrett Gomez, 117; Surfcup, Martin Garcia, and Weewinnin, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 122.