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LOS ALAMITOS : Baffert Gives Up His Quarter Horses


There appears to be no significant opposition to the CHRB proposal, with the exception of complaints from breeders about the added cost of raising horses. According to Dan Fick, the AQHA's Director of Racing, blood-typing could cost as much as $70 per foal. Blood-typing will also be required for all sires and dams that produce racing stock. Parentage verification for those animals will not be required, but some breeders with large operations will still face large fees to verify the parentage of foals.

Earlier this year, the AQHA reissued registration papers on several quarter horses who were allegedly sired by the thoroughbred Nublado, but blood-typing revealed that they were actually sired by Browns Dasher or Speeding Holme. All three stallions are based at Richlyn Farms in Hemet. The current owners of the horses in question, Dean Gallo and Judd Morse, have filed suit against Dick and Charlyn Weening, the farms' owners, charging fraud, conspiracy and negligent misrepresentation.

Fick said the incident was a factor in the campaign to blood-type quarter horses, but not the deciding factor.

Los Alamitos Notes

Wings Of The Dove and Streakin Jewel won stakes races for older horses last weekend. . . . Wings of the Dove, a double stakes winner in Mexico City earlier this year, won last Friday's Paul Ford Handicap in her first start at 870 yards. The 5-year-old mare paid $18.60, edging favored Queen Auntie by 1 1/2 lengths. . . . Streakin Jewel was one of three horses in the six-horse Chicado V Handicap trained by Blane Schvaneveldt. The 4-year-old was ridden by Roman Figueroa and was winless in five other starts this year.

Trials will highlight racing the next two nights. The Southern California Derby trials are tonight's seventh and eighth races, with the final scheduled for Nov. 29. My Escalon, the Los Alamitos Derby finalist who won the race but was disqualified and placed last for interference, will be the favorite in the seventh; Takin On The Cash, the nation's leading 3-year-old colt, will be a strong favorite in the eighth. He is ridden by Alex Baldillez Jr. and trained by Caesar Dominguez, the same connections that guided Wings Of The Dove to victory last Friday. . . . Corona Chick reappears Thursday in the Dash for Cash Futurity Trials. The 2-year-old filly has won eight of 10 starts and is a leading contender for 2-year-old of the year.

Friday's card is headed by the $50,000 Anne Burnett Invitational for fillies and mares, and Saturday's feature is the Sophomore Handicap for 3-year-olds. . . . The Los Alamitos Production Sale will be conducted Saturday in the paddock and includes horses of all ages, with a concentration of weanlings and yearlings. The sale begins at 11 a.m.

Glass Hearts, a 4-year-old Tolltac gelding, broke the world 350-yard record at Sunland Park near El Paso Saturday. Aided by a significant tail wind, Glass Hearts was clocked in 17.19 seconds, .02 faster than the previous record set in 1985 by Mr Summer Jet at La Mesa Park in New Mexico. The fastest previous 350-yard clocking of the year was 17.22 seconds, by Corona Chick, in the Kindergarten Trials on Oct. 18, without wind.

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