FAIRPLEX STORY: HOT MARKET, REBA'S GOLD SHARE TOP WEIGHT FOR RALPH M. HINDS INVITATIONAL
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ed Golden
Hot Market and Reba's Gold, two consistent and versatile campaigners, have
been assigned co-highweight of 119 pounds by racing secretary Richard Wheeler
for Fairplex Park's marquee event, the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona
Invitational Handicap on closing day, Sunday.
Reba's Gold, however, may find himself the starting top weight.
"He'll either run here or at Bay Meadows on Oct. 5, one of those two spots,
and as we speak right now, I'm 50-50," trainer Craig Lewis said Wednesday of
Hot Market, who has won at a mile and a sixteenth and at six furlongs, in
addition to finishing just a head back in second to streaking sprint stakes
winner Disturbingthepeace in the Grade II Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar on
Aug. 18. Lewis added that Hot Market "is a pretty versatile horse and I'm
looking for a prep race" for California Cup day at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on
The 24th edition of the Hinds will be decided at about 1 1/8 miles. The Bay
Meadows race to which Lewis referred is the California Sprint Championship at
six furlongs, also with a purse of $100,000. Lewis said if Hot Market runs in
the Hinds, Jose Valdivia Jr. has the mount.
Probable starters for the Hinds: Reba's Gold, David Flores, 119; Nate's
Colony, Martin Pedroza, 117; Sigfreto, Matt Garcia, 117; Dig for It, no
rider; Out of Mind, Chance Rollins, 116; Most Likely, no rider, 115; San
Nicholas, Tyler Baze, 115; Hook Call, no rider, 113; and Moving's Gold, 113.
The complete list of invited horses, with weights and trainers: Hot Market,
119, Craig Lewis; Reba's Gold, 119, Dan Hendricks; Deploy Venture, 117,
Darrell Vienna; Kachamandi, 117, Barry Abrams; Nate's Colony, 117, Jack
Carava; Sigfreto, 117, Doug Peterson; Truly A Judge, 117, David Bernstein;
Dig for It, 116, Bruce Headley; Mysterious Cat, 116, Ted West; Out of Mind,
116, Richard Mandella; Macaneo, 115, Roger Stein; Most Likely, Headley, 115;
San Nicholas, 115, Jeff Bonde; Bonus Pay Day, 114, Peter Eurton; Sign of
Fire, 114, Alfredo Marquez; Timber Baron, 114, Mike Machowsky; Dixie Law,
113, Juan Garcia; Hook Call, 113, A.C. Avila; J.T.'s Song, 113, Mike
Mitchell; Moving's Gold, 113, Juan Garcia; Dixie Thrill, 112, Doug O'Neill;
Eric Da Bomb, 112, Nick Hines; and Calcupbound, 109, Hines.
FAIRWELLS: Patrick Valenzuela has been named to ride Mimi's Cafe for trainer
Don Warren in Friday's $100,000 Las Madrinas Handicap and the champion of the
recent Del Mar meet is expected to fulfill his commitment, according to his
agent, Nick Cosato. David Flores, six-time Pomona champion and second
all-time with 289 victories, is named on Covincing for trainer Darrell Vienna
in the Las Madrinas, to be decided at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares,
3-years-old and up . . .