FAIRPLEX STORY: NINE HORSES ENTERED FOR RALPH M. HINDS POMONA INVITATIONAL ON SUNDAY
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Contact: Ed Golden
Hot Market and Reba's Gold, the two highweights at 119 pounds, were entered
Friday morning along with seven other hard-hitting campaigners for Sunday's
24th edition of the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap, the
marquee event on closing day of the Los Angeles County Fair meet.
Jose Valdivia Jr. and former Fairplex king David Flores are set to ride Hot
Market and Reba's Gold, respectively, in the about 1 1/8-mile race for
3-year-olds and up.
Hot Market is a versatile 4-year-old son of Cee's Tizzy trained by Craig
Lewis. The California-bred gray was second by a head behind
Disturbingthepeace in the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar on
Aug. 18. He won at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on April 6 and has five wins
from 14 starts with earnings of $257,760.
Reba's Gold, owned by the Creston Farms of "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek, was
beaten only a length by Congaree while finishing third in the Del Mar
Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 2. The 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Slew
o' Gold is 5-6-4 from 25 starts with earnings of $353,212. Flores, a six-time
Pomona riding champion, is the former career leader at the track before being
displaced by Martin Pedroza.
Sigfreto, unbeaten in two lifetime starts at Fairplex, looms a threat to the
two topweights. The 4-year-old Florida-bred, trained by Doug Peterson won the
Pomona Derby last year and the Phil D. Shephered Stakes earlier this meet.
Regular rider Matt Garcia is aboard.
The field in post position order: Sigfreto, Matt Garcia, 117; Reba's Gold,
David Flores, 119; Hook Call, Danny Sorenson, 113; Hot Market, Jose Valdivia
Jr., 119; Out of Mind, Chance Rollins, 116; Nate's Colony, Martin Pedroza,
117; San Nicholas, Tyler Baze, 115; Most Likely, Omar Berrio, 115; and Dig
for It, Iggy Puglis, 116.
HORSE FOR THE COURSE SIGFRETO GOES FOR GOLD IN HINDS AT FAIRPLEX
If ever there was a horse for the course, it's Sigfreto.
The 4-year-old roan son of Spunky Rascal is undefeated at Fairplex Park,
winning the Pomona Derby last year and the Phil D. Shepherd Stakes early this
On Sunday, the Florida-bred, trained by Doug Peterson, goes for the big one,
the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap at about 1 1/8
miles. Sigfreto was winless for a span of almost a year in six starts between
the Pomona Derby on Sept. 22, 2001, and this year's Phil D. Shepherd on Sept.
"He loves it over here," Peterson explained about the turnaround. "He always
goes better on the training track than he does at the main track. He just
loves to train on the training track and he's training like a monster right
now. He's really doing good over here. I love our chances."
Sigfreto has been assigned 117 pounds for the 24th edition of the Hinds, two
less than high weights Hot Market and Reba's Gold.
Sigfreto's best races are from off the pace, but he showed speed in the Phil
D. Shepherd, stalking pacesetter Most Likely in second place before wearing
him down in a long stretch drive to win the 1 1/16-mile race by a half-length
under 115 pounds. Matt Garcia, who has ridden the gelding in his last 10
races, will be aboard again in the Hinds, which honors the Fair Association's
late president and chief executive officer.
Denver native Peterson says Sigfreto doesn't have to be close to the pace to
win. "He can come from anywhere," said Peterson, 51, who trained the
legendary Seattle Slew in h