Devon Dat Cash looks to bring home California riches
Devon Dat Cash looks to bring home some California Riches
Devon Dat Cash will be making his first start outside of the Pacific Northwest on Saturday night October 29th, and it will also be the biggest of his long and successful career. Devon Dat Cash will be starting in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship, which is a prestigious Grade 1 race at Los Alamitos. Devon Dat Cash has always been a solid horse for his owners Donald and Beverly Conway, but he will be attempting to make the leap to the big stage on the 29th. The Conways, of Rainier, Washington, have been involved in Quarter Horse racing ownership for years, and according to their trainer John Harris, they have about a dozen horses right now.
Harris took over training of Devon Dat Cash from Scott Raley in June of 2010. Under both trainers, the horse has put together quite a resume, 10 wins in 28 starts, with an additional 14 times finishing in the money. Devon Dat Cash has amassed $74,477 in earnings over his four plus year career for the Conways, who bred the horse in Washington. Harris was quick to point out, the first thing he notices about Devon Dat Cash is the size of his heart.
“He must have the most heart of any horse I’ve ever led over,” said Harris. “He just runs so hard and tries so much.”
Devon Dat Cash qualified for the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship by scoring a 17 to 1 upset win the $60,000 Challenge Qualifier at Emerald Downs on Labor Day Weekend.
“I watched that race at Emerald, and I wasn’t sure he got up in time,” said Harris referring to the close photo. “He ran a super race, we were just so excited.”
Devon Dat Cash shipped down to Los Alamitos this past week and will be staying in the barn of someone Harris trusts, his oldest son Bill Harris, who trains at Los Alamitos.
“We don’t want to train him too much down there,” said John Harris. “He’s very sound, but he’s had a couple of knee operations, so we don’t like to push him too much.”
Jockey Luis Torres who was aboard Devon Dat Cash in the qualifying win as well as his three starts previous to that is expected to make the journey south to California for the ride. Harris is hoping for an outside post and a clear trip in the big race.
“He should like the track, it’s fast, similar to Emerald,” said Harris. “I like him on the outside, he needs to have some room to run and get that big gear of his going late. He usually breaks so-so, but he comes rolling late. The 440 yards should definitely suit him.”
The Saturday night card at Los Alamitos gets underway at 7:00pm (pacific) and fans can watch and wager on all the action at Portland Meadows