Favorite Honey Gets Derby Win On California Breeders Champions Night
Favorite Honey, under jockey Armando Cervantes, winning the Restricted Grade 2, $180,000 Governorís Cup Derby Sunday night at Los Alamitos Race Course.

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Favorite Honey Gets Derby Win On California Breeders Champions Night

LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 31, 2022— Winner of the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity last year, Five Livestock Company and Steve Wright’s Favorite Honey won the Restricted Grade 2, $180,000 Governor’s Cup Derby on Sunday night after shaking off some early bumping on the way to solid victory in the 400-yard race at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Armando Cervantes for trainer Monty Arrossa, Favorite Honey was in front of the pack from the despite the early bumping. After the first 100 yards, the son of Favorite Cartel led a tightly bunched group that included Nevada Charles, Bizarrely, and Watch Out, maintaining a neck advantage for the entire first half of the race.

From there the gelding out of Silver Racing Farm’s broodmare Corona Fast Honey began to pull away from his rivals. At the wire, Favorite Honey was a ½ length ahead of Ed Allred’s Watch Out.

The Wrights and Melinda Roche of Five Livestock with the Governor's Cup Derby stakes trophy. © William Zuazo

The Governor’s Cup Derby was the richest of four stakes contested on the second night of California Breeders Champions Weekend on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

The others were the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap won by Allred’s Up And Atem, the $40,000 Matron Stakes won by Gentry Farm’s AQHA champion aged mare Kiss Thru Fire, and the $25,000 Debutante for 3-year-old fillies won by Allred’s fast rising star Nymphette (see related stories).

Now a winner in seven of 13 starts, Favorite Honey earned $73,500 for the win to take his career earnings to $357,988. He covered the distance in :19.852.

 "The break was critical," Arrossa said. "He got bumped a little bit, but he got out of there, got his position, and finished strong. He has such a great mind. He bounced back great after the trials and came into this race super strong. It was a strong field of horses. It got tight there leaving, but it looked to me like he had the front right away from the gate."

Winning trainer Monty Arrossa congratulates winning jockey Armando Cervantes aboard Favorite Honey.
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Favorite Honey will take a couple of weeks off before being pointed to the PCQHRA Breeders Derby trials in early September.

Watch Out, trained by James Glenn, Jr. and ridden by Oscar Peinado, finished strongly to move from fifth to second place at the wire. The gelding by Fly Thru The Fire earned $29,750 for running second, the same placing he earned in last year’s running of the Governor’s Cup Futurity. 

Allred’s Nevada Charles earned $21,000 for running third.

Valeriano Racing Stables’ Sweet Dasha Fire was fourth, while Allred’s She Goes Up was fifth in her attempt to sweep the Governor’s Cup Derby and Futurity.

The top five finishers were followed by Letty Cartel, Knockout Cartel, Bizarrely, Favorite Habit, and Insider.

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