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Ab What A Runner Tries to Rebound

Ab What A Runner, who disappointed as the favorite in the Champion of Champions last month, will try to bounce back in tonight’s $125,000 Charger Bar Handicap.

The first Grade I of 2004, the 400-yard race attracted a full field of 10 fillies and mares, who have combined for 59 victories.

Owned by Donnie and Kris Hill and trained by Bret Vickery, Ab What A Runner suffered only her second loss in 10 starts when she finished sixth in the Champion of Champions.

The Arizona-bred, who has earned more than $1.2 million, will be seeking her fourth Grade 1 victory.

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The picks: 1. Buggin Vickie. 2. Soul Mate. 3. Takin On The Crunch. 4. Banco De Datos. 5. Fresno Jazz. 6. More No. 7. Miraval. 8. Adriannas Strawfly. 9. Ab What A Runner. 10. Bedazzling Surprise.

Four! This Memorys Mine, Buggin Vickie and Veriable in the first, Soul Mate and Taint Love Grand in the second, Takin On The Crunch in the third and Goodbyesisterdisco, Intuitive Miss, Banco De Datos and Rosie My Buddie in the fourth.

Shots in the dark: My Bruiser should improve the second time out for trainer Donna McArthur in the eighth. Bon Joni gets jockey Joe Badilla Jr. for his first start at Los Alamitos in the 10th.

Post Time: 6:30 p.m.

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On the Net: For entries and results from Los Alamitos, visit: www.latimes.com/horseracing.


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