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Racing! Los Alamitos is at the top of the stretch, heading for home

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we look into a couple of 2-year-olds taking the rest of the year off.

I was really looking forward to the American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita next Saturday. It’s never too early to think about the road to the Triple Crown races. Last year, when the race was called the FrontRunner, Bolt d’Oro blew the doors off everyone, beating Solomini by almost eight lengths.

At the time I asked Solomini’s trainer, Bob Baffert, what he thought.

“I have to figure a way to make up eight lengths,” Baffert said.

Guess what? He did. Just not with Solomini.

So, I, and everyone else, was really high on Instagrand, a $1.2 million purchase in the Jerry Hollendorfer barn. He won his first two races by a combined 20 lengths. Instagrand was set to run in closing day Del Mar Futurity but was pulled at the request of owner Larry Best.

It’s no secret Hollendorfer wanted to run the colt, but when you have a big money client like Best, the trainer doesn’t always win. Then, this week, Brad Free of the Daily Racing Form reported that Instagrand will sit out the remainder of the year at Best’s request to “freshen the horse up” for his 3-year-old campaign. Hollendorfer told Free there were no physical issues.

Hmmm.

Then later this week Baffert said that Roadster, who finished second to stablemate Game Winner in the Del Mar Futurity, was also going to take some time off.

“I’m going to give Roadster more like 45 days away from the track,” Baffert told the Times. “I didn’t like his race down there [at Del Mar]. He’s very immature. I’m just going to pass on the Breeders’ Cup. We want him ready for the Classic (Triple Crown) races.”

Game Winner will be running and will have Joel Rosario back in the saddle. He rode him in his first race.

Mario Gutierrez, who is the regular rider for owner Paul Reddam, rode him in his last race when Rosario was unavailable. It was always clear that Gutierrez was not a long-term solution since Reddam also spends a lot of money to get to the Triple Crown races. Reddam and Gutierrez (and trainer Doug O’Neill) have won two Kentucky Derbies with I’ll Have Another and Nyquist.

Instagrand and Roadster were the top two horses in the future’s pool betting. Instagrand at 7-2 and Roadster around 7-1.

There will still be plenty of good horses in the American Pharoah but it will miss the, at this point, marquee names.

Plenty of time to go.

Los Alamitos review

Dominating Woman engineered slow fractions to win the one mile $48,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares. She controlled the race, looked like she flattened in the stretch but re-rallied to win by a half-length over a game Rooms.

The Peter Miller trained filly paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.10. Morning Dance was third. Life’s Blessings and Tizway That Way completed the five-horse field.

Heriberto Figueroa was the winning jockey.

Los Alamitos preview

If you are looking to buy a horse, Los Alamitos is where you want to be on Thursday. With seven flat out claiming races and an eighth being an optional claimer, there are 54 horses with a tag on them. First post for the eight-race card is 2 p.m.

The feature is an allowance/optional claimer, a one mile race for horses 3 and up. The purse is $45,000 with seven starters. The 5-2 favorite is the 7-year-old gelding Solid Wager. He’s won nine of 44 races, including one of four this year. He’s run his share of stakes races, both graded and ungreaded. His last two race were a first and second at the allowance level. Peter Miller is the trainer and Higiberto Figueroa is the jockey.

The second favorite is lightly raced by comparison. Show Me Da Lute is one for seven lifetime and zero for three this year. He only raced twice last year and was off just short of a year before returning to the track this year. His past is filled with many graded stakes. Baffert trains and Joe Talamo rides. Talamo has really been Baffert’s top rider this meet with Mike Smith taking some time away and Drayden Van Dyke racing back at Kentucky Downs and Churchill Downs. Van Dyke returns to Los Al this week to ride two horses on Saturday.

Here’s the field sizes, in order: 7, 6, 7, 8, 7, 7, 7, 10.

Jose Contreras LRC play of the day

FIFTH RACE: No.3 Sharona Sunset (3-1)

She was bumped repeatedly at the start, recovered to duel four-wide down the backstretch and around the entire turn. The top three finishers were well clear and Sharona Sunset faded to fifth after dueling and losing so much ground. She did outfinish fellow rivals Dashin Ashen and Creative Spark in that same race. If we ignore her wide trip last time out and her stakes effort three starts back, we’re left with solid form in her last four starts against similar fields. She gets a five pound weight break with the sharp apprentice Heriberto Figueroa taking the mount.

Thursday’s result: Stay In Yo Lane broke to the left, rallied to near the front but didn’t have enough left in the stretch to win, finishing third.

Jose Contreras is an excellent handicapper and well known on social media and familiar to racing fans watching on TVG. You can follow him on Twitter at @losponies or check him out at his website.

Los Alamitos nighttime weekend preview

This weekly segment is in the hands of Orlando Gutierrez, marketing and media maven at Los Al. So, the floor is yours, Orlando.

“Quarter-horse racing aficionados will find out on Friday night if Richard Frandsen’s Favorite Motion is the real deal when the Utah-bred gelding faces Governor’s Cup Futurity runner-up Favorite Wise Lady and Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity fourth-place finisher Dexxter in an $13,825 allowance at 330 yards.

“Trained by Jose Flores, Favorite Motion moved to one of the top spots in the juvenile division at Los Alamitos when he broke his maiden by 1 ½ lengths on Aug. 24. The son of Favorite Cartel showed big strides in the races and looked like 400 yards will be right up his alley later this season. He is eligible to run in the Golden State Million Futurity trials at 400 yards on Oct. 21. He’ll start from the four and is 3-1 on the morning line. Howard Nichols’ Dexxter is the 2-1 favorite based on his solid fourth in the Ed Burke. The son of Corona Cartel had won his two previous starts.

“The richest quarter-horse race of the weekend will take place on Sunday night with the Grade 1, $125,000 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap for distaffers. A full field of 10 will be led by Thermonuclear Energy, who has been assigned the high weight of 127 pounds. Thermonuclear Energy won the Matron Stakes on July 28 and the Ivan Ashment Handicap on June 23. She’ll be taking on a strong field that also includes Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap winner Kiddy Up Cowgirl, AQHA California Distaff Challenge winner One Sweet Racy, and stablemate Jess Ravin and Jess Hawk, both Grade 1 stakes placed mares.”

Ed Burgart’s LA play of the day

EIGHTH RACE: No. 4 Favorite Motion (3-1)

He certainly faces a stern challenge in his second lifetime start but Favorite Motion scored a daylight debut win while looking like a potential stakes star. He ran to his terrific 12.1 gate drill in his 1 ½-length victory from the rail post when leveling with big strides before galloping out strong. He faces Favorite Wise Lady, second in the Governor’s Cup Futurity and Dexxter, fourth in the Ed Burke Million, in this very strong allowance affair.

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Now, the stars of the show, Thursday’s results and Friday’s entries.

Los Alamitos Race Course Charts Results for Thursday, September 20.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 9th day of a 12-day meet. Clear & Fast

FIRST RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,500. Time 22.25 45.62 57.39 1:04.01


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

2 We Will Re Joyce 115 2 2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 Espinoza 1.10
3 Atrevida 115 3 1 5–1 3–½ 2–1½ 2–6 Figueroa 7.20
4 Myrcella 120 4 5 2–hd 2–1½ 3–4 3–5 Hernandez 1.30
6 Baytown Juliet 120 6 3 3–1 5–1 4–1 4–1¼ Mt Garcia 43.20
1 Swallows Inn Gal 115 1 4 4–hd 4–1 5–hd 5–4 Payeras 10.40
5 Chiefs Lil Pearl 120 5 6 6 6 6 6 Pedroza 13.90

2 WE WILL RE JOYCE 4.20 2.60 2.10
3 ATREVIDA 6.00 2.60
4 MYRCELLA 2.10
$1 EXACTA (2-3)  $9.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-3-4-6)  $8.12
$1 TRIFECTA (2-3-4)  $17.60

Winner–We Will Re Joyce Dbb.f.3 by Kafwain out of Joyce and Me, by Discreet Cat. Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Ryan, Gloria, Suarez Racing, Inc., and O'Neill, Doug. Mutuel Pool $49,187 Exacta Pool $25,000 Superfecta Pool $13,535 Trifecta Pool $18,524. Claimed–Swallows Inn Gal by , Todd and Hess, Maria Elena. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Scratched–none.

WE WILL RE JOYCE dueled inside, inched away into the turn, came off the fence on the turn and into the stretch, drifted in a bit in the drive and won clear under urging. ATREVIDA stalked between horses then outside a rival leaving the turn and off the rail into the stretch, also drifted in a bit and was clearly second best. MYRCELLA pressed the pace between horses then stalked off the rail, came three deep into the stretch, also drifted in some and bested the others. BAYTOWN JULIET prompted the pace three deep then stalked outside, dropped back on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. SWALLOWS INN GAL saved ground stalking the pace, continued inside in the stretch and also weakened. CHIEFS LIL PEARL chased outside then off the rail, came four wide into the stretch and gave way, then was not persevered with late.

SECOND RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $40,000-$35,000. Time 23.25 46.56 1:11.06 1:22.87


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Street to Indy 124 2 4 4–1 5–1½ 2–2 1–2 T Baze 1.70
6 Git On Your Pulpit 120 6 1 2–hd 3–1 1–1 2–5 Pedroza 2.60
4 Silver Fury 115 4 3 5–hd 4–½ 3–1½ 3–ns Espinoza 6.10
1 Bank Walker 113 1 7 3–1 1–hd 4–4 4–5 Figueroa 5.80
7 Tequila Blanco 115 7 2 6–2½ 6–2 5–2½ 5–3 Fuentes 3.20
3 Malibu Magic 124 3 6 7 7 6–hd 6–3 Quinonez 46.10
5 Dude's Dude 124 5 5 1–hd 2–hd 7 7 Pereira 36.50

2 STREET TO INDY 5.40 3.00 2.20
6 GIT ON YOUR PULPIT 4.60 2.60
4 SILVER FURY 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-2)  $12.00
$1 EXACTA (2-6)  $9.30
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-6-4-1)  $11.17
$1 TRIFECTA (2-6-4)  $46.00

Winner–Street to Indy B.g.5 by Street Sense out of False Impression, by A.P. Indy. Bred by KatieRich Farms (KY). Trainer: Thomas Ray Bell, II. Owner: Richard A. Bell. Mutuel Pool $75,864 Daily Double Pool $13,118 Exacta Pool $35,884 Superfecta Pool $19,162 Trifecta Pool $23,587. Scratched–none.

STREET TO INDY stalked a bit off the rail, came out for room leaving the turn and into the stretch, angled in past midstretch, bid inside under urging to gain the lead in deep stretch and won clear. GIT ON YOUR PULPIT dueled outside then three deep, gained the lead nearing the stretch, inched away in the drive but could not hold off the winner. SILVER FURY stalked between horses then outside, came four wide into the stretch and just got the show. BANK WALKER broke slowly, went up inside to duel for the lead, put a head in front on the turn, fought back leaving the turn and just lost third. TEQUILA BLANCO chased three deep then off the rail on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. MALIBU MAGIC settled a bit off the rail then chased inside on the turn, came out in the stretch and lacked a further response. DUDE'S DUDE had good early speed a bit off the rail, dueled between horses, fell back some into the stretch and weakened.

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 21.96 45.75 57.82 1:10.14


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

1 Mucho Gusto 122 1 2 1–hd 1–1½ 1–1½ 1–4 Talamo 1.00
4 Vantastic 122 4 5 3–1 3–1 2–½ 2–3 Conner 8.70
6 Norski 122 6 7 7 6–2 4–1½ 3–1 Pereira 31.90
7 Platinum Nights 122 7 1 5–1 4–1½ 3–2½ 4–4 Gutierrez 10.10
3 Haydens Havoc 117 3 4 4–hd 5–hd 6–3 5–3 Figueroa 3.00
2 Two Fifty Coup 122 2 3 2–2 2–hd 5–hd 6–1¼ Bejarano 3.90
5 Weekly Call 122 5 6 6–hd 7 7 7 Roman 20.50

1 MUCHO GUSTO 4.00 3.20 2.80
4 VANTASTIC 5.40 5.80
6 NORSKI 9.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-1)  $13.60
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $13.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-6-7)  $44.18
$1 TRIFECTA (1-4-6)  $194.40

Winner–Mucho Gusto Ch.c.2 by Mucho Macho Man out of Itsagiantcauseway, by Giant's Causeway. Bred by Teneri Farm Inc. &Bernardo Alvarez Calderon (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Michael Lund Petersen. Mutuel Pool $69,969 Daily Double Pool $5,272 Exacta Pool $32,808 Superfecta Pool $17,689 Trifecta Pool $20,483. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (2-2-1) paid $13.00. Pick Three Pool $17,075.

MUCHO GUSTO dueled inside, inched away and came off the rail on the turn, drifted out into the stretch, kicked clear and proved best under some left handed urging and a hold late. VANTASTIC stalked the pace outside, came four wide into the stretch, drifted in some in the drive and was clearly second best. NORSKI settled between foes then outside a rival into and on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and gained the show. PLATINUM NIGHTS chased three deep, angled in on the turn, came out into the stretch, angled back to the inside and was outfinished for third. HAYDENS HAVOC stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the turn and in the stretch and weakened. TWO FIFTY COUP was sent between horses early, dueled outside the winner, stalked off the rail on the turn, came out into the stretch and also weakened. WEEKLY CALL chased between hoses then angled in leaving the backstretch, saved ground on the turn, came out into the stretch and had little left for the lane.

FOURTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $25,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 22.12 45.43 57.14 1:09.75


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

4 Naughty Sophie 120 4 1 1–1 1–1½ 1–3 1–1½ T Baze 2.00
3 Powder 124 3 4 6 6 3–½ 2–4 Fuentes 3.20
6 Be a Lady 122 6 2 5–½ 3–hd 4–1 3–nk Elliott 15.60
5 No Wine Untasted 120 5 6 4–1½ 2–1 2–hd 4–¾ Pedroza 4.90
2 C. C. Zipp 117 2 3 3–hd 4–1 5–2 5–4 Espinoza 2.60
1 Revenue Virginius 122 1 5 2–hd 5–hd 6 6 Franco 6.20

4 NAUGHTY SOPHIE 6.00 3.60 2.80
3 POWDER 3.60 3.00
6 BE A LADY 4.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-4)  $18.40
$1 EXACTA (4-3)  $11.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-3-6-5)  $23.65
$1 TRIFECTA (4-3-6)  $42.30

Winner–Naughty Sophie Ch.f.3 by Horse Greeley out of Making Time, by Royal Academy. Bred by Michael T. Barnett (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Altamira Racing Stable and Littlefield, Chad. Mutuel Pool $61,069 Daily Double Pool $6,609 Exacta Pool $27,571 Superfecta Pool $13,476 Trifecta Pool $18,017. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (2-1-4) paid $18.40. Pick Three Pool $7,537.

NAUGHTY SOPHIE sped to the early lead, set the pace off the rail, came out into the stretch, drifted out from the whip in midstretch, kicked clear and held under urging. POWDER chased off the rail, swung four wide into the stretch and continued willingly to be second best. BE A LADY stalked outside then three deep on the turn and four wide into the stretch and edged foes for the show three wide. NO WINE UNTASTED hopped some at the start, stalked three deep then off the rail on the turn, drifted in between foes in the drive and was edged for third. C. C. ZIPP stalked between horses, angled to the inside in the stretch and also was outfinished for a minor award. REVENUE VIRGINIUS saved ground stalking the pace throughout and weakened in the stretch.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 24.46 47.48 1:11.70 1:24.15 1:37.37


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

1 Dominating Woman 116 1 1 1–2 1–2½ 1–1½ 1–2 1–½ Figueroa 1.30
4 Rooms 124 4 2 2–½ 2–hd 2–2½ 2–3½ 2–4 Gutierrez 2.80
5 Morning Dance 121 5 5 5 4–1 4–3 3–2 3–5 Gonzalez 4.20
3 Life's Blessings 121 3 4 3–2 3–3 3–hd 4–2 4–1¼ Talamo 2.50
2 Tizway That Way 124 2 3 4–1 5 5 5 5 Quinonez 20.30

1 DOMINATING WOMAN 4.60 2.60 2.10
4 ROOMS 3.40 2.20
5 MORNING DANCE 2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-1)  $12.20
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $8.30
$1 TRIFECTA (1-4-5)  $20.90

Winner–Dominating Woman Dbb.f.4 by Dominus out of Wet n' Reckless, by War Front. Bred by Lopez, Maybee & Tennant (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Gary Barber. Mutuel Pool $96,490 Daily Double Pool $7,175 Exacta Pool $39,569 Trifecta Pool $32,364. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (1-4-1) paid $10.10. Pick Three Pool $13,088. $1 Pick Four (2-1-4-1) 4 correct paid $39.90. Pick Four Pool $34,817. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-2-1-4-1) 5 correct paid $56.55. Pick Five Pool $163,936.

DOMINATING WOMAN sped to the early lead, set the pace along the inside, inched away again just off the rail in the stretch, drifted out in the final furlong but held. ROOMS bobbled some at the break, stalked between horses then just off the rail, angled in some a furlong out and finished willingly. MORNING DANCE broke out a bit, chased off the rail then outside a rival, angled to the inside on the second turn, continued toward the fence in the stretch and bested the others. LIFE'S BLESSINGS stalked three deep then outside a rival, continued off the rail on the second turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. TIZWAY THAT WAY saved ground stalking the pace, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and also weakened.

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.26 46.06 58.00 1:04.40


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

4 Principe Carlo 115 4 3 2–1 1–hd 1–1 1–2½ Fuentes 5.00
9 I Belong to Becky 122 9 7 4–hd 3–2½ 2–½ 2–½ Pereira 1.30
6 Stay in Yo Lane 122 6 1 3–1 2–hd 3–5 3–10 Delgadillo 3.80
10 Calder Vale 122 10 8 10 5–hd 4–½ 4–2½ Fuentes 3.80
1 Handsome John 122 1 4 6–hd 4–hd 5–2½ 5–3½ Roman 8.60
5 Bonsail Treasure 122 5 6 5–hd 6–hd 6–½ 6–4 Gutierrez 44.10
7 Nutty Sierra 122 7 2 8–1½ 9–½ 7–3 7–7 E Garcia 61.50
8 Bob's Sniper 122 8 10 9–1 7–½ 8–4 8–6 Quinonez 41.90
3 Street Punk 122 3 5 7–hd 10 9–15 9 Bednar 101.40
2 Peter Alan 122 2 9 1–hd 8–hd 10 dnf Harvey 42.30

4 PRINCIPE CARLO 12.00 5.20 3.60
9 I BELONG TO BECKY 3.00 2.60
6 STAY IN YO LANE 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-4)  $31.80
$1 EXACTA (4-9)  $19.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-9-6-10)  $21.85
$1 TRIFECTA (4-9-6)  $104.00

Winner–Principe Carlo Dbb.c.2 by Coil out of Princess Ezra (GB), by Rahy. Bred by Richard Barton Enterprises (CA). Trainer: Marcelo Polanco. Owner: Polanco, Marcelo and Scialanga, Carlo. Mutuel Pool $97,218 Daily Double Pool $8,161 Exacta Pool $54,786 Superfecta Pool $32,663 Trifecta Pool $37,214. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (4-1-4) paid $43.90. Pick Three Pool $11,733.

PRINCIPE CARLO dueled three deep then a bit off the rail leaving the turn and into the stretch, inched away in the drive and won clear under urging. I BELONG TO BECKY stalked outside, bid three deep on the turn and four wide into the stretch and edged a rival for the place. STAY IN YO LANE stalked outside a rival then off the rail, bid between foes on the turn and into the stretch and was edged for the place. CALDER VALE chased off the rail then six wide on the turn and seven wide into the stretch and improved position. HANDSOME JOHN saved ground stalking the pace throughout and weakened in the drive. BONSAIL TREASURE stalked between horses, went three deep on the turn and four wide into the stretch and also weakened. NUTTY SIERRA chased between horses, went four wide on the turn and five wide into the stretch and gave way. BOB'S SNIPER chased off the rail, split horses five wide on the turn, came six wide into the stretch and had nothing left for the drive. STREET PUNK stalked between rivals, was in tight leaving the turn, came out into the stretch and gave way. PETER ALAN dueled between horses then inside, dropped back on the turn, steadied between foes leaving the turn, gave way, was pulled up in the final furlong and walked off.

SEVENTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.09 45.67 57.81 1:04.56


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

4 Great Ma Neri 120 4 4 2–2 1–1 1–2½ 1–3½ Quinonez 27.50
8 Coco Kisses 120 8 6 4–1 4–1½ 3–2 2–nk Fuentes 0.70
2 Lovely Finish 120 2 5 5–hd 6–2 5–1½ 3–nk Elliott 7.00
9 I'm Sassy 124 9 7 3–hd 3–hd 2–hd 4–nk Pereira 2.90
7 Envy 115 7 8 9 9 6–1½ 5–2½ Figueroa 10.60
1 Gone Skyward 120 1 2 1–hd 2–1 4–1 6–3½ Mn Garcia 12.90
6 Rocketann 124 6 3 6–hd 5–½ 7–6 7–10 Pedroza 18.30
5 Slew the Waters 124 5 9 8–3 7–hd 8–hd 8–½ Jude 113.20
3 Monaco Girl 115 3 1 7–3 8–1 9 9 McDaid 123.70

4 GREAT MA NERI 57.00 16.00 7.20
8 COCO KISSES 2.80 2.20
2 LOVELY FINISH 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-4)  $363.60
$1 EXACTA (4-8)  $71.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-8-2-9)  $169.44
$1 TRIFECTA (4-8-2)  $515.90

Winner–Great Ma Neri Grr.f.3 by Reagan Republican out of Geocel's Vismic, by Comic Strip. Bred by George J. Castanares (CA). Trainer: Lorenzo Ruiz. Owner: George J. Castanares. Mutuel Pool $113,696 Daily Double Pool $12,610 Exacta Pool $60,363 Superfecta Pool $39,634 Trifecta Pool $44,430. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (1-4-4) paid $219.60. Pick Three Pool $12,308.

GREAT MA NERI dueled outside a rival, inched away just off the rail on the turn and kicked clear under urging in the stretch. COCO KISSES stalked four wide between horses, split rivals leaving the turn, came three deep into the stretch and edged foes for the place between horses. LOVELY FINISH saved ground stalking the pace, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and got up for the show. I'M SASSY stalked five wide on the backstretch and outside on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and was edged for third. ENVY dropped back off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch, angled in and was edged for a minor award between foes late. GONE SKYWARD dueled inside, stalked along the rail on the turn and weakened in the stretch. ROCKETANN stalked between horses then outside a rival on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and also weakened. SLEW THE WATERS settled a bit off the rail, angled in and saved ground on the backstretch and turn and gave way. MONACO GIRL stalked between horses, dropped back outside a rival on the turn and between foes into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

EIGHTH RACE.

5 Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.75 45.53 58.64


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

5 Clifton Beach 119 5 7 6–hd 5–1½ 5–2 1–nk Espinoza 0.90
2 Billy the Hott 115 2 3 2–1½ 2–1½ 2–2½ 2–½ McDaid 12.70
7 Lucky Wally 120 6 4 3–hd 3–hd 3–1½ 3–4 Roman 9.60
4 The Chadinator 120 4 9 10 9–2 8–6 4–½ E Garcia 112.90
10 Sonic Boy 119 8 10 9–3 7–2 6–hd 5–nk Payeras 42.80
9 E Bradley Cooper 124 7 5 5–3 6–1 7–hd 6–nk Bednar 11.10
1 Chocolate Mess 120 1 1 1–½ 1–hd 1–hd 7–nk Quinonez 7.90
12 Serve Me a Double 124 10 6 4–½ 4–2 4–hd 8–11 Franco 3.20
3 For a Good Cause 115 3 2 8–hd 8–hd 9–hd 9–ns Franco 18.80
11 Crimson Charger 124 9 8 7–1 10 10 10 Harvey 153.80

5 CLIFTON BEACH 3.80 2.60 2.20
2 BILLY THE HOTT 6.20 3.80
7 LUCKY WALLY 4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-5)  $104.00
$1 EXACTA (5-2)  $31.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-2-7-4)  $438.89
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (NO WINNERS)  Carryover $5,593
$1 TRIFECTA (5-2-7)  $274.60

Winner–Clifton Beach B.h.5 by Langfuhr out of Western Rush, by West by West. Bred by Keith Abrahams (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Keith Abrahams. Mutuel Pool $128,061 Daily Double Pool $37,143 Exacta Pool $71,997 Superfecta Pool $52,864 Super High Five Pool $7,484 Trifecta Pool $53,024. Scratched–Eleazar Warrior, Mystic Grey.

$1 Pick Three (4-4-5) paid $224.10. Pick Three Pool $46,800. $1 Pick Four (1-4-4-5/6/8) 4 correct paid $339.20. Pick Four Pool $144,613. 50-Cent Pick Five (4-1-4-4-5/6/8) 5 correct paid $694.90. Pick Five Pool $101,882. $2 Pick Six (1-4-1-4-4-5/6/8) 5 out of 6 paid $56.00. $2 Pick Six (1-4-1-4-4-5/6/8) 6 correct paid $2,543.20. Pick Six Pool $24,228.

CLIFTON BEACH stalked between horses then a bit off the rail on the turn, split horses a sixteenth out and got up inside under urging on the line. BILLY THE HOTT dueled outside a rival, took a short lead past the furlong marker and was edged between foes late. LUCKY WALLY stalked between horses then off the rail on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and finished willingly outside the top pair on the line,. THE CHADINATOR dropped back just off the rail to the stretch and improved position late. SONIC BOY settled off the rail then outside a rival on the turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. E BRADLEY COOPER stalked between horses then off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and also lacked a rally. CHOCOLATE MESS had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back in the stretch and weakened late. SERVE ME A DOUBLE stalked outside, came four wide into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. FOR A GOOD CAUSE dropped back a bit off the rail then inside, saved ground on the turn and into the stretch and gave way. CRIMSON CHARGER stalked between horses then dropped back into and on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

Los Alamitos Race Course Entries for Friday, September 21.

Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 10th day of a 12-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Joejoe's KingdomBrayan Pena118Doug F. O'Neill12-118,000
2Lolly ExpressMartin Pedroza120Mike Puype7-220,000
3Gringo StarHeriberto Figueroa117Steve Knapp4-120,000
4RhettbutlerTiago Pereira122Sam J. Scolamieri4-120,000
5RocinanteTyler Conner122Peter Eurton6-120,000
6Zippy GroomAssael Espinoza117Robert B. Hess, Jr.5-120,000
7ColormemoneyEvin Roman120Doug F. O'Neill5-218,000

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $15,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $10,000-$9,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1South AmericainFranklin Ceballos122George Papaprodromou8-19,000
2Stormin MonarchoHeriberto Figueroa119James A. Davis, III5-110,000
3Sense of GloryAgapito Delgadillo124Rafael Becerra2-110,000
4PappouLuis Fuentes117John W. Sadler6-110,000
5Preacher RoeMartin Pedroza124Jack Carava5-210,000
6Above BoardAssael Espinoza117Vann Belvoir3-19,000

THIRD RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $30,000-$28,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Just Hit PlaySantiago Gonzalez120Steven Miyadi2-128,000
2RunningwscissorsFranklin Ceballos122George Papaprodromou8-130,000
3Laucala IslandLuis Fuentes113Steven Miyadi15-128,000
4Spectator's DreamEdgar Payeras115Jesus Mendoza20-128,000
5You Must ChillAgapito Delgadillo122George Papaprodromou20-130,000
6JonathantoquickAssael Espinoza115Genaro Vallejo4-128,000
7Oracle of OmahaHeriberto Figueroa117Peter Miller6-530,000

FOURTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $12,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $6,250.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Sunset MelodyEdgar Payeras115Marcia Stortz3-16,250
2Complete DiscreetMartin Pedroza120Andrew Lerner4-16,250
3Naughty HaughtyBarrington Harvey124Louis A. Bradvica20-16,250
4Thames ValleyJuan Sanchez124Jesus Nunez20-16,250
5Majestic DivaTiago Pereira124David Bernstein2-16,250
6Papa's LadyMarcial Ramirez124Kelly Castaneda15-16,250
7CheeseChristian Aragon124Angela Maria Aquino8-16,250
8My Ebony StarEfrain Hernandez124Jesus Nunez7-26,250

FIFTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Coalinga HillsSantiago Gonzalez124Martin F. Jones2-116,000
2Creative SparkTiago Pereira120Daniel Dunham4-116,000
3Sharona SunsetHeriberto Figueroa115Marcia Stortz3-116,000
4Dashin AshenEvin Roman124Carlos Cruz Lopez5-116,000
5Mongolian RahyGeovanni Franco120Gerard Piccioni4-116,000
6AnnitasheavenMarcial Ramirez124Antonio Gonzalez20-116,000
7As a RuleRuben Fuentes124Jeff Bonde12-116,000

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Misty SlewAssael Espinoza113Vann Belvoir12-110,500
2My AudubonHeriberto Figueroa117William E. Morey5-210,500
3Angelina's HeavenEdgar Orozco120Carlos Cruz Lopez5-112,500
4FellinaEdgar Payeras114Bobby Wayne Grayson20-110,500
5Lethal LegacyGeovanni Franco124Gary Stute4-112,500
6Inland EmpireMario Gutierrez120Peter Eurton2-112,500
7Sweet TreatEvin Roman122Clifford W. Sise, Jr.5-110,500

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $45,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Gain GroundGeovanni Franco121Philip D'Amato4-1
2Solid WagerHeriberto Figueroa119Peter Miller5-240,000
3Fight OnEvin Roman117Doug F. O'Neill8-1
4Mercer IslandRafael Bejarano121Mark Glatt7-2
5Show Me Da LuteJoseph Talamo124Bob Baffert3-1
6All Out BlitzMartin Garcia117Simon Callaghan8-1
7Mr. OpportunistEdwin Maldonado121Adam Kitchingman15-140,000

EIGHTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1AwepolloniaSantiago Gonzalez118Jorge Periban20-140,000
2Depende de TiAlonso Quinonez122Antonio Garcia8-150,000
3CoiletteStewart Elliott122Mike Puype7-250,000
4Disco TaleGeovanni Franco122Hector O. Palma5-150,000
5Blew by YouBrayan Pena122Daniel Dunham12-150,000
6Tiny TapLuis Fuentes113Peter Miller12-140,000
7Gracie BelleAssael Espinoza117Gary Sherlock5-150,000
8Daddy's MistressHeriberto Figueroa113Steven Miyadi6-140,000
9In the SpotlightTiago Pereira122Dean Pederson9-250,000
10Branjammas CincoMario Gutierrez122Peter Eurton6-150,000

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