Racing! Are you still on holiday today?

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome to our horse racing newsletter as we look a little deeper in the controversy surrounding the banishment of Jerry Hollendorfer.

The controversy over Jerrry Hollendorfer’s ban from all Stronach tracks continues to be the hottest topic in racing. The Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Assn. (HBPA) and the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Assn. (THA) issued a joint statement on the holiday to voice their objection to the lack of due process in the Hollendorfer case.

You can read it for yourself:

“Due process is a fundamental and accepted constitutional right in our country. In a government sanctioned and regulated industry, it is required. Every person in our industry who holds a license to participate is given a right to due process when their livelihood is threatened. We are an industry that operates according to rules and regulations, standards are clear, violations have consequences and we are transparent.

“The situation which occurred recently at Santa Anita from the Stronach Group regarding Jerry Hollendorfer has clearly sidestepped those rights and exemplifies our concerns. By this action, every licensee in racing is on notice of potential arbitrary career-ending actions by racetracks without rules, standards, the right to due process, fundamental fairness and accountability.

“As horsemen, we know that our primary responsibility is the health, welfare and safety of the horse, the integrity of our sport, and the fairness of competition. There is no place in our sport for individuals who cannot accept this commitment. In this regard, racetracks, regulators and horsemen must constantly work together to find solutions to the challenges we face, with honest discussion and transparent decision-making. When decisions are made behind closed doors and without open communication, we create conflict and turmoil at a time when we need to be collectively focused on the betterment of horse racing.

“The HBPA and THA are in lockstep on this issue. We do not intend to stand idly by and let reputations be destroyed, and careers ruined. There must be a fair process that gives our horsemen a right to confront allegations of wrongdoing. In those states where horsemen are not accorded due process by racetracks, we will seek agreements to protect their rights or statutory protections. Our intent is to ensure a fair process. The time we take to do what is right and fair will be an invaluable investment in our industry.”

OK, that’s their point. Let’s go back to what The Stronach Group said the day the ban was placed on the trainer.

“Individuals who do not embrace the new rules and safety measures that put horse and rider safety above all else will have no place at any Stronach Group racetrack. We regret that Mr. Hollendorfer’s record in recent months at both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields has become increasingly challenging and does not match the level of safety and accountability we demand. Effective immediately, Mr. Hollendorfer is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities.”

As for what I think about this, well I’ve tried to put my journalism blinkers on so I can just see what’s real and not be distracted by my or other opinions. So, I’ll continue to strive to see both sides of the story as I continue to report it.

Still, there are a couple things we can all (well, almost all) agree on.

--Being the trainer of four of the 30 dead horses is an incredibly high number. And two additional deaths at Golden Gate is not good by any metric.

--The deaths in the Hollendorfer barn played well into the Stronach Group’s plan to switch the narrative away from itself and onto the trainers.

The remaining question is what will Del Mar do? Will they let Hollendorfer run horses under his own name? Well, I don’t know, but I have a guess.

I think Del Mar is trying to figure out a seamless way to try and let his horses run, but under a different name. Remember the name Art Sherman. Or, assistant trainer Dan Ward. I’m speculating that Del Mar does not want to have to make and announce a decision and that’s what it is working toward. We’ll see.

So, now it’s time to see what you think. We’ve created a poll that you can vote on and we’ll reveal the results in the Monday newsletter. You can vote in the poll by clicking here. You won’t see the results when you vote. We believe you get a truer picture of what people are thinking this way and it discourages multiple votes.

And, I’ve done this in the past with usually good results. Send me your thoughts on this issue in no more than two sentences, preferably one. DON’T GET PERSONAL. DON’T BE MEAN SPIRITED. BE THOUGHTFUL. And I want a real name, not one of those indistinguishable email names. If you have a thought, own it. Put “Hollendorfer” in the subject field and email me at

If I get enough usable ones, they will be in the Monday newsletter.

More on 7f Sire Stats Book

Thanks to all of you who tried for one of the seven free copies of the 7f Sire Rankings. And congrats to those of you who got one of the books. We’re going to do the winners as the United Airlines upgrade list would, where, you can almost always find J CHE as No. 1 on the list that didn’t get the upgrade. And, since we didn’t ask for permission to use the names, this is safer.

B SIM (from Los Angeles); C AGU (Escondido), P ZIG (Valencia), J GRE (Mission Viejo), T MIL (San Marino), C HOL (San Gabriel), D BRO (Bloomfield, NJ).

Now, for those who didn’t win one but still wanted to buy the book, I gave you an incomplete address. You can get the book for $28.95. The address is: The Maiden Man, 150 S. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA, 91502. And, $3 from every book sale goes to CARMA.

Los Alamitos thoroughbred review

The holiday feature, a $45,000 allowance/optional claimer, was won by Catcoa, who ran a smart race off the pace and cruised to an easy two-length win as the favorite.

Catacoa, trained by Anna Meah and ridden by Edwin Maldonado, paid $4.80, $3.40 and $2.40. Charimnslew, who set the pace, was second and Qafilah was third.

Los Alamitos thoroughbred preview

This is the kind of card that makes you think a three-day racing week might not be a bad idea. There are seven races, three with five horses and three with six. First post is 1 p.m.

The feature, based on the high purse of $40,000, is the sixth race, a maiden speial for horses going six furlongs. The favorite is Oil Can Knight, at 7-5, who will be trying for a win for a fifth time. He was second last out in a maiden claimer. Doug O’Neill is the trainer and Abel Cedillo will ride. The horse was bought as a 2-year-old for $80,000.

The second favorite, at 2-1, is Noble Pursuit for John Sadler and Jorge Velez. He’s a first time starter but was $270,000 purchase in 2017 at the Ocala sale. He’s a son of Curlin. Now, Sadler is known for bringing horses along slowly, but probably not as slow as missing his entire 3-year-old season. So, that’s the negative for this well-bred colt.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 6, 5, 5, 6, 5, 6, 10.

Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day

RACE FIVE: No. 3 Sippin’ Sweet Tea (8-1)

Sippin’ Sweet Tea moves up in class for trainer Eoin Harty off a win last out and gets Lasix for the second time, a move that the trainer wins 20% of the time with. The track profile looks to suit this horse perfectly. I especially like the last race notes of “driving” when racing up north implying the distance should be fine. Has a second from two starts at this mile distance. The horse won easy last out splitting horses into the turn and powering down the stretch. We are getting 8-1, the best value today on this entire card.

Thursday’s result: Saints Paynter went gate to wire to give us another big winner at 7-1 ($16.00). Boom!

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.

Los Alamitos nightime weekend preview

It’s time to turn things over to marketing and meda guru Orlando Gutierrez, who will tell us about the upcoming weekend at Los Alamitos. Orlando, the floor is yours.

“A Pick 6 carryover of $7,951 and a trio of races for 2-year-olds in the final three races will highlight Friday’s seven-race program at Los Alamitos. The Pick 6 will start in the second race and with the new money expected to be wagered into the Pick 6, the total pool could be around $30,000. First post is 6:15 p.m.

“On Saturday, the 2018 AQHA champion 3-year-old Hotstepper will make his season debut when he takes on strong cast of older horses in the Grade 3 Independence Day Handicap at 300 yards. Eight races are on tap with a 6:55 p.m. start.

“Hotstepper, a $63,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, enjoyed a solid 2-year-old campaign finishing second in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity, third in the Grade 1 All American Futurity and qualified to the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity. He was superb during his sophomore campaign, winning the Grade 1 All American Derby and then scoring in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby. The son of One Famous Eagle would be named the champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding after a year in which he earned $769,313 of his lifetime $1,254,409 in earnings.

“Trained by Paul Jones after being conditioned by Sleepy Gilbreath last year, Hotstepper has had a solid work tab at Los Alamitos that includes two bullet drills. This includes a 350-yard gate work in 18.0 seconds. He'll make his 2019 debut from the seven with jockey Cody Jensen.

“’This is a nice race to give him his first out of the year,’ Jones said. ‘We're looking to run him in the Go Man Go Handicap (on Sept. 1) and then the Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (on Oct. 13). Our goal with him is the Champion of Champions. The 300 yards is probably not his best distance, but this is a good spot to give him an out.’

“Chance To Fire, an allowance winner in his last start and a horse with a lot of graded stakes appearances in his resume, will also compete in the Independence Day. Recent allowance winner Elicity, a top Utah-bred mare, is another solid runner to watch in this event. Eagles Policy, My Favorite Cartel, Jess Bet Me and Ray Donovan will complete the field.

“The marquee race of the weekend is the Grade 1 $155,100 Vessels Maturity – with an emphasis on Maturity – as three of the major contenders in this race are the 7-year-olds He Looks Hot and BH Lisas Boy and the 6-year-old Zoomin For Spuds. They are the past three winners of the Vessels Maturity. He Looks Hot, who posted the fastest qualifying time in the trials, won the 2016 running. BH Lisas Boy won the 2017 race and Zoomin For Spuds won it last year. The winner earns a provisional berth to this year’s $600,000 Champion of Champions. Nine horses will compete in the Vessels final.”

Ed Burgart’s LA pick of the day

FIFTH RACE: No. 7 Wildness (3-1)

She drops into a much easier spot and gets a positive post change since fourth-place debut three weeks ago when finishing fourth while three lengths behind a rapid winner. After a sluggish start, she found a nice stride crossing the wire and was loaded with energy on the clubhouse turn. She has the most upside in a field where no rival has posted higher than a 66 last-out Trackmaster speed figure.

Final thought

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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, July 4.

Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 3rd day of a 10-day meet. Clear & Fast


1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $40,000-$35,000. Time 23.01 46.60 1:12.03 1:25.25 1:38.78

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

6 King Charlie 113 5 1 3–3½ 3–5 2–½ 2–4 1–ns Velez 2.70
3 Drink 119 2 2 2–4 2–2½ 1–1½ 1–hd 2–4 Pedroza 1.00
5 Super Classic 122 4 4 5 5 4–½ 4–1½ 3–3 Puglisi 19.30
2 Passing 122 1 3 1–½ 1–½ 3–4 3–½ 4–½ Maldonado 1.90
4 Fait Accompli 120 3 5 4–3½ 4–2½ 5 5 5 Pereira 18.40

6 KING CHARLIE 7.40 3.20 2.60
3 DRINK 2.40 2.10
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $10.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-3-5-2)  $3.41
$1 TRIFECTA (6-3-5)  $26.80

Winner–King Charlie Ch.c.3 by Lakerville out of Silber, by Bertrando. Bred by Abrams, Huston Racing Stables, Loverso& Perez (CA). Trainer: Gary Stute. Owner: Bardy Farm, Huston Racing Stable and Loverso, Vincenzo. Mutuel Pool $74,602 Exacta Pool $31,782 Superfecta Pool $12,952 Trifecta Pool $22,264. Scratched–Unbroken Star.

KING CHARLIE settled off the rail, stalked three wide then steadily advanced around the last turn, challenged approaching mid stretch, battled outside rival and gamely got up in the final strides. DRINK was forced out slightly into first bend, stalked outside pacesetter, challenged on the last turn, gained advantage then edged away from off the rail, dug in when engaged, dueled inside winner, held slim lead in deep stretch but was out gamed in final yards. SUPER CLASSIC crossed over and raced inside to second turn, came out then three wide leaving last bend, continued off the rail and proved next best. PASSING drifted out bit into initial turn, came back in and set pace from the inside, had little resistance for rival on the second turn and weakened in the late. FAIT ACCOMPLI drifted out some early, came back in and saved ground chasing the leaders, continued inside and lacked needed response.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.44 45.53 57.08 1:09.55

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

3 Young Hendrick 124 3 1 1–hd 1–½ 1–1½ 1–1 Mn Garcia 0.90
2 Jetovator 120 2 5 2–1½ 2–4 2–10 2–17 Gutierrez 1.80
1 Atomic Candy 113 1 4 5 5 5 3–½ Velez 4.00
5 Northrndancrsghost 124 5 3 4–2½ 3–hd 4–3 4–nk Vergara, Jr. 21.50
4 Tiger On Your Six 122 4 2 3–½ 4–5 3–hd 5 Harvey 12.60

3 YOUNG HENDRICK 3.80 2.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-3)  $17.60
$1 EXACTA (3-2)  $3.50
$1 TRIFECTA (3-2-1)  $8.30

Winner–Young Hendrick B.g.4 by Square Eddie out of Calameera, by Powerscourt (GB). Bred by John Liviakis (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: RM Racing. Mutuel Pool $54,864 Daily Double Pool $14,268 Exacta Pool $23,300 Trifecta Pool $25,665. Scratched–none.

YOUNG HENDRICK had good early foot, contested the pace outside rival into and on the turn, gained upper hand while three wide exiting the bend, continued off the rail and safely held under steady urging. JETOVATOR broke bit slow then rushed up to engage outside rival forced the pace while two wide leaving the turn, continued inside and finished willingly. ATOMIC CANDY also broke slow, settled inside, later shifted out and came four wide into the lane and gained minor award. NORTHRNDANCRSGHOST stalked while outside foe early, continued three wide on the turn and into the stretch and did not threaten. TIGER ON YOUR SIX tracked leaders while bit off the fence, lost contact with top pair around the turn and weakened.


5 Furlongs. Purse: $13,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 22.29 46.04 58.27

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

6 Handsome John 120 6 5 5–1½ 3–1½ 2–hd 1–½ Roman 1.40
1 Moon Juice 124 1 2 1–½ 2–1½ 1–½ 2–4 Flores 2.80
2 Night At the Opera 119 2 4 2–2 1–hd 3–3½ 3–2 Leon 1.40
3 Mr Bingley 120 3 3 4–hd 5–hd 5–1½ 4–2½ Linares 82.00
5 Sonic Boy 124 5 6 6 6 6 5–½ Payeras 47.20
4 Big Bad Ben 124 4 1 3–1 4–1 4–hd 6 Guce 13.40

6 HANDSOME JOHN 4.80 2.80 2.10
1 MOON JUICE 3.20 2.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-6)  $7.80
$1 EXACTA (6-1)  $6.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-1-2-3)  $4.38
$1 TRIFECTA (6-1-2)  $10.10

Winner–Handsome John B.g.3 by Lucky Pulpit out of Two Punch Gal, by Two Punch. Bred by Thomas W Bachman (CA). Trainer: Robert B. Hess, Jr.. Owner: Featherston, Roger, Lambert, Jeff and Prichard, Pete. Mutuel Pool $104,540 Daily Double Pool $6,958 Exacta Pool $53,970 Superfecta Pool $36,888 Trifecta Pool $47,094. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (6-3-6) paid $29.10. Pick Three Pool $21,841.

HANDSOME JOHN settled outside, made steady progress three wide around the turn and into the lane, rallied under left then right handed urging and collared leader late. MOON JUICE quickly sped to the front, set pressured pace from the inside, brushed with rival in upper stretch, edged away but could not stave off winner in final yards. NIGHT AT THE OPERA forced the pace into and on the turn, continued outside leader then three wide into the stretch, brushed with inside rival in upper stretch and gave ground in final eighth. MR BINGLEY was taken off the leader in early going, stalked bit off the rail or two wide and lacked stretch response. SONIC BOY reserved from off the rail, drifted out further in upper stretch and weakened. BIG BAD BEN stalked leaders while three wide, remained on same path to the stretch and also weakened.


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.11 46.17 58.47 1:04.69

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

3 Leading Indicator 120 3 4 6–2½ 4–hd 3–hd 1–½ Espinoza 9.70
4 Flying to the Line 120 4 5 2–1 1–1 2–1½ 2–nk Franco 0.50
6 Second Avenue 122 6 2 3–1½ 2–hd 1–½ 3–2 Maldonado 4.30
1 Dunbow Road 120 1 3 1–hd 3–1½ 4–1½ 4–nk Talamo 8.60
5 Spanish Channel 120 5 1 5–hd 5–2 5–6 5–8 Payeras 12.20
2 Flying Flirt 122 2 6 4–hd 6–½ 6–4 6–10 Pena 13.50
7 Petronilla 113 7 7 7 7 7 7 Diaz, Jr. 51.40

3 LEADING INDICATOR 21.40 4.80 3.40
4 FLYING TO THE LINE 2.60 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-3)  $30.20
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $18.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-4-6-1)  $20.20
$1 TRIFECTA (3-4-6)  $52.30

Winner–Leading Indicator B.f.3 by Clubhouse Ride out of Logical Single, by Singletary. Bred by Harris Farms (CA). Trainer: Dean Pederson. Owner: Harris Farms, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $139,847 Daily Double Pool $11,712 Exacta Pool $75,671 Superfecta Pool $48,981 Trifecta Pool $59,869. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (3-6-3) paid $41.10. Pick Three Pool $13,150.

LEADING INDICATOR stalked from the inside, continued two then three wide into the stretch, rallied under left handed split rivals passing eighth marker then was along in time from the inside. FLYING TO THE LINE bobbled and broke in slightly, quickly recovered and rushed up to engage inside rival, gained control on the turn, came three wide into the lane, fought back inside rival in the drive and regained slim lead then missed from between foes. SECOND AVENUE prompted the pace from the outside, continued prominently four then three wide, poked her nose in front in upper stretch, continued four wide and outside in the drive but was out finished. DUNBOW ROAD dueled from along the rail into the turn, remained inside forcing the pace to the stretch then held for a minor ward. SPANISH CHANNEL caught three deep leaving the backstretch, remained on same path on the turn then came four wide into the lane and finished willingly. FLYING FLIRT was off step slow, stalked from along the rail, was in tight and dropped back nearing three-eighths and never rallied. PETRONILLA hopped at the start to be off behind the field, chased outside then four wide on the turn, came in some late but never menaced.


5 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 22.63 45.97 57.94

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

1 Bluegrass Faith 122 1 2 1–1½ 1–½ 1–2½ 1–3 Franco 4.10
6 Fly the Sky 115 5 4 4–5 3–1 3–hd 2–ns Velez 1.60
3 Hot Socks 115 2 1 2–1 2–1½ 2–½ 3–2 Diaz, Jr. 4.80
4 Pour On the Cole 122 3 3 3–hd 4–4 4–5 4–5 Prat 1.30
5 Shez a Grinder 119 4 5 5 5 5 5 Roman 39.00

1 BLUEGRASS FAITH 10.20 3.80 3.40
6 FLY THE SKY 2.80 2.40
3 HOT SOCKS 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-1)  $83.80
$1 EXACTA (1-6)  $12.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-6-3-4)  $4.74
$1 TRIFECTA (1-6-3)  $34.60
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (3-2)  $24.80

Winner–Bluegrass Faith Dbb.g.2 by Bluegrass Cat out of Faith Colleen, by Beau Genius. Bred by Ballena Vista Farm (CA). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Robison, J. Kirk and Judy. Mutuel Pool $127,322 Daily Double Pool $13,790 Exacta Pool $50,698 Superfecta Pool $24,368 Trifecta Pool $36,315. Scratched–Mainframe Judy.

$1 Pick Three (6-3-1) paid $64.30. Pick Three Pool $22,175. $1 Consolation Pick Three (6-3-2) paid $16.00. $1 Pick Four (3-6-3-1) 4 correct paid $169.00. Pick Four Pool $66,478. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-3-6-3-1) 5 correct paid $564.55. Pick Five Pool $225,015.

BLUEGRASS FAITH quickly stepped to clear lead, checked momentarily early on the turn, had lead dissolve, continued inside then shook free in upper stretch and proved best under steady handling. FLY THE SKY stalked from the outside, moved up four wide on the turn, caught five wide entering the stretch, rallied from the outside and nailed rival in final jump for second. HOT SOCKS moved up from between rivals, forced the pace outside winner around the bend, came three wide into the lane, lost contact with winner in the drive then lost place in final stride. POUR ON THE COLE three wide and between foes on the turn, caught four wide exiting the bend, gradually angled over through the drive and lost ground late. SHEZ A GRINDER was off bit slow, saved ground chasing the pace and never menaced.


7 Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,000. Time 22.59 45.48 1:10.13 1:22.34

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

7 Sergio 124 7 1 4–hd 4–½ 1–1½ 1–3 Gutierrez 3.40
1 War Union 122 1 3 1–½ 1–2½ 2–½ 2–ns Pena 15.60
4 Alfareed 124 4 8 6–½ 5–3 3–½ 3–1¼ Pereira 0.80
5 Captain N. Barron 124 5 2 2–hd 2–2 4–3½ 4–3½ Figueroa 19.70
6 Drill Time 120 6 5 5–hd 3–hd 5–4 5–2 Roman 7.60
2 Gryffindor 124 2 7 7–hd 7–1½ 6–4 6–9 Payeras 18.70
8 Lucky Patrick 117 8 4 3–1½ 6–1½ 7–2 7–4 Velez 7.50
3 Nations Hope 120 3 6 8 8 8 8 Guce 49.60

7 SERGIO 8.80 4.60 2.80
1 WAR UNION 8.00 4.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-7)  $61.80
$1 EXACTA (7-1)  $82.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-1-4-5)  $213.08
$1 TRIFECTA (7-1-4)  $237.70

Winner–Sergio B.g.5 by Broken Vow out of Silver Breeze, by Silver Deputy. Bred by Sally J. Andersen (FL). Trainer: Shelbe Ruis. Owner: Ruis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $128,787 Daily Double Pool $12,400 Exacta Pool $71,115 Superfecta Pool $51,727 Trifecta Pool $55,762. Claimed–Alfareed by Little Red Feather Racing and Baltas, Richard. Trainer: Richard Baltas. Claimed–Drill Time by Aldrich, Frank and Susie, CM Racing and Miyadi, Steven. Trainer: Steven Miyadi. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (3-1-7) paid $181.70. Pick Three Pool $23,385. $1 Consolation Pick Three (3-2-7) paid $46.50.

SERGIO stalked from between foes, advanced three then four wide into the stretch, rallied under right handed urging, led nearing eighth marker then drew clear. WAR UNION was sent to the front, stretched lead leaving the backstretch, drifted out in upper stretch, was overtaken in the drive but gamely lasted fort second. ALFAREED was squeezed at the start, came out early, stalked four then five wide into the stretch, lugged inward in the drive and was turned back for the place. CAPTAIN N. BARRON broke inward slightly, between rivals early, stalked three wide on the turn and into the lane and weakened from the inside. DRILL TIME three wide and between rivals early, secured the inside on the turn, remained along the rail and lacked needed response. GRYFFINDOR stalked early from the inside then along the rail, came out some while dropping back and weakened. LUCKY PATRICK close up early from the outside, stalked from well off the rail and also weakened. NATIONS HOPE broke out slightly, chased while outside rival, angled out some and four wide into the stretch and faded.


1 Mile. Purse: $45,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 23.75 47.16 1:11.99 1:24.43 1:37.27

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

3 Catoca 122 3 4 3–1 2–hd 2–2½ 1–hd 1–2 Maldonado 1.40
2 Charmingslew 121 2 3 1–1 1–1½ 1–1 2–2½ 2–2 Talamo 6.70
1 Qafilah 121 1 1 2–hd 3–1 4–2½ 3–1½ 3–2 Franco 2.40
5 Pacific Strike 121 5 2 4–1 4–1½ 3–hd 4–2 4–1¾ Gryder 4.60
4 Watheeqa 124 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 Pereira 4.30

3 CATOCA 4.80 3.40 2.40
2 CHARMINGSLEW 6.00 2.80
1 QAFILAH (IRE) 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-3)  $31.60
$1 EXACTA (3-2)  $13.70
$1 TRIFECTA (3-2-1)  $30.20

Winner–Catoca B.f.4 by Lemon Drop Kid out of Catrageous, by Tale of the Cat. Bred by Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY). Trainer: Anna Meah. Owner: Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Ackerman Racing, LLC and Marasa, William. Mutuel Pool $103,661 Daily Double Pool $9,625 Exacta Pool $39,942 Trifecta Pool $34,325. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (1-7-3) paid $98.50. Pick Three Pool $32,856.

CATOCA content to track pacesetter while outside rival,, advanced three wide on the last turn, reached the front under asking approaching eighth marker and edged away late under urging. CHARMINGSLEW was sent up from bit off the rail to grab control on the initial turn, set uncontested pace on two wide path into the lane, resisted when challenged but could not match winner in final sixteenth. QAFILAH (IRE) stalked from the inside, remained along the rail into and through the stretch and pulled away from rival late to prove next best. PACIFIC STRIKE four wide early then came in bit on the first turn, tracked pace three wide, moved up some around last turn and into the lane but weakened in the drive. WATHEEQA settled inside, saved ground to second turn, angled out later on that bend and failed to threaten.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 21.58 44.84 56.81 1:09.36

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

5 Saints Paynter 120 5 2 1–1 1–½ 1–1½ 1–3½ Pereira 7.00
6 Amatara 120 6 1 2–hd 2–1 2–2½ 2–1½ Delgadillo 7.80
2 Shocking Fast 120 2 6 5–1 4–½ 3–1 3–2½ Mn Garcia 2.60
4 Busy Paynter 120 4 3 4–1½ 3–½ 4–4 4–1¾ Gryder 5.70
1 Full Eclipse 113 1 5 9 7–3 6–1½ 5–1¾ Diaz, Jr. 29.20
3 Kohala Coast 120 3 7 6–½ 6–2 7–8 6–3½ Roman 82.00
8 Raneem 120 8 4 3–hd 5–2½ 5–1 7–15 Talamo 1.20
7 Noble Girl 120 7 8 7–1½ 8–2 8–3 8–10 Franco 85.70
9 Lady Wedad 120 9 9 8–1 9 9 9 Maldonado 46.90

5 SAINTS PAYNTER 16.00 7.40 4.80
6 AMATARA 8.20 5.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-5)  $59.20
$1 EXACTA (5-6)  $51.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-6-2-4)  $90.33
$1 TRIFECTA (5-6-2)  $227.10

Winner–Saints Paynter B.f.3 by Paynter out of French Line, by Boundary. Bred by Needham, Halecky & Blackburn (KY). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: Christopher St. Hilaire. Mutuel Pool $176,917 Daily Double Pool $17,601 Exacta Pool $88,553 Superfecta Pool $67,276 Trifecta Pool $69,433. Scratched–Cherished.

$1 Pick Three (7-3-5) paid $122.20. Pick Three Pool $22,990.

SAINTS PAYNTER quickly sped to front, set pace from bit off the rail into and around the turn, turned back rival in upper stretch and powered away under strong handling. AMATARA led pace pursuers into the turn while three wide, advanced around the bend, challenged outside winner passing quarter, was turned away through the drive but clearly held second. SHOCKING FAST settled between rivals, moved up three wide around the turn, continued on same path into the stretch, did not threaten top pair later in the drive but padded margin for the show. BUSY PAYNTER forced the early issue from between foes, secured the rail early on the turn, remained inside thereafter and safely held for minor award. FULL ECLIPSE settled inside, hugged the rail around the bend and into the stretch and failed to threaten leading quartet. KOHALA COAST chased from off the rail, continued on three wide path around the turn and weakened some in the drive. RANEEM settled well off the rail, moved up some while four wide around the turn, loomed on same path in upper stretch but gave way readily in the final three-eighths. NOBLE GIRL reserved while three wide, remained on same path on the turn, came out further leaving the bend and weakened. LADY WEDAD settled outside, chased four wide into the bend, angled over early on the turn, remained inside and lacked any rally.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.89 45.69 58.48 1:11.48

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

7 Irish Ballad 124 6 5 6–hd 2–½ 1–1½ 1–3 Payeras 13.50
9 Winding 120 8 3 3–1 3–hd 3–3 2–2 Bednar 6.60
5 Golden Image 120 4 9 9–1½ 8–2 6–½ 3–½ Roman 1.80
4 Lorelei's Warrior 120 3 7 8–1 9–½ 8–1½ 4–1¼ Velez 50.50
2 Siculo 120 2 1 1–1 1–1½ 2–hd 5–½ Franco 4.00
10 Alfonso C 122 9 4 4–1 6–hd 4–hd 6–1½ Pena 18.20
1 Mighty Elijah 124 1 10 7–2½ 5–1½ 7–1 7–½ Pereira 4.90
8 R B Eye 113 7 8 10 10 10 8–1½ Diaz, Jr. 6.60
6 Muscle Head 120 5 2 2–hd 4–1½ 5–½ 9–nk Espinoza 19.50
11 Baja Warrior 122 10 6 5–hd 7–½ 9–½ 10 Iniguez 109.00

7 IRISH BALLAD 29.00 13.00 5.80
9 WINDING 6.80 4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-7)  $233.40
$1 EXACTA (7-9)  $87.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-9-5-4)  $559.34
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-9-5-4-2)  Carryover $5,461
$1 TRIFECTA (7-9-5)  $431.70

Winner–Irish Ballad Dbb.c.4 by Acclamation out of Exasperated, by In Excess (IRE). Bred by Old English Rancho & Berumen (CA). Trainer: Ruben Gomez. Owner: Derby, Susan and Folgner, Gary. Mutuel Pool $170,552 Daily Double Pool $45,041 Exacta Pool $100,272 Superfecta Pool $72,972 Super High Five Pool $7,155 Trifecta Pool $78,974. Scratched–Love and Hold, Royal Blue Grass.

$1 Pick Three (3-5-7) paid $332.70. Pick Three Pool $82,092. $1 Pick Four (7-3-5-7) 4 correct paid $1,791.20. Pick Four Pool $333,280. $2 Pick Six (3-1-7-3-5-7) 5 out of 6 paid $4,808.00. Pick Six Pool $41,999. Pick Six Carryover $22,438.

IRISH BALLAD settled off the rail, angled over leaving the backstretch, advanced around the turn, reached the front passing three-sixteenths marker and drew clear under urging. WINDING forwardly placed early, stalked four wide, came out further entering the lane, rallied under strong handling from the outside and gained the place. GOLDEN IMAGE bobbled in a slow start, chased from between rivals, angled in some in upper stretch, split rivals then closed with a rush in final sixteenth to secure the show. LORELEI'S WARRIOR settled bit off the rail, shifted out on the turn, caught five wide into the stretch then rallied strongly from outside in final eighth to improve placing. SICULO quickly sped to the front, set pace while bit off the fence, drifted out leaving the turn, came out further in upper stretch, was overtaken and weakened in the final sixteenth. ALFONSO C chased from the outside, continued five then four wide to the stretch and lacked needed response. MIGHTY ELIJAH was off slow and bit awkward, moved up from the inside into and early on the turn, continued along the rail and failed to sustain effort. R B EYE three deep early, remained off the rail then four wide leaving the turn and failed to menace. MUSCLE HEAD had good early foot, attended the pace from outside leader, remained three then four wide into the lane but had little left for the drive. BAJA WARRIOR angled over nearing the turn, chased three wide on the bend and gave way through the stretch.

Los Alamitos Race Course Entries for Friday, July 5.

Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 4th day of a 10-day meet.


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Midnight BanditMartin Pedroza124Jack Carava2-150,000
2Calder ValeEdgar Payeras120Ricardo Zamora10-150,000
3L'EngineerEvin Roman120Milton G. Pineda8-150,000
4Big Bad GaryAbel Cedillo124Ruben Gomez5-250,000
5Here I Go IndyRamon Guce120Robert A. Bean10-150,000
6Afternoon HeatGeovanni Franco120Jerry Hollendorfer9-550,000


1 Mile. Purse: $14,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $8,000-$7,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Lead StarAgapito Delgadillo118Jerry Wallace, II3-17,000
2Gray AdmiralEvin Roman121Vann Belvoir5-18,000
3FishelJuan Sanchez124Jesus Nunez8-18,000
4Point GuardBrayan Pena124Reed Saldana9-58,000
5Jump the TracksJose Leon116Reed Saldana8-58,000


6 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Blew by YouEvin Roman120Daniel Dunham20-116,000
2WhirlingJ.C. Diaz, Jr.115George Papaprodromou9-514,000
3FracasJorge Velez115Craig Dollase5-214,000
4Chay Up and AwayEdwin Maldonado124Paul G. Aguirre2-116,000
5Red StichMartin Garcia124Kristin Mulhall3-116,000


6 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Oil Can KnightAbel Cedillo120Doug F. O'Neill7-5
2General McCarthyAssael Espinoza120Vann Belvoir10-1
3Noble PursuitJorge Velez117John W. Sadler2-1
4Love and HoldJohnny Allen120Oscar Heredia20-1
5SharpshootingeorgeEdgar Payeras120Jesus Mendoza10-1
6The Longest NightMartin Garcia120Philip D'Amato5-2


1 Mile. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1ReinahermosaEdgar Payeras121Ricardo Zamora6-112,500
2NorwegianJ.C. Diaz, Jr.110Michael W. McCarthy9-512,500
3Sippin' Sweet TeaAbel Cedillo117Eoin G. Harty8-112,500
4Topaz TimeAgapito Delgadillo124Paul G. Aguirre8-512,500
5Blueberry PrincessDiego Sanchez117Hector O. Palma3-112,500


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $19,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Empress of LovJose Leon119Craig Dollase10-110,000
2Red Livy J.C. Diaz, Jr.117Rafael DeLeon6-110,000
3Angels N DevildogsAaron Gryder124John F. Martin4-110,000
4Sturdy OneAgapito Delgadillo124Jerry Hollendorfer2-1
5Todos SantosTiago Pereira124Steve Knapp7-2
6DurangaJorge Velez117Peter Miller5-2


6 Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1ThanksEdwin Maldonado120Robert B. Hess, Jr.9-220,000
2Lala FleurSalvador Iniguez124Valeri Georgiev30-120,000
3Tip Tap TimeEswan Flores120Hector O. Palma20-120,000
4Aleda LutzJorge Velez113Steven Miyadi5-120,000
5Mongolian MidnightMartin Garcia124Enebish Ganbat20-120,000
6Laker JetAbel Cedillo120Doug F. O'Neill6-120,000
7Hansen Tale BluesGeovanni Franco124Victor L. Garcia6-120,000
8DarpaJoseph Talamo124John W. Sadler5-220,000
9Magnificent Q TAssael Espinoza124James M. Cassidy4-120,000
10Tengs WonderJ.C. Diaz, Jr.117Vann Belvoir15-120,000

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