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Racing! Previewing Los Alamitos’ big day

Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Rob Henie tries to make sense of the big Caribbean Card series at Gulfstream.

Saturday is the best day of three Los Alamitos meetings. There are two Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds. First, as the fifth rac,e is the $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for colts, and the seventh race is the $300,000 Starlet Stakes for fillies.

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But after this year the Futurity is being downgraded to a Grade 2. This is pretty ridiculous given the good horses that have come out of this race. We’re guessing one of the big negatives to the continued elevated status is that the fields have been too short.

I talked to Bob Baffert about it, and he was none too happy. You can read comments and a preview of the Futurity by just clicking here.

The favorite in the Futurity is Baffert’s Improbable, who has won both his races, including the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs by 7¼ lengths. Even though Improbable has won at a mile, it was at Churchill Downs, where the mile is a one-turn race.

Baffert is confident that Improbable can make the 1 1/16-mile race easily, but, as he says, you never know.

“I think you find out if they like two turns even if you think you already know,” Baffert said. “But with every horse there is usually this kernel of doubt for a few seconds where you wonder if they will hit the imaginary wall or keep going. … But you find the real distance limitations at 1 1/8 [miles].”

In the Starlet, Baffert has the top two favorites in Chasing Yesterday (7-5) and Mother Mother (2-1). About being asked about Chasing Yesterday, Baffert first started talking about Mother Mother.

“Mother Mother, I felt wasn’t ready for the Breeders’ Cup,” Baffert said. “First out, she ran incredible [winning by 6½], but then she came back a little light on me.”

Baffert then ran her in the Del Mar Debutante, where she finished second to the talented Bellafina. She then went a mile winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Chasing Yesterday is the half sister to American Pharoah. “But we don’t think about that,” Baffert said.

So, we’ll see what happens at Los Alamitos on Saturday while hoping for, but not expecting, a very big crowd.

Weekly handicapping lesson

Here’s our weekly contribution from Rob Henie of the West Coast Handicapping Report and the East Coast Handicapping Report. The thinking in providing his commentary is if you can know and understand the strategies, it will make you a better handicapper.

Today’s lesson is from the fourth race at Gulfstream. The floor is yours, Rob.

“This is a minor stakes race at a mile. This is a group of 2-year-olds going a mile, late in the year, and we’re looking for well meant runners who appear to be pointed to this event. It’s more appealing than runners whose connections are simply running on a whim due to recent good form, as exemplified by MADDY’S LAST DANCE, who’s run four times since September, including four weeks ago, and now turning to this stakes race as well as being asked to run longer. Top selection is UNION’S DESTINY (#3). Contrary to the example we just showed, this guy hasn’t been out since August and certainly in the past three weeks there were plenty of opportunities if ‘needing the race,’ was the motivation especially since he’s never gone long. So, we can easily deduce, he’s ready today, pointed to this race, the distance and tougher company. We can also ascertain, he fired in his racing debut, thus, even more likely to fire fresh. GARTER AND TIE (#5) will be a shorter price, but worthy of inclusion. He ran super when stretched out in late September, freshened, and he too has been pointed to this specific event. Tyler is riding so well these days, always a good sign, and a win is easy to find. (For another example of a horse, not pointed to the race but running, see #7 SOUPER JACKPOT below.

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“Hot / Cold Race Trend: none yet

“Win Contenders (order of preference): 3-5

“X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 2,4

“Negative Notes:

“6 Arrivederia — Placement is simply poor off the maiden win.

“7 Souper Jackpot — Only 3-1 on the morning line, but we need to try and beat. Yes, he comes off a maiden win, but it’s likely had he lost, he would have been stretched out against maidens. But the win demands he faces winners, and this spot likely was on a whim, a ‘let’s see what we’ve got’ type of mentality. Mark Casse, Irad Ortiz Jr., shorter price, and we’re trying to beat, siding with a pair of horses actually pointed to this offering.

“TOP PICK: UNION’S DESTINY (#3 8-1 Olivero)

“SECOND CHOICE: GARTER AND TIE (#5 8-5 Gaffalione)

The West Coast Handicapping Report can be found at http://www.westcoasthorseracing.com It has been endorsed by leading trainers, handicappers and industry sources.

Los Alamitos thoroughbred review

Friday’s feature was taken by favorite Just Grazed Me in a six-furlong race for fillies and mares. She really didn’t have much trouble winning by four lengths without being asked from mid-stretch to the wire. Phil D’Amato is the trainer and Tyler Baze was the jockey.

Just Grazed Me paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10. Family Girl was second and Time for Ebby was third.

The 3-year-old Cal-bred filly may be pointed to the La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, a big step up.

In a bit of difficult news, two horses did not finish the fifth race. Miss Dialed fell on the turn without being involved in an incident. The stewards reported she died on the track. Usually, it means a heart-related issue, but a necropsy will be performed. The favorite, Reachreachreach, was pulled up on the turn but walked off on her own, always a good sign.

Los Alamitos thoroughbred preview

Well, we did all the previewing up top, so you can catch the info there. There are nine races with the first at 12:30 p.m. There are three 1-mile races and three at 5½ furlongs. Four of the races are claimers. The Futurity is about 2:30 p.m. and the Starlet around 3:30 p.m.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 6, 7, 12, 9, 6, 10, 6, 12, 10.

Big races preview

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A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Saturday. All times PST.

11:00 Laurel (4): $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity, Mar-bred 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Scrap Copper (2-1)

11:17 Aqueduct (5): $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Vertical Oak (1-1)

11:30 Laurel (5): $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, Mar-bred fillies 2-years-old, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Belial (2-1)

12:24 Fair Grounds (5): $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes, La-bred fillies 2-years-old, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Midnight Fantasy (7-5)

12:46 Gulfstream (9): $114,000 Caribbean Cup Speed, 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: La Polla (3-1)

1:16 Gulfstream (10): $100,000 Confraternity Caribbean Cup, 3 and up, 1¼ miles. Favorite: Jala Jala (9-5)

1:24 Fair Grounds (7): $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes, La-bred 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Classy John (9-5)

1:38 Woodbine (8): $100,000 Display Stakes, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: The Boss Factor (2-1)

1:50 Gulfstream (11): $124,000 Lady Caribbean Cup, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Kukulkan (3-5)

1:53 Fair Grounds (8): $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf Stakes, La-breds 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Favorite: In the Navy (3-1)

2:22 Fair Grounds (9): $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, La-breds 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Underpressure (5-2)

2:28 Los Alamitos (5): Grade 1 $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Improbable (6-5)

2:51 Fair Grounds (10): $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf Stakes, La-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Favorite: Viva Vegas (5-2)

3:20 Fair Grounds (11): $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes, La-breds 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Monte Man (7-5)

3:28 Los Alamitos (7): Grade 1 $300,000 Starlet Stakes, fillies 2 years old, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Chasing Yesterday (7-5)

3:49 Fair Grounds (12): $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint Stakes, La-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Minit to Stardom (9-5)

Jose Contreras LRC play of the day

SEVENTH RACE: No. 1 Vibrance (5-2)

She settled behind the leaders and then made a middle move to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. I like that she has steadily improved in each start and that she gave it a good effort in the Breeders’ Cup proving that the travel wasn’t a concern. She’s got enough speed to get into a good position going into the first turn and I think that’s the key to getting the best trip in this race.

Friday’s result: El Asesino broke alertly, ran wide but was never able to muster a challenge and finished 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.

Ed Burgart’s LA play of the day

FOURTH RACE: No. 3 Flashy Moon Pie (4-1)

This filly drops from the straight maiden ranks into a maiden $6,250 claimer, adds blinkers and gets off the rail. She had uncomfortable trip when breaking slow in last seventh-place outing and was only ½ length behind earlier maiden winner Sad Face Emoji in prior 12.5 gate drill. She has plenty of upside in third career start and only second trip postward in seven months.

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And now the stars of the show, Friday’s results and Saturday’s entries.

Los Alamitos Race Course Charts Results for Friday, December 7.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 2nd day of a 8-day meet. Clear & Good

FIRST RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.95 45.43 57.62 1:04.34


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

5 Mi Pajarito 122 4 2 1–½ 2–1 1–½ 1–½ Flores 1.30
1 Here'slookinatya 117 1 3 3–hd 1–½ 2–1 2–1½ Figueroa 0.90
2 Tell My Fortune 119 2 4 4–2 3–½ 3–10 3–14 Payeras 4.20
4 Derby Treasure 115 3 5 5 5 4–hd 4–5 Fuentes 31.10
6 Novafactum 117 5 1 2–½ 4–2 5 5 McDaid 44.50

5 MI PAJARITO 4.60 2.20
1 HERE'SLOOKINATYA 2.20
2 TELL MY FORTUNE
$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $3.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-1-2-4)  $0.74
$1 TRIFECTA (5-1-2)  $5.50

Winner–Mi Pajarito B.f.3 by Grace Upon Grace out of Sweet Patricia, by Street Cry (IRE). Bred by Terry C. Lovingier (CA). Trainer: Jorge Periban. Owner: Diamante, Alan R., Periban, Jorge and Reyes, Ismael. Mutuel Pool $50,765 Exacta Pool $37,204 Superfecta Pool $18,445 Trifecta Pool $24,862. Scratched–Cal Pack Queen.

MI PAJARITO sped to the early lead, set the pace then dueled a bit off the rail and outside the runner-up on the turn, came three deep into the stretch, fought back to a short advantage in midstretch, drifted in a bit nearing the furlong marker and gamely prevailed under left handed urging. HERE'SLOOKINATYA stalked inside then bid along the fence on the turn to take a short lead, came out some into the stretch, fought back just off the rail through the drive and continued gamely to the wire. TELL MY FORTUNE stalked outside a rival then inside on the turn, bid along the rail in the stretch and continued willingly to best the others. DERBY TREASURE chased off the rail, came three deep into the stretch and had little left for the drive. NOVAFACTUM four wide early, pressed the pace outside then stalked on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and gave way.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $25,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 22.18 44.39 55.92 1:07.87


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

1 Heartfullofstars 122 1 5 5 1–1 1–2½ 1–3½ Franco 3.60
4 Kochees 122 3 2 3–½ 2–½ 2–2 2–5 Gutierrez 3.30
6 El Asesino 115 5 1 4–1 4–hd 4–½ 3–2 Espinoza 3.90
3 Monydontspenitself 122 2 4 1–hd 3–1½ 3–hd 4–¾ Talamo 7.80
5 Boy Howdy 117 4 3 2–hd 5 5 5 Figueroa 1.30

1 HEARTFULLOFSTARS 9.20 4.80 3.00
4 KOCHEES 4.60 2.80
6 EL ASESINO 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)  $30.00
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $14.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-6-3)  $10.51
$1 TRIFECTA (1-4-6)  $38.00

Winner–Heartfullofstars Dbb.g.3 by Astrology out of Nothing But Heart, by Officer. Bred by Terrazas Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY). Trainer: Gary Sherlock. Owner: Warren, Craig and Deanne and Sherlock, Gary. Mutuel Pool $94,535 Daily Double Pool $15,979 Exacta Pool $44,010 Superfecta Pool $14,153 Trifecta Pool $23,813. Scratched–Treasure Hunter.

HEARTFULLOFSTARS stalked inside, bid along the rail leaving the turn to gain the lead, came off the rail in upper stretch while clear, drifted out some in midstretch and proved best under left handed urging. KOCHEES dueled between horses then three deep leaving the turn and into the stretch and was clearly second best. EL ASESINO broke in a bit, pressed the pace four wide then stalked outside leaving the turn, came five wide into the stretch, drifted in some and bested the others. MONYDONTSPENITSELF had speed between foes then dueled inside, battled between horses leaving the turn, continued a bit off the rail into the stretch, drifted to the inside in the final furlong and weakened. BOY HOWDY dueled three deep between horses then stalked leaving the turn, came four wide into the stretch, drifted in some and also weakened.

THIRD RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $12,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $6,250. Time 22.20 45.18 56.93 1:03.14


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

2 Doc Curlin 119 1 5 2–1 2–1½ 1–hd 1–ns Espinoza 3.10
4 Royal Seeker 117 3 6 5–1 4–½ 3–½ 2–1¾ Fuentes 15.50
3 Ultra Fame 119 2 1 1–hd 1–½ 2–1 3–nk Figueroa 3.30
6 Kristo 119 5 2 3–½ 3–hd 4–1½ 4–1¼ Payeras 9.20
7 Love My Bud 124 6 3 6 6 5–1 5–4 Fuentes 0.80
5 Air Pocket 117 4 4 4–hd 5–1½ 6 6 Orduna-Rojas 62.20

2 DOC CURLIN 8.20 4.20 3.60
4 ROYAL SEEKER 10.20 5.20
3 ULTRA FAME 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-2)  $51.60
$1 EXACTA (2-4)  $42.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-4-3-6)  $44.20
$1 TRIFECTA (2-4-3)  $119.00

Winner–Doc Curlin Ch.g.6 by Curlin out of Jasmine Jewel, by Mr. Greeley. Bred by Mary A. Sullivan (KY). Trainer: Robert B. Hess, Jr.. Owner: James W. Clarke. Mutuel Pool $93,535 Daily Double Pool $9,620 Exacta Pool $59,650 Superfecta Pool $32,862 Trifecta Pool $45,421. Claimed–Love My Bud by Martin Jones. Trainer: Martin Jones. Scratched–Indavidualist.

$1 Pick Three (5-1-2) paid $90.20. Pick Three Pool $21,355.

DOC CURLIN stalked inside then bid alongside a rival to press the pace, came out into the stretch, battled three deep through the drive, took a short lead nearing the furlong marker, drifted in a bit late and held gamely under urging. ROYAL SEEKER between horses early, angled in and stalked along the rail, bid from the fence in the stretch and continued willingly to the wire. ULTRA FAME angled in and dueled inside, came off the rail into the stretch, fought back between foes through the drive and was in a bit tight late. KRISTO stalked three deep then outside on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and was edged for third. LOVE MY BUD hopped some at the start, chased off the rail then three deep on the turn and four wide into the stretch and was outfinished. AIR POCKET stalked between horses on the backstretch and turn and weakened in the drive.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $25,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 24.14 47.75 1:11.17 1:23.21 1:35.53


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

3 Arch Prince 124 3 2 3–1 5–½ 3–hd 1–½ 1–nk Quinonez 3.80
5 DQ–Clear the Mine 117 5 5 6 2–1 1–1 2–3 2–7 Fuentes 6.90
2 Ky. Colonel 124 2 3 2–1 3–1 2–hd 3–1½ 3–¾ Prat 5.00
6 Just Kidding 119 6 6 5–hd 6 5–½ 5–hd 4–nk Espinoza 1.90
4 Muchos Besos 124 4 4 4–½ 4–hd 6 6 5–5 Flores 15.40
1 Impression 124 1 1 1–1 1–hd 4–1½ 4–hd 6 Pedroza 2.40

3 ARCH PRINCE 9.60 4.40 3.20
2 KY. COLONEL 6.00 4.60
5 DQ–CLEAR THE MINE 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-3)  $64.80
$1 EXACTA (3-2)  $40.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-2-5-6)  $47.44
$1 TRIFECTA (3-2-5)  $201.30

Winner–Arch Prince Dbb.g.4 by Arch out of Westling, by Gone West. Bred by Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY). Trainer: Brian J. Koriner. Owner: E-Racing.Com. Mutuel Pool $128,129 Daily Double Pool $10,310 Exacta Pool $76,262 Superfecta Pool $35,435 Trifecta Pool $51,907. Scratched–none. DQ–#5 Clear the Mine–finished 2nd, disqualified, placed 3rd.

$1 Pick Three (1-2-3) paid $184.70. Pick Three Pool $11,614.

ARCH PRINCE stalked off the rail then outside a rival leaving the backstretch and into the second turn, came out four wide into the stretch, bid alongside the runner-up to gain the lead in the drive and gamely prevailed under urging. CLEAR THE MINE angled in on the first turn and stalked inside, bid along the rail leaving the backstretch, gained the lead on the second turn, drifted out into the stretch, fought back, drifted out again from the whip nearing midstretch, drifted in late and continued willingly. KY. COLONEL stalked off the rail then bid outside a rival on the backstretch and three deep on the second turn and into the stretch, steadied in tight off heels nearing midstretch and held third. JUST KIDDING four wide into the first turn, chased outside then three deep, came four wide into the stretch and was edged for the show. MUCHOS BESOS four wide into the first turn, angled in and stalked outside a rival then inside on the second turn, split horses into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. IMPRESSION took the early lead and set the pace off the rail, dueled off the fence on the backstretch and between foes on the second turn, was in tight off heels into the stretch and weakened. A claim of foul by the rider of IMPRESSION against the winner for alleged interference into the stretch was not allowed by the stewards, who ruled the incident did not alter the original order of finish. Following a stewards' inquiry, CLEAR THE MINE was disqualified and placed third for interference nearing midstretch. HALF MILE HAND TIMED.

FIFTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Time 22.06 45.85 57.93 1:04.43


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

10 Tiz a Master 117 9 1 4–hd 4–hd 1–1½ 1–4 Figueroa 0.80
9 Suezaaana 122 8 9 6–3 6–6 2–1 2–3 Bednar 20.00
7 Awepollonia 122 6 6 5–2½ 5–1 3–hd 3–3 Martinez 13.00
1 Warrensrollingdice 122 1 5 1–hd 1–hd 4–3 4–7 Gryder 19.40
2 Tizbuds Princess 115 2 7 3–½ 3–1 5–½ 5–2½ Fuentes 74.10
4 Hinini 122 4 4 7–hd 7–2 7–5 6–2½ Flores 23.30
3 Six Eighteen 117 3 3 2–1 2–1½ 6–4 7–4 Payeras 44.60
8 Loonar Secrets 117 7 10 9 9 8 8 McDaid 55.00
11 Miss Dialed 122 10 8 8–4 8–1 dnf Harvey 115.30
6 Reachreachreach 122 5 2 dnf T Baze 1.60

10 TIZ A MASTER 3.60 2.60 2.20
9 SUEZAAANA 11.00 5.40
7 AWEPOLLONIA 3.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-10)  $21.40
$1 EXACTA (10-9)  $23.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (10-9-7-1)  $80.05
$1 TRIFECTA (10-9-7)  $140.00

Winner–Tiz a Master B.f.2 by Ministers Wild Cat out of Bea's Cee, by Cee's Tizzy. Bred by Say Jay Racing, LLC (CA). Trainer: William E. Morey. Owner: Hall, Greg and SAYJAY Racing, LLC. Mutuel Pool $149,677 Daily Double Pool $15,956 Exacta Pool $99,913 Superfecta Pool $61,548 Trifecta Pool $66,374. Scratched–Goodtingscominpink, Miss Fia.

$1 Pick Three (2-3-10) paid $69.30. Pick Three Pool $28,235. $1 Pick Four (1-2-3-5/10/12) 4 correct paid $383.00. Pick Four Pool $53,843. 50-Cent Pick Five (5-1-2-3-5/10/12) 5 correct paid $642.20. Pick Five Pool $182,066.

TIZ A MASTER stalked outside then three deep, came four wide into the stretch, rallied under left handed urging to the lead nearing the eighth pole and won clear. SUEZAAANA chased off the rail then angled in on the turn, split rivals in the stretch and gained the place. AWEPOLLONIA chased between foes then a bit off the rail on the turn and outside a rival into the stretch and bested the others. WARRENSROLLINGDICE had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away in upper stretch and weakened in the final furlong. TIZBUDS PRINCESS stalked a bit off the rail, came out three deep into the stretch and weakened. HININI chased between horses then steadied hard in tight on the backstretch, angled to the inside and lacked a response in the drive. SIX EIGHTEEN dueled outside a rival, drifted out into the stretch and weakened. LOONAR SECRETS squeezed back at the start, settled well off the rail, came four wide into the stretch and failed to menace. MISS DIALED unhurried off the rail then outside, came four wide into the stretch, was pulled up in the drive then fell and was vanned off. REACHREACHREACH bobbled at the start, sped to the early lead off the rail, was pulled up midway on the backstretch and walked off.

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.36 44.78 56.11 1:02.29


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

4 Data Storm Kitty 122 4 2 1–1 1–2 1–5 1–7 Fuentes 1.80
2 Enthralled 122 2 1 2–hd 2–hd 2–2 2–2 Bednar 4.10
3 Emrata 122 3 4 3–1 3–3 3–3 3–1¼ Van Dyke 1.30
1 Meso 117 1 5 4–hd 4–1 4–3 4–4 Espinoza 6.50
5 Kirsch Truffle 122 5 6 6 6 5–4 5–10 Talamo 35.90
6 Havasu Hunni 117 6 3 5–1 5–hd 6 6 McDaid 19.20

4 DATA STORM KITTY 5.60 3.00 2.40
2 ENTHRALLED 4.00 3.60
3 EMRATA 2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-4)  $9.80
$1 EXACTA (4-2)  $12.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-2-3-1)  $4.92
$1 TRIFECTA (4-2-3)  $20.60

Winner–Data Storm Kitty Ch.f.2 by Data Link out of Hatteras, by Stormy Atlantic. Bred by Fred W. Hertrich lll (KY). Trainer: Jeff Bonde. Owner: Bonde, Jeff, Cavalli, John, Peal, Larry and Russell, Jerome. Mutuel Pool $109,960 Daily Double Pool $10,138 Exacta Pool $45,912 Superfecta Pool $29,209 Trifecta Pool $37,198. Scratched–Mind for Mischief.

$1 Pick Three (3-10-4) paid $28.40. Pick Three Pool $27,990.

DATA STORM KITTY bobbled some at the break, sped to the early lead, dueled outside a rival then inched away into the turn, drifted out a bit into the stretch then drifted to the inside in the drive and drew off under a left handed crack of the whip inside the eighth pole and good handling. ENTHRALLED pulled her way along to press then stalk the pace inside, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and was clearly second best. EMRATA stalked between horses then outside the runner-up on the turn and held third. MESO saved ground chasing the pace throughout and weakened in the drive. KIRSCH TRUFFLE hopped in a bit of a slow start, chased just off the rail, came out in the stretch and did not rally. HAVASU HUNNI stalked three deep, dropped back on the turn, drifted to the inside in midstretch and gave way.

SEVENTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $45,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 22.39 45.03 56.32 1:08.53


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

1 Just Grazed Me 120 1 4 1–hd 1–1½ 1–4 1–4 T Baze 0.50
6 Family Girl 115 5 1 3–1 3–½ 2–hd 2–½ Figueroa 4.10
2 Time for Ebby 117 2 6 4–hd 2–hd 3–2 3–2½ Espinoza 25.10
3 Todos Santos 122 3 7 7 7 5–2 4–3½ Quinonez 52.20
4 Sly Humor 122 4 2 2–½ 4–1½ 4–1½ 5–3½ Fuentes 24.50
8 Silken Spy 120 7 3 5–hd 5–hd 7 6–1 Pedroza 4.80
7 D D's Lute 120 6 5 6–5 6–3 6–1 7 Talamo 12.70

1 JUST GRAZED ME 3.00 2.40 2.10
6 FAMILY GIRL 3.20 2.60
2 TIME FOR EBBY 4.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-1)  $11.20
$1 EXACTA (1-6)  $4.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-6-2-3)  $11.46
$1 TRIFECTA (1-6-2)  $15.00

Winner–Just Grazed Me Grr.f.3 by Grazen out of Fairway Road, by Cuvee. Bred by Nick Alexander (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Nicholas B. Alexander. Mutuel Pool $112,039 Daily Double Pool $12,452 Exacta Pool $60,372 Superfecta Pool $44,592 Trifecta Pool $48,944. Scratched–Heart of the Nile.

$1 Pick Three (10-4-1) paid $6.30. Pick Three Pool $18,394.

JUST GRAZED ME went up inside to duel for the lead, inched away on the turn, drifted out into and through the stretch and won clear under a steady hand ride. FAMILY GIRL pressed the pace three deep then stalked between foes on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and held second. TIME FOR EBBY saved ground stalking the pace, continued toward the inside in the stretch and was edged for the place. TODOS SANTOS broke a bit slowly and was squeezed, settled off the rail, angled to the inside in the stretch and improved position. SLY HUMOR had good early speed and dueled between horses then outside the winner into the turn, came out some in the stretch and weakened. SILKEN SPY chased outside then between horses, went four wide into the turn and three deep into the stretch and also weakened. D D'S LUTE taken out early, settled off the rail, went five wide into the turn and four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

EIGHTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 21.81 44.96 57.18 1:03.90


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

7 Gracie Belle 122 6 3 1–1½ 1–1½ 1–2 1–1½ Flores 17.20
1 Naomi Fraley 118 1 9 5–hd 5–1½ 3–hd 2–½ Blanc 8.10
2 Imminent 122 2 1 2–1 2–½ 2–2½ 3–2 Pedroza 2.30
8 Blueberry Princess 122 7 4 4–½ 4–hd 4–3 4–6 Quinonez 1.70
12 Your Royal Coil 122 10 7 7–2 7–½ 6–½ 5–ns Fuentes 11.00
9 Dairy Kid 122 8 8 8–2½ 8–4 7–2½ 6–1 Bednar 14.70
10 Miss Boisterous 113 9 6 9–hd 10 10 7–1 Figueroa 11.30
5 Nearly Sunrise 122 4 2 6–hd 6–hd 8–1½ 8–3½ Vergara, Jr. 75.20
4 Jellybeankristine 118 3 10 10 9–1 9–hd 9–3½ Talamo 15.10
6 Peg's Princess 122 5 5 3–1 3–1½ 5–hd 10 Gutierrez 17.90

7 GRACIE BELLE 36.40 16.40 6.20
1 NAOMI FRALEY 8.20 6.20
2 IMMINENT 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-7)  $67.80
$1 EXACTA (7-1)  $176.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-1-2-8)  $232.33
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-1-2-8-12)  Carryover $4,825
$1 TRIFECTA (7-1-2)  $471.10

Winner–Gracie Belle B.f.2 by Grace Upon Grace out of Radiant Belle, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by Terry C. Lovingier (CA). Trainer: Walther Solis. Owner: London, Tom, Lovingier, Terry C. and Zondlo, Eugene. Mutuel Pool $128,527 Daily Double Pool $33,565 Exacta Pool $76,895 Superfecta Pool $51,176 Super High Five Pool $6,322 Trifecta Pool $58,179. Scratched–Princess Lili B, Ride Out the Storm.

$1 Pick Three (4-1-7) paid $60.30. Pick Three Pool $42,160. $1 Pick Four (5/10/12-4-1/5-7) 4 correct paid $155.30. Pick Four Pool $215,192. $2 Pick Six (2-3-5/10/12-4-1/5-7) 5 out of 6 paid $64.20. $2 Pick Six (2-3-5/10/12-4-1/5-7) 6 correct paid $4,148.80. Pick Six Pool $31,064.

GRACIE BELLE had speed outside a foe then inched away and angled in, set the pace inside, drifted out some from the whip in the stretch and held. NAOMI FRALEY a bit slow to begin, saved ground chasing the pace, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and edged a rival for the place. IMMINENT had good speed inside the winner then stalked a bit off the rail to the stretch and was edged late foe second. BLUEBERRY PRINCESS stalked off the rail then outside a rival on the turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally. YOUR ROYAL COIL chased outside then three deep into and on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and did not rally. DAIRY KID settled off the rail, angled in on the turn and lacked the necessary response. MISS BOISTEROUS unhurried off the inside on the backstretch and turn, came four wide into the stretch and was not a threat. NEARLY SUNRISE stalked between horses then outside a rival into the stretch and weakened. JELLYBEANKRISTINE broke a bit slowly and steadied when squeezed, settled inside, swung out into the stretch and failed to menace. PEG'S PRINCESS stalked a bit off the rail then inside into and on the turn and weakened in the stretch.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track868$4,261,928
Inter-Track3,398N/A
Out of StateN/A$132,714
TOTAL4,266 $4,394,642

Los Alamitos Race Course Entries for Saturday, December 8.

Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 3rd day of a 8-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1ReinahermosaOctavio Vergara, Jr.121Ricardo Zamora6-112,500
2Swallows Inn GalHeriberto Figueroa112Robert B. Hess, Jr.5-210,500
3Cee Sam's GirlAngel Cruz122George Papaprodromou2-112,500
4Greater GloryLuis Fuentes112Neil A. Koch8-112,500
5Jewelof CaliforniaFrancisco Orduna-Rojas112Kelly Castaneda20-112,500
6K P's SmokinAssael Espinoza117Steve Knapp9-512,500

SECOND RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Golden ImageLuis Fuentes115Daniel Dunham20-1
2Grandpa LouieHeriberto Figueroa117Mike Puype3-1
3Loud MouthTyler Baze122Michael Machowsky6-1
4MulzoffRuben Fuentes122Paul G. Aguirre12-1
5Lieutenant DanGeovanni Franco122Steven Miyadi12-1
6ScoutedJoseph Talamo122Craig Dollase9-5
7SpendaholicMario Gutierrez122Edward R. Freeman2-1

THIRD RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Captain N. BarronAssael Espinoza117Craig Anthony Lewis4-120,000
2Irish BalladLuis Fuentes115Ruben Gomez15-120,000
3OptimumMartin Pedroza122John W. Sadler5-220,000
4Sharp RulerChristian Aragon122Mike Harrington12-120,000
5Impeachment AceFrancisco Orduna-Rojas117Louis A. Bradvica30-120,000
6The Bull MousseJoseph Talamo122Brian J. Pitnick3-120,000
7Jimmy the BullEdgar Payeras117Gary Sherlock20-120,000
8Violent AffairVinnie Bednar122Art Sherman4-120,000
9Silver BadgeFranklin Ceballos122Bobby Wayne Grayson20-120,000
10Grand MinisterEswan Flores122Steven Miyadi8-120,000
Also Eligible
11Blaze of GloryHeriberto Figueroa117Genaro Vallejo2-120,000
12Gold and GunsFrancisco Orduna-Rojas117II Earl T. Baze10-120,000

FOURTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1From the DistanceAssael Espinoza117Steve Knapp5-26,250
2Michael MundoLuis Fuentes115Philip A. Oviedo7-26,250
3Here Is HappyGeovanni Franco122Craig Anthony Lewis12-16,250
4P Town TitanChristian Aragon124Jesus Nunez20-16,250
5Master RulerEdwin Maldonado122Jorge Periban3-16,250
6Hollywood SkyFrancisco Orduna-Rojas115Sergio Morfin10-16,250
7Love Your LifeEdgar Orozco124John L. Cooper4-16,250
8Johann's CommandEfrain Hernandez124Richard Rosales20-16,250
9Lucky PatrickHeriberto Figueroa119Marcelo Polanco15-16,250

FIFTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $300,000. 'Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity'. Stakes. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1ImprobableDrayden Van Dyke120Bob Baffert6-5
2SavageryFlorent Geroux120Peter Miller8-1
3DuelingMike Smith120Jerry Hollendorfer6-1
4King of SpeedKent Desormeaux120Jeff Bonde15-1
5Extra HopeFlavien Prat120Richard E. Mandella7-2
6Mucho GustoJoseph Talamo120Bob Baffert3-1

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Gemini JourneyRuben Fuentes124Genaro Vallejo4-1
2BelligerentBarrington Harvey124Marcia Stortz20-1
3Christy JacksonLuis Fuentes117Robert B. Hess, Jr.6-1
4ScathingGeovanni Franco124Lorenzo Ruiz15-1
5Lucky StudentDrayden Van Dyke124Jerry Hollendorfer5-2
6HerunbridledpowerEfrain Hernandez124Rosemary Trela7-2
7AtrevidaHeriberto Figueroa117Doug F. O'Neill15-1
8Princess KendraAgapito Delgadillo124Reed Saldana6-1
9Hero for HireEdwin Maldonado124Jeff Bonde12-1
10AsemFelipe Martinez122Kelly Castaneda15-1

SEVENTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $300,000. 'The Starlet'. Stakes. Fillies. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1VibranceFlavien Prat120Michael W. McCarthy5-2
2Mother MotherFlorent Geroux120Bob Baffert2-1
3Sold ItMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill20-1
4Oxy LadyDeclan Cannon120Jack Sisterson5-1
5Enaya AlrabbMike Smith120Doug F. O'Neill12-1
6Chasing YesterdayDrayden Van Dyke120Bob Baffert9-5

EIGHTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1CroatianJoseph Talamo119Bob Baffert8-1
2King AbnerTyler Baze124Philip D'Amato7-2
3Mercer IslandAssael Espinoza119Vann Belvoir5-1
4Violent RidgeKent Desormeaux119Hector O. Palma15-1
5Upper RoomLuis Fuentes114Philip A. Oviedo12-1
6GorenMario Gutierrez119Jerry Hollendorfer8-1
7KylemoreFlavien Prat119Richard Baltas9-2
8Appalachian GemFlorent Geroux121John W. Sadler8-1
9Incredible LuckEdgar Payeras116Dan L. Hendricks12-140,000
10Sheer FlatteryHeriberto Figueroa116Steve Knapp5-140,000

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Copper CoatedEdgar Orozco122Charles S. Treece20-120,000
2Royal RebelAlex Jimenez124J. Buenaventura Vargas15-120,000
3IcouldonlyimagineVinnie Bednar122Jesus Nunez15-120,000
4Bitter Ring HomeHeriberto Figueroa115Neil D. Drysdale3-118,000
5Brahms ForestEdgar Payeras117Richard Rosales20-118,000
6Bartlett HallGeovanni Franco122John A. Shirreffs5-220,000
7When Jesus WalkedLuis Fuentes113Jesus Nunez20-118,000
8Bryan Habana Barrington Harvey124Ruben Gomez15-120,000
9Sterling's TempleRuben Fuentes122Genaro Vallejo7-220,000
10Spend ItMartin Pedroza124Rafael Becerra7-220,000
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