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Horse racing newsletter: More on the post-time drag

Horses and jockeys charge out of the starting gate at the Los Alamitos Race Course  in June 2019.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we ready for the only Grade 1 at Los Alamitos this meeting.

Who would have thought racing had a drag problem? (In the journalism business that’s called a catchy but misleading lead. Sounds something different than what I’m really talking about.)

Yes, we’re talking about the post-time drag problem at tracks, meaning races going off way after the clock strikes zero. I thought it was only worth talking about on Friday when Aidan Butler abolished the legendary Gulfstream drag. But when The Jockey Club congratulated Gulfstream Park on making that move in a news release, I thought it worth mentioning that the TJC apparently didn’t understand what the Gulfstream Drag was all about. The news release said: “Not only does post-time drag frustrate bettors, but it also has a negative impact on the handle.” If you want to read more about it, check out this from HorsePlayUSA. Just click here.

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Never one to miss a chance to offer an opinion and tout one of its programs, TJC referenced a study presented in a 2017 Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, sponsored by TJC. The release implied that not going to post on time may be costing the industry up to $400 million a year. But the study was about not running scheduled races at the same time, not about late post times, which, yes, could inadvertently cause duplicate posts. There is some validity there, but when you look at Gulfstream’s printed post-times, a different picture emerges.

Gulfstream ran most of its races closer to post time than you would believe. The Drag’s primary purpose is to deceive bettors as to how far away post time actually was rather than when the actual post time was scheduled. It used the MTP (minutes to post) number as a phony representation of the actual post. Horses would just be getting on the track when it would be at 2, 1 or 0 minutes, but the scheduled post was actually much farther away. Imagine if space launches were run that way, and that’s in the same state as Gulfstream. Although space launches do have planned holds. (I’ve never understood that.)

My friend and occasional newsletter contributor Ron Flatter, of the Vegas Stats and Information Network and Horse Racing Nation, did a study last year of post-time drags, using the Equibase expected post time against actual off times. Here’s a random sampling of dates and which tracks were the biggest offenders. The numbers are the average late times based on provided post-time.

Feb. 22, 2019

Tampa Bay Downs 9.5 minutes

Golden Gate 6.3

Gulfstream Park 5.9

Fair Grounds 5.3

Santa Anita 4.3

Parx 2.9

Oaklawn Park 2.2

Aqueduct 0.7

Laurel Park -9.4 (early)

Feb. 23, 2019

Tampa Bay Downs 6.20

Gulfstream Park 6.15

Santa Anita 4.6

Parx 4.1

Fair Grounds 3.5

Laurel 3.3

Oaklawn Park 2.4

Aqueduct 0.9

March 2, 2019

Tampa Bay Downs 11.6

Fair Grounds 6.5

Oaklawn Park 4.3

Santa Anita 4.2

Laurel Park 3.8

Aqueduct 0.9

March 9, 2019

Tampa Downs 10.5

Fair Grounds 9.8

Gulfstream Park 5.8

Parx 5.3

Laurel Park 4.0

Aqueduct 3.5

Oaklawn Park 2.4

March 10, 2019

Tampa Bay Downs 11.2

Oaklawn Park 6.6

Gulfstream Park 5.6

Aqueduct 4.9

Fair Grounds 4.5

Laurel Park 3.6

Very interesting stuff and you can see how the real Drag offender is a little north and west of Hallandale Beach. But what made Gulfstream the poster child was its prominence in the winter racing months with its signature meet. But it became nothing more than lore when Butler stopped the silliness.

The truth is that holding post was only important when most people were betting with a teller. Now, especially now, most everyone bets through an ADW on their device. There is no one standing in front of you calling 30 single ticket trifectas.

My original point is if the TJC, or anyone else, is going to weigh in on something, please make sure your evidence is solid and on point, not from a side street. Hopefully, this is the last time I need to write about the (Name your track) Drag.

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Los Alamitos daytime review

Friday’s feature at Los Alamitos was the only allowance/optional claimer on the eight-race card. It was for Cal-breds going 5 ½ furlongs for a $48,000 purse. It wasn’t much of a race as favorite Althea Gibson went gate to wire to win by six lengths for trainer Phil D’Amato and jockey Jessica Pyfer. Given the sports figure name, you can figure it was owned by Nick Alexander, and you would be right.

Althea Gibson paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40. La Aguililla was second, and Shylock Eddie finished third.

There were a couple of double winners on Friday: trainers Hector Palma and Patty Harrington and jockeys Alexis Centeno and Christian Aragon.

Los Alamitos daytime preview

Saturday’s nine-race card starting at 12:30 p.m. features the only Grade 1 race of the 11-day meeting. It’s the Grade 1 $300,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles. It’s the only short field on another day in which Los Alamitos is excelling at offering full fields.

Three of the five fillies expected to go are trained by Bob Baffert, who has always been a big supporter of racing at Los Alamitos. Princess Noor, for Baffert, gets the nod as the even-money favorite. She was undefeated in four starts before running a disappointing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as the favorite. Victor Espinoza is the jockey.

The second favorite, at 7-5, is Astute for Richard Mandella and Mike Smith. Think about it. The first two morning-line favorites have two Hall of Fame trainers and two Hall of Fame jockeys. And they are in the fifth race at Los Alamitos. Astute is undefeated in two races, winning the Desi Arnaz at Del Mar by 7 ½ lengths. Post is scheduled for 2:28 p.m.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 10, 10, 9, 10, 5, 10 (1 also eligible), 10, 9, 10.

Ciaran Thornton’s LRC pick of the day

FIRST RACE: No. 5 Charlotte Louise (15-1)

Charlotte Louise, at 15-1 for trainer Andy Mathis, ships down from Golden Gate and drops in class today to this $6,250 claimer. After a diet of mile races, the cut-back to Saturday’s sprint could be perfect for a trainer winning 22% on the year. ‘Louise has as much speed as the top choices and the best closing kick and gives us good value to start the race day off with.

Friday’s result: Dark and Dandy looked good on paper but was just a bad value play.

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for Californiapick4.com, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.

Big races preview

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

10:00 Aqueduct (4): Grade 2 $150,000 Remsen Stakes, 2-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Known Agenda (8-5)

11:07 Aqueduct (6): Grade 3 $100,000 Go For Wand Handicap, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Nona Madeline (4-5)

11:38 Gulfstream (6): $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, 3 and up, 1 1/8 mile. Favorite: Jesus’ Team (6-5)

12:23 Laurel (7): $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes, Mary-bred fillies 2-years-old, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Street Lute (3-1)

12:44 Aqueduct (9): Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Malathaat (4-5)

12:53 Laurel (8): $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity, Mary-bred 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Jaxson Traveler (4-5)

1:19 Tampa Bay (9): $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Gulf Coast (7-2)

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

Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

FOURTH RACE: No. 5 Commissioness (4-1)

She went way better than looked for third in a much-needed effort over the racing surface 14 nights ago against tougher open company rivals. She broke slow to lose some ground to quicker competition and her early racing momentum. After the tough getaway, this runner was very slow into stride to fall way back down the backstretch prior to putting forth a huge run through the turn and down the lane while lacking room at the 1/16th pole. After finding a seam, she flew late to dead-heat for third at the wire followed by a huge gallop out through the clubhouse turn. With three foes that need the lead here, we’ll push this well-connected fast finisher to pick up the pieces.

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

Los Alamitos Race Course Charts Results for Friday, December 4.

Copyright 2020 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 1st day of a 11-day meet. Clear & Fast

FIRST RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $12,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $6,250. Time 22.68 46.03 57.85 1:04.19


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

3 Tiz Love 124 3 3 3–1 3–1½ 2–1 1–1 Aragon 4.10
4 No More Fireball 122 4 1 2–1 1–1 1–hd 2–hd Sanchez 17.30
5 Write Me a Song 124 5 6 5–1½ 5–1½ 5–4 3–nk Maldonado 1.90
2 Royal Seeker 124 2 4 4–1 4–1 4–½ 4–3 Pereira 4.10
1 Proudtobesicilian 117 1 2 1–hd 2–1½ 3–2 5–6 Centeno 16.70
8 Quality Line 119 8 8 8 8 7–2 6–½ Pyfer 5.20
6 Ladies Man 124 6 5 6–1 6–2 6–1 7–3½ Figueroa 4.00
7 P Town Titan 114 7 7 7–1½ 7–hd 8 8 Ortega 106.60

3 TIZ LOVE 10.20 6.80 4.20
4 NO MORE FIREBALL 19.40 7.00
5 WRITE ME A SONG 2.80
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $92.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-4-5-2)  $92.65
$1 TRIFECTA (3-4-5)  $376.50

Winner–Tiz Love B.g.7 by Slew's Tiznow out of Lovehi, by Swiss Yodeler. Bred by Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C.Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington (KY). Trainer: Patricia Harrington. Owner: Patricia Harrington. Mutuel Pool $79,612 Exacta Pool $46,269 Superfecta Pool $27,636 Trifecta Pool $33,670. Scratched–none.

TIZ LOVE showed early speed between rivals then dropped back to stalk the leading pair into the turn, chased four to five wide into the stretch, re-bid outside the leader approaching the eighth pole and drove past in the final sixteenth. NO MORE FIREBALL vied three deep up the backstretch, dueled with inside rival around the turn and into the stretch, put away that rival nearing the eighth pole while also drifting to the inside, met the late challenge from the winner and yielded in the closing moments. WRITE ME A SONG chased off the inside, three to four wide into the stretch and got up for the show. ROYAL SEEKER stalked the pace in the two path into the drive, angled out in upper stretch and got edged for the show. PROUDTOBESICILIAN vied for the lead from inside, dueled around the turn and into the lane, fought back to the eighth pole then weakened late. QUALITY LINE trailed the field early, angled in nearing the turn, exited two wide then moved to the inside in the stretch and passed tired rivals. LADIES MAN tracked off the rail, three to four wide into the lane, drifted inward in the stretch and had nothing left. P TOWN TITAN tracked four deep early, three wide into the stretch and weakened.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 22.98 46.27 58.27 1:10.67


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

8 Minoso 124 8 2 1–½ 1–hd 1–2 1–2½ Hernandez 2.30
7 Bob's Sniper 124 7 1 5–hd 5–1 6–3 2–hd T Baze 12.80
9 No Parking Here 119 9 9 2–hd 2–2 2–2 3–ns Rivera 5.50
4 Tromador 124 4 7 8–½ 6–2 5–½ 4–2 Payeras 21.90
2 Galloping Mischief 117 2 4 3–hd 3–hd 3–½ 5–1½ Pyfer 1.90
6 Leprino 122 6 5 6–1 4–2 4–hd 6–6 Maldonado 2.90
1 Barbiere 122 1 3 4–1 7–2½ 7–4 7–6 Sanchez 31.70
3 Suances Secret 124 3 8 7–hd 8–2½ 8–3 8–4 Alsagoor 127.00
5 Calder Vale 124 5 6 9 9 9 9 Locke 101.50

8 MINOSO 6.60 4.20 2.80
7 BOB'S SNIPER 10.80 6.00
9 NO PARKING HERE 4.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-8)  $43.60
$1 EXACTA (8-7)  $24.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-7-9-4)  $103.65
$1 TRIFECTA (8-7-9)  $174.30

Winner–Minoso Dbb.g.5 by Council Member out of Bella Queen, by Olympio. Bred by Rich Fontana (CA). Trainer: Hector O. Palma. Owner: Royalty Stable. Mutuel Pool $108,970 Daily Double Pool $19,065 Exacta Pool $83,385 Superfecta Pool $48,126 Trifecta Pool $59,345. Claimed–Galloping Mischief by Metanoia Racing. Trainer: Paul Aguirre. Scratched–none.

MINOSO stalked the pace early the gained command past the half-mile pole, met the challenge of NO PARKING HERE around the turn and into the stretch, cleared that rival at the three-sixteenths pole, drew away under urging and geared down near the wire. BOB'S SNIPER away quickly then chased from off the inside, came four wide into the stretch, angled out and rallied for the place. NO PARKING HERE stalked from outside, bid alongside MINOSO on the turn, could not go on with the winner in the late stages and lost the place. TROMADOR chased outside a rival, three to four wide into the stretch, summoned a mild rally and showed late interest between foes late. GALLOPING MISCHIEF showed early speed then chased outside a rival, entered the lane three wide and flattened out. LEPRINO tracked off the inside, four wide around the turn and weakened. BARBIERE had early speed from inside then chased the top pair into the turn, raced a bit off the rail leaving the bend and weakened. SUANCES SECRET raced three wide into the stretch, angled out and never threatened. CALDER VALE chased off the inside then four wide exiting the turn, came in some in upper stretch and weakened.

THIRD RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $23,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Time 22.66 46.41 58.60 1:05.22


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

5 Western Rule 122 4 7 4–1½ 1–hd 1–1½ 1–nk Franco 1.20
7 Pizza Charlie 122 6 9 6–½ 5–3 4–3 2–1¼ Hernandez 3.40
11 Big Endeavor 122 10 2 2–½ 3–1 2–½ 3–½ Rojas Fernandez 10.60
8 My Child Sbud 122 7 4 3–½ 4–1 3–hd 4–4 L Valenzuela 11.20
6 Presto Bench 122 5 8 8–1 6–hd 6–3 5–7 T Baze 18.90
10 Call Sign Lucky 122 9 1 1–1 2–½ 5–hd 6–½ Pereira 5.40
4 Russian Diplomat 122 3 5 7–1½ 8–2 7–4 7–11 Sanchez 50.30
1 Flash of Glory 122 1 6 9–7 9–12 9–20 8–4 Amparan 19.20
3 Flactem Legacy 122 2 3 5–½ 7–hd 8–1½ 9–32 Maldonado 24.50
9 Raise a Hallelujah 117 8 10 10 10 10 10 Rivera 21.30

5 WESTERN RULE 4.40 3.20 2.80
7 PIZZA CHARLIE 4.00 3.40
11 BIG ENDEAVOR 3.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-5)  $15.40
$1 EXACTA (5-7)  $9.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-7-11-8)  $22.49
$1 TRIFECTA (5-7-11)  $50.70

Winner–Western Rule Ch.c.2 by Speightster out of Rockella, by Tribal Rule. Bred by Gallop Out Racing, LLC (CA). Trainer: Hector O. Palma. Owner: BG Stables. Mutuel Pool $112,419 Daily Double Pool $10,360 Exacta Pool $77,279 Superfecta Pool $42,298 Trifecta Pool $49,451. Scratched–Deputy Gary, Light My Tiger.

$1 Pick Three (3-8-5) paid $55.80. Pick Three Pool $26,704.

WESTERN RULE tracked off the inside, ranged up four wide turn, led into the stretch, kicked clear near the three-sixteenths pole and held late. PIZZA CHARLIE settled off the pace, raced four wide into the stretch then angled out, put in a late bid outside the winner but was not enough. BIG ENDEAVOR closest to the leader while outside, bid between rivals around the turn, vied three to four wide into the stretch, could not match the top pair late but stayed on to secure the show. MY CHILD SBUD stalked the pace up the backstretch, inside through the turn, in range in the drive but lacked the necessary late punch. PRESTO BENCH chased four to five wide around the turn and kept on in the late stages. CALL SIGN LUCKY sped to the front and angled in, vied with a pair of rivals around the turn and into the stretch then gave way. RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT chased outside a rival, three wide into the lane and never rallied. FLASH OF GLORY saved ground chasing the pace and was never a factor. FLACTEM LEGACY traveled two wide into the lane and had little left for the drive. RAISE A HALLELUJAH steadied at the start and never got involved.

FOURTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $8,000-$7,000. Time 22.16 45.62 57.74 1:04.22


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

7 Big Bad Gary 119 7 6 6–hd 5–1 2–hd 1–2½ Centeno 7.40
3 Captain N. Barron 122 3 1 3–hd 3–½ 1–hd 2–¾ Guce 10.20
2 D K's Crown 122 2 2 1–hd 2–hd 5–1½ 3–½ Maldonado 13.10
9 Rineshaft 124 9 8 5–hd 6–hd 6–hd 4–nk Pereira 22.10
8 Lucky Romano 114 8 5 4–2½ 4–2 4–1½ 5–¾ Ortega 6.00
6 Shake N Fries 124 6 4 2–hd 1–hd 3–hd 6–1¼ Payeras 3.80
5 Cryin' Chuck 122 5 9 8–2 8–3 8–1 7–nk Hernandez 6.40
1 Earle Gray 124 1 3 9–1 9–hd 9–2 8–½ Orduna-Rojas 31.90
10 Show Business 122 10 10 10 10 10 9–2 T Baze 4.80
4 Dark and Dandy 122 4 7 7–1 7–1 7–½ 10 L Valenzuela 4.00

7 BIG BAD GARY 16.80 8.60 6.00
3 CAPTAIN N. BARRON 10.00 7.60
2 D K'S CROWN 10.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-7)  $77.00
$1 EXACTA (7-3)  $110.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-3-2-9)  $2,546.15
$1 TRIFECTA (7-3-2)  $1,364.20

Winner–Big Bad Gary Grr.h.5 by Big Bad Leroybrown out of Palace Royale (IRE), by Perugino. Bred by Old English Rancho & Berumen (CA). Trainer: Ruben Gomez. Owner: Derby, Susan and Folgner, Gary. Mutuel Pool $86,403 Daily Double Pool $10,951 Exacta Pool $83,183 Superfecta Pool $40,774 Trifecta Pool $46,898. Scratched–Unstoppable Guy, You'reright Again.

$1 Pick Three (8-5-7) paid $85.10. Pick Three Pool $16,560.

BIG BAD GARY stalked the speed off the inside, raced three wide around the turn then came out into the stretch, rallied from outside and headed the leader at the eighth pole and drew clear under a drive. CAPTAIN N. BARRON brushed from outside at the start, dueled for the lead then vied between through the turn and into the stretch, battled down the lane but was overtaken by the winner. D K'S CROWN dueled from inside then vied for command around the turn and into the lane, could keep pace in upper stretch but stayed on and came back to earn the show honors. RINESHAFT chased five wide through the turn and finished willingly for a minor award. LUCKY ROMANO vied four deep into and around the turn, fought outside pair of rivals in the lane and weakened late. SHAKE N FRIES shifted in at the start, vied three deep then between rivals in the lane and also weakened late. CRYIN' CHUCK bothered from outside rival at the start, unhurried in the beginning, traveled two to three wide around the turn, drifted out in upper stretch and never responded to urging. EARLE GRAY saved ground from off the pace and proved no menace. SHOW BUSINESS lacked early speed from outside, angled in on the turn then angled out at the top of the lane and was never a factor. DARK AND DANDY broke in and brushed rival leaving the gate, saved ground into the lane, came a bit off the rail in the drive then angled back to the rail at the three-sixteenths and weakened.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000. Time 23.63 47.78 1:12.52 1:25.47 1:38.30


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

10 True Mischief 117 10 3 5–2 5–1½ 2–1½ 1–2 1–5 Centeno 1.90
9 Slew's Screen Star 122 9 2 2–1½ 2–1 1–½ 2–4 2–4 Franco 9.80
7 Moreavino 122 7 5 6–½ 6–hd 6–2 3–2 3–6 Hernandez 17.40
1 Gotta Be Lucky 115 1 7 7–½ 7–2 7–3 7–5 4–¾ Pyfer 2.10
2 Zagrah 122 2 6 3–hd 4–1 4–1 5–2 5–2½ Pereira 7.50
4 Rocketann 122 4 1 1–hd 1–½ 3–1½ 4–1 6–3½ Maldonado 9.40
6 Elegant Silk 122 6 4 4–hd 3–hd 5–½ 6–1 7–4 Cedillo 5.90
5 Turkish Angel 120 5 10 9–3 9–2 8–1 8–1 8–1¾ Jimenez 94.90
8 Mira Loma Madam 110 8 9 10 10 10 9–2½ 9–7 Ortega 160.10
3 Ice Angel 120 3 8 8–1½ 8–2½ 9–½ 10 10 Gonzalez 46.30

10 TRUE MISCHIEF 5.80 3.80 3.00
9 SLEW'S SCREEN STAR 8.80 6.20
7 MOREAVINO 8.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-10)  $82.40
$1 EXACTA (10-9)  $17.30
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (10-9-7-1)  $38.53
$1 TRIFECTA (10-9-7)  $148.70

Winner–True Mischief B.f.4 by Into Mischief out of True Passion (ARG), by Orpen. Bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Messineo, Nancy and Sands, Bruce. Mutuel Pool $118,815 Daily Double Pool $10,671 Exacta Pool $81,336 Superfecta Pool $41,124 Trifecta Pool $47,624. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (5-7-10) paid $81.00. Pick Three Pool $31,626. $1 Pick Four (8-2/5/12-7-10) 4 correct paid $387.90. Pick Four Pool $81,634. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-8-2/5/12-7-10) 5 correct paid $1,330.30. Pick Five Pool $244,124.

TRUE MISCHIEF off alertly from the outside, went outside a pair of rivals into the turn, stalked the top pair three deep on the backstretch, closed in four wide around the far turn, took over past the quarter pole, drifted out then back in then drew off. SLEW'S SCREEN STAR dueled outside a rival for command, lost a bit of ground on the backstretch then re-bid at the seven-sixteenths pole, led past the three-eighths, lost command inside the quarter pole, could not match the winner in the final furlong but was clearly second best. MOREAVINO settled off the inside, came out into the stretch and finished a clear third. GOTTA BE LUCKY raced off the pace from inside, angled out on the second turn and closed mildly for a minor award. ZAGRAH (GB) came away awkwardly at the start, stalked along the inside then two wide into the stretch, angled out and failed to rally. ROCKETANN sped to the front and angled over to the rail, dueled into the backstretch then inched away from outside rival, challenged again into the far turn, lost command past the three-eighths, chased two wide into the stretch and faded. ELEGANT SILK stalked two to three wide then between foes into the backstretch, three wide into the lane and weakened. TURKISH ANGEL off a bit slow and broke out leaving the gate, traveled two wide around the first turn, along the rail on the second and was never a factor. MIRA LOMA MADAM tucked inside on the first turn, two wide into the stretch and was always outrun. ICE ANGEL went three wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.01 45.23 57.01 1:09.50


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

5 Fratelli 124 5 2 2–1 2–½ 1–1 1–1½ Van Dyke 1.50
10 Wine and Whisky 122 9 4 5–2 5–2 5–1 2–1½ Figueroa 19.50
4 Let's Rejoyce 122 4 1 1–½ 1–½ 2–1½ 3–¾ Gonzalez 10.60
6 Bronn 122 6 3 3–1 4–2 4–½ 4–ns Cedillo 5.10
2 Natural History 122 2 8 8–1 6–1 6–3 5–½ Hernandez 5.90
8 Tizhotndusty 122 7 5 4–½ 3–2 3–2 6–3½ Gutierrez 2.70
1 Zorich 124 1 7 6–½ 8–½ 8–½ 7–nk Fuentes 20.90
9 Nonno's Polaris 122 8 9 9 7–1 7–½ 8–3 T Baze 44.50
3 Bam Bam Again 122 3 6 7–1½ 9 9 9 Maldonado 30.80

5 FRATELLI 5.00 3.80 3.20
10 WINE AND WHISKY 11.00 6.40
4 LET'S REJOYCE 5.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-5)  $18.00
$1 EXACTA (5-10)  $37.30
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-10-4-6)  $167.05
$1 TRIFECTA (5-10-4)  $251.90

Winner–Fratelli Ch.g.4 by Munnings out of Awesome Annie, by Awesome Gambler. Bred by Terry C. Lovingier (CA). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: Alydom Racing, LLC. Mutuel Pool $127,998 Daily Double Pool $14,084 Exacta Pool $81,335 Superfecta Pool $46,261 Trifecta Pool $48,157. Scratched–Flat White.

$1 Pick Three (7-10-5) paid $85.60. Pick Three Pool $27,856.

FRATELLI prompted the pace from outside, headed rival at the five-sixteenths, came four wide into the stretch, took the lead near the three-sixteenths pole, cleared inside rival, drifted in late and inched away. WINE AND WHISKY tracked three wide then swung out into the stretch, rallied through the drive and earned the place honors. LET'S REJOYCE set the pace under pressure from the outside, got headed at the five-sixteenths pole, maintained a short lead in upper stretch, lost command at the three-sixteenths pole and held the show. BRONN stalked outside the top pair, went four to five wide around the bend and kept on through the final furlong. NATURAL HISTORY raced near the back of the pace, was along the rail into the turn, came a bit off the fence into the drive and improved position. TIZHOTNDUSTY stalked the pace early and angled over to the inside, traveled a bit off the rail leaving the turn and flattened out in the late stages. ZORICH unhurried in the beginning, exited the bend five wide and failed to respond to urging. NONNO'S POLARIS threw head and shuffled back at the start, traveled two to three wide and failed to threaten. BAM BAM AGAIN went three wide into the turn, angled out and entered drive six wide and was never a factor.

SEVENTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.11 45.17 57.01 1:03.55


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

1 Althea Gibson 115 1 4 1–½ 1–1 1–4 1–6 Pyfer 0.90
9 La Aguililla 124 8 8 5–½ 4–hd 3–1 2–½ Fuentes 8.90
10 Shylock Eddie 124 9 9 9 7–hd 4–2 3–2 Franco 6.70
3 Felony One 124 3 5 2–1½ 2–1 2–½ 4–½ Maldonado 19.30
7 Eye On Tiger 122 6 3 8–½ 9 7–½ 5–1½ Amparan 19.40
5 Midnight Sunrise 122 5 6 6–1½ 6–1 5–hd 6–2½ Valdivia, Jr. 7.30
4 Wishful 124 4 1 3–hd 5–1 6–½ 7–½ Pereira 9.50
2 Hot On the Trail 122 2 7 7–hd 8–hd 9 8–nk T Baze 10.30
8 Black Drop 122 7 2 4–½ 3–½ 8–1½ 9 Figueroa 14.20

1 ALTHEA GIBSON 3.80 2.80 2.40
9 LA AGUILILLA 7.00 4.20
10 SHYLOCK EDDIE 4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)  $15.40
$1 EXACTA (1-9)  $15.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-9-10-3)  $50.72
$1 TRIFECTA (1-9-10)  $75.10

Winner–Althea Gibson Dbb.f.3 by Grazen out of Hey Cowboy, by Bertrando. Bred by Nick Alexander (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Nicholas B. Alexander. Mutuel Pool $120,484 Daily Double Pool $15,506 Exacta Pool $78,101 Superfecta Pool $46,177 Trifecta Pool $52,490. Scratched–Ana Lisa, Little Miss Ellie, Trina.

$1 Pick Three (10-5-1) paid $17.90. Pick Three Pool $23,275.

ALTHEA GIBSON set the pace under pressure, inched away around the turn, came off the turn three wide, kicked clear in upper stretch and widened in the late stages. LA AGUILILLA chased five then six wide around the turn and bested the rest. SHYLOCK EDDIE settled off the pace from the far outside went five wide around the turn, finished willingly and earned the show. FELONY ONE pressed the pace from outside, could not match the winner around the turn and chased four wide into the drive and weakened. EYE ON TIGER checked between early, angled to the two path, raced outside a rival then three wide into the stretch, angled out in the lane and improved position. MIDNIGHT SUNRISE showed early speed between foes then chased leaving the backstretch, traveled two wide into the lane and weakened. WISHFUL had early speed three deep then chased into the turn, angled in around the bend and weakened. HOT ON THE TRAIL stalked the pace from inside and never threatened. BLACK DROP stalked the speed in the early stages, went four to five wide around the turn and weakened.

EIGHTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.98 46.53 58.33 1:04.88


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

6 With Due Cause 122 4 2 2–1 2–2½ 2–2 1–ns Aragon 14.70
4 Gov From Above 122 2 3 1–1 1–½ 1–1½ 2–2 Cedillo 11.40
9 Lucky Ryan Seven 122 7 4 5–hd 6–1 3–½ 3–nk Fuentes 1.90
8 Seizetheday Rexy 115 6 5 4–½ 4–hd 4–½ 4–2 Centeno 2.30
10 Mr. Clutch 122 8 6 6–2 3–1½ 5–4 5–1¾ Solis 16.90
5 Noble Pursuit 124 3 7 8 7–1 6–4 6–10 Maldonado 1.90
7 Run Manny Run 112 5 1 3–½ 5–hd 7–2½ 7–nk Ortega 95.40
3 Lunademiel 122 1 8 7–½ 8 8 8 Locke 74.70

6 WITH DUE CAUSE 31.40 10.60 6.00
4 GOV FROM ABOVE 9.60 4.80
9 LUCKY RYAN SEVEN 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-6)  $90.60
$1 EXACTA (6-4)  $109.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-4-9-8)  $110.64
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-4-9-8-10)  Carryover $4,850
$1 TRIFECTA (6-4-9)  $546.10
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (1-1)  $4.60
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (1-2)  $4.40

Winner–With Due Cause Grr.c.3 by Creative Cause out of Helen's Echo, by Swiss Yodeler. Bred by The Revocable Trust of Mikel C.Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington (CA). Trainer: Patricia Harrington. Owner: Patricia Harrington. Mutuel Pool $130,696 Exacta Pool $64,107 Superfecta Pool $50,026 Super High Five Pool $8,482 Trifecta Pool $47,567 Consolation Double Pool $43,098 Consolation Double Pool $43,098. Scratched–Barhopsky, Git On Your Pulpit, Mobjack, Union Dance.

$1 Pick Three (5-1-6) paid $152.20. Pick Three Pool $59,822. $1 Consolation Pick Three (5-1-1/2) paid $7.60. $1 Pick Four (10-5/7-1/6/11/12-6) 4 correct paid $520.30. Pick Four Pool $272,293. $2 Pick Six (2/5/12-7-10-5/7-1/6/11/12-6) 5 out of 6 paid $256.80. Pick Six Pool $14,845. Pick Six Carryover $7,791.

WITH DUE CAUSE up close outside the leader, bid outside at the five-sixteenths pole, lost contact with rival mid-stretch, came back in the final sixteenth and nailed foe at the wire. GOV FROM ABOVE set the pace inside rivals, moved clear at the seven-sixteenths pole, challenged from outside in the lane and drew clear again nearing the furlong grounds, challenged again in the closing moments and was nailed by the winner. LUCKY RYAN SEVEN showed early speed and traveled five deep early on, chased four to five into the lane, drifted inward in the stretch and edged SEIZETHEDAY REXY for the show. SEIZETHEDAY REXY attended the pace four deep, chased three to four wide around the turn, drifted inward in the stretch and got outkicked for third. MR. CLUTCH traveled off the pace then steered to the inside, traveled two wide into the stretch then finished evenly along the inside. NOBLE PURSUIT chased two wide on the turn then angled to entering the stretch and lacked a rally. RUN MANNY RUN up close three deep early, dropped back three wide around the turn and weakened. LUNADEMIEL saved ground around the bend and was never a factor.


AttendanceHandle
On-TrackN/A$12,235
Inter-TrackN/A$309,938
Out of StateN/A$3,824,358
TOTALN/A $4,146,531

Los Alamitos Race Course Entries for Saturday, December 5.

Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 2nd day of a 11-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Laker JetAlexis Centeno117Robert A. Bean12-16,250
2VidaliaLuis Valenzuela124Oscar Heredia20-16,250
3Luv Is All U NeedEdgar Payeras124Angela Maria Aquino10-16,250
4Copper CowgirlChristian Aragon124Patricia Harrington15-16,250
5Charlotte LouiseJose Valdivia, Jr.124Andy Mathis15-16,250
6Norma's LoveRicardo Gonzalez122Jonathan Wong3-16,250
7Sharona SunsetRamon Guce124Marcia Stortz9-56,250
8Tiz the StandardAbel Cedillo122Bill McLean15-16,250
9Union SmartieTyler Baze124Tim Bellasis10-16,250
10PasitoRuben Fuentes124Steve Knapp4-16,250

SECOND RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Little Miss BelleTiago Pereira122Edward R. Freeman6-120,000
2Slamin' DaddyAlexis Centeno115Craig Anthony Lewis15-120,000
3VangogoRicardo Gonzalez124Jonathan Wong3-120,000
4Tico TimeCesar Ortega112Jesus Nunez20-120,000
5Something ChatterFernandez Rojas124Robert J. Lucas50-120,000
6M FastJessica Pyfer115Neil D. Drysdale8-120,000
7Listen LindaCerapio Figueroa124Jesus Mendoza20-120,000
8Fierce KittyRuben Fuentes122Shelbe Ruis8-120,000
9Siena SilkSantos Rivera117Richard Baltas2-120,000
10Palm d'OroAbel Cedillo124Art Sherman6-120,000

THIRD RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Saving SophieAbel Cedillo124Doug F. O'Neill9-516,000
2Queen VerrazanoEfrain Hernandez122Jose Antonio Flores8-116,000
3Dairy KidEMILY ELLINGWOOD114Robert J. Lucas20-116,000
4StradariGeovanni Franco122O. J. Jauregui7-216,000
5Ballet RoyaltyCarlos Lopez, Jr.124Javier Jose Sierra20-116,000
6KallinikiSantos Rivera119Steven Miyadi4-116,000
7Ice KittyTiago Pereira124Peter Eurton5-116,000
8Excess CoilAlexis Centeno115Robert A. Bean30-116,000
9Rickie Nine Toe'sEdgar Payeras122Jorge Periban6-116,000

FOURTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $42,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Rowdy OhTiago Pereira122Marcia Stortz15-1
2UnhingedTyler Baze122Martin Valenzuela, III20-1
3Standing OJessica Pyfer115Philip D'Amato6-1
4Runaway KristinEdgar Payeras122Marcia Stortz12-1
5OmphJose Valdivia, Jr.122Quinn Howey12-1
6Champagne PegasusEdwin Maldonado122Felix Rondan7-2
7Proud LionSantos Rivera117Leobardo Rivera8-1
8Alpine ThunderHeriberto Figueroa122Jose Hernandez, Jr.4-1
9Sir Williams DreamAlexis Centeno115Ricardo Zamora20-1
10TheluteismineAbel Cedillo122Peter Miller2-1

FIFTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1KalypsoAbel Cedillo120Bob Baffert6-1
2NasreddineTiago Pereira120Michael W. McCarthy15-1
3Princess NoorVictor Espinoza120Bob Baffert1-1
4AstuteMike Smith120Richard E. Mandella7-5
5VardaDrayden Van Dyke120Bob Baffert8-1

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $42,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Kind But She LiesEfrain Hernandez122J. Eric Kruljac15-1
2Honor AmericaJuan Hernandez122Shelbe Ruis9-2
3Lady MystifyMario Gutierrez122Peter Eurton6-1
4Miss MelodyJessica Pyfer115Jeff Mullins6-1
5Jump Into the FireUmberto Rispoli122Michael W. McCarthy8-1
6BacktoflashFrancisco Orduna-Rojas122Jose Antonio Flores15-1
7Freedom FlyerRicardo Gonzalez122Simon Callaghan3-1
8Absolute AnnaDrayden Van Dyke122Jerry Hollendorfer5-1
9Chrome of Our OwnJose Valdivia, Jr.122Val Brinkerhoff15-1
10LunaticAbel Cedillo122Peter Miller6-1
Also Eligible
11GinjaDrayden Van Dyke122Bob Baffert4-1

SEVENTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Mon CamoAbel Cedillo122Jonathan Wong8-1
2Bound to BetFrancisco Orduna-Rojas122James W. Glenn, Jr.6-1
3FlicflacSantos Rivera119Tim Bellasis10-1
4Perfect FannyFrancisco Amparan122Jose R. Gonzalez, Jr.30-1
5Sound JudgmentTiago Pereira124Victor M. Trujillo10-1
6Johnny PodresTyler Baze122Steven Miyadi4-1
7Single Me OutGeovanni Franco122Gary Stute10-1
8Shady EmpireEdwin Maldonado122Jeff Bonde5-1
9Psycho DarRicardo Gonzalez124Kristin Mulhall2-1
10DetanglerJose Valdivia, Jr.124Terri Eaton12-120,000

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Cajun TreasureUmberto Rispoli121Peter Eurton4-1
2Our Silver OakAbel Cedillo121Jonathan Wong9-2
3MugaritzJose Valdivia, Jr.121Jonathan Wong5-140,000
4Go Daddy GoTiago Pereira121Brian J. Koriner15-1
5Margot's BoyAlexis Centeno112Craig Anthony Lewis3-1
6Seeking RefugeTyler Baze124Hector O. Palma12-1
7Strike Me DownEdwin Maldonado121Philip D'Amato10-1
8Colour Me Happy Juan Hernandez121Blaine D. Wright5-1
9Popular KidRicardo Gonzalez121Peter Miller8-140,000

NINTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Musical GemRuben Fuentes122Val Brinkerhoff15-150,000
2Luckys Last StandTiago Pereira122Dean Pederson5-150,000
3Mancuso At the MicHeriberto Figueroa122Jose Hernandez, Jr.20-150,000
4Shimmer Me TimbersAbel Cedillo122Andrew Lerner9-550,000
5Father O'FlahertyEdwin Maldonado122Steven Miyadi5-250,000
6Stalking ShadowRicardo Gonzalez122Jonathan Wong6-150,000
7Tribal NationSantos Rivera117Andy Mathis12-150,000
8Ben's a GoalieJose Valdivia, Jr.122Quinn Howey15-150,000
9Robin's LegacyTyler Baze122Ryan Hanson10-150,000
10Hard MetalEdgar Payeras122Sal Gonzalez20-150,000


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