Horse racing newsletter: So why all the big fields at Los Al?
Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter, as we hear the news that Princess Noor is seemingly OK after being pulled up in the Starlet. Way to be proactive, Victor.
Easily the story of this Los Alamitos meet has been the very healthy field sizes. Los Al meets have been known more for short fields than large ones. What’s different?
The answer seemed obvious to me that it was a big influx of Golden Gate horses, which have no place to run. Golden Gate has been closed for weeks because of a coronavirus outbreak on the backstretch, which has shuttered the track to racing until at least Dec. 26. That’s when the new season starts. Horses don’t make money unless they run. Why not take a shot down south?
When Simon Bray, the talented analyst on TVG, answered the same question the same way, I thought I might be right for once. He also said he thought there were a lot of lower-level Del Mar horses that might be better placed at the Los Al meet and that’s why they are here.
So, to prove Simon right (and by extension me), I thought I’d go to the PPs and see which horses are Golden Gate horses, which are Los Alamitos horses, and which are the mainstays of the Santa Anita-Del Mar circuit. This is not science as many horses fit more than one of those profiles. I just had to make a draw.
The Golden Gate horses were easy to spot because of a lot of “GGs” in the PPs. GT? (Got that?) There were some horses that had a preponderance of “LAs” in the PPs, meaning they have been running at night at Los Alamitos. And then there were first-time starters, where I mostly went on where the works were held. Yes, not terribly scientific.
The results were striking. I looked at all entrants, not just starters, which means it included also-eligibles and horses that eventually scratched. Of the 264 horses entered Friday through Sunday, 25% (66) were principally Golden Gate horses. As for Los Alamitos horses, they represented about 14% (38) of the time. There was no way to determine Del Mar horses needing easier conditions.
So, what’s that’s cliché about one door closing and another opening? (Although, winner of the cliché on steroids award lately is “abundance of caution.”)
Los Alamitos owner Ed Allred essentially saved Southern California racing when he converted his track to thoroughbreds after Hollywood Park closed. If he benefits from the problems up north with bigger fields, meaning bigger handle, we’re OK with it.
And, let’s not forget, Simon had it just right.
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Los Alamitos review
The big race on Saturday was the Grade 1 $300,000 Starlet for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles. But the race took a terrible turn when favorite, and $1.35 million purchase, Princess Noor was pulled up in the stretch. Spoiler alert: Things look OK.
Princess Noor was breezing in front entering the stretch when jockey Victor Espinoza brought the horse to a sudden halt. An equine ambulance was brought onto the course and the filly, steady on all four legs, walked on to the van.
“[Espinoza] said he pulled her up right away,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He said it didn’t look real bad. It was her left front. We’re going to take her back to the barn and have her X-rayed to see what the deal is. I can’t believe it. She was running so easy.”
Later, Baffert told the Daily Racing Form that X-rays showed no fractures. “It’s soft tissue,’’ Baffert said. “I don’t know if she hit herself. She’ll be fine. She didn’t break anything.’’
Varda, also trained by Baffert, won by 1 ½ lengths. The filly paid $37.80, $8.40 and $5.80. Kalypso, also trained by Baffert, was second, followed by Nasreddine and Astute. The winner received 10 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks.
“[Varda] had been working really well and she looked like the kind of filly that the farther the better with her, so that’s why we’ve been waiting and waiting with her,” Baffert said.
Astute was a close second-favorite but never put forward a run. Regular jockey Mike Smith tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and was replaced by Flavien Prat.
Los Alamitos preview
Sunday’s card is nine races with a 12:30 p.m. first start. If we haven’t mentioned, there is no turf course at Los Alamitos, so all those runners are on the shelf until Dec. 26 at Santa Anita. The feature is the fifth race, the Grade 3 $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles. The favorite, at 9-5, is Stellar Sound, for trainer Mike McCarthy and jockey Victor Espinzoa. She has won two-of-five lifetime races. She won an allowance last out by seven lengths at Santa Anita and finished third in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes the race before that. It’s only her third start this year.
There are two second favorites with Miss Stormy D (Carla Gaines, Umberto Rispoli) and Message (Bob Baffert, Flavien Prat) at 7-2. Miss Stormy D has won three of 10 and is coming off a 6 ¼-length allowance win. Message is three of 10 and coming off a 3 ¼-length allowance victory. There are six starters in the race. Post is around 2:28 p.m.
Here are the field sizes, in order: 7, 8, 10 (2 also eligible), 10 (2 ae), 6, 9, 10, 10, 10 (1 ae).
Ciaran Thornton’s LRC pick of the day
SECOND RACE: No. 4 Ca Dreamer (6-1)
Ca Dreamer has won four of the last five races, the last two being under the lights for trainer Jesus Uranga who also owns the horse. Jockey Eduard Rojas rode both those victories and rides Sunday. He is winning 22% for this trainer and 56% in the money for nice flat-bet profit. 6-1 is great value for a small stable that owns the horse, one of my favorite value betting strategies. This race is won by horses priced over 5-1 a nice 39%.
Saturday’s result: Charlotte Louise was bet down from the 15-1 morning line to the 5-2 favorite. After popping the gate and taking the lead, Louise led into the top of the long Los Alamitos stretch run but ran out of steam and finished off the board.
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 review
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Saturday.
Aqueduct (4): Grade 2 $150,000 Remsen Stakes, 2-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Brooklyn Strong ($16.20)
Aqueduct (6): Grade 3 $100,000 Go For Wand Handicap, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Sharp Starr ($4.50)
Gulfstream (6): $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, 3 and up, 1 1/8 mile. Winner: Jesus’ Team ($2.80)
Laurel (7): $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes, Mary-bred fillies 2-years-old, 7 furlongs. Winner: Street Lute ($6.00)
Aqueduct (9): Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Malathaat ($2.90)
Laurel (8): $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity, Mary-bred 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Winner: Jaxon Traveler ($2.60)
Tampa Bay (9): $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Feeling Mischief ($8.00)
Aqueduct (10): Grade 1 $250,000 Cigar Mile Handicap, 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: True Timber ($16.60)
Los Alamitos (5): Grade $300,000 Starlet Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Varda ($37.80)
Big races preview
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Sunday. All times PST.
11:45 Aqueduct (6): $250,000 New York Stallion Series (Fifth Avenue Division), fillies 2-years-old, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Laobanonaprayer (9-5)
12:17 Aqueduct (7): $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Lady Ninja (2-1)
12:45 Aqueduct (8): $250,000 New York Stallion Series (Great White Way Division), 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Dreamer’s Disease (8-5)
2:28 Los Alamitos (5): Grade 3 $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Stellar Sound (9-5)
Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day
SEVENTH RACE: No. 2 Delighted (8-1)
He comes into this race after an encouraging third-place finish against tougher allowance competition 36 nights ago and put up a solid number that compares favorably in this closely matched event. In that effort, the grey broke a little slow with his head cocked sideways while drifting inward early to lose some ground and his early racing momentum. After the decent start, this runner showed some octane to be close up early against a pair of well-meant quality rivals. He was never going to finish in the top two, but this was a strong third followed by a solid gallop out through the clubhouse turn. This runner figures to be right there and should be a nice priced contender with a typical performance.
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And now the stars of the show, Saturday’s results and Sunday’s entries.
Los Alamitos Race Course Charts Results for Saturday, December 5.
Copyright 2020 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 2nd day of a 11-day meet. Clear & Fast
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $12,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $6,250. Time 22.19 46.37 58.51 1:05.17
|8||Tiz the Standard||122||8||6||5–hd||5–½||5–½||5–¾||Cedillo||11.50|
|5||Charlotte Louise||124||5||4||1–hd||1–hd||3–½||7–hd||Valdivia, Jr.||2.80|
|3||Luv Is All U Need||124||3||5||4–hd||6–1½||8–1||8–1||Payeras||33.00|
|9||Union Smartie||124||9||7||9–2||9–1||10||10||T Baze||7.00|
|$1 EXACTA (7-10)||$85.10|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-10-2-6)||$3,700.55|
|$1 TRIFECTA (7-10-2)||$3,153.00|
Winner–Sharona Sunset B.m.5 by Sierra Sunset out of Sharoana, by Lord Carson. Bred by George Schmitt & Mary Clare Schmitt (CA). Trainer: Marcia Stortz. Owner: Schmitt, George and Mary Clare. Mutuel Pool $99,040 Exacta Pool $61,183 Superfecta Pool $29,627 Trifecta Pool $37,892. Claimed–Norma's Love by Guillermina Mena. Trainer: Yanet Rodriguez. Claimed–Laker Jet by Saldana, Reed and Unruh, John. Trainer: Reed Saldana. Scratched–Be Lifted Up, Starza.
SHARONA SUNSET attended the pace three deep early then chased the three wide around the turn, drew alongside the top pair in upper stretch, took control near the three-sixteenths, cleared then drifted inward through the final furlong and held off the runner-up. PASITO tracked widest early, took the turn five then four wide, drifted to the inside in the stretch, rallied inside the winner but was not enough. VIDALIA stalked the pace from inside, tipped out into the stretch, angled out at the three-sixteenths pole and bested the rest. NORMA'S LOVE tracked three wide then angled out in upper stretch and finished evenly in the late stages. TIZ THE STANDARD traveled four wide into the turn, angled down to the two path around the bend and lacked a serious bid. LAKER JET angled out on the turn, exited five wide and improved position but failed to threaten. CHARLOTTE LOUISE vied for the lead from between foes then dueled outside a rival around the turn and into the stretch, vied between foes in the lane and weakened in the final furlong. LUV IS ALL U NEED chased outside a rival, angled in on the turn, angled out with a furlong to go and could not rally. COPPER COWGIRL vied early from inside, dueled with CHARLOTTE LOUISE around the turn and into the stretch then weakened in the late stages. UNION SMARTIE chased five wide into the turn then four wide leaving the bend and never made an impact.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.75 45.27 57.76 1:04.65
|2||Little Miss Belle||122||1||3||5–½||5–1½||2–1½||2–4||Pereira||5.30|
|6||Something Chatter||124||5||8||9–8||9–10||9–12||9–9||Rojas Fernandez||147.10|
|2||LITTLE MISS BELLE||4.80||3.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-4)||$104.00|
|$1 EXACTA (4-2)||$18.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-2-7-9)||$47.89|
|$1 TRIFECTA (4-2-7)||$72.70|
Winner–Vangogo B.f.4 by Gio Ponti out of Lac Du Printemps, by Meadowlake. Bred by Frank A. Penn (KY). Trainer: Jonathan Wong. Owner: R3 Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $98,867 Daily Double Pool $18,009 Exacta Pool $61,673 Superfecta Pool $35,464 Trifecta Pool $43,512. Scratched–Derby Luck.
VANGOGO sped clear to set the pace up the backstretch, drew away around the turn, widened in upper stretch and remained well clear under a few taps of right-handed urging. LITTLE MISS BELLE chased from inside, came out into the stretch, whittled the gap on the winner late and proved second best. M FAST traveled off the pace early, went four wide into the turn, five wide into the stretch, produced a mild rally and outfinished FIERCE KITTY for the show. FIERCE KITTY bumped twice from outside at the start, took the turn three then four wide and got outkicked for the show honors. SIENA SILK pinballed leaving the gate, chased off the rail, three wide into the turn then moved to the two path, angled in at the top of the lane and lacked the necessary response. LISTEN LINDA chased two wide then outside a rival, a bit off the rail into the stretch and never rallied. PALM D'ORO broke in and bumped rival leaving the gate, chased three wide and weakened. TICO TIME saved ground then angled out in the lane and proved no menace. SOMETHING CHATTER raced four then five wide on the turn and was never a factor. SLAMIN' DADDY broke in, trailed into the stretch and was always outrun.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 22.33 45.93 57.93 1:04.16
|9||Rickie Nine Toe's||122||9||3||3–½||2–2½||3–2½||3–2||Payeras||8.70|
|5||Ballet Royalty||124||5||6||9||9||9||9||Lopez, Jr.||91.20|
|9||RICKIE NINE TOE'S||4.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-1)||$13.80|
|$1 EXACTA (1-4)||$7.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-9-6)||$9.11|
|$1 TRIFECTA (1-4-9)||$28.80|
Winner–Saving Sophie Grr.f.4 by Creative Cause out of Pelt, by Canadian Frontier. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Kuster, Brereton C.Jones, Heinz Steinmann et al (KY). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Besecker, Joseph E. and Rothblum, Steve. Mutuel Pool $128,138 Daily Double Pool $9,966 Exacta Pool $93,879 Superfecta Pool $54,408 Trifecta Pool $64,083. Claimed–Saving Sophie by Childers, Monique and Hanson, Ryan. Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (7-4-1) paid $108.40. Pick Three Pool $30,121.
SAVING SOPHIE brushed from outside at the start, tracked off the rail, three deep into the stretch, tipped out at the top of the lane, closed from outside and inhaled STRADARI to get up late. STRADARI took control early, met bid around the turn and turned away foe at the five-sixteenths pole, kicked clear in upper stretch but was reeled in by the winner. RICKIE NINE TOE'S in range outside a rival, made a mild bid around the turn from outside but could not match strides entering the stretch, chased the top pair through the final furlong and held the show. KALLINIKI broke in and brushed, raced between rivals early, five deep into the stretch and could not rally. ICE KITTY tracked five deep early, six wide into the stretch and improved position. DAIRY KID broke in and bumped rival, settled between foes, four deep into the stretch, drifted inward in the lane and never responded when called upon. QUEEN VERRAZANO bumped both sides leaving the gate, forwardly placed near the inside, saved ground around the turn and weakened. EXCESS COIL up close early outside the leader, lost ground around the bend and faded. BALLET ROYALTY brushed leaving the gate, chased between then was crowded from the half-mile pole to the sevensixteenths, went three wide into the lane and had little left.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $42,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 21.98 45.64 57.65 1:04.09
|9||Sir Williams Dream||115||9||10||10||9–½||8–1½||6–1||Centeno||86.50|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-8)||$22.60|
|$1 EXACTA (8-6)||$21.10|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-6-10-1)||$86.36|
|$1 TRIFECTA (8-6-10)||$60.80|
Winner–Alpine Thunder Dbb.c.2 by Empire Way out of Alpine Echo, by Swiss Yodeler. Bred by Heinz H. Steinmann (KY). Trainer: Jose Hernandez, Jr.. Owner: Huntertown Farm LLC. Mutuel Pool $141,019 Daily Double Pool $16,606 Exacta Pool $89,790 Superfecta Pool $48,042 Trifecta Pool $53,451. Scratched–My Man Bags, Proud Musket.
$1 Pick Three (4-1-8) paid $23.30. Pick Three Pool $16,764.
ALPINE THUNDER stalked off the rail, three wide then four wide into the stretch, rallied to the front at the three-sixteenths, kicked clear and won going away under a drive. CHAMPAGNE PEGASUS settled off the pace, raced two wide into the turn, four wide into the stretch, rallied and was along for the place. THELUTEISMINE forwardly placed from the outside, bid outside the top pair at the three-eighths pole, challenged into the stretch, could not go on with the winner in the final furlong and was edged for the place. ROWDY OH hustled early from inside, set the pace up the backstretch, dueled around the turn, was overtaken at the three-sixteenths pole and flattened to a minor award. RUNAWAY KRISTIN showed early speed then chased between rivals, entered the turn in the two path, dropped back around the bend, exited the bend two to three wide and kept on through the final furlong. SIR WILLIAMS DREAM lacked early speed, angled into the two path, came out into the stretch and passed tired rivals. STANDING O chased two wide into the lane and weakened. PROUD LION chased outside the leader, headed rival into the turn and dueled for command around the bend, vied between exiting the turn and weakened in the lane. OMPH off the pace early, three wide into the lane and was never a factor. UNHINGED raced between rivals then was crowded early, angled to the inside then came a bit off the rail into the stretch and made no impact.
1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $300,000. 'Starlet Stakes'. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.91 46.43 1:10.15 1:37.51 1:44.53
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-5)||$193.60|
|$1 EXACTA (5-1)||$96.90|
|$1 TRIFECTA (5-1-2)||$473.80|
Winner–Varda B.f.2 by Distorted Humor out of She'll Be Right, by Sky Mesa. Bred by Masters 2013 LLC &Distorted Humor Syndicate (NY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Baoma Corporation. Mutuel Pool $345,909 Daily Double Pool $23,556 Exacta Pool $138,279 Trifecta Pool $112,624. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (1-8-5) paid $135.40. Pick Three Pool $48,806. $1 Pick Four (1/4-1-8-5) 4 correct paid $446.30. Pick Four Pool $119,393. 50-Cent Pick Five (7-1/4-1-8-5) 5 correct paid $9,368.85. Pick Five Pool $326,157.
VARDA went four wide through the first turn, settled at the back of the field, traveled three then four wide around the second turn, closed outside the leader, drew alongside at the sixteenth pole and cleared late. KALYPSO set the pace in the two path around the first turn, showed the way up the backstretch, headed by rival at the three-eighths, lost command soon after, chased into the stretch then inherited the lead when PRINCESS NOOR was pulled up approaching the quarter pole, led clear through the lane, clung to a short lead at the sixteenth pole and yielded to the winner. NASREDDINE stalked off the inside, two to three wide around the far turn and finished evenly for the show honors. ASTUTE stalked the pace from inside, two wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. PRINCESS NOOR stalked outside the leader in the early stages, closed in and headed rival at the three-eighths pole, took control soon after, cleared rival past the five-sixteenths, eased and steered outside at the top of the lane, pulled up in upper stretch, then walked into the van under her own power following the race.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $42,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 21.71 45.33 57.75 1:04.30
|9||Absolute Anna||122||8||9||9–2½||8–½||6–2½||1–½||Van Dyke||4.50|
|5||Jump Into the Fire||122||5||5||4–½||5–½||5–hd||6–5||Rispoli||16.90|
|10||Chrome of Our Own||122||9||7||8–2||9–3||9–4||7–2||Valdivia, Jr.||57.50|
|1||Kind But She Lies||122||1||4||5–1||6–1½||7–2||8–4||Hernandez||37.10|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-9)||$234.00|
|$1 EXACTA (9-3)||$68.30|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-3-7-11)||$127.40|
|$1 TRIFECTA (9-3-7)||$295.70|
Winner–Absolute Anna Grr.f.2 by Raison d'Etat out of Grit and Grace, by Tapit. Bred by Calumet Farm (KY). Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: Hollendorfer, LLC and January, Dennis. Mutuel Pool $181,690 Daily Double Pool $32,544 Exacta Pool $116,972 Superfecta Pool $41,451 Trifecta Pool $55,144. Scratched–Ghostly Gal, Ginja.
$1 Pick Three (8-5-9) paid $402.70. Pick Three Pool $33,182.
ABSOLUTE ANNA dropped back early, went two then three wide around the turn, angled to the fence in the stretch, rallied along the inside and got up in time. LADY MYSTIFY vied between for the lead, drifted out in the lane, led late but was caught by the winner. FREEDOM FLYER broke in, tracked off the rail, three wide into the stretch, angled inward in the drive, closed but got outkicked by the top pair. LUNATIC chased wide up the backstretch, four wide into the lane, tipped out in upper stretch, chased within striking distance through the final furlong but could not summon the needed late kick. HONOR AMERICA vied for the lead from inside then a bit off the rail into the stretch, drifted out in the lane and yielded late. JUMP INTO THE FIRE broke in and bumped rival, up close early four deep, chased five wide into the lane, then flattened out deep stretch. CHROME OF OUR OWN angled in nearing the turn, saved ground along the inside then moved off the rail a bit into the stretch, steered out further in the lane and never threatened. KIND BUT SHE LIES chased from inside and weakened. BACKTOFLASH forced in and shuffled back at the start and never got involved. MISS MELODY bumped leaving the gate, vied three deep then drifted out into the stretch and tired.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.00 45.08 56.83 1:03.24
|8||Single Me Out||122||6||9||9||9||7–½||3–ns||Franco||9.40|
|7||Johnny Podres||122||5||8||8–½||8–hd||5–½||4–1¼||T Baze||3.50|
|3||Bound to Bet||122||2||2||1–hd||1–hd||3–hd||6–¾||Orduna-Rojas||20.10|
|8||SINGLE ME OUT||4.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-10)||$41.60|
|$1 EXACTA (10-9)||$15.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (10-9-8-7)||$36.57|
|$1 TRIFECTA (10-9-8)||$85.70|
Winner–Psycho Dar Grr.g.5 by Storm Wolf out of Stormin Mon, by Maria's Mon. Bred by Liberty Road Stables (CA). Trainer: Kristin Mulhall. Owner: 47 Roses, LLC. Mutuel Pool $215,616 Daily Double Pool $18,429 Exacta Pool $150,173 Superfecta Pool $63,307 Trifecta Pool $84,364. Scratched–Hot Encounter, Perfect Fanny.
$1 Pick Three (5-9-10) paid $373.70. Pick Three Pool $77,680.
PSYCHO DAR stumbled leaving the gate, chased outside the top trio, raced four wide around the turn, forced out by SHADY EMPIRE at the quarter pole, lugged in past the eighth pole, battled down to the wire and dug in late to edge rival. SHADY EMPIRE chased outside the top pair, vied three deep around the turn, came out and bothered rival at the quarter pole, continued to duel to the eighth pole then got forced in when PSYCHO DAR lugged inward, fought back from inside in the closing moments and just missed. SINGLE ME OUT threw head and stumbled leaving the gate, trailed the field early, went four to five wide around the turn, rallied late and got up for the show. JOHNNY PODRES stumbled at the start, settled off the pace, traveled two wide or outside a rival into the stretch, steered to the inside, rallied and got edged for the show. SOUND JUDGMENT stalked the pace up the backstretch, traveled two wide then tipped out in upper stretch and went evenly in the late stages. BOUND TO BET showed early speed then vied for the lead between foes to the stretch and weakened. FLICFLAC chased off the rail, angled in and saved ground around the turn but could not rally when needed. MON CAMO had early speed from the inside, vied with outside foes around the turn and into the stretch then gave way. DETANGLER tracked wide up the backstretch, three to four wide around the turn, drifted inward in the stretch and had little left. FOLLOWING AN INQUIRY, THE STEWARDS RULED THAT SHADY EMPIRE CAME OUT AND INTERFERED WITH PSYCHO DAR AT THE QUARTER POLE AND THEN PYSCHO DAR LUGGED IN AND FORCED SHADY EMPIRE INWARD PAST THE EIGHTH POLE, BOTH INCIDENTS OFFSET EACH OTHER AND THERE WOULD BE NO CHANGE IN THE ORDER OF FINISH.
1 Mile. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 23.11 46.53 1:11.18 1:23.29 1:35.96
|2||Our Silver Oak||121||2||6||5–hd||5–½||2–½||1–½||1–1¾||Cedillo||13.20|
|7||Strike Me Down||121||7||3||3–1||3–½||1–½||2–1½||2–1¼||Maldonado||1.50|
|4||Go Daddy Go||121||4||9||9||8–hd||8–4||7–1||4–½||Pereira||14.70|
|6||Seeking Refuge||124||6||8||8–½||9||7–½||8–10||7–½||T Baze||28.00|
|8||Colour Me Happy||121||8||2||7–1½||7–hd||6–½||6–½||8–20||Hernandez||19.50|
|2||OUR SILVER OAK||28.40||9.40||5.80|
|7||STRIKE ME DOWN||3.80||3.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-2)||$102.80|
|$1 EXACTA (2-7)||$62.90|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-7-5-4)||$144.90|
|$1 TRIFECTA (2-7-5)||$270.10|
Winner–Our Silver Oak Grr.g.4 by Unusual Heat out of Strawberry Flash, by Alphabet Soup. Bred by M Auerbach, LLC (CA). Trainer: Jonathan Wong. Owner: Jones, Robert, Nentwig, Michael and Pagano, Ray. Mutuel Pool $248,502 Daily Double Pool $22,373 Exacta Pool $157,340 Superfecta Pool $82,778 Trifecta Pool $105,102. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (9-10-2) paid $194.30. Pick Three Pool $35,811.
OUR SILVER OAK mid-pack two wide around the first turn, went outside a rival then between on the backstretch, crept up three wide around the far turn, drew alongside rival at the quarter pole, cleared past the three-sixteenths, drifted out with a sixteenth to go and remained clear. STRIKE ME DOWN went four wide around the first turn then chased outside a rival, bid three deep at the seven-sixteenths pole, took control around the turn, overtaken by the winner in the stretch and stayed on to secure the place. MARGOT'S BOY dueled for the lead from outside, lost command at the three-eighths, chased along the inside into the drive and held the show. GO DADDY GO unhurried in the beginning, traveled in the two path then angled out into the stretch, showed a mild response and picked up a minor award. POPULAR KID traveled four deep around the first turn, remained off the rail up the backstretch, asked four wide around the far turn and flattened out in the final furlong. CAJUN TREASURE stalked the speedy pair from inside and never produced a bid. SEEKING REFUGE bobbled leaving the gate, reserved off the inside, three deep into the far turn, five wide into the stretch and could not rally. COLOUR ME HAPPY (GB) went three deep around the first turn, tracked outside a rival then between foes, spun three wide off the far turn and never threatened. MUGARITZ dueled from inside, dropped back around the far turn and tired.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 21.85 45.13 57.32 1:03.93
|6||Shimmer Me Timbers||122||4||2||2–2||1–½||1–1||1–2½||Cedillo||1.20|
|3||Luckys Last Stand||122||2||1||1–hd||2–1||3–2||3–ns||Pereira||4.30|
|10||Ben's a Goalie||122||8||5||5–4||4–½||4–1½||4–4||Valdivia, Jr.||16.90|
|11||Robin's Legacy||122||9||9||9–2||9–½||9–2½||9–4||T Baze||21.20|
|4||Mancuso At the Mic||122||3||6||6–½||8–2||10||10||Figueroa||79.90|
|6||SHIMMER ME TIMBERS||4.40||3.40||2.40|
|3||LUCKYS LAST STAND||4.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-6)||$73.20|
|$1 EXACTA (6-9)||$30.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-9-3-10)||$157.19|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-9-3-10-8)||$3,305.90|
|$1 TRIFECTA (6-9-3)||$140.10|
Winner–Shimmer Me Timbers Dbb.c.2 by Eddington out of Speedy Shimmer, by Rocky Bar. Bred by Melissa Ford (CA). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: Melissa Ford. Mutuel Pool $212,364 Daily Double Pool $70,630 Exacta Pool $120,021 Superfecta Pool $70,062 Super High Five Pool $23,426 Trifecta Pool $83,227. Scratched–Autism Can Do, Detective Bernardo.
$1 Pick Three (10-2-6) paid $107.20. Pick Three Pool $122,725. $1 Pick Four (9-2/5/10-2-2/5/6) 4 correct paid $426.40. Pick Four Pool $487,192. $2 Pick Six (8-5-9-2/5/10-2-2/5/6) 5 out of 6 paid $1,114.60. Pick Six Pool $64,423. Pick Six Carryover $41,604.
SHIMMER ME TIMBERS dueled outside of LUCKYS LAST STAND, drifted out a bit leaving the turn, cleared in upper stretch and inched away late. TRIBAL NATION stalked outside the top pair, ranged up three then four wide into the stretch, lacked the needed late punch to best the winner but edged LUCKYS LAST STAND for the place. LUCKYS LAST STAND dueled for the lead from inside into and around the turn, chased the winner through the lane and got outkicked for second. BEN'S A GOALIE chased off the inside then angled into the two path, traveled two wide or outside a rival around the bend, swung out nearing the stretch and summoned a mild late bid. STALKING SHADOW raced off the rail then between rivals at the three-eighths pole, came off the turn four wide and never made an impact. FATHER O'FLAHERTY in range early and angled over to the inside, traveled a bit off the rail into the stretch, came out in the drive and flattened. MUSICAL GEM veered in at the start, traveled two wide into the turn, three wide into the lane and passed tired rivals. HARD METAL chased near the back of the pack early, four then five wide around the turn and never threatened. ROBIN'S LEGACY angled in early, went two wide into the drive and had nothing left. MANCUSO AT THE MIC saved ground off the pace and was never a factor.
|Out of State||N/A||$6,703,564|
Los Alamitos Race Course Entries for Sunday, December 6.
Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 3rd day of a 11-day meet.
1 Mile. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. State bred.
|1||Equivocator||Cerapio Figueroa||118||Quinn Howey||12-1||40,000|
|2||Lovesick Blues||Francisco Orduna-Rojas||118||Steven Miyadi||10-1||40,000|
|3||He Be Dangerous||Jessica Pyfer||111||Richard Baltas||8-1||40,000|
|4||Lemon Drop Shot||Ricardo Gonzalez||122||Jonathan Wong||8-5||50,000|
|5||Crash Corrigan||Tyler Baze||122||Steven Miyadi||9-5||50,000|
|6||Broken Finger||Javier Matias||122||Rafael DeLeon||20-1||50,000|
|7||Club Cal||Edwin Maldonado||122||Cynthia A. Kelley||4-1||50,000|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $16,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Purdue||Edwin Maldonado||124||Eddie Truman||5-1|
|2||Just Grace||Abel Cedillo||124||Peter Miller||5-2|
|3||Jenpirestrikesback||Juan Hernandez||124||Andy Mathis||6-1|
|4||Ca Dreamer||Fernandez Rojas||124||Jesus J. Uranga||6-1|
|5||Takes a Village||Santos Rivera||117||Reed Saldana||15-1|
|6||Mama's Kid||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||124||Jonathan Wong||3-1|
|7||C C the Bartender||Ramon Guce||124||Marcia Stortz||20-1|
|8||Coalinga Hills||Edgar Payeras||124||Martin F. Jones||9-2|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $23,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000.
|1||Winter Star||Carlos Lopez, Jr.||122||Hector O. Palma||12-1||30,000|
|2||Daring Cat||Tyler Baze||122||Alfredo P. Marquez||9-2||30,000|
|3||Clare's Irish Eyes||Ramon Guce||122||Marcia Stortz||30-1||30,000|
|4||Best Lady||Javier Matias||122||Rafael DeLeon||15-1||30,000|
|5||Atlantic Strike||Mario Gutierrez||122||Jamey R. Thomas||8-1||30,000|
|6||Pink Phlox||Ruben Fuentes||122||George Papaprodromou||8-1||30,000|
|7||Tequila Diva||Juan Hernandez||122||Jeff Bonde||5-1||30,000|
|8||Take Her Temp||Ricardo Gonzalez||122||Steven Miyadi||4-1||30,000|
|9||As Required||Santos Rivera||117||John W. Sadler||3-1||30,000|
|10||Paint Me Again||Alexis Centeno||115||Sal Gonzalez||8-1||30,000|
|11||Big Hoochie Mama||Henry Lopez||115||Jerry Wallace, II||20-1||30,000|
|12||Streaming Tiger||Francisco Amparan||122||Jose R. Gonzalez, Jr.||5-1||30,000|
1 Mile. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000.
|1||Floyd Moneymaker||Tyler Baze||122||Val Brinkerhoff||10-1||18,000|
|2||Fort Dodge||Edgar Payeras||124||Martin Valenzuela, III||15-1||20,000|
|3||Afleeting Life||Geovanni Franco||124||Joshua M. Litt||6-1||20,000|
|4||Classic Presence||Emily Ellingwood||110||Blake R. Heap||8-1||18,000|
|5||Magical Illusion||Francisco Amparan||122||Alberto Amparan||8-1|
|6||Twirling Derby||Santos Rivera||117||Ruben Gomez||6-1||20,000|
|7||Meadway||Alexis Centeno||117||John E. Cortez||6-1||20,000|
|8||Barhopsky||Ramon Guce||122||Sergio Morfin||5-1||20,000|
|9||Gambini||Jessica Pyfer||113||Jeff Mullins||5-2||18,000|
|10||Here I Go Indy||Barrington Harvey||122||Jaime Lopez||20-1||18,000|
|11||Luck Is My Name||Santos Rivera||119||Leobardo Rivera||3-1||20,000|
|12||Marino Heat||Jose Dominguez||120||Robert J. Lucas||20-1||18,000|
1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Bayakoa Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Miss Stormy D||Umberto Rispoli||119||Carla Gaines||7-2|
|2||Blue Diva||Ricardo Gonzalez||119||Isidro Tamayo||4-1|
|3||Donut Girl||Edwin Maldonado||119||Brian T. Cunningham||12-1|
|4||Stellar Sound||Victor Espinoza||116||Michael W. McCarthy||9-5|
|5||Message||Flavien Prat||119||Bob Baffert||7-2|
|6||Proud Emma||Mike Smith||119||Peter Miller||9-2|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $16,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Dutt Bart||Luis Valenzuela||124||Gail E. Ruffu||20-1|
|2||Turnaround||Fernandez Rojas||124||Robert A. Bean||12-1|
|3||Hong Kong Cowboy||Edgar Payeras||124||Quinn Howey||6-1|
|4||Always Working||Cerapio Figueroa||122||Jorge Rosales||7-2|
|5||Autumn Day||Emily Ellingwood||114||Ryan Hanson||4-1|
|6||Buster Douglas||Francisco Orduna-Rojas||124||Milton G. Pineda||12-1|
|7||Awhitesportscoat||Edwin Maldonado||124||Steve Knapp||5-2|
|8||Muhney Line||Santos Rivera||119||Leanna L. Ekstrom||20-1|
|9||R Cha Cha||Alexis Centeno||117||George Papaprodromou||4-1|
5 Furlongs. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $10,000-$9,000.
|1||Rocky's Show||Henry Lopez||117||Jesus J. Uranga||8-1||10,000|
|2||See Through It||Francisco Orduna-Rojas||122||Jeffrey Metz||8-1||10,000|
|3||Rinse and Repeat||Edgar Payeras||124||Lorenzo Ruiz||6-1||10,000|
|4||Portando||Ramon Guce||124||William Spawr||3-1||10,000|
|5||More Honor||Edwin Maldonado||122||Hector O. Palma||20-1||9,000|
|6||Good On Ya||Santos Rivera||119||Anthony A. Stabile||15-1||10,000|
|7||Potente Alba||Abel Cedillo||124||Isidro Tamayo||8-1||10,000|
|8||Little Cents||Ricardo Gonzalez||122||Bill McLean||10-1||10,000|
|9||Leadville||Heriberto Figueroa||124||Felix Rondan||10-1|
|10||Short of Ez||Tyler Baze||124||Rosemary Trela||5-2||10,000|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Lincoln City||Drayden Van Dyke||124||J. Eric Kruljac||6-1|
|2||Hollywood Heat||Javier Matias||124||Jose Raudales||15-1|
|3||Fantastic Day||Cerapio Figueroa||120||Jorge Rosales||15-1|
|4||Darnquick||Geovanni Franco||120||Efrain Miranda||15-1||40,000|
|5||Jamming Eddy||Juan Hernandez||122||Peter Miller||7-2|
|6||Thanks Mr. Eidson||Edwin Maldonado||122||Jeff Bonde||9-2|
|7||Sigalert||Umberto Rispoli||122||John W. Sadler||5-1|
|8||Passionate Reward||Tyler Baze||122||Isidro Tamayo||10-1||40,000|
|9||Tilted Towers||Abel Cedillo||122||Philip D'Amato||6-1|
|10||Captain Scotty||Ricardo Gonzalez||124||Peter Miller||5-1||40,000|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Don't Stop Lookin||Edgar Payeras||122||Robert A. Bean||30-1|
|2||Queen of the Track||Edwin Maldonado||124||Jeff Bonde||5-1|
|3||Trouville||Santos Rivera||117||Leonard Powell||7-2|
|4||Flat Out Joy||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||124||Ronald W. Ellis||3-1|
|5||Secret Square||Ricardo Gonzalez||122||John W. Sadler||8-1|
|6||Miss Fia||Juan Hernandez||124||David E. Hofmans||6-1|
|7||Sugar Pickel||Umberto Rispoli||122||Peter Eurton||8-1|
|8||Munny||Tyler Baze||122||Blaine D. Wright||8-1|
|9||Florentine Diamond||Geovanni Franco||122||Paula S. Capestro||8-1|
|10||Ole Silver||Alexis Centeno||115||Philip D'Amato||15-1|
|11||Raneem||Abel Cedillo||124||Bob Baffert||4-1|
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