Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Favored Wake Up Nick showed a new dimension Sunday at Los Alamitos, rallying from off the pace to win the $103,900 Barretts Juvenile and remain undefeated.

The victory by the 2-year-old son of Cindago gave trainer Doug O’Neill a weekend stakes sweep. He had won the $93,850 Barretts Debutante Saturday with Sharla Rae, who upset heavily-favored Into Oblivion in the race for 2-year-old fillies.

Owned by J. Paul Reddam;s Reddam Racing LLC, Wake Up Nick, who was purchased for $35,000 at the Barretts March sale earlier this year, is 5-for-5 after his latest success with four of those wins coming in stakes.

Out of the Lion Hearted mare Storm Hearted, Wake Up Nick added the Juvenile to a stakes resume that already included the Santa Anita Juvenile as well as the Graduation and I’m Smokin Stakes at Del Mar, the latter coming just 13 days ago.

Breaking from the inside under new rider Elvis Trujillo, who also rode Sharla Rae 24 hours earlier, Wake Up Nick, the 11-10 favorite against seven other colts & geldings who had been offered for purchase at any Barretts sale, was shuffled back and was in front of only two of his rivals after the opening half-mile.

However, Trujillo was able to find a seam with about an eighth of a mile remaining and pulled clear late to win by 2 ¾ lengths. He ran the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.60 and returned $4.20, $2.80 and $2.20. It was the fourth time in his career he’s been the public choice.

The $57,684 payday pushed Wake Up Nick’s earnings to $308,784.
“He’s such a cool horse,’’ said O’Neill. “Elvis did a brilliant job. Watching it unfold I thought we might be in serious trouble because he didn’t get a comfortable go of it the first quarter of a mile, but Elvis (Trujillo) knew what he had and this horse just knows where the wire is.’’

Making his first start since an authoritative maiden win July 12 at Los Alamitos, Rowdy Dylan, the 9-5 second choice, finished a half-length in front of 13-1 shot Top Drawer. The son of Sky Mesa did so despite running loose briefly prior to the start after unseating jockey Edwin Maldonado, then raced erratically through the stretch, winding up near the outside rail.

Rowdy Dylan returned $2.60 and $2.20 while the show price on Top Drawer was $3.40. Completing the order of finish were Zendai, Colorado Strong, Peradventure, Doc Charney and Matty’s Tribal.
Earlier in the day, apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke tripled, winning with his first three mounts. The leading jockey at the Summer Thoroughbred Festival meet in July, Van Dyke won the first with Navarre, the second with Kohala and the fourth with Cin City Lady.

With four days remaining in the Fall meet, Fernando Perez leads the rider standings with seven victories, one more than Van Dyke. William Antongeorgi III is third with five wins.
Racing resumes Thursday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 2 p.m.

Sunday, September 14, 2014



Non winner's of two 8 G claiming route at the distance of one mile open for three year old's and up!


Lucky Cotton last year ran with some quality horses.........I expect he is better then what appears this year.........I like how he is training over this course.  

Caramuru takes the huge class drop......He was vanned off in May then his last was a mere sprint prep......this distance is his distance to run at........

Craig Dollase puts on the blinker's on Navarre.......who is the morning line favorite. He gets the bug boy to ride so weight comes off........Craig claimed him two races back...I like him to win this....

               1. Navarre     won


Maiden 20 G dash for fillies and mares three year old and up!


A tough race because of the first time starter's running in this low level dash. The horse that has run but might be hard to trust is the favorite Gisele At Fonz's. But having said that he has speed and needed last race where he pressed fast factions before fading to sixth......He had a horrible post last race might be a valid excuse......He shortens up in distance........Peter Miller and Edwin team up......

Mike Puype is excellent with first timer's........He sends out Kohala which is sired by Memo who bred's quickness........She looks like a runner to me.

Val Brinkerhoff sends out Stormy Dreams which is sired by Stormin Fever.........bred to outrun her odds.......beware!

         1. Kohala                won
         2. Stormy Dreams

         3. Gisele's At Fronz's


A 8 G claiming dash non winners of two open to three year old's and up!


Bill Spawr trains Dehere Is Gone who I have bet in the past......He runs much better over the dirt then over the all-weather surface at Del Mar.

             1. Dehere Is Gone
             2. Omar Little         won
             3. Patriotic Lion

             Long Shot  Own It


Maiden 20 G sprint for fillies and mares on the main track!


Cheap modest maiden dash to the wire........but having said that Tom Proctor is excellent with first time starts.....He sends out Cin City Lady........sired by Indian Charlie..........looks very live to me......She is bred to be quick and win early.......

         1. Cin City Lady
         2. Tiz Bliss


Maiden special weight sprint for two year old fillies!


          1. Ritzy Tags
          2. Doctor Susan
          3. Miss Green Pond

         LONG SHOT  Fateer


A maiden special weight sprint for three year old's and up!


I was impress with Shaniel fast pace at Del Mar before fading.....He shortens up in distance and I expect over the dirt he will run better then what he did on the turf........He's A Bling is one of the favorites. I will take Shaniel over the favorite.........Day Of Fury trained by Baffert looks to be the one to beat.

              1. Shaniel
              2. Day Of Fury
              3. He's A Bling


A claiming 16 G sprint open for three year old's and up!


I was impressed with Sacred Ovation and I will bet him over Half Dome Dude.

           1. Sacred Ovation

           2. Half Dome Dude


The feature race on Today's card is the non graded sprint race for two year old colt's and gelding's.


I was impressed how Rowdy Dylan ran a broke his maiden over this track.........trained by Peter Miller........on paper Wake Up Nick has won four races out of four......He is the one to beat looking for his fifth straight win......A interesting live long shot to me is Colorado Strong.......He has excellent pedigree and can stalk behind the speed types which this field has plenty of........It will be hard to bet against Wake Up Nick but I like how Rowdy Dylan looked flying past the wire.........

           1. Rowdy Dylan
           2. Wake Up Nick
           3. Colorado Strong


A one mile maiden 20 G claiming route race at one mile!


Cotton Valley...did not like Del Mar so just throw out the last two races.......Mike Puype trains this three year old gelding.....Tyler Baze re-rides which is a positive sign to me........

Higher Mandate is coming back off a lay off.....sneaky ass trainer and a jockey that looks like another Joel Rosario.........a talented jockey I expect to see in years to come.

             1. Higher Mandate
             2. Cotton Valley

Saturday, September 13, 2014



One mile maiden special weight for fillies and mares three year olds and up!


Art Of War..........bred to run better on dirt then what she did at Del Mar in her two turf races......switches to the dirt today.......shortens up in distance and is bred by A. P. Indy.........excellent sire!

Cee's Tizzy Belle first time on the dirt.......bred in California owned and bred by the owner of Tiz Flirtatious.....

Sierra Electrica can upset this field morning line is 6 to 1........Good jockey rides this shipper with speed'

          1.  Art Of War
          2.  Sierra Electrica
          3.  Cee's Tizzy Belle



A five and half sprint for maiden special weight fillies and mares three year old and up!


The first time starter Unforgettable U looks scary to me on the outside post.......sired by Tale Of The Cat out of smoking hot mare Point Given............fast half mile work out by trainer Carl O'Callahan who is based at this track!

             1.    Unforgettable U
             2.    Summerofsixtythree
             3.    Spy Girl


A one mile 20 G maiden race for fillies and mares three year olds and up!


John Sadler trains Bella Campari......big time class drop for Sadler......needed last race I expect this time she will improve with a big performance.

Pace will make this race.....I expect  Full Of Spice to press a fast early and Afleet Echo...........

                1. Bella Campari
                2. L X Sunrise
                3. Madame Heat


A starter allowance going one mile open to three year old's and up!


Cinmars Dance......did not like the poly track......check out the bullet five furlong works.........He likes the dirt and run better as he broke his maiden on Santa Anita Park over the dirt going a mile....that was a year ago!

Zackos My Man trained by sneaky Sam and ridden by Kyla has been off since May where he was eased......He broke his maiden over the dirt at Santa Anita......Has speed and I like how he has been working long works.......

Macho Sox switches to the dirt for the first time.........Prince Of Paris was D Q'ed and the class dropper Ontology was taken up to first.......do not dismiss this as Mark Glatt trains......never can leave his horses out

            1. Cinmars Dance
            2. Zackos My Man
            3. Prince Of Paris


Optional claimer sprint state restricted for three year old's and up!


Tribal Desert has won two of three off a long lay off........He won his last race sprinting at this distance at this track. He needs a fast pace so he can mow them down late.

Johns Journey has speed and he can be dangerous if no one goes with him......Brando The Birdman looks to be the speed of the speed.....he needed his last race so catch him to win this race.

          1. Tribal Desert
          2. Brando The Birdman
          3. Johns Jouney

RACE 8        

The feature race of today's card is for two year old fillies.....six and half furlongs is the distance.


Into Oblivion...She ran a awesome race at the beach....James Casssidy trains this talented filly as Martin Garcia rides as Mike Smith takes a short vacation. Sold for 200 G's she runs like a horse that can wait then stalk the rabbits then mow them down as she should like the added distance.

Doug O'Neil trains Sharla Rae who exits thee Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar......she finished fourth behind Sunset Glow who came back and won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante...She too runs from off the pace and will need a fast pace to mow them down.....She warrants major respect.

A interesting maiden is Slew's Charm who finished third in the Cinderella........game filly that can upset this field....she has three morning works over this track!

            1. Into Oblivion
            2. Sharla Rae
            3. Slew's Charm


Non winner's of two 16 G claiming sprint race ends the card.


Brian Kornier trains Kochees  who goes from turf to dirt.......bred to relish the dirt.......love the trainer as Gryder rides...this four year old talented colt is sired by Tale Of The Cat that does run strong over the dirt.

Roman Tizzy should love this distance as he was flying home later.......route to sprint angle for trainer Peter Eurton....

           1. Kochees
           2. Roman Tizzy
           3. No Ma'am.......do not dismiss!

Friday, September 12, 2014



Five and half furlong 20 G maiden dash to the wire open for three year old's and up!

Dan Blacker sends out the first time starter The 12 Man........sired by Storm Cat out of the mare Tossofthecoin.........above average pedigree that is bred to win early to bred to be quick from the start.

             1. The 12th Man  (SECOND)
             2. Exponentially
             3. Salt Power  (WON)


2,4,5 WITH 1,3,7,10 WITH 1,2,3 WITH 10

COST $13.50

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

California Chrome

Readying for his return to racing later in two weeks in Pennsylvania, dual classic winner California Chrome worked a strong six furlongs between races Sept. 6 at Los Alamitos Race Coursehis home trackin front of an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd.

Turning in what trainer Art Sherman called his best work since he was put back in training after a brief break following his Triple Crown campaign, the 3-year-old Lucky Pulpit   colt drilled six furlongs in 1:10.37 and galloped out seven-eighths of a mile in 1:24. The chestnut colt was accompanied by regular jockey Victor Espinoza through quarter-mile fractions of :24 3/5 and :47 4/5. 

California Chrome, who hasn't raced since finishing in a dead heat for fourth in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7, is scheduled to make his next start in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Parx Racing. The race is to be his only prep prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn were at Los Alamitos Saturday to watch the workout of their Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner. 

A large number of California Chrome fansknown as "Chromies"were in attendance, some carrying signs honoring the California-bred who has won eight of 13 and earned $3,532,108.

After leaving Sherman's stable, California Chrome, who has resided at Los Alamitos since early this year, received a loud ovation when he passed in front of the grandstand prior to turning around to begin his work. He then was greeted warmly again when he returned after completing his exercise.

"I thought it was a fantastic work,'' said Sherman. "Actually better than I thought it was going to be. I figured if he went in 1:12 and change or 1:13, I would be really happy.

"You bring him out here in front of the people and he thinks he's going to run he's just a different horse. This is by far the best work since he's come back. This was a test for me personally because he's going to have to run in two weeks. We'll get another strong work into him before he leaves and I just hope that will do the trick going a mile-and-an-eighth.

"I thought (the fans) were great. They were all applauding. It makes it fun. Los Alamitos is his home track and we're happy to be here.''

Sherman said California Chrome will have his final Los Alamitos work Sept. 13 before heading to Bensalem, Pa. The three-time grade I winner is to ship to Parx Sept. 16.

Read more on BloodHorse.com        http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87243/california-chrome-works-for-enthusiastic-fans

2014 Los Alamitos Derby

Monday, September 8, 2014



Live daytime Thoroughbred racing will resume Thursday at Los Alamitos, kicking off the second week of the inaugural Fall Meeting. Post time is 2 p.m.

The main event on the program is a $46,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares.

Lucky S.J., who broke her maiden at first asking in her July 5 debut during the Summer Thoroughbred Festival, will try to stay perfect in her third start for owner-breeders Rick and Sharon Waller and trainer Phil D’Amato. 

The opponents for the 4-year-old California bred include four other last-out winners - Backwoods Belle, Brilliant Melody, Pearl de Vere and On Golden Pawn – as well as Tizmetizyou, Peppy Bolly, Harlington’s Rose and Winning Vision.

The six-furlong contest goes as the seventh of eight races.

Sunday, September 7, 2014



Non winners of two going one mile at the claiming price of 8 G's........


Harlington Night trained by Cerin improved after getting claimed by Mike...... Cerin was the trainer! My concern is the big drop in class and he seems to run better on the poly surface and this is his first time on the dirt at this track.
Monastic has speed trained by a sneaky trainer Charles Treece who has sent out one horse and won....so far he is perfect at this track! The speed and pace will make this race as Adrenaline Shot 4 to 1 is the one to catch.....He stretches out and his claiming price is cut in half.....so take note...hard to trust is field as it is a grab bag of a race....but saying this...love his bullet five furlong works.......distance is  no concern to me. Joe Steiner rides Indygo Andy who was taken out of his last start......broke horrible and never had a chance to show his ability. He did not take to the poly track and runs much better at this one mile distance and on the dirt......I like the odds (10 to 1)........and his running style......He does not need the lead but can take the lead if his wants to......He was claimed away from John Sadler who know how to get a horse ready to win.....This trainer sends out his first horse at this track..........I expect he sill stalk right behind the rabbits Monastic.....and Adrenaline Shot.

            1. Indygo Andy
            2. Harlington Night   won
            3. Monastic



On mile for 20 G maidens for fillies and mares and up!


Swiss Perfection the morning line favorite at 8 to 5 looks to run better on the dirt then on the poly track. Her debut at Santa Anita was in a open special weight race.....Her debut was strong as she finished second with blinkers on.......Today with a number of sub par races Mike Harrington takes them off today.She warrants respect to be in the winners circle.......Italian Harmony runs on any surface and was unlucky not to win her last race. Denim N Pearls from Florida I expect will be a pace factor and if the other top picks run  a sub par race she might be hard to collar turning for home...she might outrun her odds. Wildly Excessive did not take to the poly track ........she runs much better on the dirt........she is a stone cold closer so she will need a speed melt-down.  Castledonovan Lass has speed and she should take to this surface and distance....do not dismiss!

             1. Italian Harmony   second
             2. Swiss Perfection    third
             3. Wildy Excessive    won



A sprint claiming price of 16 G's open for three year old's and up!


This Cat's Awesome on paper looks scary to win this race. Gary Sherlock trains him.......He can press a fast pace or stalk right behind the leaders.......It's his race if he repeats some of the races he has run in the past. He has finish 
four race on the board in his eight starts. Jeffery's Pride runs better on the dirt then on the cushion track and Del Mar........

             1. Jefferey's Pride
             2. This Cat's Awesome.....the one to fear!
             3.  Warren Cole   won



A 20 G maiden race at the distance of six furlongs  for fillies and mares and up!


Fair Praise trained by Rafael Becerra sired by A. P. INdy takes off the hood.......ith the equipment chance and the above average pedigree at this level.......She should out-run her odds. She did not like the poly but her best races have been on the dirt. Blake trains Ava's Ballet who got second on the poly.....I expect she will get plenty of action but not my action. Rose Diva gets the rail and finished second over the ploy track.......She is the morning line favorite.

           1. Fair Praise
           2. Galehorn
           3. Bellisime

Soi Phet wins $200,000 Mile and is now 2 for 2 at Los Alamitos

Returning to Los Alamitos for the first time he was an easy winner of the Bertrando Stakes, the opening day feature of the inaugural Summer Thoroughbred Festival July 3, Soi Phet was even more dominant Saturday in the $200,750 Los Alamitos Mile on September 6.
Never far off the pace set by even-money favorite Masochistic, the 6-year-old Tizbud gelding exploded in the final quarter of a mile to win by 7 ¼ lengths under jockey Kent Desormeaux in a track record 1:33.95.
The final time eclipsed the previous record Soi Phet of 1:34.50 set in his 3 ¾ length Bertrando victory.
Trained by Leonard Powell for a partnership that includes Gerald and Sandra Benowitz, Mathilde Powell and Paul Viskovich, Soi Phet won for the eighth time in 29 starts, increasing his bankroll to $472,686.
Seven of those wins - and well over $400,000 of his earnings - have come in 13 races since he was claimed for $16,000 by his current connections more than 15 months ago at Hollywood Park.
Rebounding from a subpar effort in the Grade II San Diego Handicap July 26 at Del Mar, the California-bred, who is out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey, returned $11.60, $4.20 and $3.60 as the 9-2 third choice in the field of eight.
"I was very confident,'' said Powell. "This horse was training very well. I had to back off a little bit on him at Del Mar. When we got back to Santa Anita Tuesday, and after only two days of galloping over a track that is supposed to be similar to this one, I could see a difference.
"He's nominated to the (Grade I, $300,000) Awesome Again (Stakes Sept. 27 at Santa Anita), a race he was third in last year, so we'll see how he comes out of this and go from there.''
Desormeaux, who is 3-for-3 aboard the dark bay, was extremely impressed.

"The first thing I asked the outrider was if we broke the track record because it felt like it,'' said the Hall of Fame jockey. "He was like a machine out there, begging me to let him go and he took off when I let him.''
Stretching out after three consecutive wins at Churchill Downs and Del Mar by a combined 21 lengths, Masochistic saved the place by a half-length over 13-1 shot Tonito M. Masochistic paid $3.40 and $3 while the show price on Tonito M., who also finished third behind undefeated stablemate Shared Belief in the Grade II, $500,500 Los Alamitos Derby July 5 in his local debut, was $4.60.
Sky Kingdom, winner of the American Flag Stakes here July 4, was a head behind Tonito M. in fourth and was followed by Wrightwood, Rock Me Baby, Clubhouse Ride and Forward March. Kate's Event was scratched.

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