Saturday, September 17, 2016



Bitzka, an impressive first out winner Aug. 25 at Del Mar, tops a field of six 2-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs and restricted to horses offered for purchase at any Barretts sale, the Debutante is the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday is 2 p.m. Approximate post time for the Debutante is 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a live money handicapping contest Saturday. The total cost to enter is $400 with $100 going into the prize pool – which will be guaranteed and capped at $10,000 – and the remaining $300 towards a live money wagering card.

Players must bet at least $50 on six Los Alamitos races and the permitted wagers are win, place, show and exactas. The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the day will be declared the winner and receive 50% of the prize pool.

The remaining payoffs: 20% (Second); 15% (Third), 10% (Fourth) and 5% (Fifth). Additionally, the top five finishers will earn a spot – including air fare and hotel accommodations – into next year’s Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Assocation National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

If there are more than 120 entrants in Saturday’s contest, a sixth spot into the DRF/NTRA championship will be added.

A daughter of Tiago and the Thunder Gulch mare Raindrop, Bitzka won by 4 ¼ lengths in her Del Mar debut, sitting just off the early pace then kicking clear late in the race at 5 ½ furlongs.

The Ohio bred was claimed out of the victory by Hronis Racing LLC and trainer John Sadler and has returned to work twice, including a 1:00.80 move Sept. 10.

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who leads all trainers with nine stakes victories since thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in July, 2014, will be represented in the Debutante by maidens Adorable and Diva La Mousse.

Owned by Team Pamplemousse and Slam Dunk Racing, Diva La Mousse finished fourth after showing speed in her Aug. 20 debut. The daughter of Hat Trick and the Gone West mare Westside Singer earned $3,780.

A daughter of Smart Strike and the Yes It’s True mare Cautionary Tale, Adorable cuts back for Baffert and owner Kaleem Shah after finishing fifth of seven going one mile Sept. 3.

Second in two of her four starts, Adorable has banked $25,345.

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer entered Spooky Woods, a debuting daughter of Ghostzapper and the Forestry mare Winter Forest.

Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Edwin Barker, Spooky Woods has a series of sharp local drills, including a best of the morning five furlongs (59.00) Aug. 19. She was purchased for $250,000 at the Barretts March sale earlier this year.

Like Baffert, owner-trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson will also saddle a pair of maidens.

Princess Nicole, a Discreetly Mine filly out of the Aldebaran mare Glorious Sky, has failed to hit the board in two starts while Reward of Roses is 0-for-3, including two losses in $32,000 claimers.

Princess Nicole has earned $1,465 while Reward of Roses, a Warrior’s Reward filly out of the Smoke Glacken mare Relay, has banked $4,480.

From inside out, the field for the 27th Barretts Debutante: Spooky Woods, Mike Smith rides, 116 pounds; Adorable, Stewart Elliott, 116;  Reward of Roses, Fernando Perez, 116; Princess Nicole, Jamie Theriot, 116; Diva  Mousse, Martin Pedroza, 116 and Bitzka, Tyler Baze, 116.

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