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Horse Racing: Today at Los Alamitos, July 9

Post Time 2:15 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $15,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

2 Dekko – Came back from a year hiatus to run a big second last time; has lots of back speed races to run back to.

3 Preacher Roe – Real baseball fans will know this was a former great Brooklyn Dodger pitcher; claimed in last by Adam Kitchingman.

Long Shot – 1 Jackson Sundown

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

2 Alexita – Ship and win candidates are usually a strong angle; the first time out of the box is when the ownership can filly cash in.

4 Exposure – Broke her maiden for a $40K price tag; is protected today, facing winners for the first time is a big class rise.

Long Shot – 5 Minster’sadventure

Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

2 Jan’s Spirit – Ran very well first race off the claim by Richard Baltas; expect to see more improvement for this new barn.

4 Seek Safe Harbor – Has won two straight and is the logical morning line favorite; facing a little stiffer competition tonight.

Long Shot – 3 Clem Juice

Race 4 – 5 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds

7 Dixie Writer – Leap of faith for this FTS from trainer Paul Aguirre; he legs up his main man Iggy Puglisi.

2 Aragorn Flyer – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete with these.

Long Shot – 5 Awesome Auggie

Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

5 Just Kidding – Has shown steady progress in his last two dirt routes; lost to Illinois Derby winner Whiskey Ticket last time out.

10 Attack – Was claimed by Rafael DeLeon and tried on turf last out; ran OK now is switched back to the main dirt track.

Long Shot – 4 Da Jenius

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

2 Test Ride – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; this is clearly the easiest test of his career.

9 Finallygotabentley – Rafael Bejarano is riding the Los Alamitos, but picking his spots carefully; he wants to get ready for Del Mar.

Long Shot – 8 Changing Karma

Race 7 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Starter allowance $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

2 My Slew – Sharp win for $8K price tag in last; key for me is Mark Glatt runs him in a protected spot today, chance on best.

3 Newfound Gold – This is one meet that trainer Peter Miller won’t win; but he will set himself up for a big run during Del Mar.

Long Shot – 5 Shakahari

Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

8 The Grumbler – When I pick a horse like this on top, you know it’s just an educated dart throw; this is the hardest race on the program.

4 Stenoa – Spotty resume but has shown flashes of ability; your edge over me is you will see the tote board odds to guide you the way.

Long Shot – 7 The B G Way

Best Bet – 5 Just Kidding (race 5)

Los Alamitos Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$11.80; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80

Los Alamitos Totals – 63/17/$102.20; Long Shots, 32/3/$25.60; Best Bets, 4/3/$9.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #8 Lin Marie (7/2) in race 5 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Twilight Eclipse ran third at Monmouth Park paying $3.60 to show. Stats – 93/64/$481.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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