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Horse Racing: Today at Los Alamitos, Sept. 19

Race 1 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 The Cleaners – Has been claimed 3 races in a row, which a real positive in this case; apprentice rider Ty Kennedy has looked good on horseback, worth a shot.
5 Surf N Ski – Won the first race of the meeting and now is returning for another go around; did not beat much but it does mean a lot to win over this racing surface.
Long Shot – 2 Half Dome Dude

Race 2 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $6,250, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 It’s Aine – Figures to be a very short priced favorite in this heat; has a lot of back class and figures to be able to win this kind of race by memory.
1 Rich in Tradition – Has run 6 times at Los Alamitos with 5 in the money finishes; won during the summer meet two races ago, facing a similar type group tonight.
Long Shot – 2 Lazy Daisy May

Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
1 Dream Team – Sure looks like a 2 horse race; trainer Bob Baffert was willing to debut this $1-million baby at Los Alamitos, lost at 4/5 but is taken to atone.
2 Homer Matt – Has good early speed and figures to provide the target for the others; Tyler Baze makes a rare appearance, might provide the elixir to get the job done.
Long Shot – 3 Blue Anchor

Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Oligarch – Is a dominant player in the $25K to $32K class range; interesting to see Rafael Bejarano back in action, suspect he’s riding some to stay sharp for Santa Anita.
6 Hackleton – Has not been out in more than a year; is from the NYRA circuit so has a lot of back class; the question will be how tight he is for trainer Bob Hess.
Long Shot – 5 Malibu Mogul

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Warren My Boy – Would like to see Edwin Maldonado send hard and play catch me if you can; that seems to be among his strengths as a rider too, send baby send.
2 Merle – His grass races are faster than his last dirt effort; will need to improve a step or two to get the job done, despite being the morning line favorite.
Long Shot – 4 Player’s Charm

Race 6 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds
3 Purrin’ Proud – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; showed good early speed in debut, helpful if a no passing zone affair.
9 Dixie Writer – Leap of faith that racing as a first time gelding, and with the blinkers off, will offer us a new animal; Paul Aguirre and Iggy Puglisi tag team.
Long Shot – 8 Counterplay

Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Dream Police – Runs first time at Los Alamitos and is exposed for a price tag by trainer Vladimir Cerin; may just be a little bit classier than the remainder here.
7 He’s So Fine – Tepid chalk in a truly wide open affair; leap of faith in the talented Philip D’Amato barn, eastern invader has been in good hands back there.
Long Shot – 5 Airfoil

Race 8 – 6 ½ furlongs, $100,000 Barretts Debutante, Fillies, 2-year-olds
3 Just Google Me – Has shown steady improvement since graduating first time out at Los Alamitos summer meet; placed in stakes, but this appears her’s for the taking.
6 Runningforhoody – The NoCal shippers have done very well at Del Mar and should continue in here; maybe the gap is lessening between the north and the south.
Long Shot – 2 Sharp Holiday

Race 9 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 2-year-olds and up
Treasuring – Was humiliated as the 3/5 chalk last time; ran promising in her debut, suspect she can rebound with a nice effort tonight under Rafael Bejarano.
9 Tiz a Tommy Town – Logical chalk has finished in the money all 3 career starts; the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer has gone back to using Mario Gutierrez a lot more often.
Long Shot – 3 Structure

Best Bet – 3 Just Google Me (race 8)
Los Alamitos Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/1/$6.60; Long Shots, 8/4/$40.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Los Alamitos Totals – 97/26/$190.80; Long Shots, 48/11/$125.40; Best Bets, 6/3/$12.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #11 Taghleeb (8/1) in race 9 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Bokeelia Island was scratched at Belmont Park. Stats – 140/94/$708.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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