TODAY AT LOS ALAMITOS by Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
#4 Sacred Ovation – Speedball draws an outer post, the better place to be so far this meet; Tyler Baze can rate as well as any jockey.
1 Hamiltonian – Claimed by Ryan Hanson, who I don’t know; has a solid 17 percent strike rate first off the claim.
Long Shot – 5 Runaway Wildcat
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
4 Next Book – Mike Smith takes over for the money shot; after 4 photo finish losses, Brice Blanc was given the hook, fair or not.
1 Badasmywifeletsmeb – Speed and the rail have not been a good combination this meet; most riders are now trying to get off the wood.
Long Shot – 3 Shaniel
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Wine Country Wanda – Good horses should have good names, so what do you think; Eric Kruljac tries blinkers on to make the difference.
4 Broadway Bella – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this career low level; need not be much to cash a nice paycheck tonight.
Long Shot – 6 Stracciatella
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Starter allowance $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Timeless Indy – Trainer Richard Baltas has a high octane uncoupled entry; suspect you can get by in the pick 4 by going two deep.
1 Los Bambinos – Turned in a wretched performance on turf in last; key for me is he has a solid dirt resume to rely upon.
Long Shot – 3 Dewrag
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
3 Rowdy Dylan – Outran his 11/1 odds in debut with a solid second; if he improves one step, he’ll be double tough this afternoon.
7 Dr. Vincentstein – Any secret about horses training at Dixie Downs is out the window; FTS from the team of Paul Aguirre-Iggy Puglisi.
Long Shot – 6 Litigation Road
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Ghost N Your Heart – Keith Craigmyle wins his share of races at Los Alamitos; most are during the cheaper races in quarter-horse meet.
7 Sizzling Lassie – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; Alonso Quinonez is a good rider who seldom gets any live mounts.
Long Shot – 1 Metaxa
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $200,000 Great Lady M., Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Heir Kitty – This is a much more difficult race than it seems; graded stakes placed, she returns from a brief hiatus.
5 Amaranth – Speedball could be lone speed if Tres Belle doesn’t send; is in top form shipping south from Oak Tree at Pleasanton.
Long Shot – 7 Doinghardtimeagain
Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Doubledeesonthetee – End to a tricky pick 6 and pick 4; won last out at Golden Gate Fields, should be in peak form for this.
1 Relatively Correct – The rail post at a mile is a big advantage; it’s a short run to the first turn so ground loss is minimal.
Long Shot – 5 Bright Ocean
Best Bet – 4 Next Book (race 2)
Los Alamitos Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/6/$36.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$9.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Los Alamitos Totals – 100/23/$133.20; Long Shots, 49/10/$140.80; Best Bets, 6/2/$7.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #3 Hardest Core (15/1) in race 9 at Delaware Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Countryman was scratched at Belmont Park. Stats – 105/64/$602.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick