TODAY AT LOS ALAMITOS by Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $14,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Navarre – Stretching back out around 2-turns; should show more speed with route fractions being a tad bit softer.
3 Caramuru – Goncalino Almeida doesn’t win many, so this big class drop is huge; small barns can’t afford to give horses away.
Long Shot – 2 Tiz Futurity
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Gisele At Fonz’s – Did a classic pop and stop in last while breaking from parking lot post 11; similar tactics facing easier.
5 Stormy Dreams – Ones with experience don’t look like much; thus you have to give the FTS a long look in these situations.
Long Shot – 9 Kohala
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $14,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Dehere – Bill Spawr puts the for sale bargain basement sign up; has back class to win a race like this from memory.
3 Omar Little – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; not facing much competition in here.
Long Shot – 5 Patriotic Lion
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Theatrical Cast – Has cashed a couple paychecks in a row; some of these races look weak so it’s just a matter of stepping up.
11 A B C Me Awesome – Showed remarkable improvement in second career start; will be double tough if he improves just one step.
Long Shot – 10 Cin City Lady
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
7 Ritzy Tags – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one takes the blinkers off hoping for better.
2 Don’t Blame Me – Interesting move to take the blinkers off; has actually run better than looked races facing tougher at Del Mar.
Long Shot – 4 Fateer
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
4 He’s a Bling – Did everything but win last time in a solid try; repeat effort might be good enough to graduate tonight.
10 Day of Fury – More love for Bob Baffert charges; he has a quarter horse resume and is willing to back Las Alamitos as best he can.
Long Shot – 7 Vegas Strip
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
6 Memphis – Have a feeling he still has a big race left in him; dead late closers are always at the mercy of the early pace.
4 Sacred Ovation – This will be one of the targets for Memphis in the stretch run; backers hope that he will run and hide.
Long Shot – 1 Hamiltonian
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $100,000 Barretts Juvenile, 2-year-olds
1 Wake Up Nick – Fans love unbeaten horses, no matter how fast or slow they run; one thing for sure, he won’t wilt in a dogfight.
2 Rowdy Dylan – Many will point to his last win as an indicator how talented he is; facing winners for the first time.
Long Shot – 5 Zendai
Race 9 – 1 mile, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Cotton Valley – Has run faster races than his last two tries; if he steps up today he has a puncher’s chance to upset.
1 Troy Story – Taking a huge class drop in search of victory; he’s 0-for-24 so overconfidence is not a factor with him.
Long Shot – 9 Berlusconi
Best Bet – 4 He’s a Bling (race 6)
Los Alamitos Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$29.80; Long Shots, 9/2/$10.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Los Alamitos Totals – 95/28/$190.40; Long Shots, 45/7/$73.20; Best Bets, 5/2/$7.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #11 Grand Arch (4/1) in race 11 at Woodbine. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Tricky Hat ran out at Kentucky Downs. Stats – 143/85/$805.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick