TODAY AT LOS ALAMITOS by Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
3 Life On Riviera – FTS from top baby barn in Peter Miller; key vote comes from Rafael Bejarano riding.
2 Every May – Typical green debut, slow early, fast late; he outran his 23/1 odds but still has plenty of room to improve.
Long Shot – 1 Star Actor
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $12,000, Claiming $6,250, 3-year-olds and up
10 Valdirone – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; need not be much to beat this group.
2 Fly High – Been away 9-months since graduating at Santa Anita; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Long Shot – 1 Monastic
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Full Dancer – Speedy sort exits the turf at Del Mar for this; class drop will help plus he’s 6-of-8 wins on dirt.
2 Celebrity Status – Even though the race condition is the same, he faced tougher at Del Mar; will be interesting to watch.
Long Shot – 1 Song to You
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
3 Sandy?s Song ? Beaten favorite will takes the blinkers off tonight; Cody Autrey left this maiden behind from the Del Mar meet.
5 Satin Cinnamon ? Ran well for a price tag in debut; was a green debut, slow early, fast late.
Long Shot ? 7 Natalie?s Wonder
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, $75,000 Las Madrinas, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 My Happy Face ? Has come a long way since her grade 1 days back east; still she has ability and could regain a semblance of past form.
4 Irish Prescence ? Like the parking lot post in Los Alamitos sprints; should be able to stalk the early speed and challenge late.
Long Shot ? 3 Legacy
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Takeit Tothe Limit ? Speedball has folded up in the final yards of last two tries; will not face an easier test than this the rest of the year.
9 Deer Decarchy ? Always root for the team of Iggy Puglisi and Paul Aguirre; they try hard every time they team up.
Long Shot ? 8 Royal Stack
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
7 W. Giles ? Draw a line thru last where he crumbled in the final yards; his race two back, if repeated, would beat these.
4 Tribal Smoke ? Would be more confident if Jeff Mullins were still training; has plenty of back class to upset this group.
Long Shot ? 10 Red Man Run
Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $17,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
9 Magic Number ? Drayden Van Dyke has a chance for the title, but he needs a big day today; this one is raised off the claim by Brian Koriner.
10 Contessa B. ? Claimed by Doug O?Neill and spotted nicely to win first out; he uses his main man Elvis Trujillo.
Long Shot ? 3 Incredible Journey
Race 9 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
10 Miss Kit Kat ? Taking a huge class drop to face this motley crew; underrated rider Tiago Pereira can get them to run.
2 Acategoryfivestorm ? Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; should show more gumption in this soft spot.
Long Shot ? 8 Council Talk
Best Bet – 3 Sandy?s Song (race 4)
Los Alamitos Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$17.40; Long Shots, 8/3/$28.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Los Alamitos Totals – 156/45/$281.20; Long Shots, 77/16/$146.40; Best Bets, 9/2/$7.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Bullheaded Boy (9/5) in race 2 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Funny Money ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 147/85/$805.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick