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Sept 14 Horses To Watch Los Alamitos

AMERICAREDWHITEBLU (Sept. 9): Four year old colt for Mark Glatt tried the starter allowance race in the opener on Friday at a mile on the main for non winners twice and had run for $50,000 or less in their career. Off as 3/5 choice in a field of 8, he sat off an ordinary pace just one length back of the leaders down the back side. Cedillo asked him for run at the 3/8 pole and he quickly swept by the leaders, opened up two, and then went off to win by seven geared down late. The time was a quick 1:35.05 for the mile on a track rated “good”, which was quickly upgraded to “fast” after this race. This son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is good enough right now to win the 1st allowance condition, but they also write this race for non winners three times, which is even easier. Either way, he’ll win right back off this very impressive performance.

GREGORY’S PRIDE (Sept. 10): Four year old gelding for Phil D’Amato is as honest as they come and made his 3rd start off a layoff on Saturday in a 1st allowance condition sprint at 5/8 on the turf. Off at 2/1 and the 2nd choice in the wagering in a full field of 12, he was void of any speed as usual and fell 12 lengths off the pace down the back side. He started a run at the ¼ pole and tried to weave his way through traffic the best he could under Rispoli. He found a seam late and finished in a flourish but the speed held on in this race and five were within a length at the wire. “Greg” finished fourth beaten just a half. The fact is that 5/8 is just too short for this late running sprinter and when they move up north to Arcadia in October, he will get the opportunity to run six or six and a half down the hill. He is 11 for 12 in his career third or better, a remarkable record of consistency. He’s a soon winner up north for the best turf barn on the circuit.

SPEED BOAT BEACH (Sept. 10): Two year old colt for Bob Baffert made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at five and a half on the main. Off at 2/1 in a field of 10, he broke running under Prat and set super fast fractions for a juvenile in 21.34 and 44.17 for the half. He only had a half length lead down the back side but extended it by two at the ¼ pole. Prat shook the reins at him at the 1/8 pole and he extended his lead over his barn mate by three at the wire. The time was 1:01.86 and set a new track record for the distance by .24 seconds. They have been running this distance at this track for quite some time and for a two year old setting the track record in his debut is quite an accomplishment. This one only cost $200K and he beat his rival by three who cost $3.5 million. Up the ladder.

MAEVE OF CONNAUGHT (Sept. 10): Three year old filly for Paddy Gallagher made her 2nd start of her career in this country and 4th career start overall in Saturday’s finale. Off at 19/1 in this 11 horse field for maiden special weights at a mile on the turf, 3 and up, she was covered up early like most Euros and was 8 lengths back down the back side. She was still last at the ¼ pole, was floated out to go six wide at the top of the lane, then put in a huge move late to rally for second beaten just a length at the wire by the 6/5 choice, who skimmed through on the rail with a perfect trip. This filly has never run a bad race in all four of her starts and her next race will be her third off a 10 month layoff. She can get her diploma in her next race up at Santa Anita as long as she has some pace to run at. Tab and follow.

GAME TIME (Sept. 11) Two year old colt for John Sadler made start #2 on Sunday and 1st on the grass at a mile for maiden special weights. With a lot of late money coming in, he went off as the 2/1 choice in a field of 11. He sat third into the clubhouse turn, stayed on the rail down the back side, remained on the fence at the top of the lane, and finished well down on the fence to grab second, beaten two at the wire. This son of Not This Time is bred top and bottom for the sod and he will get his diploma up at Arcadia this fall. He appears to have a good future with a good combination of speed and stamina.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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