LOS ALAMITOS FALL MEET ENDS

CYPRESS, Calif. –Apprentice jockey Heriberto Figueroa earned his second consecutive Los Alamitos riding title while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and Peter Miller shared training honors as the Los Angeles County Fair meet concluded Sunday.

The 12-day season was highlighted by an 80-1 upset by Shades of Victory in the E.B. Johnston Stakes, an impressive return for Gas Station Sushi in the Beverly J. Lewis, a first Los Alamitos stakes win for Figueroa with Kim K in the Barretts Debutante, a stylish debut score by Galilean in the Barretts Juvenile and a 16th daytime thoroughbred stakes success for Baffert with favored Dabster in the inaugural Los Alamitos Special.

The 18-year-old Figueroa, who was co-leader with fellow apprentice Assael Espinoza at the Summer Thoroughbred Festival earlier in the year, finished the LACF meet with 15 victories, two more than Espinoza and four ahead of Tiago Pereira.

Baffert and Miller finished with six victories. The title was the seventh Baffert has either shared or won outright at Los Alamitos since daytime thoroughbred racing returned in July, 2014. It was the third Miller has either shared or won outright.

A 4-year-old son of Thorn Song, Shades of Victory, who was claimed for $12,500 by owner-trainer Reed Saldana April 7 at Golden Gate Fields, led throughout in the Sept. 8 Johnston, holding off B Squared by a head with favored Edwards Going Left another head back in third.

The win mutuel of $162.60 was the second largest since daytime thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in July, 2014, surpassed only by Devils Triangle, who paid $185.80 Dec. 11, 2016.

Shades of Victory’s shocking upset also triggered a record daily double payoff. His win was followed by an 18-1 surprise by Marrazano and the $2 double coupling those two was worth $5,223.60.

Making her first start in four months, favored Gas Station Sushi cruised to a six-length victory in the Lewis for a partnership that includes Riley Racing Stables LLC and Tiger Racing Stable and trainer Richard Baltas. With the score under jockey Mario Gutierrez, the Into Mischief filly may have earned a return trip to Keeneland for the Grade II, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run at seven furlongs. Gas Station Sushi is 1-for-1 at the Lexington track, having captured the Grade III Beaumont April 8.

Figueroa, 18, guided Kim K, a maiden who had finished fifth in her Sept. 2 debut, to a three-length victory in the Sept. 15 Debutante for Miller and Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch.

A $600,000 purchase at the Barretts sale in April by a partnership that includes West Point Thoroughbreds, Galilean pressed a quick pace and held off Seven Scents to win by a neck in the Juvenile. Drayden Van Dyke rode the son of Uncle Mo for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Stretching to 10 furlongs for the first time in his career, Dabster, the 8-5 choice, prevailed by two lengths and completed the distance in 2:00.45. The final time was a track record, but 10 furlongs had been run only once previously at Los Alamitos. Wings of Mojave scored in 2:03.57 Sept. 13, 2015.

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Dabster, by virtue of his Sept. 16 win, may have earned himself a start in the Grade II Marathon Stakes Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.

In terms of business, all sources handle for the 12-day LACF season increased 5% over the 2017 meet.

Thoroughbred racing will return to Los Alamitos Thursday, Dec. 6 with the start of the eight-day Winter meet.

Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis through Sunday, Dec. 16. The season will be highlighted by a pair of Grade I races for 2-year-olds – the $300,000 Starlet for fillies and the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity. Both will be run Saturday, Dec. 8.

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $32,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, September 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Barretts Juvenile S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $16,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 2 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 4 Claiming – $32,000 $30,000
Race 5 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, September 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $10,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $16,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, September 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 2 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 4 Claiming – $32,000 $30,000
Race 5 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, September 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $12,500 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $25,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $48,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, September 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 2 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 4 Claiming – $32,000 $30,000
Race 5 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $45,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000

Final Entries

Saturday, September 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000
Race 6 Barretts Juvenile S. $100,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $16,000 $20,000
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, September 13
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $12,500 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $8,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, September 16 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $21,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 3 Claiming – $6,250 $13,000
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 5 Starter Allowance – $25,000 $25,000
Race 6 Allowance $55,000
Race 7 Claiming – $16,000 $17,000
Race 8 Los Alamitos Special S. $100,000
Race 9 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000

Final Entries

Saturday, September 15
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $21,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $28,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 5 Barretts Debutante S. $100,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $21,000
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $28,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $45,000

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, September 15 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $21,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $28,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 5 Barretts Debutante S. $100,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $21,000
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $28,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $45,000

Final Entries

Friday, September 14
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 4 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $45,000
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $15,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $25,000 $25,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $12,500 $18,000

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, September 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $6,250 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $16,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, September 14 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 4 Claiming – $8,000 $14,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $45,000
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $15,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $25,000 $25,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $12,500 $18,000

Final Entries

Thursday, September 13
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $22,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $12,500 $18,000
Race 8 Claiming – $8,000 $15,000

LOS ALAMITOS NEWS

SHADES OF VICTORY SCORES $162.60 SHOCKER IN E.B. JOHNSTON STAKES; FAVORED GAS STATION SUSHI ROMPS
IN RETURN IN BEVERLY J. LEWIS

CYPRESS, Calif. – A $12,500 claim by owner‐trainer Reed Saldana earlier this year, Shades of Victory scored an 80‐1 upset in the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Two races later, there was no such surprise as 11‐10 favorite Gas Station Sushi rolled to an easy victory in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes.

Entered in the Johnston only because a race Saldana had wanted to enter recently at Del Mar failed  to fill, Shades of Victory made the lead immediately under jockey Martin Pedroza, then fought late  when challenged to his outside by 4‐1 second choice B Squared and inside by 4‐5 favorite Edwards  Going Left to win by a head.

The $162.60 win price was the second largest since daytime thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in the summer of 2014. Devils Triangle, who won the fourth race Dec. 11, 2016, holds the  record of $185.80.

The victory in 1:35.17 was the fifth in 18 lifetime starts for the 4‐year Thorn Song colt and his  second in five attempts since he was taken by Saldana April 7 at Golden Gate Fields. Out of the Street Sense mare Sensible Girl, Shades of Victory, who returned $43.80 to place and $7.60 to show, improved his bankroll to $141,499.

“Down the stretch I was just hoping he would hold on,’’ said Saldana. “(Pedroza) rode a great race.  “We decided to run him here because a race at Del Mar didn’t fill, so it worked out great. I  thought the distance would be to his benefit. One of the reasons I claimed him was because he had a
won a race at Sacramento last year where he showed a lot of fight just like he did today.’’

B Squared, who finished a head in front of Edwards Going Left, paid $4.20 and $2.40 while the show  price on the public choice, who broke poorly in his first start beyond seven furlongs, was $2.20.  Completing the order of finish were Grecian Fire, El Huerfano, Soi Phet, who was seeking his sixth  stakes win at Los Alamitos and his third Johnston in a row, and Touched by Autism.

One race after Shades of Victory’s shocker, Marrazano, an 18‐1 outsider, easily defeated nine other  2‐year‐old maiden fillies to complete a daytime thoroughbred record daily double. The $2 payoff on  the combination was $5,223.60, shattering the old mark of $3,202.20 in races 8‐9 Dec. 6, 2014.
Making her first start since finishing a distant third in the Grade II Eight Belles May 4 at Churchill Downs, Gas Station Sushi scrimmaged for the early lead in the Lewis with longshots Wicked  Storm and Broome, then easily repelled a challenge from 2‐1 second choice Steph Being Steph en route to a six‐ length victory.

Owned by a partnership that includes Riley Racing Stables LLC and Tiger Racing Stable and trained by Richard Baltas, Gas Station Sushi, a 3‐year‐old Into Mischief filly out of the Five Star Day mare Five Star Daydream, is now 3‐for‐4 and  has banked $187,600.

“I got a chance to work her at Del Mar last week and that gave me a lot of confidence,’’ said  winning rider Mario Gutierrez. “She is a very nice filly.’’
Riley Racing Stables’ Jerry Riley indicated Gas Station Sushi could be making a return trip to Keeneland next month.

The $240,000 2‐year‐old purchase, who won the Grade III Beaumont over the Lexington track April 8, may surface in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Oct. 20. A Grade II, the Raven  Run is seven furlongs, the same distance as the Beaumont.

Gas Station Sushi, who ran the six furlongs in 1:08.54, paid $4.20 and $2.60. There was no show wagering. Steph Being Steph, who finished 2 ½ lengths in front of 10‐1 shot Best of Me, returned $2.60.

Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, September 8
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $8,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 E.B. Johnston S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Beverly J. Lewis S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, September 13 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $17,000
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $22,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $40,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $12,500 $18,000
Race 8 Claiming – $8,000 $15,000