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ANN ARBOR EDDIE SCORES EASY WIN IN SUNDAY RETURN FOR O’NEILL; THREE MORE VICTORIES FOR TALENTED APPRENTICE EVIN ROMAN
CYPRESS, Calif. – Making his first start since finishing a well‐beaten fifth in the Grade II San Felipe March 11, Ann Arbor Eddie responded with an easy victory in the $54,556 feature Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Cutting back in distance and returning to the track where he won the King Glorious Stakes last Dec. 18, the 3‐year‐old Square Eddie gelding was reserved off the pace set by favored Microrithms and Mr. Opportunity, swung to the outside for the stretch and powered away in the final eighth of a
mile to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
Trained by Doug O’Neill for owner‐breeder J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing LLC, Ann Arbor Eddie, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, completed the six furlongs in 1:08.35. He paid $9.40, $3.80 and $2.40 as the 7‐2 second choice in a field reduced to five after the O‐Neill‐trained What’sontheagenda and Westwood’s Wizard were scratched.
Ann Arbor Eddie, who is out of the In Excess mare Repo, has won four of seven and earned $294,580. Mr. Opportunist outfinished Microrithms by a half‐length for second and returned $5.20 and $2.60. The show price on the even‐money choice was $2.10. Love My Bud and Junior Gilliam completed
the order of finish.
Although he missed with Microrithms, apprentice jockey Evin Roman continued his Los Alamitos roll. He won three more races Sunday, giving him nine for the first week of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival.
The Puerto Rican‐born rider, who shared the jockey title with Flavien Prat at the recently‐ concluded Santa Anita Spring season, also won Sunday’s third (May B) and sixth (Family Girl).
With four days remaining, Roman, 19, could challenge the record for most victories at a meet since thoroughbred racing returned in 2014. The record is currently held by Fernando Perez, who won 15 races during the 10‐day Los Angeles County Fair meet in 2015. Racing resumes Thursday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 2 p.m.
The weekend of racing at Hastings continues today with an eight race card that will see seven talented older geldings go a mile and a sixteenth in an optional $35,000 claimer.
On the inside is the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s HIGHWAY BOSS who had not raced in almost a one year prior to his sprint in this similar condition. He has been a bit better going this trip and with a race under his belt he rates a big chance. Enrique Gonzalez gets the call from trainer Glen Todd.
The Hastings Racing Club II’s SHOOTING JACKET was scratched out of the stakes race last weekend with keen eyes set on this easier task. It has been almost a year to the day since he last visited the winner’s circle but at this level and distance he should be very dangerous. Romario Saunders will get a leg up from trainer Nancy Betts.
Phil Hall’s homebred LORD VANCOUVER is another ducking out of stakes company in favour of this allowance event. He has not fared well against the best horses on the grounds and could get a nice confidence boost this afternoon. Silvino Morales will be the new pilot on the stakes winning son of former local champion Teide.
Les Hoggard and Bob Leffler’s SABADO ALEGRE was an unlucky second place finisher in his last dash at this level after setting a contested pace sprinting. He is stretching out and the early fractions could be to his liking. Leading rider Richard Hamel will be back aboard for trainer Craig MacPherson.
Marcia Dawn Bower and the NATHC’s recent claim DASHING DON has been in top form of late winning his last at this trip against $25,000 claimers. He is obviously in a much tougher spot but he is on top of his game while many with better resumes in here are searching to find their best form. The barn rider David Lopez shows up in the saddle for trainer Glen Todd.
Roy and Dixie Jacobson’s COULTERBERRY turned in a big effort in his debut winning by a desperate nose sprinting. He is taking a jump up in class but has won at this trip in the past. Amadeo Perez will be in the irons for trainer Mark Cloutier.
The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s SORRYABOUTNOTHING has yet to get on track after his impressive B.C, Derby win last September. He will be reunited with his Derby winning pilot Antonio Reyes which is an encouraging sign. He should get a good trip from his outside gate which will give him a good shot.
The first post is at 1:50 p.m. and the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 carryover is currently at approximately $3,400.
It was your average beautiful summer day at the Track of the Water and Mountains, a.k.a. Hastings Racecourse. The fans did a pretty good job of deciphering the card; three favorites and three second choices won, with the other race going to a third choice. Only one horse paid more than ten bucks for two on a card that handled something in the neighborhood of $450,000.
Enrique Gonzalez and David Lopez had riding doubles with Lopez’s two wins moving him into a tie with Richard Hamel for the lead in the jockey standings. Trainer John Snow also won two, the first two in fact.
Bonus Spin Reels Them In
Bonus Spin ($6.20) required no extra turns in defeating a brief field of $35,000 allowance optional claiming types in the third race which was clearly the feature regardless of the shortage of competitors. Quatre Cat, one of two in for the $35,000 tag, ran a winning race only to finish second, well clear of Susan’s Day who hung on well to take third after contesting the early fractions. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17.81. The complexion of the race changed considerably when morning line favorite C U At Eau Claire was scratched.
Susan’s Day made her way to the front despite being a little restless in the gate and not breaking as has been her custom. Colleen’s Diamond was right beside her and they went as hard and as far as they could, only to watch Quatre Cat make her way around them on the final turn and hit the front at the head of the lane. Bonus Spin moved from fourth to contention with a burst along the inside around the turn and angled out for running room. It took a while but she caught Quatre Cat about three jockey statues out and moved away. It was Quatre Cat’s best effort in quite a while and Susan’s Day put in her usual honest effort, but Bonus Spin and jockey Antonio Reyes had it measured all the way, even if it was something of a tight fit.
Bonus Spin, a California bred daughter of Hard Spun, is owned by Whieldon Thoroughbreds. She is trained by Rosann Anderson.
Rock Concert ($2.50) raised the curtain with a wire-to-wire win in the opener, a 6 ½ furlong show that went in 1:17.82 with Silvino Morales starring in the irons on behalf of owners John Snow, 3480 Equine Inc. LLP and L. and S. Farms. John Snow conducts Rock Concert’s training and Mr. and Mrs. John Snow bred the horse.
P G Star ($5.40) shined brightly in the second half of the early daily double and gave trainer John Snow a double of his own as he sent out the winners of the first two on Saturday’s card. Martin Miller bred and owns P G Star and Enrique Gonzalez provided the guiding light from atop the winner.
Stepupforthemoney ($8.80) cashed in the fourth for owner Jarvis and Meehan Stable and trainer Pat Jarvis. He out gamed the very game Nana’s Buddy to ring up his sixth career win and push his earnings further past the 100K mark. David Lopez registered his first of two riding wins on the day. Stepupforthemoney went to new barn following the post-race festivities.
Such a Bargin ($3.80) won the fifth by a narrow margin over a fast closing Swagger Cat to score for Canmor Farms and trainer Mark Cloutier over a field of 10 other 4K maiden claimers. Such a Bargin provided Enrique Gonzalez with his second win for the day.
Devil in Disguise ($4.30) slipped up on Cowboy Phil in the last possible millisecond as the eight-year-old multiple stakes winner (three straight in 2012) scored in the sixth as the betting favorite. It was a ridiculously tough $4,000 non-winners race. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was a smart 1:17.88. Hitting horses like Devil in Disguise, Cowboy Phil, Ambidextrous Duke and Western Heritage in a bottoms non-winner is sobering. Devil in Disguise is owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc. and is trained by Glen Todd.
Tocchet’s Charm ($10.20) still has the gift at 10 and he showed a field of 7 other seniors (seven of them were six or more) how it is done with a dramatic flourish at the wire that produced a nose victory over Street Map. Kerron Khelaman got his second Hastings win for owner Larry Potozny and trainer David Dahl. Tocchet’s Charm has now won 21 races since starting his career in May of 2009 at Delaware Park. He broke his maiden in his second start going 4 ½ furlongs in a 30K maiden claimer before winning a state bred stake at Colonial in Virginia. Tocchet’s Charm has won races from 4 ½ furlongs to a mile-and-a-half, but today’s mile-and-a-sixteenth has got to be his favorite trip given that he is now11 for 22 at the distance.
Purse $20,000. (Plus up to $1,800 in Participation Money) (Plus up to $5000 FOR BC BREDS) FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD Non-winners of a race since June 15 . 2 lbs. A Race Since May 15 4 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $25,000, if for $22,500, allowed 3 lbs. (Races Where Entered For $16,000 Or Less Not Considered For Allowances)
SIX AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
X7 EXTRA RACE NO 7 CLAIMING
Purse $14,000. (Plus up to $2,100 in Participation Money)(Plus up to $3,500 for BC Breds) For Fillies And Mares Three Years Old and Upward Which Have Never Won Two Races or Or British Columbia Breds WhichHave Never Won Three Races. Three Year Olds 117 lbs. Older 122 lbs. Non-winners Of A Race At A Mile Or Over Since June 15 2 lbs. Such A Race Since May 15 4 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $16,000, if for $14,000, allowed 3 lbs.
ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH
X8 EXTRA RACE NO 8 MAIDEN CLAIMING
Purse $13,000. (Plus up to $1,500 in Participation Money)(Plus up to $3,250 for BC Breds) For Maidens, Two Years Old. Weight 120 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $16,000
THREE AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
X9 EXTRA RACE NO 9 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
Purse $20,000. For Maidens, Two Years Old. Weight 120 lbs. (If winner is a BC Bred the Owner and Breeder of the winning horse will each receive a $5,000 Incentive Award. (Preference To Horses That Have Not Started For Less Than $20,000 In Their Last 3 Starts)