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$2-Million Futurity Trials

Posted on 11.22.2015 with No comments

The Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity is the richest race in California (of any breed) and one of the richest races in the country. Tonight's trials feature 89 horses going a distance of 400 yards trying to secure one of the ten spots in the starting gate for the final on December 14. There are a total of 11 trials with the first race getting underway at 5 p.m.


Race 1:  2-4-8

#2 Flash N Bling didn't get away all that well but still rallied for the win in his most recent start. That was his second race at Los Al since arriving from New Mexico and he looks to be getting better.

Race 2:  6-4-8

#6 Senor Gianni had a tough trip in the PCQHRA Futurity where he had his three-race win streak snapped. He's been given some time off and has a good workout in preparation for tonight.

Race 3:  5-1-8

#5 Walk Thru Crystal is a two-time futurity winner that looks to have too much class and experience for this field.

Race 4:  3-6-7

#3 Rite Regal is a lightly raced gelding that is a perfect 2-for-2 since arriving to this barn. He looked ultra sharp in his last win when posting fast final time. The only question is the distance but he definitely has talent.

Race 5:  7-3-2

#7 Thru the Night has qualified to two futurities but has not had much racing luck in some of his outings. I think he can post a mild upset with a clean break.

Race 6:  1-8-6

#1 Docs Best Card ran too-good-to-lose last time after getting fractious and breaking thru the gate in the Golden State Million Futurity. He was reloaded into the gate and missed the win by a neck. A clean start should give him a good chance from the rail post.

Race 7:  5-7-6

#5 Bookish has shown talent at times and has been given some time off since early October. I think he's going to like the extra distance tonight.

Race 8:  3-2-1

#3 Rip Tide ran on nicely despite a troubled start in his Los Al debut. There is plenty of upside in his second local start for a sharp barn.

Race 9:  8-5-3

#8 Sale Topper is a two-time futurity finalist that has been the betting favorite in five of his six career starts. He has a good outside post and has been given some time off since September. He won his debut impressively so he should be able to fire fresh off the layoff.

Race 10:  1-8-6

#1 Roll Tide ran on for a good second place finish in his first try at this distance. I like the inside post and this trainer and jockey combination have been doing great all year long.

Race 11:  6-8-2

#6 Big Lew looked to have plenty more left in the tank in his local win. He should improve in his second local start under the lights. He's proven at this distance.

AQHA Challenge Championships

Posted on 11.07.2015 with No comments
The AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championships have arrived to Lone Star Park. Tonight's 10-race program features six stakes and over $1,000,000 in purses. The Challenge Championships are unique because the horses that got here had to go through a bracket-style of qualifying races held throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America.


Race 1:  5-3-7

#5 Kawow had been a consistent runner until he encountered some trouble in the Retama Derby last time out, he's back with allowance foes and the cutback in distance to 350 yards should help.

Race 2:  9-1-8

#9 Seisy Lady has been competitive against tougher field and now takes a class drop into the claiming ranks for the first time since her debut back in 2014.

Race 3:  8-2-5

#8 Flashy Firt Cartel lost by a nose over this track early last month in a good effort. The time off combined with the extra distance should give her a good shot to win.

Race 4:  3-9-1  The Invitational Bonus Challenge at 350 yards

#3 This Wagons Okay is a multiple stakes winner that has been competing against good fields and has been the betting favorite in six of his last eight starts. I would be surprised (but happy) if we get the 10-1 morning line odds on him.

Race 5:  1-7-6   The Zoetis Distance Challenge Championship at 870 yards

#1 Sensational Dash is taking the blinkers off after a disappointing effort last time out. The last two times she has used blinkers she has finished last in both starts. She's much better without blinkers and I like her early speed and inside post. With a short run to the first turn, a fast start from the inside post could give her the opportunity to steal the race.

Race 6:  11-10-5   The John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship at 350 yards
#11 Undivided Atemption encountered some trouble last time and finished mid-pack. I'm willing to draw a line through that race and a repeat effort of his three previous starts will put him in the mix. I like the outside post and hope we get something close to the 8-1 morning line odds.

Race 7:  2-11-1   The Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

#2 Ajs High has won eight of his last ten starts and comes into this race fresh off a Derby win at Prairie Meadows. He owns a 5-for-7 record at this distance and this jockey has been aboard for his entire career.

Race 8:  11-7-9   The Merial Distaff Challenge Championship

#11 Visual Magic has looked strong in her last two wins and seems to love this track and this distance. She looks to be getting better at this outside post should give her a clear run down the lane.

Race 9:  5-11-7   The Bank of America Challenge Championship

#5 Jake Gold BR is a local horse for me because he's been competing here at Los Alamitos and has been a consistent performer since his dull effort in last year's Championship. He owns a pair of wins at this distance and has been facing tough foes like Moonist and Far Niente.

Race 10:  9-4-1

#9 Madies Milkshake gets the nod in a tricky race. She's been facing tougher competition and if can repeat any of her last few outings she will be in the mix.

More info and picks from the team at AQHA here:


GI $1,049,350 Golden State Million Futurity

Posted on 11.01.2015 with No comments

Tonight's featured event at Los Alamitos is the running of the Grade I Golden State Million Futurity at the distance of 400 yards. The third fastest qualifier Jess A Politician bled in the trials and is scratched from tonight's final so we are left with a field of nine going to the gate. The Golden State Million will go as the final race of the night.


Race 1:  9-6-5

#9 Lady Dash got a good experience over the track when finishing third at this level competition. A clean break from the outside post should have her within striking position throughout.

Race 2:  2-4-3

#2 Tizthespirit has been giving some time off since September and looks to be in a good spot for his comeback while taking a drop in class.

Race 3:  2-3-9

#2 Ojos de Toro Loco finished strong despite a slow start when missing the win by a neck against slightly easier competition last time out. New trainer is doing well with new acquisitions.

Race 4:  9-2-8  The Golden State Juvenile

#9 Hiclere looked strong in allowance win when pulling away easily. The outside post and the extra distance should help her chances.

Race 5:  2-4-5

#2 Perfect Genius takes a drop in class and is making his third start for this high percentage trainer. He should be able to get a good tracking trip settling behind the speed horses.

Race 6:  5-7-1

#5 Palm Canyon has been showing speed going longer against much tougher and now faces easier competition while cutting back in distance.

Race 7:  3-2-7

#3 Whatrtheodds has not raced since August and put in a strong workout in preparation for this race. This field lacks any standouts and a repeat effort from two races ago should get the win.

Race 8:  4-6-7

#4 Alota Proud Saints ran on well to finish second at a lower level last time out in her second start at Los Al. She's the most lightly raced runner in this field and there is plenty of room to improve.

Race 9: 4-7-5  The Grade I $1,049,350 Golden State Million Futurity

#4 Docs Best Card broke fast on trials night and looked much improved after a troubled trip in the PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity earlier in October. He always seems to fire a good effort and I expect another strong performance.

Breeders' Cup Saturday

Posted on 10.30.2015 with No comments

My race by race betting strategy will be to key my top pick in each race in the trifecta and surround with four or five horses.

Check out my trifecta play for the Juvenile (Race 9) here:


Race 3 - Juvenile Fillies: #7 Nickname
Race 4 - Turf Sprint: #1 Pure Sensation

Race 5 - Filly and Mare Sprint: #3 Taris
Race 6 - Filly and Mare Turf: #12 Secret Gesture
Race 7 - Sprint: #9 Masochistic
Race 8 - Mile: #8 Obviously
Race 9 - Juvenile: #3 Greenpointcrusader
Race 10 - The Longines Turf: #12 Ordak Dan
Race 11 - The Classic: #10 Beholder (scratched), American Pharoah should win.


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