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Day 8: King Glorious Stakes

Posted on 12.14.2014 with No comments

After a gusty and game performance by Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet on Saturday, we now look forward to another 2-year-old event: The King Glorious.

Last year's edition was won by California Chrome who went on to have a 2014 campaign for the ages. Those are some tough shoes to fill.

The undefeated Acceptance has been listed as the 6-to-5 morning line favorite after a pair of good looking wins at Santa Anita Park and will now stretch out to a mile distance for the first time. His wins have been visually impressive and will by tough to beat if he keeps improving.

Today's Best Bet
Race 5
#8 Vegas Bound
Morning Line Odds: 5-1
Has been off since March when running fourth against in a field of five over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields. She returns to the surface of her best performance (dirt) and has a steady workout schedule leading up to this race. The outside post should give her clear running space leading into the turn and has enough speed to be close to the pace.


Race 1:  5-3-2
Race 2:  8-9-3
Race 3:  4-2-3
Race 4:  6-8-4
Race 5:  8-3-2
Race 6:  6-5-2
Race 7:  1-9-2
Race 8:  3-4-1
Race 9:  8-4-10

Day 7: GI $350,000 Starlet Stakes

Posted on 12.13.2014 with No comments

What: GI Starlet Stakes featuring Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies Champion Take Charge Brandi.

Where: Los Alamitos Race Course

Fun Info: Trainer Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert used to be top trainers in the Quarter Horse world before switching to Thoroughbreds many years ago and Los Alamitos used to be their home base. Both Lukas and Baffert have a chance to become the first trainer to win both a Grade I Thoroughbred event and a Grade I Quarter Horse event at Los Alamitos with a win in the Starlet. Baffert sends out Maybellene and Lukas sends out Take Charge Brandi.

Bonus: Free 2015 Wall Calendar giveaway with paid admission. Calendar features photos of California Chrome, Shared Belief, Heza Dasha Fire, Moonist and many more.

I have a trifecta key play for the Starlet over at America's Best Racing:

Today's Best Bet:
Race 2
#4 Clem Juice
Morning Line Odds: 3-1
She was bet down to favoritism in her debut over the Del Mar polytrack about 3 weeks ago. She showed a bit of speed but didn't have much punch in the stretch. It was a good educational debut and now she returns to the track where she had been training all along. Her sire was a good dirt runner and I expect improvement in her second start.


Race 1:  6-5-4
Race 2:  4-1-2
Race 3:  5-4-8
Race 4:  1-7-9
Race 5:  2-3-6
Race 6:  7-8-3
Race 7:  8-5-3
Race 8:  7-6-5
Race 9:  3-9-1


Day 6: Overnight Rain

Posted on 12.12.2014 with No comments

Overnight showers hit the area but the track was sealed and looks to be in good shape. Track listed as wet fast for the opener as the dark clouds have gone away. Rain expected to come back later tonight.

Best Bet for Friday:
#2 Vavoom
Morning line odds: 7-2
Has put together solid back-to-back starts and was claimed by a sharp trainer. This jockey has been aboard the past two starts and should have him in a good position early on. Threat to go from gate to wire.


Race 1:  2-6-4
Race 2:  5-4-3
Race 3:  8-5-1
Race 4:  3-1-5
Race 5:  2-3-5
Race 6:  4-8-1
Race 7:  3-4-5
Race 8:  2-11-9


Day 5: Worth a Penny

Posted on 12.11.2014 with No comments

Things to look forward to this week at Los Alamitos:

Today: Good late pick-4 sequence.
Friday: Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis on the verge of win number 5,000.
Saturday: GI $350k Starlet featuring Take Charge Brandi and 2015 calendar giveaway.
Sunday: GI $2,000,000 Los Al Two Million Quarter Horse futurity and sweatshirt giveaway.

Best Bet
Race 6
#10 Penny N Mitzi
Morning line odds: 4-1
She was the betting favorite in her debut at Del Mar this summer against a solid field of ten but only finished ahead of two rivals that day. She's adding blinkers and has a steady workout pattern leading up to this race. Expecting a much better effort today.


Race 1:  4-1-6
Race 2:  9-3-1
Race 3:  6-7-5
Race 4:  3-8-6
Race 5:  5-1-4
Race 6:  10-2-4
Race 7:  8-5-4
Race 8:  7-8-5



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