Stakes Action Kick-Off

Hola Amigos,

It is Friday night of Racing at Los Alamitos Race Course. Tonight's early pick four consists of 10, 8, 7, and 9 horse fields which makes for some nice betting choices. We have one single in the early pick four and it comes in the third leg. We kick off a week of Grade 1 races running tomorrow and Sunday night. Let's get to it.

Race 1: Three deep in this event of thoroughbreds with #1 Pay for Play who has been running against tougher while going off as the favorite and finishing second three times in a row. I expect this mare is to be favorite again with the slight drop in class. My Top Pick will be #4 Sudden Quest who has shown decent speed in his races and keeps a ten pound break with the apprentice aboard. Also using #6 which comes off a front running victory last time out and goes first off the claim for trainer Keith Craigmyle (Claimed Back) who is hitting at 28% with that move.

Race 2: Two deep in this event with #1 Two Blessings who is changing from a 5% barn to a 21% barn and also gets the services of leading rider Rodrigo Aceves. In addition, we will use #8 Damienlittlebug who has a longshot chance of upsetting this field. This filly has had some tough luck out the gate recently and with this outside post, anything can happen.

Race 3: Our single is #6 Slr Stevie Ray who is just a professional going strong at the age of 10. This gelding puts up consistent running numbers to put him in the hunt and his class alone (8 wins and $158k in earnings) should put him over the top of this field. Single.

Race 4: Four Deep to close out our ticket with #4 Therealthing, #5 El Jerente, #6 Quarter Moon Action, and #9 Smashing Waves who is making his first start back since September of 2011 but shows a solid workout and has always ran good off a freshening (Top Pick).

$24 Ticket: 1,4,6/1,8/6/4,5,6,9

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Good Luck!

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