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Saturday, December 9, 2017
It’s been a trying few days for Southern California racing, after a devastating fire swept through the San Luis Rey Downs training facility on Thursday. A fundraiser set up by the Stronach Group has raised more than $300,000 as of Friday night. If you want to donate, check out the link here:
San Luis Rey Downs Fundraiser
The show will go on at Los Alamitos this Saturday, with the running of two big two-year-old races: the Cashcall Futurity, and the Starlet Stakes. The former features two of the west’s top Kentucky Derby prospects: Solomini and McKinzie. To help you out with all the action, we’re happy to have Robert Criscola (@itsgood2beking) providing FREE picks & analysis of the card! Robert’s been a Southern California handicapper on Danonymous Racing for a while now; be sure to give him a follow on twitter.
Take it away, Robert!
The Starlet Stakes and Los Alamitos Futurity share the spotlight on a nine-race card at Los Alamitos Racecourse this Saturday. Let’s get right to the action, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
Race 1: 3-1-4
#3 INNYMINNIEMINEYMOE is the one to beat on her last two speed figures and lures Talamo. #1 WE WILL RE JOYCE drew off by eight lengths in her last try over this course; respect. #4 MIDNIGHT SUMMER should be able to stalk the early pace under Roman; wouldn’t be a surprise.
Race 2: 2-3-6
#2 SALDAMENTE is unproven beyond 6.5 furlongs on dirt but hasn’t shown fading tendencies in his career (save for a non-effort off a long layoff in September) and may go off at appealing odds; worth a shot with competitive speed figures. #3 POPULAR KID is just 1-for-22 lifetime but finished with interest for second in his latest effort at this level. #6 RUN LIKE RHETT is a threat if he can run back to his last dirt start in which he broke his maiden. He’s run competitively at this level, albeit on turf, before throwing in a complete clunker when last seen.
Race 3: 5-3-1
The Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity
#5 MCKINZIE drew plenty of attention after a highly-rated debut win at Santa Anita for Baffert and Smith; recent works are sizzling. #3 SOLOMINI made an early move that didn’t quite pan out in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; Baffert’s other charge is proven at the distance. #1 INSTILLED REGARD savored the added ground when breaking his maiden last time out but must pick it up in the speed figure department to have a shot.
Race 4: 4-3-2
The Grade I Starlet Stakes
#4 WAR HEROINE buried the competition on debut at Del Mar last month despite setting a fast pace; looks like she won’t mind the added ground. #3 DREAM TREE, 2-for-2 sprinting, is bred to go long. Despite losing ground in the stretch in each of her first two starts, she looks well-spotted here. #2 PIEDI BIANCHI, dropping out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, will be rolling late.
Race 5: 4-2-7
#4 HOTSY DOTSY was a runner-up in her latest start against similar; has had plenty of chances but should be able to best these. #2 CURLINA CURLINA and #7 PRINCESS NICOLE, no strangers to picking up minor awards, will be involved late.
Race 6: 4-7-3
#4 FABRICATION gets Baze aboard as he looks for redemption at Los Al. He was a narrowly-beaten favorite at this course two starts ago. #7 BIG HUNK takes a big class drop after debuting on grass at Del Mar; pedigree says he’ll take to the dirt. #3 DERBY KINGDOM may outrun his odds as a firster against some uninspiring competition.
Race 7: 2-5-3
#2 CARULLI wheels back quickly after showing good early speed before tiring against similar last week; best guess. #5 WHO’S HOT was narrowly beaten in a nighttime heat two-back before closing well for the win in an elongated quarter-horse event last time; consider. #3 ALWAYS NEVER dominated in his last start but is 0-for-3 lifetime at the thoroughbred meets.
Race 8: 7-10-1
#7 MATRICULATE intrigues going first off the claim for O’Neill (20%). His comeback race off an extended layoff was a solid and he won his most recent start at this level. He should also get an ideal stalking trip behind a potentially blistering pace. #10 BOLSTER won two straight before coming up empty late last time. Prat sees fit to stay on and this one fits in this heat. #1 PRIME ISSUE has gone off form in his last two but takes a drop in class. However, it’s suspicious that he’s now offered for a $20k tag.
Race 9: 5-3-1-2
#5 CHRIS AND DAVE continually fires speed figures good enough to take this and has hit the board in three of four lifetimes starts at Los Al; look for him to stalk and pounce for the score. #3 BEAUMARCHAIS, winner of three straight heats, is the likely pacesetter but moves up in class. #1 JUST KIDDING and #2 GROUND RULES should both make a late impression while dropping in class.
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