Theora Barnum, the only female in Friday's five-horse Invitational Trot at Los Alamitos, won by a neck in the opening-night feature of the summer-fall harness meeting.
Theora Barnum made her first start at age 5 last year, three years after most horses begin their careers. She raced 17 times last year, winning four and more than $11,000. In December, she was injured during a race in Chicago, and owner Richard Barnum of Chino faced some tough decisions.
He gave Theora Barnum the winter off before turning her over to trainer-driver Gerry Kazmaier at Los Alamitos in the spring. Barnum told Kazmaier that if the horse didn't make it back to the races, he was considering having her killed.
Theora Barnum lost her first three starts of the year, but has since won seven of her past 14 starts, including Friday's $10,000 trot, in which she was timed in 2:00 1/5.