October 3, 2002 |
Two recent maiden winners top the field in a $10,850 allowance at 300 yards tonight. Casita, a 2-year-old Red Hot Rhythm filly, won in the second start of her career for the Don Ryan Revocable Trust and trainer Jesus Enriquez. Bred in California by Ryan, Casita moves from the inside to the outside and gets a new rider in Alex Bautista. A week before Casita won, The Royal Music earned her maiden victory, winning by a length at 4-5.
September 29, 2002 |
Two fillies sired by multiple stakes winner Corona Cartel go head to head tonight at 350 yards in the $15,000 Bellflower Handicap. Corona Six Pack will be trying for her fourth consecutive win. Corona Perfection, who finished sixth last time out, has looked much better in workouts. Also entered are Crashin Bac and Rusty Quickid, who are coming off allowance wins. Bee Dashing, who won several handicaps in 2001, Sheza Ramblin Too and Sweet Ribbons from Ruidoso Downs complete the field.
September 28, 2002 |
It's hard to believe that the Donna McArthur-trained Lonely Moon Sign will go off as a longshot in the $345,500 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Assn.'s Breeders Futurity, but that's how good the field is for tonight's ninth race. McArthur says the bay colt, who finished second in the May 18 Los Alamitos Kindergarten Futurity, has recovered from sore knees and shins and proved it by winning his Sept. 18 trial to tonight's futurity.
September 27, 2002 |
Sassy Smith posted the sixth-best qualifying time in trials but tonight can become only the third winner of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Assn.'s Breeders' Futurity to win the Breeders' Derby as well. The field for the $117,000 Derby is a talented lot. Babe Watcher, who ran second to Sassy Smith in the 2001 Breeders' Futurity, won the Sunland Park Fall Futurity and posted the best qualifying time in the Breeders' Derby trials. Check Him Out won the Golden State Derby last month.
September 26, 2002 |
A good field of geldings will run for the money over 350 yards tonight in the $12,550 seventh race. A Secret Account won four stakes races in 2001 for owner Rodney Hart and is coming off an Aug. 23 allowance victory in which it beat Laura Lukas' Go Green Go. Meddlin In Money has won seven of 11 races and earned nearly $200,000 in 2001 for the Double Bar S Ranch syndicate. Go Green Go gets a rematch after having finished first in six of the last 10 races it has entered.
September 22, 2002 |
Two old pros, trainers Charlie Treece and Blane Schvaneveldt, will saddle two old rivals in tonight's $12,850 allowance at 350 yards in the eighth race--Panther Mountain and Mi Gamboling Bug, both in the twilight of their careers. The eighth has several others with good credentials, one of them Winner Wants Cash, a multiple stakes finalist who finished fourth in the Golden State Derby. The picks: 1. Im A Pritzi Boy. 2. Frolic's Flash. 3. Shagin Dash. 4. Bacbac Overthewall. 5. Snowy Substance. 6.
September 21, 2002 |
John Sperry's Inthetwinkleofaneye and Ronnie and Ron Keller's Ronnie Jace should go off as the front-runners in tonight's $42,210 Bayer Legend California Derby Challenge. Inthetwinkleofaneye has won seven of 16 starts. Ronnie Jace will be after his seventh victory in 16 starts. The winner of the Derby will be eligible to compete in the MBNA America Racing Challenge on Nov. 2 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
September 20, 2002 |
Tonight's most intriguing question might not be who wins the $15,000 Cerritos Handicap, but whether talented but inconsistent Debut Dasher can reach the finish in the ninth race without incident. Three outings ago, he was bumped at the start but went on to beat Los Alamitos Million winner Your First Moon in a stakes race. But in two recent derby trials at 400 yards, Debut Dasher finished seventh after bumping another horse and eighth after dashing wide.
September 19, 2002 |
Trainer Donna McArthur has two quarter horses entered in the 300-yard seventh race tonight, but that means jockey Sam Thompson is switching horses. After seven consecutive mounts aboard Quicks Trick, Thompson is riding Shez Simply Fabulous. Cody Jensen takes Thompson's place aboard Quicks Trick, who broke her maiden at 300 and finished in the money twice at either 220 or 300 yards. Shez Simply Fabulous ran fifth at 350 yards last time, but previously won a 300-yard sprint.
September 14, 2002 |
Picking between the two expected co-favorites tonight in the Go Man Go Handicap may be among the most difficult bets in the house this season. A victory carries an automatic berth into December's $500,000 Champions of Champions. Chiarascuro, winner of the MBNA America California Challenge, and last year's champion 3-year-old gelding Whosleavingwho, who has earned $425,088 to date, are expected to be up to the task in the 400-yard, $100,000 race.