We have you covered this Friday at beautiful Los Alamitos Race Course for their short, but sweet Thoroughbred Meet. They are sure to have some nice prices for what amounts to a solid 8-race card. Check out these selections and some targeted analysis from J.N. Campbell.
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 2: Her Perfect Vision #5, 5/2):
We are right in the middle of the 2-yr-old season, and now is the time to be on the lookout for some potential stars that will end up on that Friday in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile races. You never know who will be there! Based on her pedigree, there is much to like in this filly that is trained by Jonathan Wong. Out of Stanford by Malibu Moon, she is going to hit the track for the 1st time against a group that does not look particularly tough. I like her chances because Tommy Town Thoroughbreds knows how to breed and own runners to perfection. This one could be a budding phenom. Watch out!
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #5
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 3: Primed for Drinks #2, 15/1):
When it comes to the MC ranks, you want a runner who is lightly-raced, but not a 1st timer. This Walt Solis sprinter fits the bill, and the colt out of Stay Thirsty is dropping down from the 40k ranks into this spot. That may not seem like much relief, but it can make a major difference in my opinion. Kyle Frey had a nice Del Mar go-round, and he will be on board for this ride. If you are after a true long shot on this card, then this one is sure to be double-digits come post time.
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 4: Dirt, 6F, St.ALLW25k, 3+):
If your spotlight is trained on this contest, then you are in for a fun one when it comes to handicapping. Most of the deposits will be made into Red Valor’s #2 account. The gelding out of To Honor and Serve most recently was in Mark Glatt’s care, but she heads over to Steve Knapp’s outfit. Abel Cedillo has raced aboard this one over the past 3 races, and all of those were scores. There is no reason to think she will take a step back in this spot. As for some alternatives, you could easily back a runner like Mike Maker’s Defense Wins #3 (5/2) or Doug O’Neill’s Alleva #4 (5/2). They both won last out during the Del Mar Meet, and shipping up to Los Al is a logical step. Maker’s runner in particular was part of a claim, and this conditioner is well-versed in these types of situations, so expect this one to put in a solid run. I do not see anyone else in here being able to game with this terrible trio, so it should be just a matter of putting them in the correct order … which I have done for you … see below!