The first past performances are out for Thursday’s opening Los Alamitos Race Course thoroughbred program and horsemen did a pretty good job filling the eight race program.
I don’t know if you are going to see a lot of the top jockeys every day during the eight-day meet because the quality of racing will be a little less than normal, especially since there is no turf racing until the opening of Del Mar on July 17.
People have told me it will be interesting to see how the jockeys will adjust to one of the longest home stretches in the country. Jockeys will have to wait until just after the turn to make sure they have some horse for the finish. That might make closers the horses to watch during the meet, but until we see few races, it’s anyone’s guess.
One suggestion I might have is to keep track daily of which jockeys are winning races. See which ones adapt the quickest.
I also think it will be interesting to see if horses that have been training at Los Alamitos have an advantage. Everything you hear is that the surface is kind to the animals and that you can’t hear the hooves hitting the ground.
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Sunday’s top choice winners: 5 (Grazenette $13.20, third race; Storm Power $9.80, fourth; Hanna No Sir $2.80, fifth; Ruff Proof $11.40, ninth; Big John B $6, 10th)
Sunday’s second choice and long shot winners: 0
Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Incredible Journey $4.60, second)