Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos thoroughbred picks for Thursday, July 3

Well a new adventure with the start of the Los Alamitos Race Course thoroughbred meet on Thursday. I would say thread lightly until you get a feel for the new layout.

FIRST RACE: 1. Kid Rollins, 2. I’m No Patsy, 3. Fiesta Express. LONG SHOT: Mon Petite.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Desert Third, 2. Sweet Mz. Poppet, 3. Take Back Spring. LONG SHOT: Fortune’s Daughter.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Citizenship, 2. Here’s Bella, 3. Twenty Six Acts. LONG SHOT: Doodetta.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Regally Soul (best bet), 2. Star Rocker, 3. Dewrag. LONG SHOT: Magic Beam.

Jockey Fernando Perez appears to have had his choice of a couple of horses in this race and chooses this 4-year-old gelding, REGALLY SOUL (15-1). The new Los Alamitos thoroughbred layout will feature a long home stretch, which might be right up this horse’s alley. Trainer Walther Solis has had a tough year, winning just five times from 58 starters, but his horses have been training at Los Al so it might prove to be an advantage.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Storm the Heavens, 2. Chattering Class, 3. Voluntary. LONG SHOT: Angel Charge.

STORM THE HEAVENS (8-1), a 3-year-old returns, after a nine-month layoff, but comes out of a key race that has seen four horses win their next races. Drops to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks and it won’t take a world beater to take this. Jockey Alonso Quinonez takes the ride for trainer Peter Eurton, who is 11% with horses coming off a layoff of more than 180 days. Trainer Peter Miller’s CHATTERING CLASS will be tough to beat here, but the odds should be worth it on STORM THE HEAVENS.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Cinco de Mario, 2. Time for a Hug, 3. Shining Son. LONG SHOT: Backstreet Boss.

Looks like trainer Doug O’Neill might want to win the first Los Al training title as he drops CINCO DE MARIO from $22,500 to $8,000 claiming ranks and changes jockeys to Elvis Trujillo. TIME FOR A HUG beat CALIFORNIA CHROME in their maiden debuts on April 26, 2013. Yes, the colt beat the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner by a length. However, he has been away from the races for more than a year and returns at this low level. Either trainer Walther Solis is playing poker or this one still has some serious issues.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rousing Sermon, 2. Full Dancer, 3. Storm Fighter. LONG SHOT: Rock Me Baby.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bea’s Bench, 2. Itsherprerogative, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: Sweet Silica.

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