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Keep Him leads Lake Tahoe


August 25, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Racecourse, Cypress, CA--The $10,000 Lake Tahoe Stakes for Paint Horses and a pair of outstanding allowance races for Quarter Horses headline the 10-race program Friday, August 27 at Los Alamitos. As usual, Friday’s program will also feature a guaranteed $50,000 pool in the early Pick Four. The Pick Four begins with the first race of the night at 7:15 p.m.

Ed Allred’s Keep Him looks to be the favorite in the Lake Tahoe based on a string of solid effort against Quarter Horses. The gelding by Texas Hero has hit the board twice against allowance Quarter Horses, most recently finishing second to Dashing Perry in a 350-yard race on August 13. Keep Him recorded a :17.74 clocking on that night and a repeat performance should land him in the winner’s circle.

Trained by Kelly Lewis, Keep Him has consistently posted times in the 17.70s in his last four starts at 350 yards. That’s not the only way Keep Him has shown his consistency. The 3-year-old Cal-bred has also finished third or better in each of nine career starts. That includes a second place finish, despite being bumped on both sides, to world champion Boy Of Summer in the Pioneer Derby three outings ago.

Connie Hall and Deborah Horrocks’ A Rare Jo finished third in the Pioneer but did finished ahead of Keep Him in last year’s $105,000 Masterpiece Futurity. A Rare Jo has trailed Keep Him in their other two encounters. Leading rider Ramon Sanchez will pilot the Especially Rare gelding.

Treasured Form, a winner of nine races in 17 starts, figures to be a big threat in this race. A year older than Keep Him and A Rare Jo, Treasured Form has been racing in the Midwest this year. Last season, the Rare Form gelding won the Sutter Creek Stakes and also competed in the Masterpiece Derby.

Friday’s ninth race, which is a $13,350 allowance for older horses, could result in a Paul Jones trifecta, as the champion trainer will send out Grade 1 runner-ups Coronas Prospect and Dealadash in addition to the usually sharp Red Hot Blitzer. Coronas Prospect ran second in the Southern California Derby last year, while Dealadash did the same in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby.

Dealadash is as experienced as they come in big money races. Already this year, he has been second to the undefeated superstar Be A Bono in the Spencer Childers Handicap and has squared off with the talented sprinters Mongoose Jet Eye, Catchmeinyourdreams, and Buccaneer Beach in the Vessels Maturity. He also ran third in the Governors’ Cup Derby and second in the Vandy’s Flash last year.

In the 10th race, a full field of 3-year-old fillies will battle in a $14,750 allowance. The big names in this race include the blue-blooded A Very Kool Chick, who has surprisingly failed to win in her last eight starts, and the reemerging Dividends Declared, who ran second in last year’s Governor’s Cup Futurity. Racing for Double Bar S Ranch, Dividends Declared will be making her first start since last November.