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Los Al reminder—no racing this Sunday—plus Freaky news and First Down Illusion speculation

June 28, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

There will be no night racing at Los Alamitos Race Course on Independence Day, Sunday, July 4. Los Alamitos will have a two-night week of racing consisting of Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3. Following the holiday, Los Alamitos will resume its racing program with a great live card of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 9.

The Friday, July 2, racing program features the Vandy's Flash Handicap at 400 yards. The Vandy’s Flash has produced some outstanding winners in past runnings, including World Champion Dashing Folly in 1996, multiple stakes winner Soul Of Silence in 2006, 1993 All American Futurity runner-up Heza Fast Man in the 1994 running, and the talented runner The Black Alliance in 1982.

Freaky back in training

World Champion Freaky is back in training and looking for his first outing since winning the February 20 Los Alamitos Winter Championship said trainer Adan Farias on Sunday night.

Owned by Armando Aguirre, Freaky could make his return bow in the Spencer L. Childers Memorial California Breeders Championship Handicap on California Breeders Champion on Saturday, July 31. Freaky won the Spencer Childers last year.

“He came back looking like a 2-year-old,” Farias said. “Vessels Stallion Farm did a marvelous job with this horse. He looks so happy. We took him out of the track the other morning and he was bucking and playing. He’s been back at Los Alamitos since early June.”

Farias has not fully decided if Freaky will run in the 400-yard restricted Grade 1 race.

“I want to make sure that he is 100 percent ready to run,” he said. “I don’t want to make a mistake with Freaky. We’ll take him to the track twice in the next few days and if he looks ready then we’ll breeze him on Saturday. If he feels 100 percent then we’ll go to the Spencer Childers.”

Farias added that Vessels Maturity fastest qualifier A Streakinson will run in the Spencer Childers.

First Down Illusion to run on July 31

David and Ross Hinkins’ First Down Illusion returned in perfect shape after winning the $1,064,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 19. “My vet checked First Down Illusion for soundness and he really looked good. He looks like he didn’t even run a couple of weeks ago.”

Farias also added that First Down Illusion, who is now eligible to win the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, will run on Champions Night.

“That’s our plan,” Farias said. “I think it’s pretty certain that he’ll run on Champions Night and probably in the Freshman Stakes. The July 31 Champions Night date is six weeks since the Ed Burke, so that’s enough time for him to run again. After that race we’ll likely just let him rest until the Golden State Million Futurity trials on October 15."