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Academy Days looking for a plus effort in Claiming Futurity final

June 8, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Academy Days sets the fastest qualifying time to the Claiming Futurity on May 27
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Ed Allred’s undefeated runner Academy Days will look to make it a perfect three for three in his career when he headlines a full field of 10 in Friday’s $56,400 Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity. Trained by Jimmy Glenn Jr., Academy Days won his Claiming Futurity trial on May 27 in an evening’s-best :18.04 clocking at 350 yards. Academy Days’s winning time edged the :18.06 time posted by the other trial winner, One Ramblin Lady.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto, Academy Days has rallied to win both of his starts so far this year. He didn’t have the best of breaks in his racing debut, but still managed to make up some ground early on before posting a half length win on April 15. In the trials, the son of A Regal Choice bumped at the start of the race and then came out to nearly brush his rival at the midway point of the race. Academy Days was all business in the final yards of the race, as he outfinished Real And Spectacular and Lookin At Miracles to win this sprint.

Horses in the trials were eligible to be claimed for $12,500 and could race for their new connections in the final. The proposition was an attractive one for owners, as they had the opportunity to claim a horse that would then make his or her next start in a race with a $56,400 purse. Of the 10 horses racing in the final, six will do so for new connections.

Gary and F.S. Howard’s Mayla Bonita is one with new connections, as he was claimed after running third in her trial.

“The Howards came up to me and asked me to find them a horse in the trials that had a chance to race in the final,” trainer Charles Treece said. “I wanted to go for a horse that I didn’t think would have five or six people putting in a claim. We found this horse and we were fortunate to claim him.”

Trainer Jim Hanson, who won this race last season, claimed two horses from the trials for this race. The veteran trainer tagged Real And Spectacular and Get Thee Hence after the two fillies finished second and fourth, respectively, to Academy Days.

Real And Spectacular could improve in her return race. The daughter of World Champion Wave Carver is also out of the stakes winning broodmare and Champion of Champions finalist Apollos Favorite. She ran stride for stride with Academy Days in their trial, plus she does appear to be improving with each race.

Other runners claimed out of the trials are She Shops, now in the Dennis Givens barn after running second to One Ramblin Lady, and Runaway Jamie, who is now trained by Scott Willoughby for owners Patrick and Patricia Monsen and Doug Mathey. The Monsens and Mathey have campaigned a handful of horses at Los Alamitos over the years and always enjoys making the drive south from Northern California to enjoy their horse’s starts.

Trainer Dan Francisco and Mimi Wells have some unfinished business to tend to in the Claiming Futurity. Francisco and Wells finished second with Fly On The Wall last season and will now be represented by Lookin At Miracles in this race. Check Him Hot and Fast Filly Junior will complete the field.