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Full field of 10 in James Smith Handicap on Sunday night

April 11, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Winter Derby trial winners High School Secrets and Buy Buy, Pat Hyland Handicap winner Secretly Famous and Buena Park Handicap runner-up French Fury are among the stars that will be part of a talented field of 10 3-year-olds racing in the $20,000 James Smith Memorial Handicap on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Sunday’s feature will be contested as the ninth and final race on the card, which gets underway at 5:15 p.m.

The late James Smith was the long time Vice-President and General Manager of the Horsemen’s Quarter Horse Racing Association that conducted a winter meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course during the 1980s and early 90s. He was also integral figure in bringing Thoroughbred racing to Los Alamitos in the mid ‘90s.

James Azevedo and Boyles Family Trust’s High School Secrets posted an impressive trial victory to the Grade 1 Winter Derby on January 26. Trained by Paul Jones, the son of No Secrets Here returned with a seventh place finish in the 400-yard final.High School Secrets was a Grade 1 futurity finalist as a 2-year-old last season.He will enter this race having won three of 11 career starts.

Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Buby Buy won her derby trial by a head, but had a troubled start when running ninth in the Winter Derby. Trained by Roberto Dominguez, the filly by Stel Corona returned with a third place finish in the Go Josie Go Handicap on March 29.

Angel Villalobos’ French Fury won his first two starts here, including a 3/4 length vitory in a trial to the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes. After running sixth in the Maiden Stakes final, he came back with a gritty second place finish in the Buena Park on March 30. Jaime Gomez will saddle the Stoli gelding.

Nicole Araya’s Secretly Famous will be going after his first win since the Pat Hyland, but he has been facing tough competition. He was fifth in the Buena Park in his last start. Starting from the outside post 10 in this race, Alvin Cross Child’s Ric Oh Shay will go after his fourth win in a row. He was a Maiden Stakes trial winner two races ago and an allowance winner in his last start. David Brownell’s Stel Redneck, who won his trial to the El Primero Del Ano Derby, will also compete in this race. Corona Cade, RM Looking For Fame, Thrifty and Bullet In The Gun will complete the field.