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Racing returns on Friday at Los Alamitos with Cypress Handicap


January 22, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

Fols Jesse looks to defend his title in the $25,000 Cypress Handicap while also attempting to become the meet’s first multiple stakes winner on Friday night, January 24, at Los Alamitos. The Cypress highlights the eight-race program, the return of live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing at Los Alamitos following the one-week break to complete the expansion of the track to one mile. First post on Friday is 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Trained by Mark Skeen for Mesa Valley Farms, Fols Jesse won the 2013 Cypress stakes by 1½ lengths and in his last start he scored a hard-fought victory in the Anaheim Handicap. The gelding has won six races in his career while finishing in the top two in 12 of 15 career starts. Cody Jensen will ride him in the Cypress at 350 yards.

Fols Jesse will be facing a field that includes the outstanding Utah-bred Sparky E Boy, who was second in the Champion of Champions a couple of years ago, and 2013 Los Alamitos Winter Derby runner-up Perrys Affair. The 7-year-old Sparky E Boy has earned over $340,000 in his 35-race career and was second in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap three outings ago. Perrys Affair won an allowance race in his last start and before that was third in a trial to the Los Alamitos Super Derby.

The Oregon-bred winning machine Chicks Special Angel will debut locally in this race after ten wins in her last 11 starts, at Emerald Downs, Portland Meadows, Grants Pass, and Prineville.