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Top Distaffers head Thursday card at Los Alamitos


March 8, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Race Course, March 7--Royal Sassy Mary, who has competed over off tracks in her last two appearances, returns to the firm footing that resulted in her most recent victory as she faces seven rivals on Thursday, March 10, in the $15,000 allowance feature for mares at 300 yards.

A 4-year-old daughter of This Snow Is Royal who races for Anna and Rod Macpherson Jr., trainer John Cooper and pilot Hector Cuevas, Royal Sassy Mary comes into this assignment with four wins, five seconds and four thirds from her 24 lifetime trips to the post.

Her last two tries have seen the sorrel mare racing with $50,000 claiming company, checking in third in a blanket finish on January 7 over a wet-fast surface and then beaten a length and a quarter in the slop last month. Go back on more event and she registered a game decision over a track where she could hear here feet rattle and was facing distaff-only competition, which will be the case on Thursday.

Corona Glitter is another member of the cast who is exiting a straight $50,000 claiming affair and should be more at home under these conditions. Chuck Treece conditions the Count Corona offspring, who rattled off three straight wins last summer, climaxed by an allowance score at Fairplex Park. The Jose Santos colorbearer will be handled by Ramon Sanchez.

Tequila La Jolla is an interesting possibility for owner/trainer Jaime Gomez and jockey J.R. Ramirez. She competed in the Laguna Hills Handicap two back and had back-to-back victories to her credit coming into that contest, getting the job done over $25,000 and $50,000 sellers. A bump soon after the start didnít help the cause in her most recent trip to the post.

Devoted Word was on the wrong end of a nose photo here on January 28 while carrying a $30,000 pricetag and has to be considered. The Edward Allred-owned, Kelly Lewis-trained daughter of Buzz Word will be handled by Raul Ramirez Jr. and figures right in the thick of things with a repeat of that last outing.