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Full field of 10 set for Town Policy Handicap


October 29, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Pirate Stable and Wendy and Colten O’Dell’s First Down Tiny Man headline a full field of experienced stakes runners in the $25,000 Town Policy Handicap on Friday night, October 30, at Los Alamitos.

Ten sophomores are entered in the Town Policy, which is named in honor of the iconic racehorse and multiple stakes winner trained by the great Blane Schvaneveldt. The Town Policy is the eighth race on the card and will be contested at 400yards.

Trained by Chris O’Dell, First Down Tiny Man is one of the horses to watch in the Town Policy following his victory in the Adequan California Derby Challenge on August 21. The Tennessee bred left the gate just behind the early leaders, but he showed tremendous late run to win by a nose. It was his third career win and the second of the year at Los Alamitos. With leading Quarter Horse rider Cruz Mendez aboard, the big question will be if the more than two months layoff will affect him. He did work 350 yards in an easy going :18.80 on October 14.

The field includes Walk The Catwalk and Old Six Six, the third and fourth place finishers in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby on October 2. Steve Burns’ Walk The Catwalk has hit the board in his last six outings, including a win in the trials to the PCQHRA Breeders Derby, a second place finish in the Jens List Memorial Stakes, and a third in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby final. With Cesar De Alba up for trainer Mike Casselman, Walk The Catwalk figures to be one of the favorites in this race based on his season-long consistency. Skeen and Knight’s Old Six Six was fourth in the Breeders Derby at 40-to-1 and he used to facing the heavy hitters in the division. The Walk Thru Fire gelding ran in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby and Governor’s Cup Derby earlier this year.

Marth aWells’ Koolist, the runner-up in the El Primero Del Ano Derby, Ed Allred’s Cartels Big Gun, the third place finisher in the Winter Derby, and Golden State Derby finalist One More Card are just a few of the other names that will be part of this very competitive running of the Town Policy.