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Big Weekend On Tap at Los Alamitos Race Course

January 17, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

LOS ALAMITOS, CA—Two Overnight Handicaps and a Grade III, 870-yard event headline the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night race cards at Los Alamitos.

On Friday night, January 19, three-year-old quarter horses vie for the $18,000 purse in the Splash Bac Overnight Handicap at 300 yards. Four of the seven entrants exit winning efforts, with Best Buds and Corona Barry having won three in a row. Rey Tarasco has won his last two and three of his last four, while Be Warned won his most recent and two of his last three.

Sunday night, January 21, has the $18,000 Cash For Cas Overnight Handicap for mares, 4 and up, going 350 yards. Paul Jones trains three of the seven entrants, including Strength in Numbers, winner here of the Cypress Handicap in April and the Newport Beach Handicap, her most recent race, in July. Attempting to shake off an even longer layoff from racing is nine-year-old Five Bar Molly, who last hit the track on January 31, 2002, finishing second here by a nose as the even-money favorite.

The biggest race of the weekend is on Saturday night, January 20--the Grade III Moonshiner Handicap for 4-year-olds and older going 870 yards. The Moonshiner carries a $20,000-added purse. The field boasts a half-and-half mix of quarter horses and Thoroughbreds. The quarter horses (with post positions in parentheses): Murrieta Caper (1), Bonos Aladdin (2), Furious Dasher (6), and Bad Act (8). The Thoroughbreds: Olympic Moment (3), Stove Pipe (4), Lords Table (5), and Tomcolee (7). Furious Dasher makes his debut around two turns.

Sergio Morfin's Stove Pipe has been on a tear on the Los Al surface since May, winning six of seven starts, three times at 4˝ furlongs and three times at Saturday's 870-yard distance. He was the crowd favorite only once during the span, producing a $9.80 average win payout. Despite this recent success, he has stiff competition from at least two of Saturday's competitors. On his trip to Pomona in September, he lost to Tomcolee, and in his only test against handicap competition, he lost to Olympic Moment.