Connie Hall’s Stella La Rosa scored her second impressive allowance win in a row following a half-length victory in the eighth race on Friday at Los Alamitos.
The Separatist filly won the $12,010 event after covering the 300 yards in sizzling :15.446 from the outside post six. Bred and trained by Hall, Stella La Rosa defeated a field that included stakes runner Illthinkaboutit and four other allowance winners in the form of Saving Shirley, Surfers Dream and Dawn Of A New Day. Alex Bautista piloted Stella La Rosa.
Stella La Rosa’s previous outing was a ¾ length win over Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Jabuti Eagle SA on December 9. Her other outings included a fourth place finish in a trial to the Golden State Million Futurity and an appearance in the $25,000 California Breeders Freshman Stakes.
Friday’s racing program also featured a pair of impressive maiden victories by the 2-year-olds Hannah Double Love and Spirit Leader. Saddled by Juan Aleman for owner and breeder Susan Lucas, Hannah Double Love blew away her rivals by 2 ¼ lengths in the sixth race on Friday. Ridden by Francisco Rubio, the filly by Tac It Like A Man flew from post number eight and had a two length advantage with 100 yards still to go in the 300 yard contest. Hannahs Double Love never let up from there and track announcer Ed Burgart described the performance as one of the most impressive by a 2-year-old this season. Hannahs Double Love is out of the Thoroughbred mare Kickstand Kelli. Kickstand Kelli is by the sire Kelly Kip, a graded stakes winner at Saratoga at 6 furlong and Belmont Park at 5 ½ furlongs during his 2-year-old season. Kelly Kip was a Grade 2 winner at 6 furlongs at Belmont Park during his 3-year-old campaign and a two-time graded stakes winner during his 4-year-old season while racing at Laurel Park and Aqueduct.
Antonio Fernandez’s Six Times Royal finished second in this race with Francisco Aguilar and Marcos Menjivar’s Sport Of Lady running third.
Abigail Kawananakoa’s Spirit Leader posted a length victory in the second race while covering the 300 yards in :15.546. The Corona Cartel colt out of Sandras Task comes from the stock of breeder Julianna Hawn Holt. Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Spirit Leader was second at the start, but she looked tremendous in the second half of the race as she increased her lead from a half-length to a length. Spirit Leader is a half brother to 2005 champion 2-year-old gelding Leading Spirit, who won 10 of 19 starts while earning $811,413. Leading Spirit won the West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park, Ruidoso Futurity and Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and First Down Dash Handicap and Bank of America California Championship at Los Alamitos. Spirit Leader is also a half brother to multiple stakes winner Leading Diva.
Jaime Gomez’s Braveheart Dasher finished second in this race with Burger, Smith, Dees and Moonshine Racing’s Honey Badger finished third.
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