LARC NEWS Posted: 5/10/2015 12:26:56 AM

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     Ed Allred’s Take A Look posted a crushing victory over a quality field of sophomore fillies in the 350-yard $25,000 La Pacifica Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Eulices Gomez, who enjoyed a Quarter Horse riding triple on Friday night, Take A Look controlled the race right from the start, breaking on the lead by a half-length before cruising home to an easy 1 ¼ length victory. Trained by James Glenn, Jr., Take A Look came into this race after finishing second in the Grade 3 La Primera Del Ano Derby. In her previous start, Take A Look won her La Primera Derby trial and for her career she’s finished in the top three in all 10 starts.

“She’s just getting better as she gets older,” said Glenn of the Allred-bred daughter of Separatist. “We thought really highly of her as a 2-year-old after she won her maiden race by a half-length. She did well, but she also had her spots here and there where she was a little off mentally. She had a few awkward races so I backed off of her and we jogged her a little bit. Dr. Allred never pressures you with his horses and he allows you to do what you think is best. We took our time to develop her and allowed her to mature.

“She’s now coming into her own,” Glenn added. “Running in those 400-yard races (in the La Primera Derby trial and final) really made a difference. She was fast out of the gate, but her pedigree came through at the end of her derby trial at 400 yards. She ran a nice race against a pretty tough horse (Bac In Front) in that derby final. Her heart got big after those races and she looks like a million bucks. She’s well bred and she can be very valuable in the breeding shed.”

Take A Look earned $13,750 for winning the La Pacifica, which is her second stakes win after taking the California Breeders Freshman Stakes last year. A half-sister to Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner He Looks Hot and multiple stakes winner Once Over, Take A Look has now earned $78,085 while winning four of 10 career starts. Nancy Scane’s Skinny Jeans finished second in La Pacifica for trainer Patricia Visscher and jockey Oscar Peinado. The third place finisher in the La Primera final, Skinny Jeans added $5,625 for running second in the La Pacifica. The Foose filly has now earned $45,089.

Meanwhile, Glenn Jr. and winning rider Eulices Gomez have formed a good partnership in recent years. The two combined to win the Grade 1 Southern California Derby, Grade 1 Golden State Derby, Restricted Grade 1 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap, and two other stakes races with Allred’s Check My Thoughts. They also teamed up with Quirky to run second in the 2014 La Primera Del Ano Derby.  Gomez’s injuries as a result of a spill last June forced Glenn Jr., to hire new riders for the horses in his barn.      

“It was a tough road back for Eulices being off for seven months,” he said. “When he came back we talked about him seeing this as an opportunity to branch out and try to get work with some other barns. I had other jockeys that were riding some of my horses while he was on the mend and I couldn’t just take them off all those mounts. If one of those jockeys took off one of my horses I told Eulices that I would squeeze him back on that horse. Eulices is a classy kid, a good kid, and a hard worker. He was able to get some mounts for Charles Treece and he did great (on Friday) winning races for Treece. Carlos Huerta was riding Take A Look, but he took off to ride Bac In Front for Jaime Gomez in the La Primera. I was then able to get Eulices back on Take A Look. That worked out well.”

The complete order of finish in the La Pacifica follows: Take A Look, Skinny Jeans, One Prompt JJ, One More Card, Run By You, Who Is Sylvia, Chowchilla Dreamin, Sheza Lolita, and Apollitical Legacy.

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