In her first start since January 23, Leonardo and Javier Olmos’ The Streakin Clean was impressive, as she cruised to a daylight victory in the Grade 3 $25,000 Miss Princess Handicap on Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Jaime Gomez, The Streakin Clean was making her first start since a third place finish in the $25,000 Cypress Handicap. The 6-year-old Arizona-bred mare was entered to run in the Elan Again Handicap on February 28, but she was scratched because of an illness.
“She woke up with a big lump in her throat,” Gomez said. “We went to school her in the gates and she was making some strange noises. We scoped her and found that she had an infection. We gave her some time off to rest and get well and then brought her back for this race with a couple of workouts to help her get ready.”
The Streakin Clean worked 220 yards in :12.80 on April 13 and then 220 yards in :12.50 on April 25. When the gates opened in the Miss Princess, The Streakin Clean was prepared to roll. She was a neck ahead of Irvine Handicap winner Girls Can Fly in the early going before drawing away from her on the way to a 1 ¼ length victory. The Streakin Clean covered the 350 yards in 17.523.
“This is a good mare,” Gomez added. “She runs great fresh. We’re going to point her to the big one for mares here at Los Alamitos, the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap on September 27.”
The Streakin Clean was second in the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap and won the 100 yard Hawkish Handicap here on December 7. The mare by Streakin La Jolla earned $13,750 for winning the Miss Princess to take her career earnings to $81,222. Bred by H & E Ranch Inc., The Streakin Clean has won nine of 24 career starts. She’s hit the board in 18 career starts.
Ed Allred’s Girl Can Fly ran in the top two of a stakes races for the third outing in a row. The Foose mare earned $5,625 for her second place finish in this event. Zigfield Follies was third with Tres Magicals, Bring Me Home, Trial of Faith, Larana 09 and Chalalita completing the field. Mrs Pickens bumped early, clipped heels and lost her rider, Guillermo Suarez. Fortunately, the jockey was able to get up under his own power and return to the jockey’s room.
Jockey Santiago Mendez and his wife Bianca had their first child on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. Santiago and Bianca welcomed their newborn daughter Gloria at 1:51 a.m. on Sunday morning. Mendez was back riding at Los Alamitos on Sunday evening. He had three Quarter Horse mounts on the night and piloted Siete Tres to a second place finish in the seventh race and Bee A Dasher to a third place finish in an allowance race in the eighth.
Sunday’s winner of the 7th race was the 7-year—old mare Madres Day, a perfect hunch play for those that played the ponies on Mother’s Day. Madre is Spanish for Mother. Ridden by Carlos Marquez for trainer Felix Gonzalez, Madres Day covered the 330 yards in :17.044.