The ladies were in the spotlight on Sunday at Los Alamitos with Ed Allred’s 4-year-old mare Bemused winning the $15,000 Stanton Handicap and Cina and John Sperry’s 2-year-old filly Jess Good Reason posting her second victory in as many starts.
Racing from post number two, Bemused won in wire-to-wire fashion while holding off the late run of Martha Winslow’s Bring Me Home. Bemused, a Separatist mare, was ridden by Eulices Gomez for trainer James Glenn, Jr. This was her second win in five starts this season and fifth in 16 career outings. The homebred mare earned $8,250 for the win to take her lifetime earnings to $43,685. Her previous victory came against a nice group of allowance rivals that included Allred’s stakes winner Blabber. This was Bemused’s first stakes placed finish of her career.
Ridden by Alejandro Luna for trainer Angela Aquino, Bring Me Home earned $3,375 for running second. The Stel Corona mare was starting for the 13th time this year. Her record now includes three runner-up efforts in stakes races this year. She was second to Quirky in the Ivan Ashment Handicap and second to Girls Can Fly in the Irvine Handicap.
Tallulah Moon, which ran in the Los Alamitos Super Derby in her previous start, finished third and was followed home by Tres Magicals and Ima Foose.
Trained by Paul Jones, Jess Good Reason is one to watch in 2016. The Oklahoma-bred filly was impressive in winning an allowance race by 1 ¼ lengths on Sunday with Roberto Hernandez in the irons. In her career debut, Jess Good Reason had a troubled break, but she flew from there to score a daylight victory. The Good Reason SA filly is out of the Feature Mr Jess mare Jess Call Me Tieing.