LARC NEWS Posted: 5/12/2017 11:06:01 PM

          Abigail Kawanakoa’s Staggering Stride, the sale topper at the 2015 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, is now a stakes winner after defeating a terrific group of sophomore fillies in the $25,000 La Pacifica Handicap at 350 yards on Friday at Los Alamitos.

Purchased for $150,000 at the Equine Sale, Staggering Stride has enjoyed a solid career. She finished third in the Los Alamitos Invitational Stakes and was fourth in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby. She came into the La Pacifica after running third in the La Pacifica Handicap.

“It’s nice because this is a stakes race and it gives black type,” said trainer Chris O’Dell. We’ve been close in a couple of derbies and Abigail will be happy. That one was for Abigail. She ran first and second so she’ll be very happy. Derby trials will be next. This filly has always been sound so we’ll keep on rolling with the flow.”

Staggering Stride crossed the finish line a half-length ahead of stablemate Trippys Royal Jess. Ridden by Cody Jensen, the Mr Jess Perry filly covered the distance in :17.577 while earning $13,750 for the win. She’s now earned $76,266 while winning five of 13 career starts. Staggering Stride is a daughter of the Grade 1-winning Tolltac mare Dinastia Toll BRZ. Bred by John Andreini, the filly is a half-sister to champion FDD Dynasty and 2015 All American Derby winner Apollitical Blood. She is also a full sister to stakes winner and 2015 Champion of Champions finalist Solid Connection.    

Ridden by Cesar De Alba and also saddled by O’Dell, Trippys Royal Jess earned $5,625 for running second. Trippys Royal Jess ran second in the Seal Beach Handicap earlier this year. The filly by Apollitical Jess has finished in the top two in seven of 11 career outings.

In this outstanding field, Jesus Nava’s Brimmin Corona, a finalist in the Kindergarten Futurity last year, ran third. She was followed across the wire by La Primera finalist Sweet Aguila, Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Kiddy Up Cowgirl, Rainbow Juvenile winnner Apollititaka, La Primera winner Start Somethin Bad, Los Alamitos Two Million finalist Jess Mas and Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes winner All Kinds Of Kind. Scholarly was scratched.

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