LARC NEWS Posted: 8/26/2017 12:51:22 AM

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Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Scholarly scored her third career stakes win after holding off John Andreini and Vince Genco’s Hootin For Hotlips by a head in Friday’s $15,000 Blue Grass Bounce Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jose Nicasio for trainer Roberto Dominguez, Scholarly covered the 330 yards in :16.772 from post number three. Bred by Ed Allred, the TR Dasher filly came into the Blue Grass Bounce after winning the California Breeders Debutante Stakes by a nose on July 30. Hard-fought wins are nothing new for Scholarly, as she also posted an allowance victory by a head on November 18.

“She been running great in her recent starts,” Dominguez said. “She’s doing everything right. She’s been training well and is running nicely. We’ve won two in a row now. She’s very consistent. She’s had her minor issues, but they’re in the past. She’s great now. We’ll keep looking for some handicaps and I’ll keep looking to run her in spots where she can be competitive.”

Scholarly earned $8,250 for the win to take her career earnings to $56,000 on the dot. She’s won five of 13 career starts – three of those wins coming in stakes events. She won the California Breeders Freshman Stakes for fillies last year.

Trained by Jose Flores and ridden by G. Jairo Rangel, Hootin For Hotlips earned $3,375 for her runner-up effort. Fourth in the La Primera Del Ano Derby earlier this year, Hootin For Hotlips has earned $36,703 in her nine-race career. Rayshas Pink Sky, owner of some of the fastest clockings at Los Alamitos this season, finished third. Governor’s Cup Derby fastest qualifier One Sweet Runner was fourth with Forty Carat Eagle, Tough To Figure, and A Lil Fire completing the field.

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Friday’s racing program also featured a pair of top-notch allowance events. Parsons Family Limited Partnership’s Thermonuclear Energy beat seven rivals to win the $13,200 allowance race for mares in her first race after running second in the California Breeders Matron Stakes on July 30. Celina Molina’s First Down Dash Handicap winner Viento Negro won the $11,325 allowance event against five other older males. His rivals included the champion Ima Fearless Hero and the stakes winners My Favorite Check and Remarkableyesapoweer.

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