LARC NEWS Posted: 6/18/2018 3:13:36 PM

Let’s take a look at some of the winners of key Quarter Horse races held over the past weekend at Los Alamitos.

           On Friday evening, Ronald Hartley’s Capitol Grille won her maiden after defeating a field of 2-year-old fillies at 300 yards. The Walk Thru Fire filly out of Ruth Chris scored a ¾ length win in a time of :15.696 in her third career start. She had previously finished second in her racing debut against the talented Pack Light. She followed that race with a fourth place finish in a trial to the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity against a field that included Kindergarten finalists Pack Light and Cole Man 47. Capitol Grille is eligible to a multitude of futurities including the Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.

The stallion Walk Thru Fire had another winner on Friday night when Juan Guzman’s Walk It Man scored a wire-to-wire win in the featured $12,900 allowance race at 330 yards. In scoring his third career win, Walk It Man covered the distance in :16.854. This was also his second straight victory after winning a similar allowance race on May 5. Yanet Rodriguez trains the son of the stakes winning mare Attack The Cartel.

The rivals of George Seward’s El Oh El were not Laughing Out Loud when the Apollitical Jess filly cruised to a 1 ½ length victory to break her maiden in the sixth race on Saturday evening. Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores, El Oh El was a big favorite in 1-5 favorite and she responded with a dominant victory. She entered this race after finishing fourth to qualifier Ms KO in a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity. She’s eligible to both the Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Her winning time was :15.814.

Las Vegas Ranch’s Arizona Icon made a winning return to Los Alamitos when she beat a nice field of older horses in the $12,600 allowance eighth race at 550 yards. With Mendez up for trainer Matt Fales, Arizona Icon was picking up her second straight win in Orange County. She also won her last start here in California when scoring a ¾ length allowance win in March of 2017. In between her Los Alamitos starts, Arizona Icon raced at Turf Paradise where she competed in the AQRA Turf Paradise Derby and finished second in a $10,000 stakes race on April 29. In her return start at Los Alamitos, Arizona Icon covered the 550 yards in :27.40 while defeating Grade 2 derby finalist Well Good by a half-length. The other allowance event of the night went to Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Kiss N Air, who had been knocking on the door of an allowance win in her last three starts. The Dashair filly finally got one when winning by a head in a time of :15.618 at 300 yards.

In addition to the trials to the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity, an allowance race at 100 yards was contested on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Porfirio Gonzalez’s Indios Zactag came out on top in that dash, as the 3-year-old Caritas filly took advantage of a sharp start to post a neck victory in :06.61. Alberto Zepeda piloted her for trainer Ricardo Guillen.

Jockey Edgar Payeras had a noteworthy weekend as well. The young pilot had three winners in a row on Friday night before adding two more on Saturday. Along with Juan Sanchez and Kellie McDaid, Payeras has been one of the hottest riders at Los Alamitos in the month of June.


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