LARC NEWS Posted: 12/17/2018 9:48:09 AM

               A great running of the Champion of Champions, won by Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle, on December 15 and a terrific individual performance by Scott Bryant’s Flash And Roll in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on closing night December 16 were among the great highlights during the 68th year of racing at Los Alamitos Race Course.

      In an edge of your seat Champion of Champions, Bodacious Eagle held off late runs by Lesley Joyner’s sensational 3-year-old Jesstacartel and Bill Hoburg’s outstanding BH Lisas Boy to win the 46th running of the Champion of Champions. Meanwhile, Flash And Roll flew out of the gate and was never challenge in route to winning California’s richest horse race of 2018, the $1,836,425 Los Alamitos Two Mlllion Futurity, Trainer Justin Joiner saddled both Bodacious Eagle and Flash And Roll to victory.  

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            Los Alamitos wrapped up its 149-night meet with an average single night handle of $1,330,248, which represented an increase of 6.56% compared to last year’s figures. The total all-sources handle of $198,207,007 is up from the $182,265,670 wagered during last year’s 146-night meet. Handle at out of state simulcast increased by 14%, while account wagering rose by 6%. Handle at the California satellites was up 1.8%, while on-track figures wagering was down 3.1%. .  .

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        The Pick Fours continued to be the most popular wager at Los Alamitos, as nine of the 10 highest pools in the Early Pick Fours and the eight highest pools in the Late Pick Fours were featured in 2018. The all-time record pool in the Late Pick Four of $203,647 was set on June 10. The season highest pool in the early Pick Four of $229,207, which is the track’s second highest pool of all-time, was set on Saturday, June 9.

 

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       Racing highlights included Ed Allred’s He Looks Hot winning the Grade 1 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship and Bill Hoburg’s BH Lisas Boy winning the Grade 1 Brad McKinzie  Los Alamitos Winter Championship. Jesstacartel won the Super Derby and the Grade 2 Golden State Derby, while Jeff and Kim Pitchers’ Wave Her Down won the Ed Burke Million Futurity, and Flash And Roll won the Grade 1 Golden State Million in addition to the Two Million.

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     Allred won the Quarter Horse owner title after picking up 56 wins from 383 starters, while EG High Desert Farms finished second with 21. Paul Jones was the leading Quarter Horse trainer at Los Alamitos for the 20th time after saddling 63 winners. He has won eight consecutive Quarter Horse training titles here. Chris O’Dell finished second with 56. Jesus Rios Ayala won the title for the second straight year after piloting 105 Quarter Horse winners. Eduardo Nicasio, who won at an impressive 48% clip finished second with 76 wins. In the Thoroughbred standings, apprentice rider Kellie McDaid won her riding title with 73 wins. She joins Cheryl Charlton as the only two women jockeys to win a riding title at a major meet in California. Juan Sanchez finished second with 68. Jesus Nunez picked up his fourth Thoroughbred training title with 52 winners. Charles Treece finished second with 45. Ashley Garcia was the breed’s leading owner with 17 wins, while Silvia Soto finished second with 15.

       The upcoming Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred season at Los Alamitos gets underway on Friday, December 28. The weekend action will be headed by the Holiday Handicap on Saturday, December 29.. For more info, please contact 714-820-2690.      

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