LARC NEWS Posted: 4/11/2020 12:04:28 AM

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              After winning the first race for 2-year-olds of the season at Los Alamitos Race Course, trainer Mike Robbins added two more victories with his talented juveniles here on Friday night.

Robbins saddled the Apollitical Jess filly Halley to hard-fought nose win for owners Beth and Michael Harper in the sixt hrace of the night. He then watched as Reliance Ranches’ Eagle Empire (photo) cruised from post number seven to score a 1 ¼ length victory in the evening’s seventh race. Robbins has now swept all three races for 2-year-olds contested here. He also saddled SC Divas Cartel Man to win the season’s first race for freshman last Sunday night. Jockey Oscar Peinado has ridden all three of Robbins’ winning pupils.

Bred by Sam Green, Halley was purchased by the Harpers for $200,000 at the Ruidoso Yearling Sale last year. The Oklahoma-bred filly out of Ms Southern Dynasty is a half-sister to 2017 Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity winner Uptown Dynasty ($759,023) and 2019 Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity winner Uptowne Babe ($530,071). Facing six fillies, Halley covered the 300 yards in :15.832 while outdueling the Favorite Cartel fillies La Reina Del Sur 1 and Diva This, who dead-heated for second in this race.Halley is eligible to all three 2020 Grade 1 futurities at Los Alamitos this season – the Ed Burke Million Futurity,Golden State Million Futurity, and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.

Bred in Oklahoma by Jj Cool L Llc, Eagle Empire had the fastest time so far by a 2-year-old at Los Alamitos after his easy victory in the seventh race on Friday. Purchased for $160,000 at the Ruidoso Yearling Sale, the colt by One Famous Eagle covered the distance in:15.584. Like his stablemate Halley, Eagle Empire is also eligible to run in the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million. Daniel Alvarez Gomez’s Faruk, a gelding by Seperate Interest, finished second.

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Friday’s Early Pick Four handle was$265,367, the second highest pool of all-time in a Pick Four at Los Alamitos and the highest ever for Friday night. In fact, the last three racing nights have produced the three highest pools ever in the popular bet at Los Alamitos. A track record was set last Saturday night when $271,403 was wagered in the Early Pick Four followed by a pool of $244,848 wagered on Sunday night, the latter figure now ranking as the third highest at Los Alamitos.

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