4th Running

$75,000 LOS ALAMITOS SPECIAL

3-Year-Olds & Up

One & One Sixteenth Miles

Jockey Quotes

HECTOR BERRIOS (Winner, Arham): “He relaxed perfectly (behind pacesetter It’s My House) and I just waited until the time was right. He really responded and gave me a great run through the stretch.’’

Trainer Quotes

VLADIMIR CERIN (Winner, Arham): ‘’He just had to get him off the rail. He’s seamless. (Hector Berrios) is such an unbelievable jockey. He’s a nice horse. He’s handy and Hector likes him.’’

 

42nd Running

$75,000 E.B. JOHNSTON STAKES

3-Year Olds & Up, California bred or sired

One Mile

Jockey Quotes

JUAN HERNANDEZ (Winner, Kings River Knight): (On earning his 14th stakes win, the most for any ride during the daytime thoroughbred meets at Los Alamitos): “I love this track. It’s smooth and the horses go over it real well. It’s always a good feeling to win a race, but a stakes is extra special and we’ve had a lot of good luck here. Eda (who won the 2023 Great Lady M. and the Grade I Starlet in 2021 for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert) would be one of my favorites. She’s a very special filly. She’s very game and has given me a couple of nice highlights here.’’

(On Kings River Knight): “He broke a step slow, but he relaxed perfectly and we just let (pacesetter Hail Freedom) go. When I asked him at the three-eighths pole he took off and they weren’t going to catch him.’’

 

Trainer Quotes

JUAN LEYVA (Assistant Trainer-John Sadler, Winner, Kings River Knight): “I told (jockey) Juan (Hernandez) to go out there with the intent to go to the lead, but if somebody wants to go crazy, let them and let him settle nicely and that’s what he did. Juan rode a really good race. This is a really cool horse. He loves his job and he shows up every time.’’

 

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