Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - August 7, 2003 - Three older horses will square off with four sophomores in a wide-open $13,850 allowance feature Thursday at Los Alamitos. The older horses are Winning Heiress, Flying Special Bug and Picasso Toll, a trio that has combined for only 17 starts at this track.
Ed Allred's Flying Special Bug has enjoyed the most success at Los Alamitos, as the gelding has hit the board in four of six starts. Trained by Kelly Lewis, Flying Special Bug should improve from a recent fifth place finish on July 17, as he will be making his second start following a 15-month layoff.
Throwin A Fit is one of the top candidates among the 3-year-olds, as the First Down Dash colt outfinished several older horses, including Flying Special Bug, when second in a similar allowance on July 17. Throwin A Fit also ran second in the Huntington Harbour Handicap, which was at the time the fastest 300-yard race ever by 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos. Lets Disco First, who will be making her first start of the year, Classic Tol, and First Tycoon complete the field. ****
Thursday's program will feature three other races that will each feature a purse of at least $10,000. WCR Rubys Fame, a winner in four of his last nine starts, will headline the $10,850 second race, while Sawachan, Shell Ha, and HRH Princess Royal will face-off in the $10,850 eighth. The evening's first race will feature a $10,050 race and will see Quick Sweet going after a career high four wins in a single year. .
Quick Sweet lost her first seven starts this season, but the chestnut filly has turned all that around by winning her last three, including two at the $2,500 claiming level. After that success, Quick Sweet moved up to the more difficult $4,000 rank, passing that test with flying colors after routing six rivals by 2 1/2 lengths. Alex Bautista is now in charge of riding Quick N Sweet, as she moves up to the $5,000 claiming ranks for owner/trainer William Cory.
Seneca Dolly, who has hit the board in her last four starts against $5,000 claiming rivals, figures to be one of the horses to beat in this 4 1/2 furlong race. Ethel N Dave, who ran second against $6,250 claimers at Stockton in her last race, will also see action in this race.