Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - June 13, 2003 - It could be a big night for current leading rider Alex Bautista on Sunday at Los Alamitos, as the talented rider will ride several top contenders on the Father's Day card.
Bautista, who will ride in each of the nine races on Sunday, figures to do well with the likes of No Sweat Kristine in the third, Cuz Shez Crazy in the fifth and Yak Ity Yak Go in the featured eighth race - the $15,000 Lake Forest Handicap.
No Sweat Kristine will be going after her third win of the year when she faces a solid group of Thoroughbreds at 4 1/2 furlongs. The Ambessa mare posted easy wins on January 30 and February 21 but then suffered a couple of setbacks against tougher competition. Bautista will be aboard No Sweat Kristine for the first time this year. They figure to be among the early leaders but look for Forever Jan and Smitten's Baby to challenge them for the top spot.
Cuz Shez Crazy will be making only her third start of the year when she faces a tough group of 2-year-olds in an $11,550 allowance at 300 yards. Trained by Dan Francisco for Bernard Pica, Cuz Shez Crazy will have to deal with Corona Fria and Armor Bug, a pair of winners on the night of the Kindergarten Futurity trials.
Corona Fria pulled away to score a half-length victory in her Kindergarten trial, while Armor Bug was a neck winner. Armor Bug will also look to make amends after finishing a disappointing fifth against Dragon Dash and Knud Chicks in an allowance race on May 25.
Bautista will also make his first appearance aboard Yak Ity Yak Go in the Lake Forest for older mares. Previously ridden by Eddie Garcia, Yak Ity Yak Go was second in the Bellflower Handicap and third in the San Diego Handicap earlier this year. She also faced Sammies White Chick and Inthetwinkleofaneye in the Miss Princess Handicap before returning with a solid runner-up try in her last start.
Scheduled as the eighth race on the card, the Lake Forest has also lured Bellflower winner Annual Edition and the speedy Ddf De Great Saiga. Racing for R.D. Hubbard and Billy Smith, Annual Edition was also third in the Miss Princess before finishing out of the money against allowance foes three weeks ago.
Miguel Martinez's Ddf De Great Saiga has not raced since taking on Co-World Champion Whosleavingwho and Los Alamitos Derby winner Miami Cartel in a trial to the Los Alamitos Winter Championship on February 7. Before that effort, Ddf De Great Saiga had finished third in the Los Alamitos Derby and fourth in the Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap. She has drilled twice in preparation for this race, including a sharp :18.20 drill on April 26. Wire Ta Wire, an allowance winner on April 19, and Wade Siegel's Oh Bobbette will also race.