Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - June 6, 2003 - Throwin A Fit, the half-brother of two-time World Champion Tailor Fit, is back in action to take on allowance foes in Sunday's seventh race at 350 yards.
Trained by Blane Schvaneveldt for Double Bar S Ranch, Throwin A Fit has not raced since finishing second in the Huntington Harbour Handicap on December 28. Stel Corona was the winner of the Huntington Harbour, setting a track record for 2-year-olds at 300 yards of :15.24. Hawkish broke that record in Kindergarten Futurity on May 17.
As for Throwin A Fit, he covered the Huntington Harbour in :15.31 - a great clocking considering he left the gate a step behind the eventual winner. Throwin A Fit, who managed to finish strongly to earn a 103-speed figure, now enters Sunday's $12,550 main event fresh off a series of workouts. The First Down Dash colt should love the distance after drilling 350 yards three times since May 10. The brown colt has also hit the board in three of his five tries at 350 yards. Eddie Garcia will pilot him from post one.
No other horse in this race has hit the board at the allowance level; however, Marilyn Cockrill's Streakin Corona scored a length victory at 350 yards back on April 13. Granted, that effort came against maidens but the Corona Cartel gelding return to post a modest time when taking on the likes of Radium Rays and Dale Badon last month. Leading trainer Paul Jones will send out Streakin Corona. Cody Jensen will ride him. Eagle Rat, a nose winner against maidens in his last effort, Sterling 9999, Signature Form and Sum Fun To Bet will round out the field.
Strawflynfancy, a sorrel colt out of the stakes winning mare Newport Fancy, is one of seven 2-year-olds in action in Sunday's fifth race. Strawflynfancy has hit the board in his two starts, including a third place finisher against the highly regarded filly Long Stemmed Roses on May 18. Jettin N Dashin, who was second to Mimi Wells' Halfpast Aheartbreak two weeks ago, will also see action in this race, as will Jess Lookin Back, a first-time starter out of the same mare that produced 2001 Kindergarten Futurity winner Sassy Smith.
Alex is Great on Thursday
Alex Bautista, the track's current leading rider, enjoyed a great evening on Thursday, scoring three wins and two seconds from his six mounts.
In addition, Bautista won aboard three breeds on Thursday. He won the first race with the Thoroughbred Said Enough, the seventh with the Quarter Horse Bubba Be Gone and the eighth with the Paint Horse Awsome Chrome, who is by First Down Dash.
Bautista has won 67 Quarter Horse races, seven more than his closest pursuer, Eddie Garcia. Bautista is also the leading Arabian jockey with 19 wins and the second leading Thoroughbred rider with 23 victories. Bautista was the leading rider at Los Alamitos three years when he won over 200 races.
Baltazar Contreras enjoyed Thursday night as well, as he picked up a pair of wins. Contreras piloted the 14-1 longshot Riggsmarolle to victory in the sixth and guided Jusred to his first win when beating longtime maiden My Whole Enchilada, who was making her 52nd career start. My Whole Enchilada has been the runner-up nine times in her career.
Feet of Flames Breaks Her Maiden
Feet Of Flames, who was scratched after acting up in the gate prior to the Kindergarten Futurity, minded her manners before rallying to score a half-length win in the fourth race on Thursday.
"She was bumped at the start but she overcame it and won the race," said Paul Jones, who saddled Feet Of Flames. "I was pleased to see her behave in the gate even though she was in there for a long time. She started getting a little fidgety at the end but she remained cool and got the job done at the end. We will keep working with her and hopefully we'll overcome her gate problems."
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Feet Of Flames defeated My Native Velvet by a half-length while covering the distance in :15.81. Bred in Oklahoma, Feet Of Flames will be pointed to the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity trials on July 12.
Baby Mule is Forst Clone of Horse Family
Taz, the mule that has given world champion Black Ruby so many tough battles, including a great duel at Los Alamitos just a few weeks ago, now has an ultra famous little brother named Idaho Gem. Born on May 4, Idaho Gem is the first successful clone in the horse family. Idaho Gem is the creation of research team from the University of Idaho and Utah State University. A genetic brother of Taz, Idaho Gem is expected to be trained to race.
“He sounds and looks like he’s going to be a Taz,” Taz’s owner, Don Jacklin, said in the Los Angeles Times on May 30. “I have a definite strong interest in securing the availability…of at least one of the cloned babies to take to the racetrack.”
With Los Alamitos now featuring mule racing, do not be surprised to see Idaho Gem at the Orange County oval in 2006. Two more mule clones, genetically identical to Idaho Gem, are expected in June and August.