LOS ALAMITOS LEADERS
JOCKEYS / WINS
Edwin Maldonado / 5
Ramon Vazquez / 5
Seven tied / 2
TRAINERS / WINS
Bob Baffert / 3
Hector Palma / 3
Peter Miller / 2
Milton Pineda / 2
Jesus Uranga / 2
WEEKEND STAKES AT LOS ALAMITOS
• $75,000 Los Alamitos Special, 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles
• $75,000 Capote Stakes, 2-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs
DOWN THE STRETCH
• A field of 11, headed by 5-2 morning-line favorite Taiba and 3-1 second choice Cyberknife, were entered for Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. Taiba, the Santa Anita Derby winner, goes into the race off a second-place finish behind Cyberknife in the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. He’ll be ridden by Mike Smith. Cyberknife, who goes into the race off a runner-up effort behind Epicenter in the Travers, will be ridden by Florent Geroux. The race is scheduled to go postward at 3:10 p.m.
• Santa Anita is gearing up for its 18-day fall meet that begins Friday, Sept. 30 and ends Sunday, Nov. 6. Ten stakes, many of them Breeders’ Cup prep races, will be run opening weekend. The $300,000 Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Oct. 1 provides the winning connections with an all-expenses paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Nov. 5. Santa Anita’s 20-cent Rainbow Pick Six, which consists of the day’s final six races, will again be offered along with the popular early 50-cent Pick Five and its low 14% takeout.
Flightline as Horse of the Year could be a cakewalk
Los Alamitos horse racing consensus picks for Thursday Sept. 22, 2022
Los Alamitos horse racing consensus picks for Sunday Sept. 18, 2022
Los Alamitos horse racing consensus picks for Saturday Sept. 17, 2022
Los Alamitos’ September meet includes 4 stakes races
• Flightline will have his first work since the Pacific Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita in preparation for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The unbeaten son of Tapit, who recorded a 126 Beyer Speed Figure during his 19¼-length victory in Del Mar’s signature race, is scheduled to breeze a half mile under John Sadler assistant Juan Leyva at 6:30 a.m., according to Sadler. Flightline, a $1 million yearling purchase, is likely to work five times before departing for Lexington, Kentucky, and what could be the final start of his career.
— Art Wilson