Owning, a $260,000 purchase earlier this year, was an impressive debut winner in a $40,000 maiden contest Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Owned by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing LLC and trained by Simon Callaghan, the 2-year-old gray son of Flashback prevailed by 2 ½ lengths in 1:04.20 for the 5 ½ furlongs.
Out of the Forestry mare Meridian Mama, the 3-1 third choice in the field of five stalked the pace set by 8-5 favorite Hartel – the only member of the cast with experience – early, took the lead entering the long stretch and wasn’t menaced the rest of the way despite showing some greenness under jockey Mario Gutierrez.
The victory was worth $24,000 and he paid $8.60, $4.20 and $3.
Tariq, a 9-2 shot and one of two horses entered by trainer Doug O’Neill, finished five lengths clear of 7-1 shot More Ice and returned $5 and $3. The show price on More Ice was $2.80.
Completing the order of finish were Alleva, the other O’Neill trainee, and Hartel.
With four days remaining in the Summer Thoroughbred Festival, Asa Espinoza holds a 9-8 lead over fellow apprentice Heriberto Figuera atop the jockey standings.
The race for leading trainer currently features a seven-way tie for the top spot. Trainers with three wins include Steve Miyadi, Doug O’Neill, Bill Morey, David Hofmans, Phil D’Amato and Hall of Famers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer.
Racing resumes Thursday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.
This article was released by the Los Alamitos Race Course.