After hitting the board in his first three starts of 2019, Calexman was able to break through with a victory, holding off Horse Greedy by a head to capture the $55,900 feature Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Owned by David and Holly Wilson and trained by Vladimir Cerin, the 4-year-old Midshipman colt out of the Meadowlake mare Mattie Cakes dispatched of pacesetter Hardcore Troubador, then was tenacious late in holding off an inside bid from Horse Greedy and an outside challenge from 7-5 favorite Secular Nation.
Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Calexman paid $9.20, $3.80 and $2.20 as the 7-2 third choice in the field of five. He’s now 4-for-18 in his career with earnings of $241,218.
Horse Greedy, the 5-2 second choice, returned $4.60 and $2.20. The show price on Secular Nation, who wound up a neck behind Horse Greedy in his first start outside New Mexico, was $2.20.
Hardcore Troubador and Adens Dream completed the order of finish.
Three races earlier, Schrodinger, a well-regarded 2-year-old son of Justin Phillip, was successful in his debut.
A $550,000 purchase at the March OBS sale, the 2-5 favorite tracked the pace set by Preacher, took over into the stretch and went on to a comfortable 1 ¼ length victory over Verified.
Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc. and trained by Simon Callaghan, Schrodinger completed the five furlongs in 57.21 seconds under jockey Flavien Prat, who had completed a Kentucky Derby-Queen’s Plate sweep a day earlier with his gate-to-wire victory aboard One Bad Boy at Woodbine in Toronto.
Verified, the 3-1 second choice in the field of six, finished eighth lengths clear of 59-1 shot Wicked Blue. Preacher, War Beast and Edelman completed the order of finish. El Chapin and Ten Cents were scratched.
Racing resumes Thursday at Los Alamitos. Post time for the holiday program is 1 p.m.
The first 2,000 fans in attendance with a paid admission will receive a Los Alamitos baseball cap.
This article was released by the Los Alamitos Race Course.