Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert nominated four 2-year-olds to the inaugural $75,000-guaranteed Capote Stakes.
Named in honor of the champion 2-year-old of 1986, the Capote will be run at 6 ½ furlongs Saturday, Sept. 21, the next-to-last day of the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos.
Topping the list of nominees for Baffert is Mo Hawk, an impressive debut winner Sept. 8 at Los Alamitos.
A $925,000 yearling purchase owned by a partnership that includes SF Racing LLC and Starlight Racing, the son of Uncle Mo and the Any Given Saturday mare Princess Arabella won by three lengths as the 1-5 favorite, prevailing like a colt who will appreciate more distance.
Baffert also nominated the maidens Eddy Forever and Hydrogen as well as Raging Whiskey, a son of Bourbon Courage who broke his maiden June 2 at Santa Anita in his second career start.
Among the other nominees is Storm the Court, one of two juveniles who lost their rider in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 2.
Trained by Peter Eurton for a partnership, the Court Vision colt upset heavily-favored Garth when 12-1 in his Aug. 10 debut at Del Mar.
The other nominees are Dapper, a first out winner for owner-breeder Bo Hirsch and trainer Gary Stute Aug. 30, El Tigre Terrible, who is 2-for-4 for trainer Peter Miller, Georgian Road, Prince Magician, Shady Empire, Side Street Dave and Tap Back.
Entries for the Capote will be taken Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Hotitude goes gate-to-wire in comeback for Mulhall
Making her first start in more than four months, Hotitude led throughout to win the $45,351 feature Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Owned by Twilight Racing LLC and Steve Taub and trained by breeder Kristin Mulhall, the 3-year-old Heat Shield filly scored by three-quarters of a length over 2-5 favorite D’s Lovely Sophia in the optional claimer for fillies and mares bred or sired in California.
The 7-2 second choice in the field of six, Hotitude, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.26. The win was her second in seven starts and both of her victories have come at Los Alamitos. She paid $9.20, $3.20 and $2.40.
Out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Lovefromafar, Hotitude graduated by five lengths locally during the 2018 Los Angeles County Fair meet. She’s earned $104,702.
D’s Lovely Sophia, who was a 17-1 first out winner June 29 at Los Alamitos, wound up a nose in front of 8-1 shot Chasin Lucas and returned $2.20 and $2.10. The show price on Chasin Lucas was $2.20.
Violette Szabo, Silk From Heaven and Tribal Dance completed the order of finish.
Trainer Mark Glatt tripled Saturday, sweeping the early double with Cunning Munnings and Temple Knights before taking the eighth with Rizzi’s Honors.
Garcia and Joe Talamo both doubled. Besides Hotitude, Garcia also took the fifth with Old Trafford while Talamo was aboard Cunning Munnings and Rizzi’s Honors.
Racing resumes Sunday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.
50-cent early Pick 5 on races 2-6 on Thursday, Sept. 19
There will be an alteration to the wagering menu Thursday, Sept. 19, the seventh day of the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos.
Since the first race of the program will be a non-thoroughbred event – an allowance for Arabians at six furlongs – the 50-cent Players’ Pick 5 – which has a takeout rate of 14% – will begin in the second race and continue through the sixth. The $1 Early Pick Four will begin on the third race and also continue through the sixth.
The $1 Late Pick 4 will be offered on races 6-9. Post time Thursday is 1 p.m.
Quality Response, Paid Informant top Phone Chatter cast
Impressive first out winners Paid Informant and Quality Response head the field in the inaugural $75,000 Phone Chatter Stakes Thursday at Los Alamitos.
Scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs and restricted to 2-year-old fillies, the Phone Chatter is the fifth of nine races. Post time Thursday is 1 p.m. Scheduled post time for the Phone Chatter is 2:58 p.m.
Owned by CYBT, Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner and trained by Richard Baltas, Paid Informant scored by 3 ¼ lengths in her debut against $150,000 claimers Aug. 17.
A $45,000 purchase in April, the Into Mischief filly out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Eyes Wide Open defeated seven rivals as the 19-10 favorite and earned $25,800.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Quality Response dominated nine opponents Sept. 1, winning by 7 ¼ lengths.
Purchased for $200,000 at the Keeneland September sale last year, the daughter of Quality Road and the Storm Cat mare Argue banked $36,600 for the victory.
Both Quality Road and Paid Informant will be asked to negotiate an additional eighth of a mile in the Phone Chatter. The two fillies earned their wins at 5 ½ furlongs.
Mean Sophia will make her first start outside California and initial attempt for trainer Peter Miller and the Sinnott Family Trust.
A daughter of Smarty Jones and the Unusual Heat mare Quite Dramatic, Mean Sophia has been idle since splitting the field when 2-1 in the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes May 1 at Churchill Downs.
That effort came four weeks after she debuted with a 10 ¼ length win at odds of 13-1 at Keeneland for owner Savannah Goebel and trainer Cirilo Gorostieta. She’s earned $42,063.
The field is completed by Convoluted and the maiden Aqua Seaform Shame.
Trained by Miller for Nentwig and Slam Dunk Racing, Convoluted shortens up after finishing seventh of 11 in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at one mile Sept. 2 at Del Mar.
The Distorted Humor filly out of the Kris S. mare Sweet Lips won her debut on dirt, scoring by 1 ¼ lengths as the 11-10 favorite July 25. She’s banked $21,951 in two starts.
A Florida bred daughter of Kantharos and the Repent mare Chandeleur trained by Baltas for Calvin Nguyen, Aqua Seaform Shame finished fourth behind Quality Response when 12-1 in her debut.
From inside out, the field for the Phone Chatter Stakes: Paid Informant, Flavien Prat rides, 120 pounds; Mean Sophia, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 122; Convoluted, Geovanni Franco, 120; Quality Response, Joe Talamo, 122 and Aqua Seaform Shame, Ruben Fuentes, 118.
This article was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.