Donut Girl scores first off the claim in Opening Day Feature

Making her first start for new connections, Donut Girl rallied from off the pace to earn her fourth career win in the $54,072 feature Friday, opening day of the Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos.

Claimed for $25,000 by trainer Matt Chew for a partnership that includes Integrity Racing Stable, Little Baca Racing LLC and Victor Racing, the 4-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger and the Any Given Saturday mare Saturday’s Girl took full advantage of fast early splits (21.35 and 44.82 for the opening half mile) to prevail by 1 ¾ lengths on a rainy afternoon.

The 4-1 third choice in the field of seven, Donut Girl, who was ridden by Eswan Flores, paid $10.40, $5.40 and $3.20 while completing six furlongs in 1:10.41 over the wet fast surface.

The California bred increased her earnings to $159,451 in 15 starts. She had finished third in her only other start at Los Alamitos Sept. 22 two races before she was claimed by Chew.

Silken Spy, a 15-1 outsider, outfinished 9-5 favorite Miss Fia by a neck for the place. Silken Spy returned $14.20 and $5.20 while the show price on Miss Fia was $3.

Completing the order of finish were Tijori, Time for Ebby, Edna and pacesetter Love a Honeybadger.

Apprentice Jorge I. Velez, the leading rider at both the Summer Thoroughbred Festival and Los Angeles County Fair meet earlier in the year, doubled Friday, taking the first with Big Barrel and the eighth with Harliss.

Racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 12:30 p.m.

The nine-race program features the Grade I, $300,000-guaranteed Starlet for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade II, $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for 2-year-olds. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won both the Starlet and Futurity each of the last two years, entered Bast and Gingham in the Starlet and Thousand Words and High Velocity in the Futurity, a race he has won 11 times, including all five since it was moved to Los Alamitos from Hollywood Park in 2014.

The other Starlet entrants are Donna Veloce, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the 4-5 favorite on Russ Hudak’s morning line, Roadrunner’s Honor and K P Dreamin while the Futurity is completed by Anneau d’Or and Wrecking Crew, the 2-3 finishers in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

The Futurity goes as the fourth race – scheduled post time is 1:58 p.m. – while the Starlet is the seventh and has a scheduled post time of 3:28 p.m.

This article was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.