Florentine Diamond rolled to an easy win in her debut in a $40,351 maiden race for 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in California Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ending a dry spell for the stable of owner-trainer and co-breeder Paula Capestro, the daughter of Smiling Tiger was kept in the clear by jockey Agapito Delgadillo while off the pace, swept past Shenandoah Star inside the final quarter of a mile and won by seven lengths.
Out of the Even the Score mare Silver Score, Florentine Diamond completed 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.13 and earned $24,000.
The longest shot in the field at 9-1, Florentine Diamond paid $21.40, $10.80 and $5.40. It was the first win for Capestro, who bred the winner with Woodbridge Farm LLC, since Blondy’s Reward won a $16,000 claimer at Santa Anita Jan. 25, 2018.
Shenandoah Star, the only member of the lineup with prior race experience, returned $5.80 and $3.40 as the 4-1 fourth choice while finishing two lengths in front of 9-1 outsider Lets Get Wild. The show price on Lets Get Wild was $5.60.
Jemsek, Too Much Smoke and Miss Carousel, the 2-1 favorite, completed the order of finish.
Racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
The feature attraction on the nine-race program is the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes. The one-mile contest attracted 10 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in California. It will go as the eighth race and has a scheduled post time of 3:58 p.m.
The 7-5 favorite on Russ Hudak’s morning line is Been Studying Her. Owned by breeder KMN Racing LLC and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the daughter of Fast Anna has won three of four and earned $205,280. Drayden Van Dyke will ride.
Pick Six carryover of $13,262 for Saturday’s races
There will be a Pick Six carryover of $13,262 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos, the next-to-last day of the Winter meet.
The carryover was triggered when Dairy Kid, a 43-1 shot and one of four horses not covered in the $30,000 maiden claimer for 3-year-old fillies, got up in the final strides to edge 13-1 outsider Palm d’Oro in the race at 5 ½ furlongs.
Owned and trained by Robert Lucas and ridden by Edgar Payeras, Dairy Kid, who was 0-for-13 prior to Friday, paid $87.
Dairy Kid’s win also led to a carryover in the Super High Five of $4,466. The $1 minimum wagered is offered every racing day on the final race. The scheduled post time for Saturday’s ninth is 4:28 p.m.
The Pick Six begins in Saturday’s fourth race. Post time is 12:30 p.m. and scheduled post time for the fourth is 1:58 p.m.
The article above was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.