And they’re off! Schnell wins in maiden race on opening day at Los Alamitos Race Course

A $200,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in March, Schnell was successful in his career debut in a $41,000 maiden contest Friday, opening day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos.

Owned by Kaleem Shah Inc. and trained by Simon Callaghan, the 2-year-old Star Guitar colt, who broke from the outside in the field of seven, tracked pacesetter and 7-1 shot Brony Boy for most of the trip, then took charge in the final eighth of a mile to win by 3 ½ lengths under jockey Ruben Fuentes.

Out of the Wildcat Heir mare Wild About Marie and a full brother to multiple stakes winner and $536,180 earner Minit to Stardom, Schnell paid $4.80, $2.80 and $2.40. He completed the five furlongs in 59.02 seconds and earned $24,000.

Dyn O Mite, the 11-10 favorite, rallied for second – as he did in his May 25 bow at Santa Anita – and returned $2.60 and $2.10. The show price on Brony Boy, who finished 3 ½ lengths behind Dyn O Mite, was $2.60. Foxborough, Falcons Fury, Gone Rogue and Jeanne B completed the order of finish.

Later in the day, a pair of jockeys – Carlos E. Lopez, Jr. and Juan Hernandez – picked up their first wins at Los Alamitos.

Lopez guided Calder Vale, who entered as an 0-for-29 maiden, to a 9-1 upset in the fifth race – a $50,000 event for $50,000 California bred maidens about 30 minutes before Hernandez tallied with 7-2 shot Bodega.

The leading rider at the recently-concluded meet at Golden Gate Fields, Hernandez, 28, has decided to ride full time in Southern California and is being represented by longtime agent Craig O’Bryan.

Racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.

The main event on the program is the $100,000 Soi Phet Stakes for 3-year-olds and up bred or sired in California.

Named in honor of a gelding who won five stakes at Los Alamitos before his retirement at age 11 in 2019, the Soi Phet attracted eight entrants, including King Abner, the 5-2 favorite on Ed Burgart’s morning line.

The Soi Phet will go as race eight of nine and has a scheduled post time of 4:28 PDT.

Pick six ($11,890) carries over to Saturday’s races

There will be a Pick Six carryover of $11,890.55 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos, the second day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival.

There was only one winning favorite – Kirsch Truffle ($5) in the eighth – in the Friday sequence, so not only were there no tickets with six but also none with five. The biggest surprise was provided by Stay Golden, who paid $50.40 in capturing the seventh race. Tickets with four winners were worth $99.80.

The Pick Six begins in Saturday’s fourth race. Post time is 1 p.m. and scheduled post time for the fourth is 2:28 p.m.

There is also a $1 Super High Five carryover of $3,328 into Saturday’s final race. The ninth has a scheduled post time of 4:58 p.m.

The article above was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.