Winless in his six previous starts in 2020, Self Taught rallied along the rail to post a 12-1 surprise in the $27,000 feature Thursday at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Steve Knapp for owners Michael Macy and Scott Plumer, the 3-year-old Shanghai Bobby gelding collared 5-1 shot Italiano in the closing strides to win by a neck in the starter allowance contest that attracted five others.
Out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Homeschooling, Self Taught completed the six furlongs in 1:09.81 and won for the third time in 11 starts. The victory was his first since he defeated optional claimers Nov. 9, 2019 at Churchill Downs when trained by Al Stall.
In pushing his bankroll to $113,785, Self Taught paid $28.40, $11.40 and $5.40 as the longest shot in the field.
Italiano, who finished three lengths clear of the rest of the field under apprentice Jessica Pyfer, returned $5.40 and $3.60. The show price on Heartfullofstars, the 5-2 favorite who rallied from last in the final eighth of a mile, was $2.80.
Emerald Magic, Shane Zain, Littlebitamedal and Camby completed the order of finish.
Earlier in the day, two jockeys – Tyler Baze and Abel Cedillo – were unseated at different parts of the third, a $16,000 claimer at one mile that had 10 starters.
Baze went to the ground after Big Barrel stumbled at the start, but the veteran rider was quickly to his feet and watched the rest of the race from the outside rail.
Cedillo was unseated when Governance apparently jumped a shadow midway around the turn while in the middle of the pack.
The 31-year-old native of Guatemala was taken to nearby Long Beach Memorial Hospital for further observation complaining of pain in his right knee, hip and arm.
Racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.
Another Pick Six carryover at Los Alamitos into Friday
The Pick Six carried over for the third time in the first four days of the Los Angeles County Fair Winter meet Thursday at Los Alamitos.
The carryover will be $4,258 when racing resumes Friday.
The Pick Six begins in the fourth race. Post time is 1 p.m. and scheduled post time for the fourth is 2:28 p.m.
Post time changes for the final week of the LACF Winter Meet
There will be some post time adjustments for the final week of the Los Angeles County Fair Winter meet at Los Alamitos.
Post time for Thursday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 18 will be 12:30 p.m. with the races on Saturday, Dec. 19 – which will be highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity – and Sunday, Dec. 20 – closing day – will be 12 Noon.
This article was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.