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Full fields lead to big payoffs during the first four days of the Los Angeles County Fair Winter meet at Los Alamitos

Full fields have led to some large exotic payoffs through the first four days of the Los Angeles County Fair Winter meet at Los Alamitos.

Buoyed by the influx of horses from Northern California due to the current stoppage of racing at Golden Gate Fields, the average field size for the first 34 races of the meet is nine starters per contest.

Through Dec. 10, the average payoff for the Players’ Pick 5 – which has a 14% takeout rate and is a 50-cent minimum bet – is $15,120. The highest return came Thursday when it paid $54,431. The record Players’ Pick 5 payoff since daytime thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in 2014 was $265,806 on Dec. 11, 2016.

The average return through the meet’s first four days on the Early Pick 4 – a $1 minimum wager on Races 2-5 – is $4,923. The biggest came Thursday when it was worth $17,353.

The LACF Winter meet at Los Alamitos will continue through Sunday, Dec. 20.

Jockey comes back from unseating to win three races in a single day

A day after being unseated in a freak mishap, jockey Abel Cedillo won three times Friday at Los Alamitos.

Released from Long Beach Memorial Hospital late Thursday afternoon after an MRI and X-rays showed no injury after he was dumped when Governance, his third race mount, apparently jumped a shadow midway around the far turn in the one-mile contest, Cedillo moved into a tie for the top spot in the rider standings with his hat trick.

The last of Cedillo’s Friday wins – and his sixth through the first five days of the Los Angeles County Fair Winter meet – came aboard 2-1 favorite Acting Out in the $55,260 feature.

Owned by Zvika Akin, Robert Harkins and trainer Art Sherman, the 3-year-old gray daughter of Blame tracked the early pace set by longshot Square Peggy, took over early in the stretch and went on to prevail by five lengths over 6-1 shot Hotitude and six others.

The victory was the second in a row and third in five starts for Acting Out, who is out of the Speightstown mare Riding Point. She’s now earned $109,340.

In her first start over the track where she is based, Acting Out completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.56 and paid $6.20, $4 and $3.40.

Never worse than second in five races at Los Alamitos, Hotitude returned $6 and $4.40 while finishing two lengths clear of 21-1 shot No Cover Charge. The show price on No Cover Charge was $7.40.

Square Peggy, A Melis, Jewel Thief, Miss Fraulein and Andyoushallreceive completed the order of finish. Tip Top Gal and Devils Dance were scratched.

Cedillo’s other wins came with favored Luxury Liner in the third and Medina Spirit, an impressive 2-year-old debuter for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, in the sixth. He is tied with Juan Hernandez, who won Friday’s eighth aboard Union Dance.

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

The feature on the nine-race program is the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes. The one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in California attracted 11 entrants, but only 10 will be permitted to start. The 5-2 favorite on Ed Burgart’s morning line is first out winner Westward Breeze.

Pick Six carries over to Saturday

For the second time in the first five days of the Los Angeles Fair Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos, there will be a two-day Pick Six carryover when racing resumes Saturday.

The carryover of $13,703 was clinched when Union Dance easily won the eighth race under jockey Juan Hernandez.

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.