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Single Me Out comes from behind to score upset victory at Los Alamitos Race Course

Thirteen days after finishing third in his Los Alamitos debut, Single Me Out returned to score a come-from-behind victory in Friday’s $50,000 feature.

Owned by Hutston Racing Stable and trained by Gary Stute, the 5-year-old Golden Balls gelding out of the Exchange Rate mare Lady Katfish swung to the outside for the stretch run after breaking from the rail in the field of nine and closed strongly inside the final sixteenth of a mile to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Winless in seven prior 2020 starts, Single Me Out, who was claimed for $16,000 by his current connections Nov. 14, completed the six furlongs in 1:09.30.

Ridden by Geovanni Franco in the optional claimer restricted to horses bred or sired in California, Single Me Out paid $20.40, $7.40 and $5.80. He’s now earned $81,107 and is 2-for-17 lifetime.

I Will Not, who had a half-length lead with an eighth of a mile remaining, completed the exacta while finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of 12-1 shot Rinse and Repeat. Owned and bred by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing LLC and trained by Doug O’Neill, I Will Not returned $6 and $4.40 as the 5-1 second choice. The show price on Rinse and Repeat was $5.20.

Fratelli, the 1-2 favorite off the strength of a Dec. 5 win over eight rivals – including Single Me Out – finished last after setting a pressured pace.

With two days remaining in the Los Angeles County Fair Winter meet, Abel Cedillo and Juan Hernandez are tied for the top spot in the jockey standings. Both have 10 wins.

The leading trainer with five wins is Jonathan Wong, one more than Steve Miyadi and Isidro Tamayo.

Racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 12 Noon.

The fourth of 10 races is the Grade II, $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity. Six 2-year-olds were entered in the race at 1 1/16 miles. Red Flag, an impressive winner of the Grade III Bob Hope Stakes for owners Jerry and Tina Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, is the even-money favorite on Ed Burgart’s morning line.

The winner of the Futurity will receive 10 points towards a berth in the 2021 Kentucky Derby as part of the ‘’Road to the Kentucky Derby’’ series. The Derby will be run next May 1 at Churchill Downs.

Post time for the Los Alamitos Futurity is scheduled for 1:28 p.m.

Friday’s total Pick Six pool sets record

Chasing a Pick Six carryover that had reached $423,178 Friday at Los Alamitos, bettors wagered $1,809,485 for a record total pool of $2,232,663.

Since daytime thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in July, 2014, the previous high Pick Six pool – including carryover – was $1,558,329 Dec. 17, 2016.

Six tickets able to isolate the half-dozen winners in the sequence were rewarded with a Los Alamitos daytime record payoff of $228,816.40. The previous mark was $110,732.80 Dec. 4, 2014.

The three biggest upsets were provided by Castle Gate, who returned $20.60 taking the opening leg, Single Me Out ($20.40) for his come-from-behind win in the eighth and D K’s Crown, who paid $22 in capturing the sixth race.

The lone winning favorite was Empire Way, who rolled to an easy score as the 9-10 choice in the fifth. Princess Tale, the other winner in the Pick Six, paid $9.20 rallying from last in the afternoon’s final race.

The article above was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.