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Unexpected winner Fratelli led the field in Friday’s featured race at Los Alamitos Race Course

The 9-5 second choice in a field of five, Fratelli earned his second local win in the $58,368 feature Friday, opening day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos.

Owned by Slam Dunk Racing and Roger Newman and trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old son of Munnings led throughout under jockey Juan Hernandez, easily outrunning even-money favorite Notre Dame early and repelling a challenge by longshot Coastal Kid to prevail by two lengths.

Out of the Awesome Gambler mare Awesome Annie, Fratelli completed six furlongs in 1:09.05 in the optional claimer. The win was the sixth in 14 starts for the California bred and pushed his career earnings to $183,194. He returned $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40.

It was also his second victory in three attempts at Los Alamitos for the chestnut. Fratelli won a starter allowance for former connections – Alydom Racing LLC and trainer Andrew Lerner – during the 2020 Los Angeles County Fair Winter meet last Dec. 4.

Winless since breaking his maiden in his career debut at Emerald Downs last Sept. 9, Coastal Kid, the longest shot in the cast at 22-1, bravely saved the place by a nose over 5-2 third choice I Will Not. Coastal Kid paid $8.60 and $3.60 while the show price on I Will Not was $2.20.

Notre Dame and Full of Luck completed the order of finish. Handsome Cat was scratched.

Apprentice Cesar Ortega was the only jockey with more than one win Friday. He swept the early daily double with favorites Whenducksfly and Awhitesportscoat, then took the finale for Miller aboard first-time starter Carpe Donum.

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

The main event on the program is the $100,000 Bertrando Stakes for 3-year-olds and up bred or sired in California. Brandothebartender is the 8-5 favorite on Ed Burgart’s morning line.

The Bertrando will go as the fourth of nine races and has a scheduled post time of 2:28 p.m.

Pick Six carries over to Saturday’s races

There will be a Pick Six carryover of $12,568 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos, the second day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival.

Upset victories by Lady Robin, a 7-1 shot who defeated heavily-favored Take a Leap in the fourth race, and Silent Musketier, a 9-1 outsider in the sixth, helped trigger the carryover, which was clinched when first-time starter Carpe Donum won the day’s final race.

The Pick Six begins in Saturday’s fourth race, which is the $100,000 Bertrando Stakes for 3-year-olds and up bred or sired in California. Post time is 1 p.m. and scheduled post time for the Bertrando is 2:28 p.m.

The article above was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.