Harper’s Gallop earned her third consecutive victory – two since joining the stable of trainer Leonard Powell – with a pace pressing score in Saturday’s $59,520 feature.
After tracking the pace set by 4-5 favorite She’s a Dime, the 5-year-old Suances mare easily disposed of that rival early in the stretch and went on to win by four lengths.
Out of the Broken Vow mare Dypsy, Harper’s Gallop began her current streak in her final race of 2020 when trained by Jack Carava – who now serves as Tyler Baze’s agent – in an optional claimer on last Sept. 7.
She collected her first win for her new stable in gate-to-wire fashion June 6 prior to her Los Alamitos success.
Owned by breeders Red Baron’s Barn LLC and Vaya Con Suerte, Harper’s Gallop completed the mile under jockey Juan Hernandez in 1:37.41. She’s now 5-for-14 with career earnings of $156,971.
The 5-2 second choice, Harper’s Gallop paid $7.40, $3 and $2.20. She’s a Dime returned $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing three-quarters of a length in front of 7-2 third choice Risen Lady. The show price on Risen Lady was $2.20. Feathers and Arctic Roll completed the order of finish.
Hernandez, Mario Gutierrez and Eswan Flores all doubled Saturday. Hernandez swept the late double as he guided Prince Ricky to a $14.60 upset in the ninth. Gutierrez won the first with Righteously and the third with Elgofranco while Flores’ victory came with the Powell-trained Watch the Fed in the fourth and Im Still Thirsty in the seventh.
Entering the final two days of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival, Hernandez tops the jockey standings with six wins, one more than Abel Cedillo.
Peter Miller leads the trainer’s race with four victories, one more than Phil D’Amato and Powell.
Racing resumes Sunday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.
The nine-race card is highlighted by the $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby.
A Grade III for 3-year-olds, the Derby will be run at 1 1/8 miles. at 1 1/The Great Lady M. is for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs while the Derby is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. It will be run as the fourth race with a scheduled post time of 2:28 p.m.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try to win the Derby for the fifth time in a row and sixth in the last seven years. He will be represented by Defunded, the 3-5 favorite on Ed Burgart’s morning line, and 5-2 second choice Classier.