Impressive maiden winner Sea Dreamer and Los Alamitos graduate Ginja are among nine nominees to the $75,000-guaranteed Beverly J. Lewis Stakes. The six-furlong contest for 3-year-old fillies – which will be run Saturday, Sept. 11 – will be the first of five stakes races offered during the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos. The 10-day LACF season begins Friday, Sept. 10 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 26.
The day after the Lewis, the $75,000 E.B. Johnston – for older horses bred or sired in California – will be run. The one-mile race attracted 11 nominees.
Owned by LNJ Foxwoods and Gainesway Stable and trained by Simon Callaghan, Sea Dreamer won by 9 ½ lengths in her second career start July 24 at Del Mar. The daughter of Into Mischief and the More Than Ready mare More Than a Cruise, who finished second in her debut five weeks earlier, has earned $54,200.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who won the 2019 Lewis with Flor de La Mar, Ginja graduated by four lengths in her Los Alamitos debut July 4. The Quality Road filly out of the Foresty mare Sequoia Queen, who is owned by Baffert’s wife Jill, has banked $75,900 while being part of the exacta in five of her seven outings.
The other Lewis nominees are Day Plan, Founder’s Day, Livingmybestlife, Pizzazz, Queengol, Rev Rita and Stella Noir.
Desmond Doss, who won the Bertrando Stakes during the Summer Thoroughbred Festival earlier this year, and Galilean, who is undefeated in three starts at Los Alamitos, top the nominees to the Johnston.
Owned by breeder Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, Desmond Doss has won five of 15 and earned $289,591. The 5-year-old is a son of Grazen and the Malek mare Malley Girl.
Trained by John Sadler for a partnership that includes West Point Thoroughbreds, Galilean will be seeking his first win of 2021 and returning to dirt after disappointing as the favorite in a turf race last month at Del Mar. A son of Uncle Mo and the El Prado mare Fresia, the 5-year-old has earned all of his Los Alamitos victories in stakes. He captured the Barretts Juvenile – in his career debut – and the King Glorious in 2018 and the Soi Phet last year.
The other nominees to the Johnston are Atomic Drop, Big Fish, Big Story, Club Cal, Eustace, Loud Loud Music, Loud Mouth, Peaceful Transfer and Tom’s Surprise, who was second in the Bertrando June 26, beaten a half-length when 27-1.
Entries for the Beverly J. Lewis will be taken Wednesday, Sept. 8 while the Johnston will be drawn Thursday, Sept. 9.