A return to Los Alamitos was what Swift Nonni needed to return to the winner’s circle for the second time in her career.
A 9-1 shot who had graduated in her debut when 15-1 here last Dec. 17, the 3-year-old Run Brother Run filly outran Super Game and six others in the $50,500 main event Saturday.
Owned by Bernardo Orsi, breeders George and Clare Schmitt and trainer Marcia Stortz, Swift Nonni had finished in front of only six rivals in four subsequent starts after her maiden victory.
Under jockey Silvio Amador, who might have cost himself another winner earlier when he misjudged the finish line aboard the Stortz-trained Wicked Sunset in the third race, Swift Nonni stalked the pace early, got the lead inside the final sixteenth of a mile and prevailed by three-quarters of a length.
The $29,400 payday pushed her bankroll to $58,156. She returned $21.40, $10.80 and $6.60 while completing the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.65.
Super Game, who had failed to hit the board in three previous races on dirt, rallied for second, defeating 7-2 second choice Righteously by a nose. Super Game, the 4-1 third choice, paid $6.40 and $2.60 while the show price on Righteously, who was seeing her fourth consecutive win, was $3.40.
Wrong Turn Cupid, Truly Fabulous, Li’l Grazen, Dozo, the 2-1 favorite, and No Cover Charge completed the order of finish.
Apprentice jockey Diego Herrera, Abel Cedillo and Edwin Maldonado all doubled Saturday. Herrera won with Stay Happy in the fourth and 11-1 shot Soul Sweet in the sixth. Cedillo’s victories came aboard Mongolian Window in the first and Kamui in the ninth while Maldonado scored with Proud Veteran in the fifth and Allwinedup in the seventh.
Racing resumes Sunday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.
Pick Six carries over to Sunday racing
here will be a Pick Six carryover of $22,101 when racing resumes Sunday at Los Alamitos, the third day of the Los Angeles County Fair meet.
Upset victories Saturday by 11-1 shot Soul Sweet in the sixth and Swift Nonni ($21.40) in the eighth helped trigger the carryover.
The Pick Six begins in Sunday’s fourth race. Post time is 1 p.m. and scheduled post time for the fourth is 2:28 p.m.