Making his first start since June 12 and the longest shot in the field of six at 10-1, Loud Mouth captured the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes via disqualification Sunday at Los Alamitos.
At the finish, the 5-year-old son of Boisterous was a half-length behind 7-1 shot Peaceful Transfer, but was bumped solidly by that rival inside the final sixteenth of a mile, leading stewards Grant Baker, Luis Jauregui and Tom Ward – by a 2-1 vote – to make the change in the order.
Owned by Thomsen Racing LLC and trained by Steve Knapp, Loud Mouth, who is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Drama Cat, is now 8-for-29 in his career. The $42,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $374,070.
Well positioned early in third off the pace set by 8-1 shot Tom’s Surprise, Loud Mouth had failed to hit the board in four previous tries at the Johnston distance of one mile, but he was ready after three months on the sidelines.
“He (jockey Abel Cedillo) told me there would be a change for sure,’’ said Knapp regarding the inquiry. He said (Peaceful Transfer) hit him pretty good and knocked him off stride.
“He’s such a hard trier and he’s easy to train. He’d had a lot of hard races, so I needed to give him a break and I didn’t know if I had him fit enough for this race, but his last two works were better. He’s got such a big heart and ran huge.’’
Unplaced in two earlier races at Los Alamitos, Loud Mouth paid $22.60, $9.40 and $4.40. Peaceful Transfer, who had won in his Los Alamitos debut earlier in the year, returned $8 and $5.20 while the show price on Desmond Doss, who was defeated by three lengths as the 9-5 second choice, was $3.40. The final time was 1:35.87.
“He ran a big race,’’ said Cedillo, who also won Sunday’s sixth with I Know Cash Flow. “He was going by (Peaceful Transfer) when he got bumped. He lost his momentum, but he dug right back in and kept trying.’’
Galilean, the 13-10 favorite, finished fourth, his first loss in four starts at Los Alamitos. Tom’s Surprise and Big Fish completed the order of finish.
Racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.
Trainer Baffert nominates four horses to Capote Stakes and two to Los Alamitos Special
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert nominated four 2-year-olds to the $75,000-guaranteed Capote Stakes.
Named in honor of the champion 2-year-old of 1986, the Capote is scheduled to be run at 6 ½ furlongs Saturday, Sept. 18.
Baffert also nominated a pair to the $100,000 Los Alamitos Special, a race at 1 1/16 miles set for Sunday, Sept. 19.
Topping the list of nominees for Baffert to the Capote is Murray, an impressive first out winner before disappointing as the favorite in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 6.
A $300,000 purchase at the Keeneland September sale last year owned by a partnership that includes SF Racing LLC and Starlight Racing, Murray broke his maiden by 10 ¾ lengths July 25 before finishing fifth of six in the Futurity. The son of Street Sense and the Tiznow mare Now Now has banked $48,000.
Baffert also nominated Montebello, a New York bred son of Curlin who won narrowly in his debut Aug. 7 at Del Mar before finishing second in the Funny Cide at Saratoga 20 days later, and the maidens Rhetoric and Enbarr.
The other nominees include Los Alamitos graduates Olympic Legend and Richards the Dream and Fascinated, who won at first asking – via disqualification – on the Golden Gate Fields turf Sept. 4.
Baffert, who won the inaugural Los Alamitos Special – when it was contested at 1 ¼ miles – with Dabster in 2018, nominated Leading Score and Magic On Tap this year..
A lightly-raced 7-year-old, Leading Score owns a victory at Los Alamitos, capturing an optional claimer at one mile during the 2017 Los Angeles County Fair meet.
Owned by breeders Patti and Hal Earnhardt III, the son of Midnight Lute has won three of 10 and earned $141,810.
Magic On Tap will be shortening up for breeder Summer Wind Equine LLC after trailing in the Grade I Pacific Classic at 10 furlongs last month. The 5-year-old Tapit horse has won three of eight and banked $234,300.
The other noms to the Los Alamitos Special are Bold Endeavor, Border Town, Luvluv, Manhattan Up, Margot’s Boy, Red Storm Risen and Sash.
Entries for the Capote will be taken Wednesday, Sept. 18 and for the Los Alamitos Special the following day.