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Livingmybestlife leads all the way in new Lucky Spell Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course

Livingmybestlife, the 19-10 second choice, won for the third time in five starts since being claimed for $50,000 out of her April 8 debut, leading throughout to capture the $75,000 Lucky Spell Stakes Friday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing LLC, the 3-year-old daughter of The Big Beast was never seriously menaced under jockey Juan Hernandez, prevailing by two lengths over 9-1 shot Stella Noir and three others.

Out of the Speightstown mare Wall Street Lady, Livingmybestlife finished second in her Oaklawn Park bow for trainer Steve Hobby, then graduated 16 days later at the Arkansas track in her first for Sadler.

She then went gate-to-wire in her California debut in an optional claimer June 10 at Santa Anita and was recently runner-up behind favored Bella Vita Aug. 29. Her only off the board finish in her career came when she was fourth of six in an optional claimer Aug. 1.

“The plan was to be in front with her because she is speedy,’’ said Sadler. “We’re quite happy with her.’’

Hernandez is now 2-for-2 with the Florida bred as he was aboard when she won in Arcadia.

“She was a step slow away from there, but by the second step she was rolling and made the front,’’ he said. “She was comfortable all the way. When I asked her she responded like a good filly.’’

Livingmybestlife, who completed the six furlongs in 1:09.64, returned $5,80, $3.60 and $2.80. The $42,000 payday increased her earnings to $147,720.

Stella Noir, the second longest shot in the field, paid $6.60 and $3.60 while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of 3-1 third choice Ginja. The show price on Ginja was $2.40.

Completing the order of finish were 6-5 favorite Forest Caraway, who had defeated Livingmybestlife by 4 ¾ lengths the last time they met, and Pizzazz.

Heading into the final two days of the Los Angeles County Fair meet, Abel Cedillo holds an 11-8 lead over Drayden Van Dyke, who doubled Friday, in the jockey standings.

Peter Miller leads the trainers with six wins, two more than Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Steve Knapp and Jonathan Wong.

Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m.

Pick Six carryover ($11,268) awaits Saturday

There will be a Pick Six carryover of $11,268 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos, the next-to-last day of the Los Angeles County Fair meet.

The Pick Six begins in Saturday’s fourth race. Post time is 1 p.m. and scheduled post time for the fourth is 2:28 p.m.

The article above was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.