First time starter Franklin One Star scored a 9-1 upset over Mob Boss and five other 2-year-olds bred or sired in California in a $53,000 maiden contest Friday, opening day of the Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos.
In a race in which heavily-favored Oubabe was eliminated at the start after stumbling badly, Franklin One Star, a gelded son of Danzing Candy and the Tribal Rule mare Public House, edged pacesetter Mob Boss after a stretch long battle to win by a neck.
A $32,000 purchase at the April OBS Sale, Franklin One Star completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.59 and completed a double for jockey Kyle Frey, who also won the sixth with Pyeong Chang.
Owned by Boat Racing LLC, Dennis O’Neill and William Strauss and trained by Doug O’Neill, the chestnut, who was bred by William and Jared Kerr, returned $20.40, $6.80 and $4.80.
Runner-up for a third consecutive start for owner Jeff Ganje and trainer Jeff Bonde, Mob Boss, the 8-1 third choice, paid $6.60 and $5.80 while finishing clear 1 ¾ lengths clear of 9-1 shot Street Humor. The show price on Street Humor was $6.80.
The only other rider with more than one win Friday was apprentice Ricardo Ramirez, who doubled in tandem with trainer Jesus Uranga. The pair combined to take the first with Swamp’n Ain’t Ez and the third with Jan’s Reserve.
Racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
The nine-race program is highlighted by the $300,000-guaranteed Starlet for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Starlet the last four years, entered Benedict Canyon, Eda and Grace Adler, the 9-5 favorite on Ed Burgart’s morning line, in the Grade I. The field also includes Tonito’s, Cairo Memories and Desert Dawn.
The Starlet goes as the eighth race and has a scheduled post time of 3:58 p.m.
Pick Six carryover of $14,125) awaits Saturday
There will be a Pick Six carryover of $14,125 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos, the second day of the Winter thoroughbred meet.
The carryover was clinched Friday when first time starter Franklin One Star scored a 9-1 upset in the seventh race under jockey Kyle Frey.
The Pick Six begins in Saturday’s fourth race. Post time is 12:30 p.m. and scheduled post time for the fourth is 1:58 p.m.
Post-time changes for the final four days of the Winter Meet
12: 30 p.m. post-time on December 9 and 10, 12 noon on December 11 and 12
Beginning Thursday, Dec. 9, there will be post time adjustments for the final four days of the Los Alamitos Winter Thoroughbred meet.
The new post time for Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10 is 12:30 p.m. a half-hour earlier than the first week of the season. Post time for Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12 will be 12 Noon, 30 minutes earlier than the previous weekend.
There will be three stakes races the final three days of the Winter season, topped by the Grade II, $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Saturday, Dec. 11.
The Friday, Dec. 10 program will be highlighted by the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in California and a winner’s circle ceremony honoring trainer Art Sherman, who is retiring after an illustrious career of more than 65 years in racing as an exercise rider, jockey and trainer.
The main event closing day (Sunday, Dec. 12) is the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California. Both the Soviet Problem and King Glorious will be run at one mile.