Returning to the dirt for her first start since July 31, Alice Marble verified her favoritism with a hard-fought victory in the $70,190 feature Thursday at Los Alamitos.
The 7-5 choice against six opponents in the optional claimer for fillies and mares bred or sired in California, Alice Marble won by a half-length over 7-1 shot Governor Goteven with Founder’s Day, another 7-1 outsider, a head back in third.
Trained by Phil D’Amato for owner-breeder Nick Alexander, the 4-year-old Grazen filly out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Hero won for the third time in seven starts and pushed her earnings to $129,560. She completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.01.
Ridden by Kyle Frey, Alice Marble, who is undefeated in three races on dirt, was never far off the pace while in the clear, took a clear lead inside the final eighth of a mile to score in her Los Alamitos debut.
She paid $4.80, $3.40 and $2.60. Governor Goteven, who was making her first start finishing off the board in the Evening Jewel Stakes April 3, returned $6.20 and $4.80. The show price on Founder’s Day was $3.20.
Completing the order of finish were 3-1 second choice Althea Gibson, who is also owned by breeder Alexander and trained by D’Amato, Mylittlerunaway, Donut Girl and Eyes Open. Coalinga Hills and Hennys Crazy Train were scratched.
In Thursday’s final race, jockey Ryan Curatolo earned his first victory in California, scoring with 9-5 second choice Star Entry in the $50,000 maiden race for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California.
Entering the final three days of the Winter meet, Frey leads the rider standings with six victories, two more than apprentice Diego Herrera. Lorenzo Ruiz tops the trainers with three wins.
Racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
Pick Six Carryover ($17,557) Awaits Friday
For the third time in the first four days of the Winter meet, there will be a Pick Six carryover when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos. The latest carryover is $17,557.
The carryover was clinched Thursday when Star Entry, the 9-5 second choice in the eighth, won under jockey Ryan Curatolo. The 2-year-old Hoorayforhollywood colt, who won for owner Paul Sabesky and trainer Jorge Periban, was one of four horses not covered in the sequence.
The Pick Six begins in Thursday’s third race. Post time is 12:30 p.m. and scheduled post time for the third is 1:28 p.m.