John Andreini’s Chaotic Cartel held off a solid field of 3-year-olds to score his third win in a row while picking up his first ever stakes race in the $15,000 Buena Park Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Paul Jones, Chaotic Cartel flew out of the gate to establish an early half-length advantage over Mike Bottasso and Ed Gilliam’s BG Czech Mark. Chaotic Cartel was able to keep BG Czech Mark at the bay and remained strong while holding off the challenges of Agent Of Move and French Fury. In the end, Chaotic Cartel crossed the wire a neck ahead of his foes while covering the 350 yards in :17.570. The Andreini-bred son of Corona Cartel earned $8,250 for the win to take his lifetime earnings to $30,730.
“We beat them to the wire and that’s all that matters,” Jones said. “They were chasing him down to the very end, but he held them off by a head. Cesar said that he was tiring a little bit at the end, but he got there first.”
Agent Of Move and French Fury hit the wire in unison to finish in a dead-heat for second place. Saddled by Jose Moreno for La Botella Racing Stable, Agent Of Move earned $2,625 for running second and has now earned $29,646. Angel Villalobos’ French Fury also picked up a $2,625 check to raise his career earnings to $18,425. Jaime Gomez saddled French Fury, who came into this race after competing in the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes. BG Czech Mark held on for fourth place and was followed by Secretly Famous. Special Seal was scratched from the race.
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