John Cooper became the fourth trainer at Los Alamitos to win 1,300 Quarter Horse races at Los Alamitos Race Course after saddling Anna MacPherson’s Annas Babe to victory in Friday's eighth race.
Cooper joins Blane Schvaneveldt, Paul Jones and Charles Treece as the only trainers to reach the 1,300 win mark. Cooper’s top sprinters over the years have included champions Separatist, Sign Of Lanty and Chingaderos. He’s won 84 stakes races in his career, the third most ever at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga from post number five, Annas Babe won the $12,010 allowance test for 3-year-olds and upward sprinters in a 330-yard time of :16.85. This was her second win from her last three starts. She also won against allowance rivals back on January 5. Friday’s win was her first start since January 27. RM Looking For Fame, the third in last year’s Sweetwater Futurity and fourth in last month’s James Smith Memorial Handicap, finished second while recent allowance winner Easyist ran third.
A second allowance event and a pair of events for freshman sprinters also highlighted Friday’s racing program. The richest race of the night was the $14,900 fourth race – an allowance event for 3-year-olds that featured nine solid sprinters. David Brownell and Paul Jones’ Stel Redneck came away victorious in this allowance event, as the Stel Corona gelding left quickly from post eight on the way to a half length victory in a 330-yard time of :16.705.
Like Annas Babe, Stel Redneck was picking up his second win from his last three starts. The consistent sophomore has now hit the board in five of his last six outings. For his career, Stel Redneck has finished in the money in 10 of 16 outings. Cesar De Alba piloted the Jones-trained runner, who earlier this season won a trial to the El Primero Del Ano Derby. Line Slinger, who finished fifth in last year’s Golden State Juvenile Stakes, crossed the wire second with recent allowance runner-up Featuring Habits finishing third.
Ed Allred’s swept the two events for juveniles as his Kiddy Up filly Sadie Sis won the opener for 2-year-olds while his gelding More Than Wild won the evening’s third race while posting identical times of :15.566 from post number one in their 300-yard races. Sadie Sis showed a lot promise in her career debut after finishing third to Allred’s Quirky and eventual Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Hot Capuccino on April 12. Sadie Sis then competed in a trial to the Kindergarten that produced four of the 10 finalists headed by trial winner Duke Of Carter and also Hot Capuccino. Sadie Sis was all business in her third career start, as she posted a half-length victory in a time of :15.566 from post number one. Gregorio Arriaga piloted the filly out of Singles Scene for trainer Scott Willoughby. John Andreini and Gianni Samaja’s Kiss N Toll finished in second place just like she had done in racing debut on April 28.
Allred’s silks were back in the winner’s circle in the third race after the Connie Hall-trained More Than Wild won his racing debut by a head over Ron Hartley’s Moonist. More Than Wild came into this race after posting a 220-yard bullet drill of :12.30 on May 11. He also posted a :12.40 clocking on April 20. Alex Bautista rode the son of Stel Corona.
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