Three allowance races for Quarter Horses highlighted the racing program on Friday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The richest of the three events was the $13,600 fourth race for 3-year-olds and upward at 330 yards. Tom Atwood’s Consider was the winner of that event, as the 4-year-old gelding by Corona Cartel raced impressively from the outside post seven on the way to a half-lenght victory over the 9-year-old Separatist gelding Hard Act.
Bred by Hal Earnhardt III, Consider has performed at a high level during his last four outings. After finishing third in allowance event on February 15, Consider returned to score a half-length allowance victory of his own on March 22. He followed that up with a second place finish to multiple stakes winner PK Fire in the $25,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap on May 4 before returning to score his second allowance win on the season on Friday night. Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Hernandez Jr., Consider covered the distance in a good time of :16.532. The sorrel gelding has won four of 15 starts and has hit the board in 10 of those outings. Racing for Gustavo and Jose De La Torre, Hard Act was attempting his third win in a row and for his career he has finished in the top two in 17 of 32 career starts.
Jose Benavides and Guillermo Morales’ Holdthemperry won the $12,010 eighth race allowance event. The son of Mr Jess Perry edged Los Alamitos Winter Derby trial winner Jabuti Eagle SA by a neck in the 300 yard event. Piloted by Santiago Mendez, Holdthemperry covered the distance in :15.44 to score his third career victory. While the win was his first of the season, the Jose M. Gonzalez-bred Holdthemperry has hit the board in five of six starts this year.
The third allowance event of the night went to Southern California Derby finalist La Corona Cartel, who held off the challenge of Jose Medina’s Jocomocean by a head in the $13,300 race. Racing for Jose and Gustavo De La Torre, La Corona Cartel was making her first start since finishing fifth to multiple Grade 1 winner Check My Thoughts in the Grade 1 Southern California Derby on December 23. Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio and saddled by Jose De La Torre, the 4-year-old homebred mare by Corona Cartel covered the 300 yards in :15.378. The win was her second in nine career starts.
In the 2-year-old Quarter Horse ranks, Santos Montemayor’s Flaming Cartel and Martha Wells’ Dash To Tell picked up their maiden victories on Friday night. With Nicasio riding for De La Torre once again, Flaming Cartel earned the winner’s circle visit in only her second career start. The filly by Red Hot Rhythm had previously finished third in a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity. Dash To Tell was making his third lifetime start. Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Dan Francisco, he was also exiting a third place finish in his last outing when facing a group of maiden runners on May 11. Both races were contested at 300 yards with Dash To Tell winning in a time of :15.662 and
The nine-race program also featured a $10,000 event for $5,000 Thoroughbred claimers at 4 ½ furlongs. Larry Chapple and Jim Hanson’s Forest Prince came away the winner in this race after posting second place finishes in each of his previous two starts. The Kentucky-bred horse by Mineshaft was picking up his ninth win in 46 career starts. Ramon Guce piloted Forest Prince.
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