It was a goodnight for the barn of trainer James Glenn Jr., as he saddled the winners of thetwo racing events for 2-year-olds on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The Separatistfilly Take A Look gave the barn its first winner on the evening after she heldoff the Foose filly Bac In Front by a half-length in the fifth race at 300yards. Ridden by Eulices Gomez for owner Ed Allred, Take A Look covered thedistance in :15.557 in her maiden victory.
The Allred-bred filly is out of the stakes winning mareLook Her Over and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Once Over. Thefilly is not in the Kindergarten Futurity trials early next month, but she’seligible for the Golden State Million Futurity and the Governor’s Cup Futurity.
“I’m really high on her,” Glenn said. “I thought we couldwin this race. She had :12.8 (drill) and came back with :12.4 (second drill). Shegot a little green out of the gate, but I think she has a lot left in her. She’sin some races so we’ll just sit on her and let her mature and I think she’ll run350 easy.”
Glenn then saddled Steve Mickaelian’s Persuader (above) tovictory in the seventh of the night with the gelding posting a wire-to-wirevictory by a 1 ¼ lengths and in time of :15.655. Gomez rode the Foose geldingto victory at odds of 14-1. Persuader was purchased for $50,000 at the LosAlamitos Equine Sale. He’s a half-brother to 2013 Ed Burke Million Futurityrunner-up Unchangeable.
“We paid a lot of money for (Persuader),” Glenn began. “Whenwe were hand opening him out of the gate he was really quick away from there.When we broke him out of the gate he got a little mentally rattled and he didn’tbreak as well. Raul Valenzuela qualified him and actually got a hold of him andkept him under control. I watched the work and I really liked it. I thought thatif he could improve - and we are all about trying to improve from the first tothe second and to the third - his heart would get big and he would run and that’swhat he did.”
An owner for close to two decades, Mickaelian has alsobeen involved in breeding over the years. However, one of his most memorablerunners was a horse he claimed for $2,500 named Mr Clean Jeans. Sired by TheSignature, the gelding won the California Claiming Stakes Challenge beforewinning the $50,000 final on AQHA Racing Challenge Night at Lone Star Park in 1998.Mr Clean Jeans won seven times in his 44-race career and Mickaelian would lovenothing more than to his shiny, new runner make many winner’s circleappearances.
“We had looked at other horses in the sale, but they wenthigher that we were going to go for,” he said. “This horse came up and we gothim. We have been so happy with him and we are excited.”
Mickaelian has entered Persuader in the Los Alamitos $1million Cash Bonanza races that include the Ed Burke Million Futurity, GoldenState Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.
“I had to give up food to put him there,” said Mickaelianjokingly. “I had a mare that raised seven foals. I am not doing the breeding,but I am still having a good time. When Mr Clean Jeans won at Lone Star Parkthat was only (my) third win. I got into the business for my father, who was inhis 90s and passed away about a year and a half ago. The horses really kept himgoing for many years. The horses, they are special for that reason.”
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