Lewis Greenspan’s Magoo came flying in the final 100 yards to catch Moonshine Ridge just before the wire in the 870-yard El Ocho Setenta Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Gary Boag for trainer Keith Craigmyle, Magoo improved his record to eight wins in 19 starts while posting his first ever handicap victory. The 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Bring The Heat earned $8,800 for the effort to take his career earnings to $133,398. Magoo has been a model of consistency for his connections since being claimed here for $5,000 in December of 2013. In nine starts for his Greespan and Craigmyle, Magoo has now won four races and has finished out of the money just once.
Magoo has had an interesting racing career. As a 3-year-old, the Wesley Ward and John R. Haagsma-bred runner ran in the 2011 Grade 3 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland. He had previously broken his maiden at Woodbine and during his 3-year-old campaign he also raced at Gulfstream Park and won at Del Mar. His last 11 starts have come at Los Alamitos and five of those have resulted in victories. Leaving the gate from post number four in the El Ocho Setenta, Boag placed Magoo just off the pace behind dueling leaders Moonshine Ridge and Follow The Dream. Magoo enjoyed a clean trip before flying down the stretch to win by a neck. He covered the 870 yards in :45.40 hand timed.
Fortunato Alvarez and Martin Ochoa Gomez’s Moonshine Ridge ran a solid race to earn $3,600 for second place. Ridden by Cayetano Chaparro for trainer Sergio Fiscal, Moonshine Ridge came into the race having finished second in his previous start. This was his 14th in the money finish in 29 lifetime starts.
Multiple allowance winner Follow The Dream, the 9-year-old Time For A Royal Dip, Snowbound Superstar Handicap winner The Sunol Grade, Overwhelmer and Mad Effort completed the field.