LARC NEWS Posted: 2/21/2019 1:17:49 PM


Run Raging Rhino Run returns to action for the first time since giving owner Dan J. Wilson his first ever stakes victory when he faces the lightning quick Thoroughbred mare Foxy Fresh in the fifth race - a $12,000 allowance test at 870 yards - on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

            Run Raging Rhino Run’s stakes win came in the Barbra B Handicap at 550 yards on January 13 when he outdueled Grade 1 winner Mickey Ward.

            “Thirty five years as an owner and this is my first stakes win,” said Wilson after the Barbra B.  “This is a special horse. We bought him with some partners up in Idaho, the Giltners. We raced his mom, who was a stakes placed filly. This one (Run Raging Rhino Run) was an orphan and my mom, Esther, actually raised him since he was a couple of weeks old. Every four hours she was getting up to give him his milk and to make sure he was taken care of.”

            A Quarter Horse sired by FDD Dynasty, Run Raging Rhino Run has also done well at 870 yards, running second at that distance while battling for the lead in the Snowbound Superstar Handicap on December 9. Run Raging Rhino Run has finished in the money in each of his last five starts and figures to be on the lead once again tonight. Minor Arana will pilot the FDDDynasty gelding from the outside post number six. 

             Lewis Greenspan's track record holder Foxy Fresh will give Run Raging Rhino Run all he can handle. The Keith Craigmyle-trained mare won six of 11 starts last year and enters after posting a five length victory at this distance on January 25. In her career, Foxy Fresh has finished in the top two in 10 of 18 outings.  She also set the Los Alamitos track record at 4 furlongs when winning in :44 flat on December 9.  

            Carolyn and Ralph Fales’ Mickey Ward, runner-up in the Barbra B, will headline the 550-yard eighth race allowance test also set for Saturday night. Also sired by FDD Dynasty, the 8-year-old gelding won the Grade 1, $100,000 Cox Ranches Distance Championship at 870 yards on November 17, but he's also posted a couple of victories here at 550 yards. Ed Allred's BoundTo Bet, a stakes winner at 870 yards and an allowance winner at 550 yards, is among the top contenders here.



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