John and Carol Cooper’s Alamode got up just in time to outduel Alberto Rosiles’ Rite Quick by a nose to win the $15,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Juan Pablo Leon, Alamode also posted the meet’s fastest time at 350 yards after rallying from far back to score his second win in a row and fifth from his last seven starts. The Cooper-trainee covered the distance in :17.392, bettering the previous season’s best mark posted by Tac Me Up in the Cypress Handicap of :17.442.
“I’ve been wanting to see how good he is,” Cooper said. “His conditions had kept him out of some races that I wanted to enter him in, but when this race came up I decided to test him here. I didn’t think he would win, but he surprised and ran great. He broke out at the start and was probably about a length behind the leaders. He probably ran 400 yards the way he left the gate. He’s doing well.”
Sired by Kiddy Up and out of Separatist mare Pie Maid, the Ed Allred-bred runner was third at the start after breaking out. He steadily began to make up ground and with 100 yards to go he was fighting for the lead right alongside the blazing fast Rite Quick. In the final 25 yards, Alamode did just enough to edge Rite Quick. He earned $8,250 for the win to take his career earnings to $48,777. The gray gelding also improved to five wins from 19 starts with 16 top three finishes in his career. Prior to this race, Alamode scored a ¾ length win over multiple stakes winner Jess A Cowboy on March 6.
Trained by Yanet Rodriguez and ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, Rite Quick earned $3,375 for running second. His runner-up effort in this race now gives him eight top two finishes from his last nine outings. A two-time winner of the Blink Of An Eye Handicap, races which have been held at 100 and 110 yards, Rite Quick has also finished second in three stakes races at either 300 or 350 yards. He was second to Tac Me Up in 350-yard Cypress Handicap earlier this year.
Wendy O’Dell, Ruth Barbour, and Colten O’Dell’s Tac Me Up finished third and was followed across the wire by Jess My Kiss, Chicks Fayvorite and Jimbosecret.