Professor G at Los Alamitos takes a look at the runners with recent gate works heading into Sunday night’s action. Each runner’s description also includes a link to the video workout described below. All videos of gate works are available here: https://www.losalamitos.com/Workouts.aspx?id=3
GATE WORKS – SUNDAY, JUNE 14
Race 5 – Maiden – 2-Year-Olds at 300 yards
#1 Lopini – May 26 :12.80 – Outside
Seperate Interest gelding outworked the colt Secret Tonight 12.8 to 12.9. Secret Tonight was entered to run here on Friday night. Lopini stumbled leaving the gate then drifted in before moving back to the outside. Showed good acceleration from there while finishing nicely across the wire. He competed the drill with a strong gallop out and lots of energy throughout.
#2 Dynastic Energy – April 16 :13.50 – Inside Horse
FDD Dynasty gelding left the gate from the inside while being outworked by the gelding Emission Control back on April 18. Dynastic Energy broke slowly and drifted in at the start. He was asked several times right-handed but was not able to keep up with Emission Control. He continued moving at the same pace across the wire and through his gallop. He returned with a 12.90 turn-and-work on May 22.
#3 Accrued Interest –June 2 :12.5 – Inside Horse
Seperate Interest filly won the drill when working from the inside as part of a three-horse gate drill on June 2. Accrued Interest faced Conga Blanca and Dutch Flat in that work, winning the drill in 12.5 to 12.6 to 12.8. Accrued Interest leaned back just as the gates opened in this work but she quickly found her stride. She floated to the inside under right-handed urging. She was asked left-handed late in the work, finishing solidly while continuing with a strong gallop past the wire.
#6 R Flash – May 30 :12.8 at 220 yards – Outside horse
Favorite Cartel gelding was outworked by the filly Dashayo 12.5 to 12.8 on May 30. R Flash broke inward and trailed early on. He was asked three time right-handed, raced straight throughout the work and finished with a solid gallop out while posting the 19th fastest of 25 drills.
Race 7 – Vessels Maturity Trial – 4-Year-Olds & Up at 400 yards
#1 Yanque – May 23 :18.5 at 350 yards – Solo Drill
Will enter this race after three straight wins at 550 yards and following a 350-yard solo work on May 23. The Favorite Cartel gelding broke slow and needed a few strides to really get going. He drifted to the inside while running with his head turned to the grandstand side of the track. He straightened out and began to find a higher gear just past the gate. Drifted in sharply from there and rider had to work hard to correct him as he continued moving close to the rail. Yanque was able to move away from the rail while crossing the wire in the 7th fastest of seven drills.
#4 Kissed By An Eagle – May 19 - :18 flat – 350 yards – Solo Drill
One Famous Eagle gelding is making his first start since October of 2018. Kissed By An Eagle broke sharply in this drill and looked race-ready right from the word go. He continued strong while racing on a straight path in very professional looking drill. Drifted in slightly late in the work but continued sharply well past the wire in the fastest of two drills.
Race 8 – Vessels Maturity Trial – 4-Year-Olds & Up at 400 yards
#1 Transcend – May 23 :17.9 at 350 yards – Solo Drill
Walk Thru Fire gelding will make his first start since running fourth behind Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship winner Dexxter in a trial to the Grade 2 Southern California Derby. In this 350-yard drill, Transcend left the gate quickly and worked beautifully during the first half of the work while under a hand-ride. He drifted in slightly late in the work, but he was still working under a hold while looking smoothly across the wire. He finished the work with a solid gallop well past the wire while posting the fastest of seven work on May 23.
#4 Pirates Coves Hero – May 22 :12.6 at 220 yards
Valiant Hero gelding will be making his Los Alamitos debut in this Vessels Maturity trial. He worked in the third fastest of seven drills at Weber Downs when covering the 220 yards in :12.60 on May 22. His last start was a 1 ½ length victory at Rillito on February 29, 2020.
#6 Jess Macho Corona – May 29 :12.50 – Solo Drill
All American Derby runner-up will make his first start since running fourth in the Grade 1 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship on February 9. He worked 220 yards in a turn-and-work in :12.50 on May 29 and prior to that he posted the fastest of three gate works at 350 yards on May 9. He covered the distance in :17.70 that morning.
Race 9 – Vessels Maturity Trial – 4-Year-Olds & Up at 400 yards
#3 Bail Czech – May 9 :18.2 at 350 yards – Solo Drill
Corona Czech gelding is making his first start since running seventh in the Grade 1 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship on February 9. In his May 9th drill, he stumbled leaving the gate and labored a bit to find his stride early on. He was encouraged several times right-handed and looked stronger and stronger from that point on. He drifted in a tad at the wire but galloped sharply from there while posting the 2nd fastest of three drills at 350 yards on May 9.
#4 Red Hawk Cartel – May 23 :18.2 – Solo Drill
His last start was a fifth-place finish to Bail Czech in a trial to the Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship. Red Hawk Cartel had a good start in this May 23rd drill, leaving the gate quickly while being urged handily by his rider. He continued with a solid stride and a good finish past the wire while exhibit nice energy the entire way. His 18.20 clocking was the 2nd fastest of 23 drills on May 23.
#5 Mister Appolitical – May 23 :12.20 at 220 yards – Solo Drill
Apollitical Jess gelding will make his first start since winning the Grade 2 Southern California Derby on December 13. After posting a pair of turn-and-works, Mister Appolitical had this solo gate drill on May 23 when recording the fastest of 11 works. Mister Appolitical stumbled out of the gate, recovered quickly and while he drifted in slightly, he still looked poised and was never asked throughout. The gelding continued to cover ground all on his own and was solid well past the wire in this work.