Professor G at Los Alamitos takes a look at the five juveniles with recent gate works heading into Saturday’s racing program. 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 – SATURDAY, JUNE 20
RACE 5 – MAIDEN CLAIMING $10,000, 2-YEAR-OLDS AT 300 YARDS
#2 Monarch Dynasty – April 25 :12.70 at 220 yards – Outside Horse
Worked evenly with Untouchable Lover, who is a full brother to millionaire and champion Matabari, in a time of 12.7. Monarch Dynasty broke in and lifted her head during her third stride before quickly leveling out before being asked right-handed. She drifted in, lost her racing momentum, picked up speed once again and continued from there with good energy while galloping in solid fashion. Workmate Untouchable Lover finished seventh in his racing debut and entered to run in Saturday’s 7th race.
RACE 6 – MAIDEN CLAIMING $16,000, 2-YEAR-OLDS AT 300 YARDS
#7 Junnior Bonner – May 30 :12.70 at 220 yards – Inside Horse
Junnior Bonner worked from the inside as part of a three-horse drill against Tell Foose, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Tell Cartel, who worked in :12.4, and the Texas Icon gelding Kenny Wayne, who traveled from the outside also in :12.4. Junnior Bonner broke to the inside and was quickly asked left-handed but was not able to keep up with his workmates. He was asked once later in the drill, finished 1 ¾ lengths behind his stablemates, however, he displayed a big gallop out well past the clubhouse turn with good energy throughout. Tell Foose was entered to run on Friday night, while Kenny Wayne is entered to run in Saturday’s 7th
RACE 7 – MAIDENS, 2-YEAR-OLDS AT 300 YARDS
#1 Custom Hat – June 6 :12.40 at 220 yards – Middle Horse
Was part of the a three-horse set when working in solid form from the middle stall against First Down King gelding Hes A Streaking King, who worked in :12.9 from the inside, and the Favorite Cartel colt Mesquite Bay, who drilled in :12.4 from the outside. In working evenly with Mesquite Bay in :12.4, Custom Hat broke in but showed good quickness after the start. His rider hustled him early, asked him right-handed in second half of the drill, drifted in late and continued from there with a comfortable gallop while posting the fastest of 10 works on June 6. Mesquite Bay was entered to race on Friday night.
#4 Kenny Wayne – May 30 :12.40 at 220 yards – Outside
Worked from the outside post when working against the aforementioned Junnior Bonner and Tell Foose in this three-horse drill. Kenny Wayne was leaning a bit on the right side of his stall but flew out of the gate to lock horns with Tell Foose right from the start. He floated to the inside, closer to his competition and continued strongly while matching strides with Tell Foose. Their 12.4 clocking was the 2nd fastest of 25 drills on May 30.
#5 Mr Big – June 6 :12.60 at 220 yards – Inside
Worked evenly with the Favorite Cartel gelding North Of Yuma in 12.6 on June 6. Mr Big, a gelding by Bid Daddy Cartel, was standing quietly in the gate and broke a bit slow from there. The big-bodied runner got into a solid stride past the gate, ran with his head slightly high, was asked twice left-handed while keeping up with North Of Yuma. The workmates remained on even terms the rest of the way with North Of Yuma just edging out Mr Big at the wire by a head. Mr Big continued with a smooth gallop out while posting the 4th fastest of 10 drills on June 6.