Horse racing: Los Alamitos leaders, notes – OCRegister


Through Thursday


Assael Espinoza / 4

Tiago Pereira / 3

Jorge Velez / 3

Six tied / 2


Bob Baffert / 4

Steve Knapp / 2

Doug O’Neill / 2

Leonard Powell / 2



• $75,000 Phone Chatter Stakes, 2-year-old fillies, 6-1/2 furlongs


• $100,000 Los Alamitos Special, 3-year-olds and up, 1-1/4 miles


• Zestful, riding a five-race winning streak, will try for his seventh victory of 2019 on Sunday when he runs in the $100,000 Los Alamitos Special. The 1-1/4-mile race for horses 3 years old and up drew a short field of five. The Los Alamitos Special will be the sixth of nine races on the card, which begins at 1 p.m. The Los Alamitos Special is scheduled to go at 3:28 p.m. Trained by Mark Glatt, Zestful, a 4-year-old Ghostzapper gelding, will be making his Los Alamitos debut. He’s proven to be a useful horse, winning over Golden Gate’s artificial Tapeta surface, once over the track’s turf course and on the main track at Pleasanton. He also won over Del Mar’s turf course in his most recent start on Aug. 8.

• General admission tickets for this fall’s Breeders’ Cup, which will be held for an unprecedented 10th time at Santa Anita on Nov. 1-2, are on sale now at Purchasing general admission tickets online to the Breeders’ Cup, which consists of 14 championship races worth $30 million in purses and awards, offers a savings of up to $15 compared to buying tickets at the gate. General admission tickets purchased in advance for Friday, Nov. 1, are $15. Advance purchase can be made online up until 11:29 p.m. PT on Thursday, Oct. 31. General admission tickets bought online for Saturday, Nov. 2, are priced at $25 and can be made up until 11:29 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 1. Onsite Breeders’ Cup general admission will be $20 on Nov. 1 and $40 on Nov. 2.

• McKinzie, by virtue of receiving 24 of 28 first-place votes, retained his No. 1 standing in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic rankings. The Top 10 remained the same, with Thunder Snow, Preservationist, Code of Honor and Maximum Security holding down spots 2 through 5. The remainder of the Top 10: 6. Yoshida, 7. Pacific Classic winner Higher Power, 8. Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Vino Rosso, 9. Catholic Boy, and 10. Game Winner. The rankings could get an overhaul in two weeks with 3-year-old standouts Maximum Security, War of Will and Improbable scheduled to race in the $1 million Grade I Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Sept. 21.

— Art Wilson