Holiday Primer & King Glorious Preview
By Michael Patricks
Happy Holidays to you and yours. Racing is dark in California next week so the succeeding installment by yours truly will likely arrive in your e-mailbox courtesy of Santa right around Christmas; and I must say, I’ve been told these previews go quite well with a glass of egg nog (leaded or unleaded) on Christmas morning.
The following day (Tuesday, December 26) we will be back in action with opening day from Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Santa Anita will feature the Grade 1 Malibu and La Brea, alongside the Grade 2 San Antonio and Mathis Brothers Mile. Matt Dinerman will be in the booth for the Golden Gate Fields meeting replacing Frank Mirahmadi and our own Michael Wrona returns to action at Santa Anita.
My top selection scratched in last week’s Bear Fan. However, if you boxed the remaining three choices in exactas or trifectas you were rewarded with a 10/1 exacta and a 50/1 trifecta payout, not too shabby. Fast and Foxy took it to them from the jump and she prevailed over Cuddle Alert who didn’t appear to be at her best on Tapeta. We’ll try and keep the good vibes going this week with a preview of the King Glorious from Los Alamitos Race Course.
The King Glorious
1 Mile on Dirt for Cal-Bred or Cal-Sired two-year-olds
Race 9—Post Time: 3:58 P.M. PST
# 6 Bookies Luck is the 8/5 morning line favorite. He’s been dominating his state-bred brethren and should prove to be a handful once again. He’s one of several homebreds in this race and it’s nice to see Kent Desormeaux find the time in his schedule to come to jump atop his back. He’s run well hooked while sprinting and by Lucky Pulpit should have no problem going two turns; expect him to put away the other speed and be a big factor throughout; top choice looks solid.
# 2 Intimidate is the 4/1 second choice and I’m not too sure why. I guess Mike Smith taking the call might be the reason for that, but this is first time leaving Golden Gate and he tries two turns for the very first time as well in his dirt debut. He’s beaten Lucky Romano but that came on the Tapeta and he’s also not shown an ability to pass horses at this point. I tried to beat him in the Golden Nugget and it worked out well and I’ll look to do the same in the King Glorious.
# 1 Royal Trump slots in next at 9/2. Former Larry Williams-bred stepped right up off the maiden claim to paste $50,000 sellers, and then ran credibly against open company on November 23rd before fading to third. Love that he returns to state-bred company in the King Glorious, but (and it’s a big but) he appears to need the front end and it looks like he’ll have to run hooked at every step of the way from ‘‘down along on the inside’’-Ed Burgart. Respect him, but this is no picnic.
# 4 Lucky Romano appears to headline a triumvirate of 6/1 shots. He’s a first time gelding on Saturday and has the two turn experience which should serve him well. He moves into the Mark Glatt barn and could step forward with the change in barns and equipment; must use for me. # 5 Oh Man is a stalk and press type that took five tries to break the maiden but in his first try going two turns he looks like he’ll want to be forwardly placed; have to think he’ll get caught in the fire. # 7 Campaigner has some intrigue. He acquitted himself quite well in his first try against winners while competing in the Golden State Juvenile. He had a tough trip that day and given that he’s shown an ability to sit back and rate some, I like his chances to hit the ticket especially since he’s run well here.
# 3 Minoso rounds out the field at 12/1. He got up just in time at a gigantic number and there’s some upside here in start number three. He’s shown an ability to rate and finish, but he’s giving up quite a bit of seasoning to other horses and he too is trying two turns for the first time; however, being by Council Member he should appreciate the added distance; not the worst blind stab in the dark—after all, it worked out quite well last time.