INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 13, 2010)—Three stakes winners during Hollywood Park’s 2010 spring-summer meet are among eight 3-year-olds scheduled to run in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap Saturday at Del Mar.
Leroy’s Dynameaux, Golden Itiz and Alphie’s Bet, who combined to win four times in Inglewood, will all be seeking the first Grade II victories of their career in the La Jolla, which is run at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Ron Ellis, Golden Itiz has yet to try the grass in a career that has seen him win three of four over synthetic. In his graded debut on June 18, the Tiznow colt won the Affirmed Handicap, defeating Skipshot, who, subsequently won the Swaps Stakes on July 17, by a half-length as the 9-10 favorite.
With Tyler Baze sidelined due to injuries suffered in a mishap early in the Del Mar season, Patrick Valenzuela will ride Golden Itiz for the first time.
A winner twice in four starts for owner-breeder Ellenay Racing Inc. and trained by Mark Glatt, Leroy’s Dynameaux made a successful transition to graded company in the Will Rogers on June 20 at Hollywood Park.
Dismissed at nearly 14-1, the Leroidesanimaux gelding rallied from well off the pace to win by a neck over favored Bogie in the Grade III. He will be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano in the La Jolla and will leave from the inside.
Alphie’s Bet will be seeking his first win since capturing the Snow Chief Stakes on California Gold Rush Day on April 24. Mike Smith retains the mount on the Tribal Rule colt for owner-breeders Peter Johnson Sr., Ellen Johnson and Teresa McWilliams and trainer Alexis Barba.
Although well beaten in his last start on grass in the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on May 15, Alphie’s Bet did earn his maiden win on the turf in March at Santa Anita.
The 121-pound highweight in the La Jolla is Sidney’s Candy. The multiple graded stakes winner will be trying to make amends for a loss at 1-5 in the Swaps. Joel Rosario replaces the injured Joe Talamo on the Candy Ride colt for The Craig Family Trust and trainer John Sadler.
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