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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 15, 2020—Los Alamitos Race Course will feature a new earlier post time on Fridays effective immediately. First post on Friday, January 17 will be at 5 p.m. The first race on Fridays will now be held approximately 30 minutes after the final daytime California Thoroughbred race.
The Early Pick Four will get started with the opening race of the card at 5 p.m. The Late Pick Four sequence will consist of the final four races on the card.
Los Alamitos kicked off its 70th year of live racing at the Cypress oval with an earlier Friday post time for opening night on December 26. The results were positive, as it resulted in the highest handle for a Friday card this season.
The upcoming card on Friday is highlighted by a tremendous field of older horses in the Cypress Handicap at 350 yards. Nine horses will square off in the Cypress Handicap and it’ll include the likes of multiple Grade 2 stakes winner One Proud Eagle, multiple stakes winners Jess A Cowboy and Tac Me Up and Grade 2 Southern California Derby second fastest qualifier Galloping Goddess. Seven of the nine starters in the Cypress have scored at least one stakes victory at Los Alamitos.
Owned by Ron Hartley for trainer John Cooper, One Proud Eagle won the Grade 2 AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship, Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity and Holiday Handicap in 2016. He won the Cypress Handicap as a 4-year-old in 2018 and could certainly repeat as a winner in this race.
Juan Pablo Leon will ride the son of One Famous Eagle. Larry Stark’s Jess A Cowboy won two stakes races here last year both against Intermountain and Northwest foes. The 8-year-old Arizona bred won both the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap and John Ward Handicap last year. He’ll be iron-tough, as usual, on Friday.
In addition to One Proud Eagle and Jess A Cowboy The field will also be comprised of Tac Me Up, CM Boom Shakalaka, Eagles Policy, Singles Cruise, Rite Quick, Galloping Goddess and Jess Send It.
Courtesy of www.losalamitos.com.