A Ransom Handicap

A Ransom Handicap

Two $20,000 divisions of the stakes will be run on Friday at Los Alamitos.

Doctor Gene 2020 Town Policy Handicap.

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Sixteen sophomores were entered into Friday's 350-yard, $20,000 A Ransom Handicap, causing Los Alamitos track officials to split the race into two divisions.

“It’s exciting anytime you get such a great response for a good race, particularly this late in the year,” said Los Alamitos racing director Scott Craigmyle. "I spoke to (track owner) Dr. Allred, and he gave the okay to split the race and have the extra money to make them both $20,000.

"Both races feature some quality horses," he added. "We have a good card on Friday night and it’s a great way to kick off the final week of the current meet.”

The first division of the A Ransom will be headed by a recent arrival in Luis Gonzalez’s Dr Tool, who finished second in the Adequan Derby Championship Challenge (G3) at Albuquerque Downs on October 25. The Kiss My Hocks gelding has won three of seven starts and was a finalist in the La Fiesta Derby at Albuquerque Downs. Jose Flores will saddle Dr Tool, who will start from post 3.

Other top names in the first division include Juniors Quarter Horses Inc’s Made Over, who ran a strong second to Grade 1 derby standout Mental Error in a trial to the Grade 2 Southern California Derby. Jeryl Hartley’s Victorioso Dinastia, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap, Allred’s Town Policy Handicap winner Doctor Gene, and Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) finalist Mr Ricks will also compete in this race.

The second division will be headed by Juniors Quarter Horses Inc.'s Pesky. The Favorite Cartel colt won his Super Derby trial on October 17 and just missed making the final before finishing second in his Southern California Derby trial on November 29.

Suite Expectations, third in the Los Alamitos Oaks earlier this year, and 2019 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity winner Chayito Cartel are the other top contenders in the second division. 

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