Friday's 7th race (5:00pm PT) from Los Alamitos Race Course is the $75k American Flag
for 3-year-olds and up traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the main
#1 Old Time Hockey (8-1)
had his form darkened after a fading 10th in the G2 Elkhorn at 12f last time. Before that, he won a $75k turf stakes route at Tampa Bay, easily beat three rivals in an off the turf event at this distance, and just missed in the Sunshine Millions Turf at the Gulf. The Proctor trainee runs well fresh and Van Dyke shows a profit with this outfit.
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#3 War Academy
(5-2) smartly won as a new gelding in a 7f affair at Santa Anita June 15. The Baffert trainee has always been highly regarded and he captured his last start at this distance.
#5 Magic Mark
(2-1) won 4 of 5 dirt races around two turns at Santa Anita and his victory on June 19 earned a strong rating. He is on the upswing but might have been aided by the speed friendly SA surface.
#2 Handsome Mike (4-1) is not big on winning (3-for-27 overall; 1 for last 17) but drops out of the graded ranks and should be competitive vs. this kind.
#6 Sky Kingdom
(5-1) is a graded winner making his first start in 11+ months for Baffert. He finished 2nd in the G3 Cougar II at Del Mar last summer and is probably prepping for that event on July 25.
$16 to win #1
$1 Trifecta 1 with 2, 3, 5, 6 with 2, 3, 5, 6 ($12)
$1 Trifecta 2, 3, 5, 6 with 1 with 2, 3,5, 6 ($12)
analysis by Jarrod Horak
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