Ismelucky, an impressive maiden winner earlier this year, tops a field of nine in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs and restricted to 2-year-old fillies offered for purchase at any Barretts sale, the Debutante is the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday is 2 p.m. Approximate post time for the Debutante is 5:30 p.m.
Los Alamitos will also offer three seats to the 2018 National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas with a live money contest Saturday.
The cost to enter the Los Alamitos Fall Qualifier is $400. Of that amount, $100 will be placed in the contest prize pool with the remaining funds going towards a live-money wagering card.
Contestants must enter prior to post time for the first race Sept. 16. Players can begin entering the contest once track gates open at 9:30 a.m. that morning.
Tournament races will include the entire card at Los Alamitos with permitted wagers including win, place, show and exactas. Each entry must bet at least $50 on six races, but there is no wagering limit.
The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the day will be declared the winner and the player with the second highest bankroll will be the runner-up.
The winner will receive 50% of the prize pool, which will be capped at $10,000. The remaining payoffs: 20% (2nd place), 15% (3rd place), 10% (4th place) and 5% (5th place).
Owned by Jerome Russell and trainer Jeff Bonde, Ismelucky has been away since defeating next out graduate Empress of Lov and six others going 4 ½ furlongs May 18 at Santa Anita.
A daughter of Lucky Pulpit and the Tribal Rule mare Ismene, Ismelucky, who was purchased for $90,000 at the Barretts October sale last year, has banked $52,920 in two starts. She finished second in her debut two weeks prior to her victory.
Seven of Ismelucky’s opponents in the Debutante are maidens with Helen’s Tiger the most experienced of the group with three starts under her belt.
Trained by Doug O’Neill, who won the 2014 Debutante with Sharla Rae, for Nice Guys Stable and Jay Oringer, Helen’s Tiger has banked $11,700. She has been third in her two most recent starts, the latest when the 2-1 favorite vs. $50,000 California bred maidens Aug. 24. She’s a Smiling Tiger filly out of the Indian Charlie mare Ann’s Intuition.
The only other member of the field with a victory is Expendy, who upset $30,000 maidens here Sept. 10. The daughter of The Pamplemousse and the Lemon Drop Kid mare Expense opened up a clear lead, then held on to prevail by three-quarters of a length for trainer Jose Hernandez, Jr.
Owned by Lewis D. Ekstrom, Expendy has earned in two starts. She finished fourth in her debut at Santa Rosa Aug. 19 when trained by Earl Baze II.
Owned by Bada Beng Racing LLC, Victor Flores and breeder Terry Lovingier, My Claw has started twice for trainer Gary Sherlock and banked $8,400. The daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and the Katowice mare Enumclaw finished third vs. state bred maidens Aug. 17 in her last appearance.
Exbuerance finished third behind open maidens in her Aug. 26 debut for Seltzer Thoroughbreds. Trained by Ian Kruljac, the Archarcharch filly out of the D’wildcat mare Wild Forest Cat earned $7,200. She was a $100,000 purchase out of the Barretts March sale earlier this year.
Trainer Scott Rollins, who won the 2015 Debutante with Just Google Me, will be represented by Shaken Memories, who finished a distant third in her debut behind eventual Seeking the Ante winner Cause We Are Loyal July 15 at Los Alamitos, before finishing far back Aug. 19 at Del Mar in a race won by eventual Del Mar Debutante winner Moonshine Memories.
Owned by H and E Ranch, Inc., the gray daughter of Lemon Drop Kid and the Holy Bull mare Sallie’s Memory has earned $5,745.
Funny Bean is back quickly after finishing third at 30-1 in her initial try Sept. 10 at Los Alamitos.
Owned by trainer Luanne and trainer Bob Bean, the Square Eddie filly out of the Sharp Humor mare Funny Belle banked $5,400 while checking in 4 ¾ lengths behind winner Sharona Sunset.
Unchanged hasn’t been close in two starts for Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms LP and trainer Paddy Gallagher. The Old Fashioned filly out of the Bernardini mare Never Stop has collected $690.
From inside out, the field for the 28th Barretts Debutante: Ismelucky, Kent Desormeaux rides, 120 pounds; Funny Bean, Vinnie Bednar, 116; Exuberance, Tyler Baze, 116; Helen’s Tiger, Drayden Van Dyke, 116; Unchanged, Santiago Gonzalez, 116; Expendy, Brandon Boulanger, 116; Fiftyeight Special, Sasha Risenhoover, 116; My Claw, Evin Roman, 116 and Shaken Memories, Stewart Elliott, 116.
Source: Los Alamitos Race Course