Zestful seeks to keep win streak alive in Los Alamitos Special

Los Alamitos Publicity
September 12, 2019 03:56pm
Zestful will seek his seventh victory of 2019 against four opponents in the $100,000 Los Alamitos Special Sunday.

The 1 ¼ mile race for 3-year-olds & up is the sixth of nine races Sunday, the sixth day of the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m. Scheduled post time for the Special is 3:28 p.m.

Owned by a partnership that includes Danny Haramoto, Sheldon Kawahara, Steven Sobel and trainer Mark Glatt, Zestful, a 4-year-old Ghostzapper gelding, will make his Los Alamitos debut having won five consecutive races.

Out of the Smoke Glacken mare Sweet Relish, Zestful hasn’t had to carry his track around with him during a streak that began nearly five months ago. The chestnut has won over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields twice and once over the track’s turf course as well as victories on the main track at Pleasanton and the grass at Del Mar.

The latest win – by three-quarters of a length over six starter allowance foes Aug. 8 – came in Zestful’s first start after being claimed for $16,000 by his current connections. His four previous successes came for Hat Trick Racing and Ray Pagano and trainer John Martin, who claimed the Kentucky bred for $16,000 March 21 at Golden Gate.

Zestful is now 8-for-23 lifetime with earnings of $149,941.

Acker switches to dirt for Tom Kagele, Ken Shaw and Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch after three consecutive races on grass. Trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Include gelding out of the A.P. Indy mare A.P. Few has won six of 21 and banked $218,405.

He has one victory in five tries on the main track with the win coming over a sloppy surface at Jan. 31 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Bob Hess, Jr. for Schroeder Farms LLC, French Getaway is also switching surfaces after scoring a 7-1 upset in a $32,000 claimer on the Del Mar turf course July 25.

The one length win came in the 6-year-old’s second start after a layoff of some 11 months. He trailed in his sprint comeback July 6 at Los Alamitos.

A son of Giant’s Causeway and the A.P. Indy mare Modesty, French Getaway has won three of 14 and earned $137,991. He broke his maiden on dirt in his third career race Dec. 27, 2015 at Santa Anita.

Soul Beam, who is winless in six starts this year, was last seen finishing fourth – beaten three-quarters of a length – in a one-mile starter allowance on turf Aug. 24 at Del Mar.

The son of Perfect Soul and the Kingmambo mare Sky Beam has won once in 16 outings. Jorge Periban trains the 4-year-old for Lawrence Kahlden and Brett Wiener.

Completing the field is Meistermind, who was supplemented for $2,000 to the Special.

A 4-year-old son of Bodemeister and the Smart Strike mare Mining My Own, Meistermind defeated $12,500 claimers over this track Sept. 7 and was claimed by Glatt and John Xitco. Meistermind has won two of 12 and banked $77,153.

From inside out, the field for the 2nd Los Alamitos Special: French Getaway, Rafael Bejarano rides, 120 pounds; Acker, Abel Cedillo, 120; Soul Beam, Geovanni Franco, 120; Zestful, Joe Talamo, 120 and Meistermind, Assael Espinoza, 120.


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