New Look, Allred Pair in Maiden Stakes
New Look faces Allred pair in Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes.
February 23, 2012
Fastest-qualifier New Look, bred by Dr. Ed Allred, takes on a pair of Allred-owned homebreds, second-fastest qualifier Kool Million and third-fastest qualifier Bawdy, in the $151,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes over 350 yards on Sunday night at the California track. The Maiden Stakes is restricted to 3-year-olds who were still maidens on December 1.
Mimi Wells’ New Look (Walk Thru Fire-Make Over by Separatist) won his maiden in his seventh career start on December 17 when he took a half-length win in :15.395 for the 300 yards. The gelding backed up that effort in his Maiden Stakes trial with a half-length win as the 1-2 favorite. The Dan Francisco-trained gelding raced the 350 yards in :17.500 for the fastest time from the seven trials.
The Jose Flores-trained pair of Kool Million (Bono Jazz-Kool As Ever by Chicks Beduino) and Bawdy (Bono Jazz-Firstist by Separatist) each made their career debuts after the December 1 cutoff date for the Maiden Stakes.
Kool Million reached the winner’s circle in his first start when he won a 300-yard maiden race on December 30. He then faced the more experienced New Look in their Maiden Stakes trial and came through with the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.602.
Bawdy has managed three outs since her first start on December 16. She finished a close third in that race and then returned to turn in a close second-place effort against maiden company. She was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in her Maiden Stakes trial and she rewarded her supporters with a half-length win with the third-fastest time of :17.669.
Howard Nichols’ Oceanik (Ocean Runaway-Jess Genuine by Mr Jess Perry) should be very dangerous in the Maiden Stakes with his Grade 1 history. The Joe “Bear” Bassett-trained colt finished third in the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) in June. He then raced to a second-, third- and fourth-place finishes in his three subsequent starts last year. He won his maiden when he took his Maiden Stakes trial by a head with the fourth-fastest time of :17.672.
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