LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Distinctive B took over early in the stretch and drew away inside the final eighth of a mile to win the $47,725 feature by 3 1/2 lengths Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Distinctive B ran six furlongs in 1:08.79 and paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.60 as the 4-5 favorite.
Sir Samson returned $5.80 and $4.80 in his first start since Feb. 15. Paynes was another neck back in third and paid $9.20 to show at 23-1 odds.
The victory, worth $27,600, increased Distinctive B’s career earnings to $150,645, with five wins in 20 starts.
Trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old gelding is 2-0 at Los Alamitos.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Out of Patience held off 13-1 shot Shackleford Banks by a nose to win the $21,380 feature on opening day of the winter meet at Los Alamitos on Thursday.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Out of Patience ran a mile in 1:37.18 and paid $9, $4.80 and $3.60 as the 7-2 second choice.
Shackleford Banks returned $9.20 and $6.60 after rallying from last in the field of nine. Comes the Dream, the 7-5 favorite, was another half-length back in third and paid $3.20 to show.
Out of Patience earned his ninth win in 37 career starts and increased his earnings to $192,296. He failed to win in eight starts last year, but now has six wins this year for trainer Bill Spawr.
The meet began with a record-setting upset in the first race on the card.
Meet At Jakes, a 76-1 shot, won by 6 3/4 lengths and paid $154.80 to win, the biggest payout since thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in July 2014. The old mark was $139.20 by Puerto Williams in the ninth race on Dec. 6, 2014.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Former top-10 player Kathy Rinaldi is the U.S. Fed Cup team’s new captain.
She succeeds Mary Joe Fernandez, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Thursday. Fernandez stepped down in October after eight years in the job.
Rinaldi will have extra duties, working more closely with the American players during the WTA season and the offseason. She will also work with the USTA’s player development program.
Rinaldi already had been in player development for the USTA, helping U.S. women try to move into the top 100 of the rankings. She also coached the U.S. to 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup titles in 2012 and 2014.
Ranked as high as No. 7 in singles and No. 13 in doubles during her playing career in the 1980s and 1990s, Rinaldi reached the Wimbledon semifinals in singles in 1985. She also reached four Grand Slam doubles semifinals.
When she was 14 in 1981, Rinaldi became, at the time, the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon.
Her debut as head of the U.S. Fed Cup team will come against visiting Germany in February.
Fernandez helped the United States reach two finals in the annual competition, but did not win a title. The U.S. last won the Fed Cup in 2000.