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.
ARCADIA, Calif. — Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is planning a comeback in late December after fracturing a vertebra in his neck during a training accident at Del Mar.
That’s according to his agent Brian Beach, who says Friday that Espinoza saw his doctors this week and they are pleased with his progress. However, they’re not yet ready to release the 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey to ride again.
Beach says on his Twitter account that Espinoza “wants to be 100 percent when he comes back.”
A late December return would allow Espinoza to ride at Santa Anita, which opens its winter-spring meet on Dec. 26.
Espinoza got hurt July 22 when he fell while exercising a horse.
He rode American Pharoah to a Triple Crown sweep in 2015.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Vale Dori defeated La Force by three-quarters of a length to win the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes in an upset at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Abel Tasman, the 1-9 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, finished next-to-last, beaten 10 1/2 lengths. Vale Dori, an 11-1 shot also trained by Baffert, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.88 under Joe Talamo. The Grade 1 victory earned her an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
Vale Dori snapped a six-race skid.
Bettors waged $474,683 to show on Abel Tasman, who was fresh off a pair of Grade 1 victories in New York under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. But she broke poorly from the starting gate and never fired.
“I’m as shocked as everybody else, but they’ll do that,” Baffert said. “I’m worried about (Abel Tasman) because Mike said she was lethargic, and she’s up there where all these sick horses are, so I hope she’s not getting sick.”
Vale Dori returned $24.60, $13.20 and $40.60. She earned $180,000, and increased her career earnings to $1,365,567.
La Force paid $8.40 and $14.60. Shenandoah Queen was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $26.60 to show.