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Out of Patience wins opening day feature at Los Alamitos

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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.

Funtastic wins Monmouth’s United Nations Stakes in 23-1 upset

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — Funtastic led all the way in a 23-1 upset Saturday in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Chad Brown, the Eclipse Award winner the last two years as the nation’s leading trainer, got his third victory in the New Jersey’s biggest turf race. He won with Big Blue Kitten in 2013 and 2015.

The U.N. and the $1 million Haskell on July 29 are the two Grade 1 stakes at Monmouth.

Brown saddled four of the nine runners in the U.N. and ran 1-2 as Money Multiplier rallied to finish a half length behind Funtastic and jockey Antonio Gallardo.

The other two Brown horses were Silverwave (fifth) and Kurilov (eighth).

The time was 2:12.36 for 1 3/8 miles over the firm course.

Funtastic paid $48, $15.80 and $8.60. Money Multiplier, the 2-1 favorite, returned $4 and $2.80.

Bigger Picture, last year’s U.N. winner, was third, paying $5.80 to show.

Wonder Gadot beats heat to win $1 million Queen’s Plate

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TORONTO (AP) Wonder Gadot won the 159th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate on Saturday at hot and muggy Woodbine Racetrack.

The 3-year-old filly beat Aheadbyacentury by five lengths, running 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.26 in the first jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown.

John Velazquez rode the winner for owner Gary Barner and trainer Mark Casse.

Wonder Gadot is the second straight filly to win the event, following Holy Helena, and the fourth in eight years.

Cooler Mike was third in the 16-horse field.

The other Triple Crown races are the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes on July 24 on Fort Erie Racetrack’s dirt course and the $400,000 Breeder’s Stakes turf race at Woodbine on Aug. 18.