A New Year's Double - Little Red Feather Race Recap (01.06.20)
Posted by Billy Koch on January 6, 2020
Little Red Feather Racing welcomed in 2020 with a bang! LRF entered the new year on a roll and on January 1, unleashed two more potential stars.
Newly turned 3yo RIP CITY (above) kicked off the proceedings with a ten and a quarter length victory over a group of MCL $75,000 3yos at Santa Anita. That is not a misprint. 10 and 1/4 lengths! Trained by Richie Baltas and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Rip City sat right off a decent pace and made a devastating move around the far turn before running away from his competition down the lane.
Rip City earned a career best 78 Beyer Speed Rating and ran a 9 and a quarter on Thorograph. A son of City Zip out of the Aussie Rules mare, Sikara (IRE), Rip City will take on allowance or stakes company next time out.
Two races later, OPUS WON (above) dominated a solid group of first condition allowance fillies and mares, winning by over three lengths. A 4yo CA Bred daughter of Eddington out of the Stravinsky mare, Russian River (also campaigned by LRF), Opus Won received a picture perfect ride from Mario Gutierrez, who was patient until the turn for home. Once Mario gave Opus her cue, she blew past her rivals in a visually impressive performance (Race Replay). Opus Won, a half sister to LRF's graded stakes winner Marckie's Water, earned a career best 89 BSF and an 8 on Thorograph. In nine career starts for trainer Richie Baltas, Opus Won has three wins, two seconds, and a third with earnings of over $167,000. Look for Opus Won to return in early February at Santa Anita.
Shooting for the hat-trick on New Year's, older horse RED KING (above) suffered through a brutal trip when finishing fourth in a first condition allowance race for trainer Phil D'Amato. Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Red King was bumped hard at the break and ran into some traffic troubles down the lane. The hard luck 6yo English Channel gelding finished fourth but was defeated by less than two lengths (Race Replay). Look for Red King to rebound in a similar spot when he returns to the races in early February.
Not a bad start to 2020! LRF looks to keep it going this week as Velvet Queen goes for her third straight win on Friday at Santa Anita and My Boy Tate will try to make it back to back stakes wins in the $100,000 Say Florida Sandy Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday.
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