FAIRPLEX STORY: LOOKN MIGHTY FINE TAKES LAS MADRINAS HANDICAP AT FAIRPLEX
For Immediate Release
POMONA, Calif., Sept. 27--Lookn Mighty Fine, a 5-year-old Idaho-bred mare
that ran for as low as a $5,000 claiming tag two years ago, gave trainer Jeff
Mullins his third win of the day with a game one-length victory in the 46th
running of the $100,000 Las Madrinas Handicap at Fairplex Park on Friday.
Lookn Mighty Fine was claimed by Mullins for $50,000 two races back at Del
Mar on Aug. 30. She finished second to Spunky Gal in the E.B. Johnston Stakes
here on Sept. 15.
"Two years ago she got beat for $5,000 at Fresno," Mullins said of the
daughter of Peterhof. "We claimed her that year at Fresno for $6,250. A year
later we lost her for $62,500 and made $100,000 with her in the process."
Lookn Mighty Fine, who gave Matt Garcia his fourth stakes win of the meet,
earned $55,000 in the Las Madrinas, increasing her earnings to $281,295. She
has a 12-9-11 record from 40 starts. Time for 1 1/16 miles on a fast track
was 1:43.78 under 113 pounds.
Hagen, a 19-1 outsider ridden by Iggy Puglisi, was second, a length in front
of Warren's Whistle, who was seeking to become a four-time stakes winner at
Fairplex. Skywriting, the 2-1 favorite, De Goddaughter, Mimi's Cafe and
Revillew Slew completed the order of finish in the field of fillies and
mares, 3-years-old and up. Land Tax, Spunky Gal and Covincing were scratched.
Lookn Mighty Fine prompted the early pace set by Skywriting, dropped back
slightly on the backstretch but rallied four-wide into the stretch and took
command near the 16th pole. She paid $15.20 to win.
Hollywood Prevue winner Fonz's, a Triple Crown hopeful who earlier this year
raced against Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem and Santa Anita Derby and
Pacific Classic winner Came Home, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for
Saturday's 48th running of the $100,000 guaranteed Pomona Derby at about 1
1/8 miles. A Florida-bred son of Out of Place trained by David LaCroix,
Fonz's was second in both the Grade I Hollywood Futurity and Grade II the Laz
Barrera, but is winless since his Prevue win last Nov. 1.
The Pomona Derby field in post position order: Chory Four, Isaias Enriquez,
114, 30-1; Mutinyonthebounty, Paul Atkinson, 114, 15-1; Fonz's, Tyler Baze,
114, 5-2; Bold Mango, Matt Garcia, 122, 8-1; Splendid Times, Corey Nakatani,
122, 6-1; Highly Suspect, Felipe Martinez, 114, 30-1; Six G's, Daniel
Vergara, 114, 30-1; Sunkosi, Martin Pedroza, 119, 8-1; Asong for Billy, Iggy
Puglisi, 114, 7-2; and Paxtecum, David Flores, 114, 3-1.
No one hit the Pick Six on Friday. There is a carryover of $34,932.32 to
First post time is 12:30 p.m.