Dortmund wins Los Alamitos Futurity by a head for Baffert
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Dortmund won the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity by a head in a photo finish Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record seventh victory in the Grade 1 race at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Dortmund ran 1 1/16 miles in a track-record 1:40.86, bettering the mark of 1:41.62 set by the Baffert-trained Tiz Midnight in the Bayakoa Stakes two weeks ago. The 2-year-old son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite.
Firing Line returned $3.40 and $2.10. Mr. Z was another nose back in third and paid $2.10 to show as the 5-2 second choice for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who was trying to become the first trainer to sweep the Starlet and Futurity in the same year. Lukas won the $350,500 Starlet with Take Charge Brandi on Dec. 13.
Baffert joined Lukas as the only trainers to win Grade 1 thoroughbred and quarter horse races at Los Alamitos.