Updated on 09/15/2011 12:33PM

Alamedan a soft spot for Jorrocks


PLEASANTON, Calif. - Jorrocks, who finished third in the Grade 3 All American Handicap at Bay Meadows in his last start, faces a significantly easier assignment in the $50,000 Alamedan Handicap Sunday, closing day of the Alameda County Fair meeting.

Only six entered the 1 1/16-mile race, and Jorrocks will carry high weight of 119 pounds. A 7-year-old gelding, Jorrocks was also entered in the Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park Saturday, but trainer Bob Hess said he will scratch out of that race and run at Pleasanton.

Jorrocks spent most of his career in England, winning nine of his 39 starts. He made his United States debut in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap last March, but finished last after being wiped out at the start. According to Hess, he also washed out badly that day.

Sent to Bay Meadows, he rallied from last place to win the mile San Carlos Handicap by a length with a 102 Beyer Speed Figure. His only other U.S. start was the All American on May 28. In that race, he again rallied from last place but had to settle for fourth place behind Euchre.

The main threats in Sunday's race are probably New Advantage and Radar Contact, who also come out of the All American. They finished behind Jorrocks at bigger prices.

New Advantage, trained by Chuck Jenda, was eighth at 10-1, while Radar Contact, from the Larry Ross stable, was sixth at 40-1.

Another who must be considered is Reds Superstar, who is coming off an impressive win in a first-level allowance race and will be getting the acid test for class in the Alamedan Handicap. John Buc trains Reds Superstar, an improving 4-year-old gelding.

Upset in stakes

Ironman Dehere, ridden by Joey Castro, beat the 2-5 favorite Robaleur to win the $44,120 Pleasanton Stakes by a head Thursday. The horses bumped each other three times while dueling down the stretch, and there was a steward's inquiry but no change. It appeared that Robaleur came in and bumped Ironman Dehere twice and then Ironman Dehere came out and bumped Robaleur near the finish. Padirac finished third.

Ironman Dehere, trained by Fred Costa, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.15, earned $23,200, and paid $12.20.