06/09/2010 11:00PM

Claimers in spotlight at Los Alamitos


Cheap Quarter Horses are trendy at Los Alamitos on Saturday when the track runs the $75,200 Claiming Futurity.

For the first time this year, Los Alamitos is conducting a 350-yard claiming futurity for horses who were eligible to be taken for $12,500 in time trials on May 28. Of the 10 qualifiers, five were claimed on trial night and in some cases were in high demand.

Fishers Line, third in one of the four time trials, was claimed by trainer Jaime Gomez in a 10-way shake. Apache Station, second ahead of Fishers Line in the trials, was taken in a seven-way shake and is now trained by Jim Hanson.

Gomez lost two horses via claim who qualified for the final, Apache Station and Pearl Heart, and claimed two qualifiers, Fishers Line and MB Guera Clasica. Gomez knew he needed to be active with claims on trial night, or risk not being involved in the final.

"You have to have one, or they'll claim your horse," he said.

None of the runners are eligible to be claimed from the final. Fishers Line, Gimme Corona, and Exactly Like You figure to dominate the betting. Gimme Corona, the fastest qualifier in 17.61 seconds, is trained by Dan Francisco for owner Mimi Wells.

* Freaky, the 2009 Quarter Horse World Champion, has rejoined trainer Adan Farias's barn at Los Alamitos after a 90-day break and is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000 Spencer Childers Championship on July 31.

Freaky, 5, has won his last seven starts, the most recent of which was the Los Alamitos Winter Championship in February. Farias and owner Armando Aguirre have the $750,000 Champion of Champions in December as a long-term goal. Freaky won the 2009 Champion of Champions.