12/12/2015 7:24PM

Found Money snaps losing streak in King Glorious

Benoit & Associates
Mario Gutierrez guides even-money favorite King Glorious to a 1 1/4-length victory in the King Glorious.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Found Money found his way back to the winner’s circle on Saturday at Los Alamitos, ending a four-race losing streak by tenaciously proving best in the $101,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds.

Found Money ($4), the favorite, raced in traffic for the first six furlongs of the one-mile race, but finally extricated himself in upper stretch, and needed just about every inch of the long homestretch to get past Glory Bound and win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Glory Bound finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of third-place Tough It Out in the field of 10.

Found Money most recently had finished fourth in the Delta Jackpot after twice running second in Cal-bred stakes at Del Mar. He traveled by van to and from Louisiana, yet was ready to go again on just three weeks’ rest despite the long ride.

“Only a good-minded horse can van that far and come back in three weeks,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains Found Money for his owner and breeder, the Reddam Racing stable of Paul and Zillah Reddam.

In the King Glorious, Found Money raced in traffic just behind the early leaders for much of the race. He was tipped out by jockey Mario Gutierrez in upper stretch, but Glory Bound did not yield until deep stretch.

“He put up a real good fight in the stretch, but my horse was very game,” Gutierrez said.

Found Money, a colt by Reddam-owned sire Square Eddie, has now won three times in seven starts. He won his first two starts, including the Santa Anita Juvenile in June, but had not won since. This was his first stakes win.