07/10/2015 11:36AM

Ralis, Mrazek ride momentum into Summer Juvenile

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Mrazek romped in his debut (above), then finished second in the Santa Anita Juvenile.

CYPRESS, Calif. – The Square Eddie 2-year-olds are rolling. So are 2-year-olds trained by Doug O’Neill and owned by Paul Reddam.

Ralis and Mrazek fit both categories as sons of Square Eddie trained by O’Neill and owned and bred by Reddam. They also are top contenders in the $75,000 Summer Juvenile Championship Stakes on Sunday, closing day of the Los Alamitos summer Thoroughbred meet.

The 5 1/2-furlong Summer Juvenile is race 8. In race 3, Reddam and O’Neill unveil a highly regarded 2-year-old filly by Bellamy Road named Land Over Sea.

“She can flat out run,” O’Neill said.

If so, she will fit right in with the rest of their 2-year-olds.

O’Neill and Reddam have won with five 2-year-olds already this year. Many will make an impact at Del Mar. The stakes winner Found Money runs in the Graduation Stakes on Aug. 5; Nyquist won a fast maiden race in June and will be among the favorites in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 8; and Gomo, a filly, is headed to the Grade 2 Sorrento on Aug. 12.

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Up first is Land Over Sea’s debut, followed by the O’Neill-Reddam stakes duo in the Summer Juvenile Championship. Ralis and Mrazek are among six in the Summer Juvenile, including the maiden Swipe, the front-runner Dubdubwatson, the late runner Swiss Minister, and Arizona shipper Taste’s Secret.

Mrazek and Ralis each have started twice, with Mario Gutierrez aboard for all four races. Mrazek finished second in the Santa Anita Juvenile, but Gutierrez chose maiden winner Ralis. Does Gutierrez prefer Ralis?

“I think that is safe to say,” O’Neill said. “Those are tough decisions. They’re so talented and so close.”

The post draw could favor Ralis in post 5.

“Ralis drew super,” O’Neill said.

Not so Mrazek, who got post 1.

“I think the rail cost him from winning [the Santa Anita Juvenile], and he drew the rail again,” O’Neill said.

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KEY CONTENDERS

Ralis (Beyers: 67-58)

◗ Ralis finished fourth in his debut and then won a California-bred maiden race by more than four lengths over Hot Ore, who returned to win a turf route by more than seven lengths.

◗ Ralis is the first winner produced by the 0-for-5 dam Silar Rules.


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 5 Ralis. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 11-3-3-1 with a $3.30 ROI over the past five years in dirt sprint non-graded stakes for juveniles following a maiden win. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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Mrazek (Beyers: 65-61)

◗ Corey Nakatani picks up the mount on Mrazek, whose inside post dictates a front-running strategy. He is the speed.

◗ Mrazek won his debut May 31 by more than five lengths.

Swipe (Beyers: 67-59)

◗ Swipe is a maiden with stakes experience. He finished second in the $246,000 Tremont Stakes on June 5 at Belmont Park.

◗ He has two solid works since returning to California.

◗ Swipe’s trainer, Keith Desormeaux, and jockey, Kent Desormeaux, teamed June 21 to win the Landaluce Stakes with the maiden filly Right There.

Dubdubwatson (Last 3 Beyers: 38-67-69)

◗ Fifth as the favorite in the Santa Anita Juvenile, Dubdubwatson had an alibi. The day before, he got loose while schooling and hit a pole. The incident was considered not serious initially but likely affected his performance. He broke slowly and finished far back.

◗ Dubdubwatson, trained by John Brocklebank, returned with a bullet work at Los Alamitos and could keep Mrazek company on the lead.


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 4 Swiss Minister. Trainer Mike Harrington is 24-9-6-1 with a $4.05 ROI over the past five years with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard juveniles.Click for more details. Mike Hogan


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 6 Taste’s Secret. Trainer Molly Pearson is 31-6-3-4 with a $6.09 ROI over the past two years with juveniles in Southern California. Click for more details. Mike Hogan