Village News Reporter
San Luis Rey Training Center horses finished first and second in the King Glorious Stakes race Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course and throughout the entire race one of those horses was in the lead.
Last Call London won the one-mile dirt race for California-bred two-year-olds by a neck over Stolen Treasure. Stolen Treasure led from the beginning of the race until Last Call London took the lead approaching the stretch.
“He ran well,” said Peter Miller, who trains Last Call London.
Seven horses competed in the King Glorious Stakes. Juan Hernandez was the jockey for Last Call London. Stolen Treasure, who was foaled at Ocean Breeze Ranch, is trained by Edward Freeman and was ridden by Edwin Maldonado.
Ocean Breeze Ranch foal Stay On the Fence also ran in the King Glorious Stakes and had Mario Gutierrez as his jockey. Stay On the Fence had the inside post position; Last Call London had the fourth post position, and Stolen Treasure started on the outside.
Maldonado and Stolen Treasure broke first. Gutierrez and Stay On the Fence were the second jockey-horse combination out of the gate. Hernandez and Last Call London left the gate third.
The first quarter of a mile took Stolen Treasure 24.36 seconds. At that point he led Last Call London by a length. Stay On the Fence was third, a length and a half behind Last Call London and a head in front of fourth-place Clever Clover.
Stolen Treasure was half a mile from the starting gate 48.67 seconds into the race. He led Last Call London by half a length. Last Call London had a 1 1/2-length lead over Stay On the Fence, who still led Clever Clover by a head.
Mici’s Express took over third place during the ensuing two furlongs. The first three-quarters of a mile took Stolen Treasure 1:13.59. He was half a length in front of Last Call London. Stay On the Fence was two lengths behind Last Call London and a head in front of Mici’s Express.
With 1:25.62 elapsed, Last Call London had a head lead over Stolen Treasure at the beginning of the stretch. Stay On the Fence was 3 1/2 lengths in back of Stolen Treasure and a head in front of Mici’s Express, who moved into third during the stretch.
The winning time for Last Call London and Hernandez was 1:38.15. “Great ride,” Miller said.
Stay On the Fence finished fourth, half a length behind Mici’s Express and five lengths in front of fifth-place Gentlemen’s Club.
Last Call London was foaled at Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs on Feb. 12, 2021. He was sired by Stay Thirsty out of Zo Lo’s Lov. Tom London, Terry Lovingier, and Eugene Zondlo own Last Call London.
The win was the second in eight career races for Last Call London. He began his racing career with a third-place finish April 23 at Santa Anita Park. He broke his maiden June 11 at Santa Anita, winning that 5 1/2-furlong dirt race by 4 3/4 lengths.
San Luis Rey horses have now won the past four King Glorious Stakes races. Miller trained Giver Not a Taker, who won the 2022 King Glorious Stakes. San Luis Rey horses also finished first and second in 2021 when Straight Up G, who was trained by Richard Baltas, won the race by a 3 1/2-length margin over Finneus, who was trained by Walther Solis.
In 2020 Play Chicken, who trained at the San Luis Rey Training Center before trainer Doug O'Neill brought him to the Santa Anita Park and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club stables for meets on those tracks, won the King Glorious Stakes.
Stolen Treasure was foaled on Feb. 2, 2021. He was sired by Nyquist, and his dam is Little Treasure. He first raced Aug. 10 at Del Mar and finished second. He broke his maiden Dec. 1 at Del Mar, winning the one-mile turf contest by 3 1/4 lengths with San Luis Rey filly Kitzkaty finishing second.
The King Glorious Stakes had a total purse of $100,000. The first-place share of $60,000 increased Last Call London’s career earnings to $156,870. Stolen Treasure earned the $20,000 second-place share and now has career earnings of $85,240.