Lucky J.H., victorious over California-breds in his last start on April 30 in the 7 1/2-furlong Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park, will try the same distance against open company in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) on Saturday.
Patrick Valenzuela will replace Victor Espinoza, who will be in New York that day, for trainer Carla Gaines. Lucky J.H., a 4-year-old colt owned and bred by Harris Farms, has won four of ten starts and earned $270,435. He was assigned 117 pounds and breaks from the rail.
Eight are entered in the Ack Ack.
Grade I winner Captain Squire, making his first start since a fourth-place finish at Nad Al Sheba in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) March 25, shoulders top weight of 119 pounds. Captain Squire captured the six-furlong Ancient Title Breeders' Cup (gr. I) in October.$100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III, Race 9, 5:20 p.m.), 3 & Up, 7 1/2 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Lucky J. H. (CA), 117, Patrick Valenzuela
2. Thunder Touch (KY), 114, Martin Pedroza
3. Saint Buddy (FL), 115, Tyler Baze
4. Keep On Punching (KY), 115, Juan Ochoa
5. Captain Squire (FL), 119, Corey Nakatani
6. Prorunner (KY), 114, Jon Court
7. Yes He's a Pistol (FL), 117, David Cohen
8. Primerica (KY), 113, David Flores