Slow Andy Upsets Messier in Los Alamitos Futurity

Paul and Zillah Reddam, California’s top breeders for the past three years, brought the California hybrid Slow down Andy arrived at Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) on December 11 and was defeated Messier , favorite 1-2. This was the Reddams’ first win in a race they had sponsored in years when it was run defunct. Hollywood Park as CashCall Futurity.

Still learning in his third start, Reddam Racing’s Slow Down Andy not only had to face powerhouse Bob Baffert in Messier, he also showed a verdant streak in the stretch that could make him win the race 300,000 dollars.

Only five runners lined up for 1 1/16 Mile Futurity, a race that Baffert has won in each of the seven years it has been run at Los Alamitos. Baffert has Messier and Barossa In the race, Barossa was second choice with a score of 3-1.

Slow Down Andy, third pick 5-1, drew to the outside post, and when the gate opened, he stepped onto the final pitch. Long shot Olympic Legend , on the railway, took the lead, with Durante second right behind him and Messier in third.

Messier runs slightly to the back and at times puts his head forward. Olympic Legend briefly regained the lead, but on the second turn, he started to reverse, leaving Durante and Messier in the forward position.

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Meanwhile, Slow Down Andy sped up racer Mario Gutierrez and started overtaking.

Messier took the lead again through the three-eighth column, setting up a two-way battle with Slow Down Andy, who overtook him in the upper stretch.

Gutierrez said: “When I saw the opening was coming, I sent him and he reacted.

Reddam Racing's Slow Down Andy và jockey Mario Gutierrez giành chiến thắng tại Los Alamitos Futurity G2 trị giá 300.000 đô la vào Thứ Bảy, ngày 11 tháng 12 năm 2021 tại Trường đua Los Alamitos, Cypress, CA. <br /> From left, owners J. Paul & amp;  Zillah Reddam and jockey Gutierrez celebrate. <br /> Benoit’s photo. <br />” src=”https://cms-images.bloodhorse.com/i/bloodhorse-images/2021/12/f6db3f3dbaa34531a1bc5398f7bd5ac4.jpg?preset=medium” style=”border-width: 0px;” title=”Reddam Racing’s Slow Down Andy and jockey Mario Gutierrez win the $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity G2 on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Los Alamitos Racecourse, Cypress, CA. <br /> From left, owners J. Paul & amp;  Zillah Reddam and jockey Gutierrez celebrate. <br /> Benoit’s photo. <br />“/><figcaption><small>Photo: Benoit Photo</small></p>
<p>Paul Reddam (gray jacket) thanks Mario Gutierrez as Zillah Reddam looks forward to winning Los Alamitos Futurity</p>
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<p>Slow Down Andy ran green and clung to and collided with Messier, who regained the advantage again.</p>
<p>Gutierrez said: “I think he was just playing around in times of stress.  “When Messier turned around in front of him, he regained his focus and showed his heart.”</p>
<p>Slow Down Andy took the lead over Messier and scored from distance, stopping the clock at 1:42.33.  That’s nine stages back to the third-place Barossa and the wide race.</p>
<p>Coach Doug O’Neill said: “Down the stretch it looked like we had, then we didn’t, and then we did, so it was fun,” said coach Doug O’ Neill said.</p>
<p>O’Neill trained to be champions <span class=Nyquist , the king of Slow Down Andy, for Reddams. Air conditioner launches Slow Down Andy at Santa Anita On October 9, the foal won a Cal-bred maiden event with 5 1/2 hairs 4 3/4 lengths. Returning a month later at Del Mar during the Golden State Juvenile Stakes event on November 5, another state event, Slow Down Andy finished second. Finneus , a more seasoned multi-bet ranked athlete, after threatening to win mid-game.

Los Alamitos Futurity was a big step forward, becoming an open and classified competition, but Paul Reddam urged the team to give it a try. Although the Reddams didn’t win the race, the most recent was 2016 crap in second place 23-1 ahead of Baffert-trained Baffert Competently .

“If it were up to me, we’d run in the California hybrid race tomorrow (The King Glorious Stakes),” O’Neill admitted. “Paul really wanted to take a chance and have faith in Slow Down Andy, and thank God he did.”

Slow Down Andy giành chức vô địch Los Alamitos Futurity năm 2021 <br />” src=”https://cms-images.bloodhorse.com/i/bloodhorse-images/2021/12/50b6e98182a54b8a898b538d0fb8de9b.jpg?preset=medium” style=”border-width: 0px;” title=”Slow Down Andy win the Los Alamitos Futurity championship in 2021 <br />“/><figcaption><small>Photo: Benoit Photo</small></p>
<p>Slow down Andy’s connections enjoying the trophy presentation for Los Alamitos Futurity</p>
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<p>Not only was Paul Reddam responsible for Slow Down Andy’s participation, he also compiled the entire pony’s pedigree.  Nyquist, the 2-year-old men’s 2015 champion, won the 2016 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum!  Brand (G1) for the Reddams.</p>
<p>Paul Reddam told TVG: “The fact that he was with Nyquist was like freezing.</p>
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What a fun interview with contacts here by G2 winner Los Alamitos Futurity #5 Slow down Andy!

Thanks to owner Paul Reddam, jockey @_MGutierrez_, coach @ dougoneill1 for taking the time to talk to @britneyeurton after the big win! Catch all the post-race reactions here! pic.twitter.com/u5Z7xzadgv

– TVG (@TVG) December 12, 2021

Slow down Andy got out of the thoroughbred mare Reddam Edwina E , a daughter of now has been written Square Eddie . The majority of the Reddams’ California crossbreeds over the past few years go directly back to Square Eddie, who has been selectively breeding many runners.

Edwina E made four ponies, three winners, and with Saturday’s success, now two stake winners. Her unarmed pony in a pony yearning by I will have another , another Derby winner for Eddie’s Slowing Connection.

Slow Down Andy earned 10 qualifying points with the Futurity installment of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series and placed fourth Durante , also coached by O’Neill, picked up a point. Two Baffert cadets did not accumulate any points under the rules set forth by Churchill Downs Inc. introduced to prevent horses trained by suspended trainers from counting points in their streak. As a track owner, CDI has suspended Baffert from its tracks until mid-2023.

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