Meet the Contenders: 2023 Los Alamitos Futurity

December 14th, 2023

Meet the horses running in the 2023 Los Alamitos Futurity at Los Alamitos, CA. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your Stable Alerts.

Los Alamitos Racing (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#1 Moonlit Sonata             **

Pro: Pulled off 33-1 shocker in debut for barn that won this race last year.

Con: Benefited from hot pace in that sprint, might not be so fortunate here.

Thousand Words winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) - © Benoit Photo

#2 Wynstock                     **

Pro: Made all in two-turn romp after a pair of dull tries sprinting.

Con: Like several others, will need to step up his game exiting maiden ranks.

Stronghold breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Stronghold breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#3 Stronghold                    ***

Pro: Distant second best in seven-furlong Bob Hope (G3) but won over a mile two back.

Con: Has twice prompted a fast pace and wouldn’t want to get into a duel here.


Los Alamitos (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#4 Ace of Clubs                  **

Pro: Figures to appreciate return to dirt after going unplaced in a pair of grass stakes.

Con: Both wins came against softer overnight company.

Los Alamitos Racing (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#5 Coach Prime                 ****

Pro: Made tremendous progress going turf to dirt, breaking maiden by more than seven lengths.

Con: Lacks stakes experience that several others in the field have.

Wine Me Up (Photo by Benoit Photo)

#6 Wine Me Up                 ****

Pro: Better than Breeders’ Cup try suggests, given runner-up finish in American Pharoah (G1).

Con: Likely short odds the main drawback, as he figures to be less than 5-1 for the first time.