Paul and Zillah Reddam, California’s leading breeders for the past three years, have brought Slow down Andy to December 11 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) and defeated Messier , the favorite 1-2. It was the Reddams’ first victory in a race they sponsored for many years when it was run the old-fashioned way. Hollywood park like CashCall Futurity.
Still learning on his third start, Reddam Racing’s Slow Down Andy not only had to take on a Bob Baffert powerhouse at Messier, he showed some greenery in the stretch that could have cost him victory in the $ 300,000 race.
Only five runners lined up for the 1 1/16 mile Futurity, a race Baffert had won in each of the seven years it took place at Los Alamitos. Baffert had Messier and Barossa in the race, with Barossa the second pick at 3-1.
Slowing Andy, the third pick at 5-1, shot the outside post, and when the door opened he came out last of the compact pack. Longshot Olympic legend , on the rail, went ahead, with Durante in second just ahead of him and Messier in third.
Messier ran a little further down the back stretch and at one point put his head ahead. Olympic Legend briefly regained the lead, but on the second turn he started to backpedal, leaving Durante and Messier in front.
Meanwhile, Slow Down Andy accelerated for jockey Mario Gutierrez and started to overtake the horses.
Messier regained the lead after pole of three eighths, setting up what would be a two-man battle with Slow Down Andy, who edged him in the top.
“When I saw the opening go to the turn, I sent it and he responded,” said Gutierrez.
Los Alamitos Futurity was a big step forward, in open and graduated competition, but Paul Reddam urged the team to give it a try. Although the Reddams did not win the race, as recently as 2016, their Irap at 23-1 finished second behind Baffert Mastery .
“If it were up to me, we would have competed in the California race tomorrow (the King Glorious Stakes),” admitted O’Neill. “It was strictly Paul who wanted to take a chance and have faith in Slow Down Andy, and thank goodness he did.”