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Giver Not a Taker Wins at Los Alamitos; Colonel Liam Aims at Fort Lauderdale Stakes

Giver Not a Taker emerged victorious in the King Glorious Stakes on Sunday at the Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California. The 3-5 favorite rallied along the rail to beat 47-1 longshot Crypto Ride by a head in the last December meet at Los Alamitos. The two-year-old horse completed the mile-long race in one minute and 38.16 seconds in his first foray beyond seven furlongs. The win increased the earnings of the horseracing odds favorite to USD214,750 and gained his third win in five starts in the process. It also give his jockey Flavian Prat his second stakes win of the meet as he rode Faiza to a win at the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes Race on December 10.

Giver Not a Taker: Incident forces Sudden Lead Change

The gelding out of Danzing Candy and Kittens Trap was not in the lead at the early stages of the race. Please Focus stormed to an early lead but ducked out and unseated jockey Mario Gutierrez. He ran loose afterward and lost the race. Fortunately, the son of Mrazek was not injured in the incident. Gutierrez also escaped unhurt as he walked back to the jockeys room. Crypto Ride opened a lead with one-eighth of a mile left in the race but could not keep the advantage as Giver Not a Taker stormed home to take the win. Third place went to 7-2 Geezer, who had his three-race winning streak ended. Merit Song, Amigo G A, Tom and Jazzy, Belly Up and Please Focus completed the order for the race. 

Colonel Liam Aims at Fort Lauderdale Stakes

Colonel Liam tests his readiness for a Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational three-peat when he races at the Fort Lauderdale Stakes on December 31 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. According to Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, the 1 1/8-mile Fort Lauderdale for three-year-old horses and up was the backup plan for the horse, who has not raced since March 26 when he finished ninth in the Grade 1 Dubai Turf Race. Colonel Liam was scheduled as one of the three also-eligibles in a 7 1/2-furlong event on Gulfstream’s new turf course on December 15 but the organizers shifted the race to an all-weather Tapeta course due to rain. The situation had Colonel Liam scratched in the event along with stablemate Never Surprised. The multiple stakes winner was the second placer in the 2022 Pegasus Turf behind Colonel Liam. 

Pegasus Turf in Perspective

The 1 1/8-mile Pegasus Turf is one of the seven graded stakes races on January 28 at Gulfstream. The event is scheduled to have the USD3-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the USD300,000 Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf Invitational as its other major races for the day. Colonel Liam is favored to win his third-straight Turf crown despite his bad finish at Dubai. Sports picks and parlays place the five-year-old horse as the top favorite to win anew in the race but he will face the challenge of stablemate and 2022 Pegasus Turf runner up Never Surprised.