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West Coast, Klimt Head $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby 

Friday, July 14th, 2017

West Coast, an impressive winner of the Easy Goer on the Belmont Stakes undercard June 10 in New York, will seek his third consecutive victory Saturday when he faces seven opponents in the Grade III, $200,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby.

Restricted to 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, the Derby is the seventh of eight races. Post time Saturday is 2 p.m. Scheduled post time for the Derby is 4:58 p.m.

There will also be a Los Alamitos drawstring backpack giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for owners Gary and Mary West, West Coast (left), a son of Flatter and the Honour and Glory mare Caressing, overcame a troubled start to win the Easy Goer by nearly four lengths three weeks after an optional claiming victory at Santa Anita.

Purchased for $425,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2015, West Coast has three wins in five starts and earned $203,800. He has yet to finish worse than second.

Baffert will be looking for his second Los Alamitos Derby win, having captured the 2015 renewal with Gimme Da Lute.

Klimt (below), a former Baffert trainee, will make his 2017 debut and first start for Art Sherman in the Derby.

Owned by Kaleem Shah, the son of Quality Road was a double stakes winner as a 2-year-old, taking the Grade II Best Pal and Grade I Del Mar Futurity in succession last summer.

Out of the Dixie Union mare Inventive, Klimt, who is 3-for-6 with earnings of $416,960, has been idle since finishing eighth of 11 in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 5.

Trainer Doug O’Neill will send out a trio – B Squared, Milton Freewater and Term of Art – Saturday.

From inside out, the field for the 4th Los Alamitos Derby: Kimbear, Joe Talamo rides, 122 pounds; Cistron, Tyler Baze, 122; Colonist, Flavien Prat, 122; B Squared, Corey Nakatani, 122; West Coast, Drayden Van Dyke, 122; Klimt, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Milton Freewater, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 122 and Term of Art, Evin Roman, 122.

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