Kershaw looks to strike in Los Alamitos debut

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September 20th, 2017

With Clayton Kershaw serving as the ace of a talented pitching staff, the Los Angeles Dodgers appear poised to make a deep run this fall. But before the playoffs get underway, the Thoroughbred namesake of the star pitcher will make his career debut at Los Alamitos on Friday.

A $135,000 2-year-old purchase earlier this year, Kershaw will break from the far outside post position against seven opponents in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight carded as the 5TH race (6:58 EDT). The Kentucky-bred bay colt is owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller.

Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, has the mount.

Kershaw is listed as the 7-2 favorite on the morning line and shows some swift works for his unveiling, including a 5-furlong bullet in :59 4/5 at the San Luis Rey Training Center. And he’s bred to be precocious.

His sire, Run Away and Hide, was a multiple graded stakes-winning juvenile and the 11-year-old son of City Zip is making a mark this year with 2-year-olds. His offspring include Run Away, winner of the Best Pal (G2) and Santa Anita Juvenile; and Bashford Manor (G3) victor and Iroquois (G3) third-placer Ten City.

Run Away and Hide stands at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Kershaw is the first foal out of Texit, a daughter of leading Gainesway Farm stallion Tapit.

The competition doesn’t appear imposing and if he has anything in common with the Dodgers’ fireballer, Kershaw has a chance to smoke his rivals Friday. is offering Bet Club Bonus Days this Thursday and Friday at Los Alamitos. Earn up to double bonuses when you “Opt In” and play Los Alamitos.