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Independence Day Handicap

Longshot Eagles Policy upsets Saturday's Grade 3 feature at Los Alamitos.

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A $20,000 claimer in March, EG High Desert Farms' Eagles Policy scored an upset victory in Saturday's Independence Day Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Eagles Policy covered 300 yards in :15.329, and his winning margin was a head from champion and 13-10 favorite Hotstepper. Jonathan Roman rode the 4-year-old One Dashing Eagle gelding for trainer Jesus Nunez.

"He gave us his best race, and I tried to give it my all to help and we got a nice result,” Roman said. “We liked his chances. He was a big price on the board, but horses don’t know if they’re longshots or favorites. The odds don’t matter in races like this.”

Eagles Policy was bred in California by San Gregorio Racing Stables Inc. The sorrel gelding has won four of 21 starts while racing exclusively at Los Alamitos, and the $13,750 winner's share of the $25,000 purse pushed his earnings to $51,036.

Eagles Policy was shortening in distance off of a  fifth-place finish in a 400-yard Vessels Maturity (G1) trial on June 16.

“The (300-yard) distance helped him,” Nunez added. “This was a nice distance for him. Probably in a little longer race he doesn’t hold on for the win, but at 300 yards he got it done at this distance. It’s gone well for us and EG High Desert Farms and hopefully it can continue.”

Sent to post at odds of 22-1, Eagles Policy returned a $47.80 win mutuel. The gelding teamed with Hotstepper for a $2 exacta dividend of $290.20.

Ray Donovan finished third, 1 1/4 lengths from Eagles Policy. Elicity, Jess Bet Me, My Favorite Cartel, and Chance To Fire completed the order of finish.

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