Most trainers will take a look at the past performances of the horses they are facing in a particular race and form a visual of how the race will play out.
Sunday before the 45th running of the Alamedan Handicap at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Dennis Patterson, the trainer of Run It did just that.
"It looked like on paper it could set up for us,'' said Patterson of the 1- mile race.
That doesn't always happen, but fortunately for Patterson, it did play out just as it looked it would as Chad Schvaneveldt masterfully rode Run It to a convincing win the stakes race.
"He's amazing," said Schvaneveldt. "Those are the Fourth of July fireworks we're looking for."
Schvaneveldt knew right from the start this was going to be a good day.
"He was on his toes today," said Schvaneveldt. "Even going into the gate - he shows up every time."
As expected, Live Sundays went to the lead with Slew the Man and Southern California invader Warren's Pepe, with Run It comfortably towards the back of the pack.
On the back stretch, jockey Russell Baze, who was riding the favorite Warren's Pepe, had to pull the horse up. The horse was later put down by the track medical staff.
Schvaneveldt kept stern control of Run It, keeping the horse just behind the leaders as the headed into the final turn.
"He got me there so fast," said Schvaneveldt. "He wanted to take the lead in the middle of the turn, but I wanted to wait for a while."
Schvaneveldt was content to wait for something to open up between Live Sundays and Slew The Man. Content at least for a little bit.
"I had a ton of horse,'' said Schvaneveldt. "I was going to wait for split, but with as much horse as I had, I thought I better go."
And go he did, blowing right past both front runners on the outside, then cruising home for the win by 1 lengths. Live Sundays fought gamely to finish second, with Slew The Man 7 lengths back in third.
The win was the 8th in 21 starts for Run It, who is owned by Mercedes Stables. It was the second straight stakes win, as Run It was coming off a win in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in early May.
The Fred Cox Mule Challenge opened the day with the current queen of the Mules, Bar JF Hot Ticket, rolling to the win. The mule now has 36 wins in 44 career starts with five second place finishes and two third-place finishes.
The winner's younger sister Bar JF Red Ticket was second, with the old lady of mule racing - Sarah Nelson - finishing third.
In the second race of the day Lely Roterra took home the win in the Pleasanton Arabian Distaff. Galagule was second, with a Anvirlik running third.