Charlton Gets First Quarter Horse Win at Los Al

Leading Thoroughbred rider picks up her first Quarter Horse victory.

September 15, 2012

Los Alamitos

Cheryl Charlton, currently the meet’s runaway leading jockey in the Thoroughbred rankings, piloted her first Quarter Horse winner when she guided Parsons Ranch’s Who Dat Dynasty to victory in Friday’s second race at Los Alamitos.

Charlton, 25, has won 79 Thoroughbred races this season and has a chance to set a single season win record at Los Alamitos this year. Yet, her first Quarter Horse victory ranks among her most meaningful of her riding career.

“It’s a great feeling to win a Quarter Horse race,” said Charlton, who had been runner-up with three of her previous four Quarter Horse mounts. “I finally broke my maiden and I had a great time doing it. I love Quarter Horses because they are so fast and it’s an adrenalin rush to be on one. For me, the rush in riding a Thoroughbred is right at the break and the start of the race, and that’s the adrenalin rush that I get from riding in a Quarter Horse race. I just love how fast they are.”

Chris O’Dell saddled Who Dat Dynasty.

“I am so thankful to Chris for given the opportunity to ride some very good Quarter Horses,” she added. “He’s given me a chance to work with these horses in the morning. I’ve been helping him with these horses and I’ve gotten a chance to know them. That helps out a lot. I hope this is just the first of my wins aboard Quarter Horses.”