March 11, 2012
Eloy Navarro * Los Alamitos Race Course photo
It’s not a surprise that the 2012 trainer standings at Los Alamitos Race Course features familiar names like champion trainer Paul Jones, perennial top trainer Jose Flores and high percentage conditioner Juan Aleman. Those guys have been there in the standings at Los Alamitos for decades.
However, there are several new names that are starting to make a lot of noise in the local ranks, names like Valentin Zamudio, who is currently third in the standings with 15 victories and a win ratio of 28%, and Jose Antonio Moreno, who is enjoying a big year with 12 victories from only 48 starters. Eloy Navarro is also off to a terrific start this season, especially after scoring a couple of surprising victories with some major longshots.
With nine winners from 61 Quarter Horse starters, Navarro ranks second at the meet with an average win payout on a $2 wager of $22 per winner. In fact, if a horseplayer had wagered $2 on every one of Navarro’s starters this season, the horseplayer would enjoy a $76.20 profit so far this season. Eloy’s big wins have included $60 and $14.60 wins from Dammienslittlebug, a $55.80 win from Hidden Dash and a $30 victory from Jumpn Star.
Speaking of a great return on investment, John Cooper is tops in ROI numbers, as his five winners have paid a meet’s best $22.50 per winner on a $2 wager. A $2 wager on each of Cooper’s starters this season would result in a nifty $66.50 profit on a $46 investment.
Now back to Zamudio and Moreno; Zamudio is a protégé of his cousin Juan Aleman, whom he worked for when her first arrived at Los Alamitos 10 years ago. Zamudio has learned his trade by working alongside a variety of other trainers as well.
“I’ve been fortunate to have learned from some good people,” Zamudio said. “Juan helped me get started at Los Alamitos and I learned a great deal from watching how he handled his business. I’ve now been on my own since early part of 2011 and I’m enjoying training while giving it all my energy.”
Moreno, meanwhile, has a flashy 25% win ratio and his horses have finished in the money 60% of the time. He had an outstanding streak from February 26 until March 4 in which his six starters netted him four victories. Horseplayers should also note that the Moreno and leading rider Cruz Mendez jockey/trainer combination have produced seven wins from 14 starters and all but one of those mounts failed to finish in the money. Moreno is currently fourth in the Quarter Horse standings thanks to his 12 victories.
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