Kaweah Bar Stakes

Kaweah Bar Stakes

Mental Error wins Saturday's Grade 3 feature at Los Alamitos.

Mental Error wins the 2021 Kaweah Bar Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

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Bobby Simmons' Mental Error was a prompt 3-2 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $35,000 Kaweah Bar Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Paul Jones, Mental Error covered 350 yards in :17.525, and his margin of victory was a neck from 3-1 second choice Redneck Ryan. Ramon Sanchez rode the gray 4-year-old son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel.

Mental Error's win gave Sanchez his 150th stakes win at Los Alamitos. Only Eddie Garcia (153) has won more stakes at the track.

"It feels really good,” said Sanchez, who was the sport's champion jockey in 2002 and '09.  “This win really feels like one to celebrate. With this type of horse, I’m always going to have a chance to do good things.

"I had back problems and I had to fix that through exercises and hard work," he added. "I think it has given me the right results. This is the second stakes win I have had with Mental Error, but he has always been in the money. He’s an excellent horse.”

 “That’s really special,” said Jones of Sanchez's milestone. “I think most of his stakes wins have been on my horses, though not all of them. Ramon has been a great jockey and he is really doing good this year, riding sharp. He’s always been one of the best jockeys in the nation and I’m happy to see him get that achievement. He has sat on the right horses and has done a great job."

Mental Error was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns, and he was purchased by Simmons for $16,000 at the 2018 Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The stallion has won two of his last three outs, including the March 20, 350-yard First Day of Spring Stakes.

Mental Error has raced exclusively at Los Alamitos and has won six of 18 starts. The $19,250 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win bumped his earnings to $375,694. During his 2-year-old season, the stallion ran second in the Grade 2, 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity, and he finished second, a half of a length behind winner Tell Cartel, in last year's 400-yard, $1,020,350 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1), California's richest race for sophomore Quarter Horses.

Circle City, Old School Icon, Spirit Foose, Cartel Love, Up Is Up, Chicks Fayvorite, and Red Hawk Cartel completed the order of finish.

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