Katies Easy Moves, an 11-1 longshot, earned his first Grade 1 victory in Sunday's $155,100 Vessels Maturity (G1) at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Monty Arrossa for owners Caballo Rapido LLC and Five Livestock Company LLC, Katies Easy Moves went 400 yards in :19.473, and his winning margin was a half of a length from Bh Lisas Boy. Eduardo Nicasio rode the 6-year-old son of the xxx stallion Maknmoves.
Katies Easy Moves earned $65,142, as well as a provisional berth in this year's 440-yard, $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December. Earlier this year, he ran third in the Grade 1, 400-yard Brad McKinzie Winter Championship, and he ended his 2018 campaign with a victory in the First Down Dash Handicap.
“He’s been running his heart out,” said Jennifer Earll, who along with her husband, Curtis, race under the banner of Caballo Rapido LLC. “I was ready to have heart attack with excitement watching him. It was really exciting. I couldn’t hope for anything more. He’s been due. He’s been facing phenomenal horses and tonight was his night.”
The Earlls have been involved with Quarter Horse racing for four years, starting with their purchase of Katies Easy Moves in partnership with Dr. Melinda Roche and Matt Telford of Five Livestock Company.
“We’ve been in racing since 'Katies' was a 2-year-old,” Jennifer said. “He’s our very first race horse. He won’t be our last, but for now he’s our only one. We did have one other horse at one point, but she’s now a broodmare for other owners. We just have the one right now.”
Katies Easy Moves was bred in Utah by Walter L.J. Finder. Raced in six states, including Idaho and Wyoming, he has won 15 of 35 starts and has earned $285,539.
“We had him dated for the Bank of America California Challenge Championship (on August 10), but we’ll probably skip that now,” Arrossa said. “This horse ran in the Northwest. He ran in Utah and Idaho for his 2-year-old and most of his 3-year-old year. Then they shipped him down here to me. He did go back as a 4-year-old and ran a bit in the Northwest before coming back here.
"His owners are from the Intermountain region and they love racing at Los Alamitos," the trainer added. "This is their first Grade 1. They’ve been in several with this horse, but they’ve never captured one until now. He got it done for them tonight.”
Katies Easy Moves is Arrossa’s second qualifier to the Champion of Champions. From the Brad McKinzie Winter Championship on February 10, Arrossa qualified Zoomin For Spuds for owner Jim Walker.
“We’ll freshen both of them up,” Arrossa said of Katies Easy Moves and Zoomin For Spuds. “We’ll continue pointing them for the Champion of Champions."
Jesstacartel finished third, a head behind Bh Lisas Boy, and was followed by 2-1 favorite He Looks Hot, Zoomin For Spuds, Tarzanito, Matilda Czech, CM Boom Shakalaka, and Eyes The Favorite.
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