Pedigree Analysis: Mi Viejo

A spectacular night for Team Aceves.

Q-Racing Journal

Mi Viejo with Adriana and Rodrigo Aceves. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

To get one horse into a graded stakes is a coup. But to get three?

Now that’s something else altogether, but it’s exactly what happened to trainer Adriana Aceves and her husband, jockey Rodrigo, as she saddled and he rode Eternity, Mi Viejo and El Compa JV to wins in their trials to the $210,000 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G3) this weekend at Los Alamitos. 
Mi Viejo and El Compa JV are owned by Rancho El Alacran Inc., while Eternity is owned by Adriana.

Mi Viejo was bred by Joaquin Vega, while El Compa JV – it means ‘my compadre’ – was bred by Vega's El Alacran; both horses were bred in Mexico. Eternity was bred by Rick and Melinda Overly and originally sold at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $40,000.  Aceves claimed him at the beginning of this year for $16,000.

Mi Viejo and El Compa JV are both by Mr Jess Perry. Mi Viejo is out of the Thoroughbred mare Lady Of Lake, a daughter of Salt Lake, while El Compa JV is out of her daughter, the First Down Dash mare My Lady First.

Eternity is by First Down Dash and out of the Sixarun mare Jakes Jockmo.

Mi Viejo outran recent Pedigree Analysis subject My Favorite Check to become the fastest qualifier to the race. He was also a finalist in the Grade 1 Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities, and has earned $132,560 in 11 career starts. El Compa JV was third behind Pedigree Analysis subject Thermonuclear Energy and eventual Grade 1-winner Fire At Will in the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile Invitational (R), and was fifth in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). Eternity breaks his maiden in his 11th career start, and boosted his earnings to $6,720.

Mr Jess Perry is the No. 3 all-time leading sire, with progeny earnings of more than $47.3 million. He has sired 126 stakes winners and eight champions during his stud career at the Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.

Lady Of Lake (TB)’s sire, Salt Lake (TB), is by Deputy Minister and out of Take Lady Anne. He sired stakes winners like Quanah Jones ($76,676) and is also the damsire of runners like PB And Crackers ($215,163), Salty King Corona ($182,743), Haulin Candy Salt ($164,328), Salt On The Side ($117,586), This Candys Salty ($108,234) and Bare Naked Martini ($99,243).

Lady Of Lake’s most successful progeny, by far, is My Lady First. The mare was a three-time stakes winner, and was multiple times Grade 1-placed while earning $531,699 in 29 career starts. El Compa JV is My Lady First’s third foal; his full sister My Sexy Lady ($22,515) was a Grade 1 finalist.

Lady Of Lake also produced Graded Stakes-placed runner Vivid Lady (by Vivid Velocity, $63,889). Mi Viejo is her 14th foal.

Eternity’s sire, First Down Dash, needs no introduction. His dam, Jakes Jockmo, is another familiar name. The Grade 1 winner earned $248,307 in her 27-race career, including a victory in the 1999 Texas Classic Derby (G1) over a sparkling field that included Okey Dokey Dale, Streakin Sixes, Fast Debonair, Deelish and Falling In Loveagain.

She is the dam of Grade 2 winner Ms Klee (by Heza Fast Man, $230,185, and herself the dam of Jiffy James ($122,098)), stakes winner Jockmos Dynasty (by FDD Dynasty, $24,775) and stakes-placed runner Shake Jake (by Royal Shake Em, $4,876).

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