Ace Blog: From $10K Claimer to G1 Winner

Zoomin Effortlessly has gone on a meteoric rise.

Wrangler Racing Aces

Wrangler Racing Ace Martha Claussen goes behind the scenes of the Refrigerator Handicap.

Last Saturday night at Lone Star Park, Zoomin Effortlessly, the 2014 AQHA Hi-Point Texas Claiming Horse, stepped into the starting gate for the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1). He faced eight rivals, all of which had career earnings topping six-figures, including Dashin Brown Streak, who had captured back-to-back Grade 1 stakes earlier in the year at Remington Park.

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 Zoomin Effortlessly's happy connections.
PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

With regular pilot Santos Carrizales in the irons, the 4-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Royal Quick Affair exploded from the gate and zoomed to his first Grade 1 victory.

The program told part of the story: four consecutive wins for the gelding trained by Santos’ brother, Edelmiro, and owned by his brother-in-law, Telesforo Perrett. But there was so much more to the story!  For starters, the Texas-bred was claimed last November for $10,000 at Lone Star Park from owner Pam Stone and trainer Tooter Jordan.

"It was a tough decision to put him in for a claim, as Pam and I really believed in the horse," remembered Jordan. “I had him since he was a yearling. He was small and we waited on him as a 2-year-old."

Edelmiro, aka “Eddie”, is the older brother of veteran rider Santos Carrizales. He has been training both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds since 2000. Since the claim on November 14, Zoomin Effortlessly continued to shine, winning six of his eight starts in 2015.

"He was running well for Tooter," said Eddie. "We like to give our horses a chance to step up. Zoomin Effortlessly is a really good horse; he just loves to run!"

Every trainer and owner experiences the highs and lows of racing. While it's tough to lose a good one in a claim, Jordan takes plenty of consolation in his success.

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 Tooter Jordan

"You always try to do what's best for these horses," explained Jordan. "He's gone from a solid claimer to a Grade 1 winner. I'm happy for Santos and Eddie, and glad to report that Pam is still in the game; she now has six broodmares and yearlings."

 Rob Werstler, director of racing for the Texas Quarter Horse Association, is also thrilled for the success of Zoomin Effortlessly.

"Every once in a while you see a horse that has run most of their career in claiming races and then it seems like something just clicks and they start moving up the ranks and end up stakes horses," said Werstler. "We are very proud of how Zoomin Effortlessly has gone from claimer to now a graded stakes winner. These are two extreme examples but remember, Thoroughbreds Seabiscuit and John Henry were both in the claiming ranks before they became superstars!"

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 Zoomin Effortlessly. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

The Carrizales brothers are undecided at this point regarding the next start for their bay gelding; remaining at Lone Star is an option or testing the waters at Zia Park. It is likely they will have many visitors dropping by their barn, but not just to congratulate them. In addition to their prowess with horses, both are master mechanics and a whole group of horsemen and backstretch workers rely on the duo when their vehicles need repair.

Connections of a Grade 1 winner who can fix trucks; can you top that?

Martha Claussen served as publicity director at Sam Houston Race Park for ten years and continues to be active in writing, fan education and Quarter Horse racing publicity in Texas, Louisiana and other regions in North America, and heads AQHA's Wrangler Racing Aces program. Visit the Q-Racing Aces page on Facebook or follow them @HorseRacingAces on Twitter to learn more.