Q-Racing Blog: Life is All Good

The Aceves' have a big weekend ahead.

Q-Racing Journal

The Aceves' have a big weekend ahead.

Life is all good for trainer Adriana Aceves. Plus, it could get better.

Her husband, jockey Rodrigo Aceves, is finally healthy after a laundry list of injuries, lastly coming back after clavicle surgery. He is the sixth leading all-time rider at Los Alamitos.

Adriana has been training for about two years and stunned Quarter Horse racing when she sent out the winners of each of the three trials to the $210,000 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos on March 13. They each qualified for the 400-yard finals on April 3 with Rodrigo aboard each of the three horses.

“It was amazing,” Adriana said. “It was the best night of my (training) life. My goal was to qualify at least two.”

In the first trial, Eternity – a $16,000 claim – pulled off a 32-1 upset while winning a very tight finish. He was ahead by a nose and there was a dead heat for second. The First Down Dash-sired Eternity ended the night as the fifth-fastest qualifier at :19.945.

In the second trial, Mi Viejo finished strongly to win by one-half length with the night’s fastest time of :19.831.

In the third trial, El Compa JV rolled to a 1 1/4-length win with the second-fastest time of :19.856.

Adriana owns Eternity, while Rancho El Alacran Inc. owns Mi Viejo and El Compa JV.

“Mi Viejo has always finished strong,” Adriana said. “I think 400 yards is his best distance.

“Now he is strong,” she continued. “He had a temperature a few days after the Winter Derby trials and now he is healthy.”

A son of Mr Jess Perry, Mi Viejo was fourth in his Winter Derby trial. He also qualified for the Grade 1 Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million futurities last year.

El Compa JV is another Mr Jess Perry son that is improving.

“He was in the Winter Derby (finishing fifth) and came back stronger,” Adriana said. “The trial was an easy race for him.”

The homebred El Compa JV was third in the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile.

Eternity is a special horse for Adriana and not because she owns the gelding. He races in pink and white silks attire – including pink wraps – and has a rose on the silks in memory of Adriana’s mother, Ana Rosa, who passed away nine years ago on the date the El Primero trials were contested. “This is an all-girls team, and I feel I have my mother’s support,” Adriana said.

I saw (Eternity) and thought he was a horse who could do good,” Adriana said of the $16,000 claim on January 8. “He was only in the barn three weeks before the Maiden Stakes trials and I thought he needed more time.”

Eternity had a slow start in his Maiden Stakes trial and finished eighth. He then won his maiden in his 10th start when he took the very narrow decision in his El Primero trial.

“To win (the El Primero) would top the trials,” Adriana said. “I think we have a pretty good shot. It’s great to have Rodrigo back and have these amazing horses.”

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