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Strong family ties in place this weekend at Remington Park and Los Alamitos.

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Strong Family Ties in Place This Weekend at Remington Park and Los Alamitos.

 

 
Zoomin Effortlessly.
PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Zoomin Effortlessly Goes for 7-in-a-Row
By Martha Claussen

Zoomin Effortlessly is a horse that certainly lives up to his name and will attempt to add to his six-race win streak Saturday night at Remington Park. 

Bred in Texas by Tommy R. Charbula, the 5-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux is out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Royal Quick Affair. Veteran jockey Santos Carrizales is the regular rider of Zoomin Effortlessly, who is owned by his brother-in-law, Telesforo Perrett.

Santos' older brother, Edelmiro, is also part of the family team who guides the successful campaign of Zoomin Effortlessly.  Claimed for $10,000 on November 14, 2014, at Lone Star Park, Zoomin Effortlessly has won seven of his nine starts since that eventful claim, including his first Grade 1 score, the Refrigerator Handicap last October at Lone Star Park. His career earnings stand at $280,401.

Edelmiro or "Eddie", has been training both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds since 2000. He is currently preparing his runners for the upcoming Thoroughbred season at Lone Star Park, so the brothers Carrizales asked Remington Park-based trainer Rick Robinson to step in.  Zoomin Effortlessly has been at Robinson's farm, 30 minutes from Remington, for a month.

"He's a funny horse," explained Santos. "He is only comfortable training at Retama or on the farm. When he is stabled at a racetrack, he won't eat!"

Luckily, the bay gelding is enjoying his Oklahoma digs and training well in preparation for Saturday night's $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1). It won't be a walk in the park as his rivals include Grade 1 winners Bodacious Eagle, Rock You and Dashin Brown Streak. But as he proved on January 3 when he won the $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1), defeating 2014 world champion JRC Callas First, competition at the top level is well within his realm.

"What makes him special is not so much his speed, but his stride," adds Santos. "I've ridden plenty of fast horses, but none of them get the jump the way he does."

So the "Cinderella story" for Zoomin Effortlessly, the 2014 TQHA Champion Aged Gelding and dual Grade 1 winner, continues Saturday night at Remington Park. It will be a great race, and another proud moment shared by the Carrizales family and their many supporters.

 
The Aceves team with Mi Viejo.
PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Aceveses Hope to Keep El Primero Del Ano Derby in Family
By Jonathan Horowitz

Los Alamitos Race Course may need to have Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” cued up to play over the public address system on Saturday night.  That’s because the Aceves family will be in an enviable position in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G3). Trainer Adriana Aceves and her husband and jockey, Rodrigo Aceves, teamed to win all three trials to the 400-yard, $210,000 stake for 3-year-olds on March 13 with fastest qualifier Mi Viejo, second-fastest trialist El Compa JV, and the much-improved Eternity.

For the Aceves family, their trials night of “living life is fun and we’ve just begun” started with Eternity winning the first trial as the longest shot in a field of seven at 32-1 odds.  It was the first career win in 10 starts for the sorrel gelding Adriana Aceves claimed for $16,000 on January 8.

Adriana and Rodrigo’s “high hopes we have for the future” continued in the second trial with Mi Viejo posting the fastest qualifying time of :19.831.  Owned by Rancho El Alacran, the sorrel colt scored a half-length victory over favored My Favorite Check, the winner of the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on February 21.  The El Primero Del Ano Derby will be Mi Viejo’s fourth finals after previously qualifying for the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge, the Golden State Million Futurity (G1), and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) in 2015.

Then in the third trial, El Compa JV dazzled with a 1 1/4-length win, the largest margin of victory in the trials, in the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.856.  The sorrel colt owned by Rancho El Alacran was coming off a fifth-place finish in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby, the first Grade 1 stake of the year for 3-year-olds.

Based on his trial win where he was not extended but still recorded a fast time, El Compa JV will be my pick.  The duel in the fastest trial between the stakes veteran Mi Viejo and the consistent My Favorite Check sets them up well for the finals.  A horse that could be overlooked is Rite Regal, one of two in the race for trainer Jose Flores along with We Like Corona.  Rite Regal stumbled out of the gates in the first trial as the 4-5 favorite, but the Winter Derby finalist who has won four of eight starts recovered to take second by a nose.

 
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Wrangler Racing Aces in March

Meet Wrangler Racing Ace Jennifer Hancock this Saturday, April 2 at Remington Park. She will offer handicapping materials, complimentary tip sheet and FREE $2 wagering vouchers for the first 100 fans, courtesy of OQHRA. Jennifer will also join Remington Park's Chris Kotulak for several paddock previews.

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