Q-Racing Blog: Team Jones

It takes a village to make Team Jones fly.

Quarter Racing Journal

It takes a village to make Team Jones fly.

When Start Somethin Bad starts in the $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) on October 1 at Los Alamitos it will be a prime example of trainer Paul Jones and his team at work.

Jones is the 13-time national training champion, has saddled more than 4,000 winners and his horses have earned more than $80 million.

While Jones’ name is in the program, there is an entire team working with him.

Start Somethin Bad was bred by Jeff and Kim Pitcher. Jeff manages Jones’ ranch in Southern California. Jeff then sold half interest in Start Somethin Bad to longtime Jones’ client Jeff Aldstadt. Therefore, Start Somethin Bad is owned by Aldstadt and Kim Pitcher.

Team Jones also includes Lisa Saumell, Roque Gonzales and Paul’s mother Joyce. Saumell runs the New Mexico operation. Gonzales oversees the Jones’ barn at Los Alamitos. Joyce handles the billing for the large stable.

Then there is Start Somethin Bad’s sire Pappasito, who was trained by Jones. The son of Corona Cartel and All American Futurity (G1) winner Strawberry Silk (the dam of Stoli) was bred and raced by David and Sue Mackie. They offered a Pappasito breeding to the Pitchers and the resulting foal was Start Somethin Bad.

Start Somethin Bad is on the verge of possibly starting a graded-stakes resume. She has two wins from five starts and is making her stakes debut in the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity.

“She has always had talent,” said Jones. “She has gate speed, but has had mishaps and bad luck. Once, she was on the outside and they kicked it (opened the gate) as soon as she was loaded.” All of her past performance lines, except her trial, show trouble.

“This time (her trial) she ran.”

Start Somethin Bad drew the inside post position in her trial and broke alertly from the gate under Cesar DeAlba. They gained additional racing room when favored Smell Perfume in the second post position leaped in the air at the start and finished well behind the field. Start Somethin Bad flew down the rail and showed her potential while easily racing to the three-quarter-length win. Her time of :17.697 for the 350 yards was the quickest mark from 10 trials.

The filly has been the odds-on favorite in three of her five starts, however faces the strongest competition of her young career in the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity.

Bob and Scott Giltner’s homebred Doctor Fantastic joined the Lin Melton stable at Los Alamitos after a sixth-place run in the $118,000 Bitterroot Futurity at Sandy Downs.

In his first start for Melton, the gelding by Fantastic Corona Jr finished second in a 300-yard maiden race as the odds-on favorite. He returned to win his maiden in his PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity trial by one-half length with the second-fastest time of :17.722.

Juan Moya’s Thirty Six Curls looks to push his record to three-for-three in the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity. The Jose Flores-trained gelding won his maiden at first asking in August and then sped to a one-half length win in his PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity trial. The Tres Seis-sired gelding posted the third-fastest mark of :17.755.

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