Javier Moreno Dies

The trainer won the 1958 Kindergarten Futurity with Lip Request.

Edited press release

Javier Moreno, the winning trainer of 1958 Kindergarten Futurity winner Lip Request, died on February 19.

Javier Moreno, who trained the outstanding 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly Lip Request to victory in the 1958 Kindergarten Futurity at Los Alamitos, died on February 19. He was 84.

Known around the racetrack as "Cugie," Moreno was the cousin of long-time Thoroughbred trainer Henry Moreno.

“Henry trained Thoroughbreds, but Javier loved the Quarter Horses,” said his wife of 57-years, Angelina Moreno Garza. “We met at the Pomona Fair. He was training horses and I was there to see my brother, jockey Erasmo Garza, ride. It was love at first sight between the two of us, that’s for sure. We got married three months later.”

Born on January 12, 1933, Moreno was a jockey for a brief time early in his career. He would concentrate on training horses in his early 20s, saddling Lip Request, a daughter of a Clabber mare named Miss Lipstick to five wins from nine starts during her 2-year-old campaign. Lip Request was owned and bred by Javier’s father, Ventura Moreno.

Javier Moreno retired from training in 1968 and went to work at Lockheed Air Service in Ontario, California where he would remain employed until retiring in 1995. Javier and Angelina Moreno would then move to Phelan, California near Victorville to enjoy their golden years.

“For Javier, horses were his number one interest besides his family,” she said. “He absolutely loved Quarter Horses.”

Lip Request helped make Moreno a household name in Quarter Horse circles in the late 1950s. The filly sired by Little Request (TB) would finish her career with nine wins from 25 starts while also winning the 1959 Johnny Dial Stakes at Los Alamitos and 1960 Au Revoir Stakes at Bay Meadows. She ran in many of the big races of that era, including the Pomona Championship twice, the Monita Stakes, Pacific Coast QHRA Derby and Josie’s Bar Handicap.

Javier Moreno is survived by his wife, Angelina, their four children, Francis, Martha, John and Pauline, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

“We lived a wonderful life together,” Angelina said.

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