Jockey Carlos Huerta is Back in the Saddle

The rider returns to action with two mounts Friday at Los Alamitos.

Edited press release

Carlos Huerta will ride in a race for the first time in more than three months on Friday. PHOTO: Scott Martinez.

Star jockey Carlos Huerta returns to the saddle for the first time this year when he pilots Stel Easy in the sixth race and London Laura in the seventh Friday at Los Alamitos.

The second-leading American Quarter Horse rider last year, Huerta won 14 stakes and rode the earners of $1,570,211. His top mounts included champion Quirky and multiple derby winners Forget It and Bac And Front.

Huerta was involved in a spill on December 11, the night before the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions. As a result, he broke vertebrae numbers 7, 8, and 9 and was forced to give up the mount on Quirky in the Champion of Champions and Sale Topper in the December 13 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1).

Both of Huerta's comeback mounts are 3-year-olds trained by Scott Willoughby for owner Ed Allred. A gelded son of Stel Corona, Stel Easy will be making his first start since he finished third in his debut on August 29. London Laura is a homebred Walk Thru Fire filly who made her debut with a third-place finish in a maiden special weight sprint on March 5.

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