Mi Viejo Returns in $210,000 El Primero del Ano Derby Final

Rancho el Alacran's homebred son of Mr Jess Perry is the fastest qualifier.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Mi Viejo had his picture taken in the winner's circle after his El Primero del Ano Derby trial victory March 13 at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Rancho el Alacran’s Mi Viejo, the fastest qualifier and 5-2 morning-line favorite, drew post 6 for Sunday’s 400-yard, $210,000 El Primero del Ano Derby (G3) for sophomore colts and geldings at Los Alamitos.

Mi Viejo is a homebred son of champion Mr Jess Perry trained by Adriana Aceves. The colt is coming off of a half-length victory in the second of three trials on March 13.

Joaquin Vega of Rancho el Alacran named Mi Viejo after his grandfather, who turned 100 on the day the colt was foaled.

“They all referred to their grandfather as Mi Viejo (my old one),” said Aceves.

Rancho el Alacran and Aceves will also be represented by El Compa JV, the second-fastest qualifier and a homebred colt by Mr Jess Perry. El Compa JV won the third trial by 1 1/4 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion.

El Compa JV was foaled just a few hours after Mi Viejo. Translated, El Compa means “my compadre.”

Mi Viejo is coming off of a 2-year-old season in which he won two of nine starts, earned $128,810 and was a finalist in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two-Million and Golden State Million futurities. El Compa JV was stakes placed at 2, as he finished third, a half of a length behind winner Thermonuclear Energy, in the 400-yard, $30,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Stakes on December 13.

Mi Viejo drew post 6 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Aceves in the El Primero final. El Compa JV will be ridden by Joe Badilla Jr. from post 8.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds--
Dom Perry Own (Rodolfo Arvizu), 20-1
We Like Corona (Cruz Mendez), 5-1
Over Limits (Cesar DeAlba), 20-1
My Favorite Chick (Tony Guymon), 4-1
Eternity (Rodrigo Vallejo), 15-1
Mi Viejo (Rodrigo Aceves), 5-2
El Karma (Roberto Hernandez), 20-1
El Compa JV (Joe Badilla Jr.), 7-2
Chicks Fayvorite (Oscar Peinado), 12-1
Rite Regal (Ramon Sanchez), 5-1

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