The awards and accolades keep rolling in for One Dashing Eagle and his record breaking 2012 season. After being honored as World Champion, 2-year-old champion and 2-year-old champion colt by the American Quarter Horse Association and also being named the Horse of the Meet in the annual Los Alamitos Race Course Media Poll, One Dashing Eagle was named the Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Colt of the Year by the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association at its annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, January 24.
Owned by San Gregorio Racing Stables and Jose and Gustavo De La Torre, One Dashing Eagle became the sport’s all-time single season money winner and the first to earn over $2 million dollars in a single season in 2012. He also became the first horse to ever win three races featuring million dollar purses. In California, One Dashing Eagle won the Ed Burke Million Futurity and the Golden State Million Futurity.
“It’s been a dream being involved with One Dashing Eagle,” said Jose De La Torre. “We never imagined he would do some the things he has accomplished, but all the credit goes to this wonderful horse.”
Ed Allred was named PCQHRA Owner of the Year for the eighth time and Breeder of the Year for the sixth year in a row and 16th time overall. AQHA Champion trainer Paul Jones was named PCQHRA Trainer of the Year for the 13th time. Cruz Mendez earned his first PCQHRA Jockey of the Year title.
Dr. Steve Burns (photo above) was honored with the Frank Vessels Sr. Memorial Award in appreciation of his outstanding contributions to the sport of Quarter Horse racing. His Burns Ranch in Menifee, California has become one of the premier homes for stallions in the nation and it stands the likes of Walk Thru Fire, Separatist, Hawkinson, Foose, TR Dasher, Favorite Cartel, One Sweet Jess and Stel Corona. Dr. Burns also became a partner of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale in 2012. He received Breeder Special Recognition Awards in 2007 and 2011. Allred and Kash Vessels of Vessels Stallion Farm both presented the award to Dr. Burns.
“I am very excited for Dr. Burns to receive this award,” said Dr. Allred in his presentation speech of this award. “I believe Dr. Burns will one day be the leading Quarter Horse breeder in the nation.”
Carol Cooper, a longtime member of the PCQHRA and a member of the awards committee, received the Sam Thompson Memorial Award for her wonderful leadership within the Los Alamitos racing community. Cooper was also the 1988 PCQHRA Owner of the Year. Special Achievement awards went to owners San Gregorio Racing Stables and Jose and Gustavo De La Torre, trainer Dan Francisco, jockey Gregorio Arriaga and breeder Martha Wells. The Val Tonks Memorial Award for an up and coming young rider went to Oscar Peinado. The Three Bars Awards for top stallion in California went to Walk Thru Fire for the second straight year and third time in his career, while the James V.A. Carter Broodmare Award went to Secret Separation, the mother of Hez Our Secret and Secretly Famous.
Divisional awards went to Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner Matabari as the 2-year-old filly and the highly consistent Fires Blazin as the 2-year-old gelding. AQHA Champions Flame N Flash and Hez Our Secret also won PCQHRA titles, Flame N Flash as the top 3-year-old filly and Hez Our Secret as the top 3-year-old colt. Ed Allred’s Check My Thoughts was named the top 3-year-old gelding. In the aged horses divisions, El Aguila Real’s two Grade 1 victories at Los Alamitos propelled him to the title of top aged gelding. Las Damas Handicap winner Getit Together was the top aged mare and Jumpn Shake was the top aged stallion. Ronsepi was named the most improved horse and Cold Crystal was the iron horse. The inaugural Intermountain Horse of the Meeting went to Los Alamitos Juvenile Stakes winner Margaritas N Coronas, trained by Bret Vickery for Robert Hickman. Awards for Leading Horsemen at the Northern California Fair went to owner Victor Barriga, trainer Miguel Gonzalez and jockey Jesus Arriaga. Thoroughbred racing awards went to Mike Flory for leading owner, Charles Treece for leading trainer and jockey Cheryl Charlton, who is the first woman in California to be a leading Thoroughbred rider.