Ed Allred’s Once Over, who had been the runner-up in stakes races in two out of his last three starts, enjoyed the biggest victory of his career following an impressive effort in the $16,000 Pete Wood Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, who had a grand slam night aboard Quarter Horses, Once Over covered the 350 yards in a sizzling :17.385 while crossing the wire 1 ¼ lengths ahead of 2013 Los Alamitos allowance winner Redd Tailed Hawk. Once Over had previously finished second in the 550-yard Barbara B Handicap on January 12 and also second in last year’s Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap. Saddled by Scott Willoughby, Once Over was picking up his third win in 14 career starts. Sent off at 3-1 odds, the son of Walk Thru Fire earned $8,800 for the win. The Allred-bred has a lifetime bankroll of $53,243.
Once Over is out of the stakes winning mare Look Her Over. His grand dam is is the great Oh La Proud, a producer of three AQHA Champions (Flame N Flash, Hawkish, and Hawkinson). Other broodmares to have accomplished that outstanding feat are 1946 mare Garretts Miss Pawhuska, dam of Vanetta Dee, Vannevar and Vandy’s Flash; 1976 Thoroughbred mare Trippy Dip, dam of Calyx, Florentine and Ive Been Blessed; and 1981 mare Our Third Delight, dam of Fortune Of Delight, Dean Miracle and Tres Seis. Oh La Proud also produced a chariot racing champion in Pride Of Katella.
Aceves, meanwhile, had four Quarter Horse wins on the night. He started the evening by piloting Bet on Snow in the second race and quickly followed with a win aboard Stel Surprise in the fourth. He then piloted heavy favorite Thought About It in the sixth before putting the exclamation point aboard Once Over.
Racing for AQHA champion owners Burnett Ranches, LLC and Johnny Trotter, Redd Tailed Hawk earned $3,600 for finishing second. The Hawkinson gelding came into this race following a fourth place finish to Los Alamitos Winter Championship finalist Jess Being Valiant in the A Ransom Handicap on December 20. Hector Hernandez’s Blistering Speed, a finalist to last year’s Los Alamitos Winter Derby and Southern California Derby, was third. Stel Heights, Dynasty Red, Time For A Royal Dip, New Look, and Checkspeed completed the field.