LEMA Racing’s Another Oatie is living up to his bloodlines following a hard-fought nose victory in the running of the $112,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on Sunday at the Orange County track.
With leading Quarter Horse rider Raul Valenzuela aboard for trainer Juan Aleman, the 8-1 shot Another Oatie led from start to finish while holding off the 6-5 favorite Here O Beduino. In the process the gelding by Walk Thru Fire out of Kingman Kin joined his full brother Oatman and half-brother Hulapai as a winner of a big money race at Los Alamitos. Oatman won the 2011 Los Alamitos Winter Derby while Hulapai won the 2009 Southern California Derby. Another Oatie completed the 350-yard distance in a time of :17.483.
“Another Oatie needed a perfect race to win tonight,” Aleman said. “When he broke as well as he did, I knew we had a shot to win it. I also knew that Here O Beduino was going to come on strong. Another Oatie had to do everything right because he was facing tough horses like Here O Beduino and (fastest qualifier) The Ocean King.”
A big key in Another Oatie’s dash to victory was his jockey’s quick thinking under pressure.
“He flew out of the gate and I just tried to make him go straight,” Valenzuela explained. “I could feel the pressure was coming so I went to the whip. He didn’t like the whip at all. He started to fall apart on me so I stopped using the whip and I just started riding him from there.”
Another Oatie was purchased for $87,000 at the 2012 Los Alamitos Equine Sale. He did not make his first start until October 5 of his 2-year-old campaign, but he performed well right off the bat. He ran second in his maiden appearance and then posted back-to-back third place finishes in his trials to the Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. He finished his freshman season with a seventh place finish in the Los Alamitos Invitational Stakes on December 15.
“He was a little immature so we gelded him after the (Invitational Stakes) and that’s helped him out a lot,” Aleman said. “We liked the way he was bred and he was always right there in his races. He won his Maiden trial and now the final. He’s doing great. He hasn’t grown to be as big as Oatman was, but he’s still maturing. We are going to give him some time off after this race and hopefully he’ll grow some more and be ready to run 400 yards.”
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, LEMA Racing has paid Another Oatie into the August 10 trials to the Golden State Derby and the trials to the Los Alamitos Super Derby. Both of those trials will be contested at 400 yards. Another Oatie came into this race with a bankroll of $7,535, but after earning a $47,040 paycheck from this race his lifetime total now reads $54,575. Another Oatie was bred by Ed Allred, the sport’s all-time leading breeder. Allred is also the breeder of the aforementioned Oatman and Hulapai.
Owned and bred by Cynthia Cruz and saddled by Roberto Dominguez, Here O Beduino ran a solid race and was coming on like a freight train in the final 100 yards. With Abel Ramirez in the irons, Here O Beduino’s runner-up effort still earned him a nice payout of $19,040. The colt by No Secrets Here has earned $24,020 in his four race career.
“My horse ran his race,” Dominguez said. “I have no excuses. It was a good race. The other horse just ran a better race. We’re thinking about making his eligible to the Southern California Derby.”
Jeffrey and Kim Pitcher’s Separate Jett earned $13,440 for finishing third. Sent off at 28-1 odds, the Separatist gelding has finished in the money in each of his last three starts. Foose Down Dash, Strategic Weapon, Whos Got The Look, Swingin Eagle, The Ocean King, Snitchy and Brighterthanthesun will complete the field.
The Ocean King is expected to his next start in the trials to the El Primero Del Ano Derby on Sunday, March 16. Also on a weekend, trainer Jose Flores is looking forward to bringing back last year’s Kindergarten Futurity winner Glitter In My Face to run in the March 15th trials to the La Primera Del Ano Derby. The unbeaten Special Cartel filly has not competed since taking the Kindergarten on May 19, but she’s posted a pair of nice workouts this month. Her most recent drill was a 350-yard work in :18.0 on February 21.
“She’s training great,” Flores said. “She got sick on us last year. She had a throat problem. I’m looking forward to racing her again.”
A winner of three races in as many starts and $123,892 in earnings, Glitter In My Face is owned by Jose’s father, Antonio Flores.