Market Demand Farms
Two thousand and eight has been quite a year for Market Demand Farms. After only eight starts at Los Alamitos, this strong stable has sent out four winners thus far. In addition to winning races at a 50% clip, Market Demand also has a pair of runner-up finishes to their credit.
Their most notable win of the year came on Saturday March 29th when they sent out Eye Am Forever Yours to win the Carmel Overnight Handicap. Already a stakes-winning mare prior to this start, she recovered from a soft tissue injury and overcame a 14-month layoff for her eighth career victory. "She underwent stem cell surgery and the vet recommended that she be off for a full year, so we gave her lots of time to get well," said Jim Hernandez, who owns and operates Market Demand Farms. "We've been really happy with how well she came back to the races, but haven't made a decision on her next start yet. In fact, there's been some interest in purchasing her, so everything's kind of up in the air right now."
Market Demand also scored a trio of wins with some of their three-year-olds. Two of those winners, Chicks Dig Bands and Meet My Beretta, were originally campaigned in New Mexico, like many of Market Demand's runners, before being transferred to Los Alamitos. Both horses broke their maiden in their very first start at the Orange County oval and came back to run second against allowance company. Their fourth winner came with Red Stater, a son of Bridlewood, who won a $2,500 maiden claiming event on January 10, 2008.
"I try to come out to Los Alamitos about once or twice a month," said Hernandez. "Currently, we have eight horses in training here in California with Hector Jaime Hernandez. We also have four horses in New Mexico with trainers Fred Danley and David Wolochuk."
At the ripe age of 31, native Californian Jim Hernandez presides over the entire operation at Market Demand Farms. "We've been around for about six years now," said Hernandez. "I originally got into racing through my dad. He was a huge fan of match racing and it sort of rubbed off on me." Hernandez even began training in 1996 when he was only 20 years old. "I really like racing at Los Alamitos because you're able to get your horses in whenever you want," added Hernandez. "That's why a lot of our horses start in New Mexico and then come here. There's such an over abundance of horses in that state that it can be very hard to find races for them."
Market Demand Farms is located in Chamberino, New Mexico and is home to five different quarter horse stallions: Royal Quick Dash, Runawaywiththegold, Sum Fun To Bet, First To Shake Six, and Dr. Honnas. They also have thoroughbred sires Scatmandu and Golden Ransom. "It was a real delight to acquire a stallion of Royal Quick Dash's caliber," commented Hernandez. "To have an All American winner here really feels good. I think he's a really consistent stallion and he's the kind of horse who can immediately elevate the whole program."
In addition to the breeding operation, Market Demand also offers sales prepping work. "We have a heated swimming pool, round pens, even a 5/8 of a mile training track," added Hernandez. "Just about everything you can do with a horse, you can do it here. Of course, breeding makes up the bulk of our work. We breed roughly 200-300 mares each year."
Even the name Market Demand Farms bears some significance. The farm gets it's name from a horse that Jim Hernandez claimed back in 1997. "I claimed Market Demand for $8,000 at Los Alamitos," said Hernandez. "He was just a really gritty horse with a lot of heart. He won a bunch of races for me, including the Ocha Setenta Handicap, and even came back to win several more after he had a chip removed. He last raced in 2002 and now lives here at the farm named in his honor."
If present trends continue, Los Alamitos fans can expect to see many more wins this year from the stable of Market Demand Farms. "We're really happy about the meet we're having right now," said Hernandez. "Plus, we're excited about a couple of prospects who will be making their first start at Los Alamitos in the near future. One of these horses is a three-year-old named Joe Killer and we've also got an unstarted two-year-old named Behind Blue Eyes. Both of those horses are by our stallion Sum Fun To Bet. We're really looking forward to them starting here at Los Alamitos very soon."