David & Ross Hinkins
Tired of waiting for more opportunities to race their horses regularly in certain out of state racetracks, brothers David and Ross Hinkins decided that it was time to once again campaign their horses at friendly Los Alamitos Race Course.
Their stable, which consists nearly exclusively of homebred characterized by having the initials RGR featured in their name, has won 12 races for earnings of nearly $65,000. The brothers are just one win away from tying for the 10th spot in the Quarter Horse owner standings at Los Alamitos.
"We're thrilled with how our horses have done at Los Alamitos," explained Hinkins, while crediting trainer Adan Farias for much of their barn's success. "We have a bunch of homebreds and we race what we got. We like what Adan has done for us this year.
"We had horses at Los Alamitos before," said David Hinkins. "We decided to come back because we felt that Los Alamitos gave our horses a lot of opportunities to race. The fact that California offers year-round racing is a huge plus, plus thanks to TVG, we can watch all the races from the comfort of our home."
Home for the Hinkins is central Utah. There, the brothers operate an industrial mining supply company. David, 54, is the company's president, while Ross, 52, is the vice-president. A third brother, Todd, 50, serves as the secretary. "I'm the oldest of the three - that's why I'm the president," David said with a laugh. "I have seniority over the other two."
In regards to the initials RGR, they stand for the Hinkins' place - the Rainbow Glass Ranch. In addition to the racehorses, the Rainbow Glass Ranch is also the home to 800 to 1,000 head of cattle, over 50 broodmares, several ranch horses, and eight stallions.
"We breed our broodmares to our stallions," the owner said. "We have stallions Hugo Streakin, Luckyme Lonely You, who is a full brother to (champion) Rare Form, and Ralph Ryon, who is the from same family as All American Futurity winner AB What A Runner. We also had Premier Venu but he became sterile after getting kicked. He's the sire of a 2-year-old named RGR Cash Venu that won at Los Alamitos (in August). After the accident we gelded Premier Venu and we now run him in 870 and 1,000-yard races in New Mexico. He's made something like $50,000 in his racing career."
David Hinkins has been in the racing game for over 30 yards. "My dad's friend took me to the bush tracks in Utah to watch the races. That's how I got the bug. When I started making money I knew that racing horses is what I wanted to do for fun. I started the mining supply company in 1976 and the following year I started racing horses. My dad was a coalminer, while my brother and I worked for mom's uncle at his ranch during our youth. Eventually, we bought that ranch land and a lot of the surrounding land to make the Rainbow Glass Ranch."
"Horse racing is not just a passion for us - it's an obsession," he added. "We love our homebreds and we're fine with just seeing them run in cheap races. We did buy a couple of New Mexico-bred yearlings this year, plus a filly by A Regal Choice for $29,000 from James and Judy Markum at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. We like her a lot - her grandmother is Charger Bar - so we're keeping her in the Governor's Cup Futurity."
The Hinkins are now preparing for the winter portion of the season at Los Alamitos, and they're doing so by replenishing their stable with some fresh faces.
"Kevin Jensen goes back and forth from Utah to Los Alamitos every few weeks. He hauls all of our horses. He'll be taking three to four horses to Los Al and bringing a couple of other horses back home."
Hinkins is also making plans to travel to Los Alamitos next month. "I plan to take my grandkids to Disneyland in December. We'll also stop at the racetrack and hopefully we'll get to see some of our horses run. Of course, our dream would be to race in a big race like the Champion of Champions. Right now we're just having a lot of fun at Los Alamitos and we plan on racing our horses in California for a long, long time."
Farias had nothing but great things to say about David and Ross Hinkins. "A good friend of mine that trains for them told me that they're great owners. He was 100 percent right. They're awesome owners. They asked if I wanted to train some of their horses and I told them 'sure.' I couldn't believe it when they sent me 15 horses. It was a nice surprise."