ALEX BAUTISTA PROFILE

ALEX BAUTISTA

Birthdate: 12-28-70; Guadalajara, Mexico
Family: Married; Children, Teresa, David and Caitlin.
Residence: Rowland Heights, California

Top Career Victories:

- Won the 2005 Cal Breeders Matron with Mini Rock

- Won the 2005 Champion of Champions with Ocean Runaway

- Won the 2005 Charger Bar with Mini Rock

- Won the 2006 California Juvenile Challenge with Caughtmezoomin

- Won the 2005 John Deere Cal Distaff with Mini Rock

- Won the 2006 La Primera Del Ano with Kaniska

- Won the 2005 Sgt. Pepper Feature with Diller A Dollar
- Won 17 stakes races at Los Alamitos in 2000, including the Governor's Cup Futurity with All Ameican
   Futurity finalist Copper Buff and the Marathon Handicap with Sign Of Lanty. 
- Won the MBNA America Challenge Championship with longshot Policy Tacs in 1999.
- Won the $410,000 Golden State Futurity with Romeo Ryon in 1998.
- Won the 1998 PCQHRA Breeders Derby with Hitarun.
- Won the 2001 California Juvenile Challenge and American Airlines Challenge Championship aboard
   Ronnie Jace.
- Rode Meddlin In Money to victory in several stakes in 2001 including the $77,300 MBNA America
  California Challenge Championship.
- Won the inaugural running of the Marathon National with Sign Of Lanty in 2002.
- Won the Bull Rastus Handicap with Harbor Beach in 2003
- Won the Governor's Cup Derby with Magic And Rhythm in 2003.
- In the last two years, Alex has won a total of 11 stakes races for Arabians. He has ridden the likes of Phine And Dandy, Mucho Caliente, and Zoras.
- Won the Pat Hyland Handicap with Kash To Splash in 2004.
- Won the Kindergarten Futurity, Ed Burke Futurity, PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and Derby and Southern California Derby with champion Hawkish in 2003 and 2004.
- Won the Governor's Cup Futurity, the inagural running of the Golden State Million and the $1.5 million Los Alamitos Million with champion Ocean Runaway in 2004.
- Won the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials with A Regal Choice in 2004.
- Piloted 2004 champion aged horse Mongoose Jet Eye to a world record win in The Championship at Sunland Park in 2004.
- Piloted Dash On A Mission to wins in the Ford Challenge Championship and Ford California Challenge in 2004.
- Won the Golden State Derby with Not For Long in 2004.
- Rode Mini Rock to wins in the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap in 2004 and the Charger Bar Handicap in 2005.
 
Career Profile: No jockey has been as consistent as Alex Bautista., the spiky-haired, baby-faced jockey, who has averaged 200 trips to the winner's circle over the last three years. It 's been a rocket trip to the top for the popular rider, who in 1999 became the first jockey to win 200 total races during a single meet at Los Alamitos.  Since then, Bautista has continued his winning ways, capped by a spectacular 2004 season that saw him win two $1 million dollar races aboard champion 2-year-old Ocean Runaway. This type of success has not come as a big surprise to Bautista, who dreamt about riding at Los Alamitos while growing up in the outskirts of Guadalajara. "The first time I sat on a four-legged animal I was on this old burro that my mom used to travel to a watering hole to wash our clothes and pick up drinking water," Alex explained. "I always went with her but everytime someone would pass us on a horse, all I could think about was how much fun it would be if we could trade places. I didn't want to be on a burro. I wanted to sit on a horse with a saddle."

 From then on, Bautista lived to make that dream a reality. From an early age, Bautista would get strapped on a horse with an old leather belt and ride. My dad was an automobile mechanic at the local Nissan dealership, but I never liked working on cars. If I was going to get dirty it was going to be from riding a horse." Alex made his name riding at El Bahio, the local racetrack in Guadalajara featuring match races. "A lot of the big star riders from the United States would ride in these races," he said. "My family would go up a hill that overlooked the track and we would watch the races from there. I used to tell my dad, "I'm going to be a jockey some day, I'm going to ride horses." My dad never stopped me from wanting to ride. He would always tell me, "I know you will be jockey some day."  Because of his small stature, Alex was always told that he should be a jockey. "I liked hearing that," he said. "They would tell me, "Alex you can make a lot of money riding Thoroughbreds at Santa Anita. " I'd say, "No, I don't want to ride at Santa Anita. I'm going to be a jockey at Los Alamitos because I want to ride the quickest and fastest horses in the world." I was probably 8 or 9 years old then.


  In 1989, Alex sold his mom's old stove, his BB gun, and Pinta, his Paint Horse in Mexico, in order to pay for his ticket to California. Bautista arrived in the Golden State at a ranch in Corona, where he worked four days a week breaking babies and galloping horses. Bautista was forced to go back to Mexico in 1991 after hearing the news that his dad, Jose Luis, passed away following a stroke. Three years later, Bautista debuted at  Los Aalmitos, winning his first race with his uncle Bonifacio Rayas' horse, Blushabye in July of 1994. "I always remember what my dad told me when I first came to the United States,"Alex remembers. "He said "No matter what, never forget about your mom or your family." I've always tried to be true to that. After my dad died, I always tried to make sure that my mom and younger brother had everything they needed to survive. I've never forgotten them, and I'll always take good care of them. I don't know, maybe that's why God has taken such good care of me as well." The thought that a kid in Guadalajara is dreaming of becoming the next Alex Bautista brings a huge smile to Alex's face. "I think it's great if a kid is dreaming about one day riding at Los Alamitos. My nephew Daniel wanted to become a jockey but his mom didn't like it when he says that he's going to be jockey. I tell her, "Hey, you can't tell him that he can't do something. If he says that he wants to be a jockey, then I believe that he will be one. Bautista knows that dreams can come true.