-Won the Golden State Derby in 2002 with Check Him Out
-Won the PCQHRA Breeders' Derby with Check Him Out in 2002
The customer is always right, says the universally accepted business adage. So, when a couple of John Andreini's valued customers insisted on sponsoring him for the famous Rancho Vistadores trail ride, John didn't think twice about joining the ride. It didn't matter that he had never even been on a horse. As a good businessman, he knew that his customers are always right. What he didn't know was how much fun this day in the sun would be, or how much of an impact it would have on the rest of his life.
Among the many people John met on that day was longtime trainer Judd Morse, a winner of 410 Quarter Horses races at Los Alamitos. The two not only struck an immediate friendship but also a partnership that led to great success on the race track. John didn't have to wait too long for his first big horse as Truly Truckle made a name for himself on the major Thoroughbred circuit. Truly Truckle went on to sire the Quarter Horse Truckle Feature, the World Champion sprinter in 1973. Over the years, John has owned close to 100 horses, including recent superstars like Champion Jumping Tac Flash and Militante, a horse he owned along with Blane Schvaneveldt and Ronnie Keller of Preston, Idaho. The trio also enjoyed stakes winner Corona Cocktail, a full-brother to Champion Corona Kool. The sorrel colt finished third to Champion Dashing Knud in both the Golden State and Ed Burke Memorial futurities and was a finalist in the $1.25 Los Alamitos Million Futurity before being retired to stallion duty at Blane's ranch in Romoland. John was part of another successful partnership , as he campaigned two-time derby winner Check Him Out along with Blane and Zory Kuzyk.
In the business world, John operates the Andreini Corp, the same business that led him to the Rancho Vistadores ride in 1968. Located in San Mateo, California, the Andreini Corp ranks as one of the largest insurance brokerage firm in the United States. John is happy to be spending more and more of his time around the track, watching and enjoying his horses. This is where I want to spend most of my time. I have other guys that can run the business. Being around the horses has been so much fun. It was so much fun when I went on that very first trail ride to the point that I knew I wanted to be a part of it. It was so much fun then and it's still great today.
John's current top horses include juveniles Fantastic Corona Jr, Balboa Bay, and Jess Racy Eyes.