Trainer Monty Arrossa continues to enjoy a strong 2020 season with his Quarter Horses. Arrossa is among the nation’s leaders in wins while ranking second nationally in earnings with nearly $600,000. On Friday night in Southern California, Arrossa picked up his 15th Quarter Horse win of the meet, which took him to a tie for first place with the great Paul Jones in the local trainer standings. Arrossa’s win came with Five Livestock Company LLC and Steve Wright’s Alltime Favorite (photo), a gray gelding by Favorite Cartel who posted a half-length victory at 9-1 odds.
“I’m pretty lucky,” Arrossa said. “It’s amazing. I don’t follow those statistics, but it’s nice, pretty awesome. It’s my crew. They deserve all the credit. They are the ones doing all the tough work.”
Ridden by Jose Nicasio, Alltime Favorite covered the 300 yards in :15.604 to win his career debut. Bred by Steve Burns, Alltime Favorite is a full brother to All American Futurity finalist Crooked Path. Out of the Hawkinson mare Tahma Hawk, Alltime Favorite was purchase for $40,000 at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.
“This horse is owned by two long term clients, but they had never partnered up,” Arrossa said. “They decided this year to partner up on some Quarter Horses. We looked at this horse’s full brother who sold at the Heritage Place Sale. We did not get him bought. When we came to the Los Alamitos Equine Sale we were still interested in that family. We really liked this individual. He has been a little slow to mature. He did not have really great works, but he had solid works. We felt good about him. We felt he had talent and ability. I thought he ran a great race. He finished strong and had a great time. I think he will like 350 yards. He’s paid to the Ed Burke Million trials, Governor’s Cup Futurity trials, Golden State Million trials and Los Alamitos Two Million trials.”
Jaime Gomez will saddle three horses in the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity on Sunday night. The trainer would love nothing more than to have that great winning feeling after the futurity. Gomez began the week in winning form after his 2-year-old The Best Feeling improved from her tenth-place finish in a maiden race on May 1 to score a ¾ length victory in the seventh race on Friday. Ridden by Guillermo Suarez, The Best Feeling covered the distance in :15.805. Bred by Lisa Anderson, The Best Feeling is by Docs Best Card. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 PCQHRA Breeders Derby and Wild West Futurity winner Moonie Blues.
Rancho El Cabresto, Inc’s Favorite Five scored a neck victory in his return start when winning the sixth race in a time of :15.923. Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Juan Aleman, Favorite Five was sixth in his debut on May 1. Purchased for $110,000, Favorite Five is by Favorite Cartel and out of the champion mare Five Bar Molly. Favorite Five is a half-brother to champion millionaire Five Bar Cartel.
“I wasn’t pleased with his first out, that’s why I ran him back,” Aleman said. “He was real green, lifting his head to look around. I decided that before the trials to the Ed Burke Million (June 7) to give him one more out. It helped. He gained more experienced tonight.”