Trainer Angela Aquino had a rush of emotions while in the winner’s circle with Ashley Garcia’s All Prettied Up after the running of the $25,000 California Breeders Debutante on Sunday at Los Alamitos.
The winning moment took Aquino on a trip down memory lane, back to one of her first stakes wins as a Quarter Horse trainer with a gelding named Renes Dasher in the Sophomore Claiming Stakes in the third edition of California Breeders Champions Night on June 22, 2002. All smiles, Aquino held her nephew, Oscar Andrade, Jr., in her arms while in the winner’s circle more than 18 years ago.
Fast forward to this Sunday night and Andrade, Jr., now one of the top jockeys at Los Alamitos, was reunited with his aunt for another winning snapshot, this one after he picked up his first California Breeders Champions Night win thanks to All Prettied Up.
“I was trying not to cry,” said Aquino, a two-time leading Thoroughbred trainer at Los Alamitos. “I was super happy that (Oscar) chose her because I know he had three other calls in there. I had lost him a few times before and she really runs well for him. The last time I won one of these (stakes race on Champions Night) he was a baby. I think I have the picture and I am holding him in the winner’s circle. He was about a year old; he was a yearling. It was with Renes Dasher. We have come a long way. This is a nice feeling. It’s very special.”
As for the 3-year-old filly All Prettied Up, the daughter of Favorite Cartel led the 350-yard dash from start to finish in route to a ¾ length win in a time of :17.772. Purchased for $15,000 at the 2018 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, All Prettied Up earned $13,750 for her third career win to take her career earnings to $38,537. The Dr. Steve Burns-bred filly has hit the board in eight of 13 career starts.
“She’s had trouble and I ran her against older horses,” Aquino said. “She got back in with the fillies and 3-year-olds and I think that gave her chance. She had been running against a lot tougher competition.”
Juan Humberto Moya’s Look Of Love MV earned $5,625 for running second. Strong Willed, Evee, Chalala Favorite and Chancer completed the field.