Trainer Humberto Loma is off to a good start in the Thoroughbred racing division at Los Alamitos Race Course this season. A longtime assistant in Northern California to trainer Steve Miyadi, Loma has already saddled five winners from his first 19 starters during the current Los Alamitos campaign. Loma has a knack for winning races. He notes that he won with his first starter at Golden Gate and did the same during last year’s Fairplex Park meeting.
During the fall meeting at Santa Anita, Loma repeated the accomplishment, winning at the Great Race Place when the then apprentice jockey Efrain Hernandez piloted the 15-1 longshot Sea Rascal to victory in the seventh race on October 20. Loma now finds himself winning races on a consistent basis at Los Alamitos with Thoroughbred runners like Lateral Transfer, who was all out to win in exciting fashion on March 3.
“I decided to come to Los Alamitos to make my name go,” Loma said. “I’ve been here before starting in 2010. I wasn’t lucky enough to win with my first starter at Los Alamitos, but I won soon enough with Maggie’s Patches (on November 14, 2010 with jockey Cesar De Alba aboard). I was here from October 2011 to March 2012, but then I went back to Northern California before coming back later in the year. “
Loma has worked hard for many years and has certainly paid his dues in the sport.
“I’ve worked with Thoroughbreds all of my life,” he said. “I worked as a groom, worked as a stable foreman and eventually as an assistant trainer. I’ve done things step by step and everything that I know I learned from Steve Miyadi. Even now, if I have any type of a question about horses I pick up the phone and give him a call. I’m fortunate in that he’s always had time for me. I’ve had good luck with sprinters over the years so that’s one of the reasons why I came to Los Alamitos this year. The purse money is good, but having my Thoroughbreds in sprint races was another reason to come here.”
And as far as his numbers for the season are concerned – his horses have finished third or better in 10 of those 19 starts – Loma is pleased with the results and the possibility of staying at Los Alamitos in 2013.
“I can’t ask for better than how this season is going. This has been a good way to start off the meet. Things are going well and I’m keeping my options open,” he concluded.