Ronnie Keller and Ron Brooks’ Unchangeable debuted with an impressive 1 ¼ length victory at 300 yards in the fourth race on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The son of Stel Corona was one of three freshman winners on the night with the others being Felix Gonzalez’s A Mere Diva and J. Francisco Diaz’s Cloudy Dasher.
Saddled by Rafael Orozco, Unchangeable is from the Schvaneveldt racing stable, the famed racing operation with a long association with Keller and Brooks. The owners purchased Unchangeable from the 2012 Los Alamitos Equine Sale.
“Ronnie has a great eye for a horse,” said Brenda Figueroa, the daughter of the late legendary horseman Blane Schvaneveldt. “He had horses with my dad for a long time. They were lifelong friends. Ronnie always has one or two horses. Unchangeable is his first horse since Leave The Scene, who was a very fast horse.”
Leaving the gate from post five, Unchangeable covered the 300 yards in a sizzling time of :15.415. Eddie Garcia, the track’s all-time leading rider, piloted the Ed Allred-bred gelding.
“The first time that Eddie worked him he came back saying that he was really fast,” Brenda added. “We are crossing our fingers and have high hopes for this horse. We’re excited. His next race will be the trials to the Ed Burke Million Futurity.”
Unchangeable is the first foal out of the Hawkish mare Hard Lining. A two-time winner of over $28,000 at Los Alamitos, Hard Lining is the daughter of the 2008 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Broodmare of the Year Chickasis.
“My dad trained Chickasis,” Brenda added.
Owned by Schvaneveldt, Chickasis finished third in the 1995 California Sires Cup Futurity. Allred would later acquire and race the daughter of Chicks Beduino before sending her to join his broodmare band. Her sons and daughters include Governor’s Cup Derby and Futurity winners Hard Hitting and Hot Hitter and former track record holder Lassen County.
Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Moreno, A Mere Diva scored a runaway victory of her own, as she won the eighth race on Saturday by 1 ½ lengths in a time of :15.555. The Foose filly is the daughter of the prolific mare A Mere Classic, who over the years has produced the likes of Vandy’s Flash Handicap winner A Mere Dynasty, Los Alamitos Winter Derby and Kaweah Bar Handicap winner A Mere Chocolate and First Down Dash and Vandy’s Flash Handicap winner A Mere Splash.
“We’re hoping to A Mere Diva continues the tradition,” said breeder Jose Luis Gonzalez. “We’ve had a lot of luck with the babies of A Mere Classic and we believe that A Mere Diva is a very good filly. She showed a lot of speed in her first workout and her second workout was also very nice. Nothing scares her and nothing bothers.”
“She gives it her all every time,” Moreno added.
Fourth in her trial to the Kindergarten Futurity, Cloudy Dasher returned with a solid ¾ length victory against $8,000 maiden claimers in Saturday’s second race. First-year trainer Lindolfo Diaz saddled the TR Dasher filly to victory. Juan Andrade piloted her to a winning time of :15.939. Cloudy Dasher debuted in a maiden race against Allred’s Quirky in a race that featured the second fastest 300-yard time by a 2-year-old this season of :15.31. That field also included Kindergarten Futurity third place finisher Hot Capuccino.