It was a winning double for jockey Cesar De Alba and trainer Paul Jones, as the pair joined forces to win both races for freshman contested on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Their double started with Dan and Erin Knox’s Run Like U Stol It in the sixth race and was completed with Anna and Rod MacPherson’s Senor Gold Solo in the eighth. Both juveniles were enjoying their maiden wins on the night.
De Alba began the evening by piloting Run Like U Stol It to a neck win in a time of :15.815 against $20,000 claiming foes and then guided Senor Gold Solo to a half-length decision in a sizzling time of :15.378 later on the card. For Run Like U Stol It the victory was an outstanding moment after he faced trouble in his initial two starts. Saddled by champion trainer Paul Jones, the homebred son of Stoli was sixth in his racing debut and then finished ninth when getting bumped soon after the start of his second outing on May 19. His third outing, however, was the charm, as he ran a nearly perfect race to break his maiden.
De Alba and Jones then enjoyed another outstanding effort by a freshman runner, as Senor Gold Solo finished powerfully to deliver an eye-catching victory in his second career outing. Bred by Anselmo Aguilar, the son of Senior Solo had previously finished third to Race Day Delight on May 11 in a race that featured one of the fastest 300-yard times posted by a freshman this season. Race Day Delight’s time for that race was :15.39 with Senor Gold Solo running his debut in a pretty good clocking of :15.54. But the experience certainly served him well, as he increased his lead during the second half of the race with each stride.
Jockey Rodrigo Aceves had a big night of his own, as he picked up three Quarter Horse victories on Saturday. The talented jockey won with Bg Czech Mark in the fourth, Rock Thru Fire in the seventh and Quik Check in the ninth. Aceves has won 38 Quarter Horse races this season and 1,680 in his career. He is currently the seventh all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey at Los Alamitos.