Jockey Rodrigo Aceves became the 7th jockey to win 1,700 Quarter Horse wins at Los Alamitos Race Course when he piloted the Walk Thru Fire gelding Boogies Bullet in the 300-yard fifth race on Saturday night. Aceves joins the track’s all-time leading jockey Eddie Garcia (2,627) plus Danny Cardoza (2,528), Kenneth Hart (2,215), John Creager (2,108), Alex Bautista (1,952) and Robert Adair (1,705) as the only Los Alamitos jockeys in the 1,700 win club.
Aceves has enjoyed a notable past seven days, as he guided Bon Accord to a strong runner-up effort in the sport’s richest derby ever in the All American Derby on Sunday, September 1. He then rode in the All American Futurity before returning to his home base at Los Alamitos to enjoy a three-win night on Friday evening. Aceves scored the three wins with the Ed Allred-owned and Scott Willoughby trained trio of Go And Get, Risque and Mesa Marvel. Aceves joined forces earlier this year with Allred and Willoughby to win the Governor’s Cup Futurity earlier this year with the Kiddy Up filly Up For It. He also piloted the Willoughby-trained Tres Of Linda to victory in the 2013 Charger Bar Handicap.
In his career Aceves has won many of the sport’s top races including the 2012 El Primero Del Ano Derby with New Look, 2012 Governor’s Cup Futurity with Secretly Hot, 2010 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity with One Quick First Down, 2010 Ed Burke Million Futurity with First Down Illusion, 2009 Southern California Derby with Hulapai, Los Alamitos Winter Derby and Winter Championship with A Stoli Mate in 2007-08, 2007 Charger Bar Handicap with What A Performance and 2006 Golden State Derby with Startlet Hawk. He has 84 stakes win in his career at Los Alamitos which ranks him 10th all-time. Aceves is also a four-time leading Quarter Horse jockey at Los Alamitos.
Aceves’ 1,699th win came in the second race on Saturday night aboard the Allred-owned first time starter Energized, a Separatist gelding saddled by Willoughby.
Next on the milestone watch at Los Alamitos are trainer Jose Flores and jockey Alex Bautista. Flores is one of 10 trainers with 1,000 Quarter Horse wins at the Orange County oval and when he reaches his 1,100th Quarter Horse victory he’ll become only the fifth local trainer to reach such lofty heights. Flores currently has 1,058 Quarter Horse wins at Los Alamitos. The only trainers with over 1,100 wins here are Blane Schvaneveldt (3,982), Paul Jones (3,146), Charles Treece (1,388) and John Cooper (1,302).
Bautista’s 1,952 Quarter Horse victories leave him 48 wins away from becoming only the fifth pilot with 2,000 Quarter Horse victories here. Bautista was the leading rider at Los Alamitos in 2000.