Lex Fabrizio’s All Guns Firing lived up to his name in the running of the $128,100 Wild West Futurity on the way to scoring an upset win at 40-1 odds on Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course.
In a race in which several horses encountered troubled trips, All Guns Firing, who was a $9,000 purchase at the 2012 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, enjoyed a clean break and a perfect journey from post number nine while holding off Time For Jesse Lee by a neck. Ridden by Raul Valenzuela for trainer Cody Joiner, All Guns Firing earned $53,802 for the win while recording his second victory in eight career starts. The Utah bred gelding sired by FDD Dynasty, All Guns Firing covered the 350 yards in :17.601.
“I didn’t expect this horse to run like he did tonight,” said an elated Lex Fabrizio. “Cody changed a few things on this horse and it apparently it paid off. He ran a fabulous race. This is my richest win by far. I am also one of the owners of Gallant Mystic, who won the ($16,200 Zoetis California Starter Allowance), so that would have been my richest win before the Wild West.”
A native of Duchesne, Utah, Fabrizio grew up enjoying his father’s horses.
“When I was young my dad had a few horses. I used to ride them for him. My dad eventually got out of it so I was not around horses anymore. I got back into it four years ago thanks to the Young Family of Moonshine Racing. Talking about racing with them got me interested in the horses again. I am with Moonshine Racing with Gallant Mystic, but this is the first horse that I’ve own on my own. All Guns Firing made his first career start here before he went to Utah for a couple of starts. To win this race is absolutely unbelievable. It still has not sunk in.”
Joiner, who worked with the champion FDD Dynasty, was thrilled to be part of Fabrizio’s biggest victory.
“Moments like this make my job worth it,” Joiner said. “The surprise of the victory, the joy on the owner’s face and the appreciation for winning a race like this makes it very special. It never gets old to see a new owner enjoy a nice stakes victory. It’s also great to win a horse sired by FDD Dynasty. Lex has been part of a few horses with Wes Young and Moonshine Racing, but this is the first horse he’s owned by himself. Running this horse in this race was Lex’s plan all along. This horse has progressively improved. We made a few subtle changes with him with the biggest one probably being that we changed the bit on the horse. I don’t know if that made a big different, but the horse has simply improved with time. He can be goofy to gallop and can be a handful, but he’s gotten better.”
Joiner credited Raul Valenzuela and All Guns Firing’s groom, Ismael Luna, for a job well done.
“My crew did a fantastic job,” the trainer said. “It’s a great surprised and we feel blessed.”
Valenzuela knew that he had a chance to win a few seconds after the start.
“He broke really hard and even though the number 10 horse (Beaus Wagon) was going with us at the start and tried to pass us, he just never let her or the other horses get by him,” Valenzuela said. “He warmed up great and was focused tonight. He had his ears pinned back and he really wanted to do his job.”
“I thought I was going to sail right by him, but he wouldn’t let me go ahead of him,” said jockey Cody Jensen, who piloted Beaus Wagon.
Jim Walker’s Time For Jesse Lee earned $21,777 for finishing second for trainer Monty Arrossa and jockey Jay Conklin. Arrossa also saddled the third place finisher Well Worth It, who earned $15,372 for owners Denny and Sandy Weigt. Beaus Wagon, Seperate List, Phone Tag, Flyingt Cinderelaman, Smoothe Movin Chic, Jays Powerstroke and Avatarr completed the field.