Jockey Cesar De Alba is at the top of his game right now. The pilot has big horses to ride in the second half of the season having already won three derbies with Moonist and the Go Man Go Handicap with Bon Accord this past weekend, but he’s already the most consistent jockey on the grounds.
Since July 1, De Alba has the most Quarter Horse victories with 32 from 117 mounts. His winning percentage of 27.4% is also the highest among riders with over 10 mounts since July 1. For the season, De Alba is the second leading Quarter Horse pilot with 79 victories, only behind the defending Los Alamitos champion jockey Cruz Mendez’s 91 wins.
De Alba picked up win number 79 on the season in Sunday’s $15,000 Cash Rate Handicap aboard Ronald Skeen and Fawna Knight’s Old Six Six in the 330-yard dash. Trained by Mark Skeen, the Ed Allred-bred Old Six Six led every step of the way en route to a comfortable half-length win over California Breeders Freshman Fillies Stakes winner Take A Look. With the De Alba in the irons, Old Six Six covered the distance in :16.793. Sired by Walk Thru Fire, Old Six Six earned $8,250 for the win. He came into this race after a second place finish in the California Breeders Freshman Stakes on July 26.
Ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer James Glenn Jr., Take A Look earned $3,375 for finishing second for owner/breeder Ed Allred. Carters Quick Dash, Cartel Breeze, Find Your Beach and Two For Real completed the field.