Fresh off a strong runner-up effort in the Idaho Cup Derby, Ruben Magallanes’ Angel Eyez, was outstanding in posting a ½ length victory over Stan Young’s Hes Chillin in the $15,000 Kip Didericksen Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Angel Eyes was the first starter ever at Los Alamitos for Magallanes of Hermiston, Oregon.
“We come to the Los Alamitos Equine Sale each year, but he’s our first runner here,” said Hector Magallanes, the owner’s son and also the trainer of Angel Eyez prior to her Los Alamitos arrival.
“We’ve had a lot of fun with here,” he added. “We knew Danny Montes from his time training in the Idaho and Washington so when she came here we sent her to his barn. She was the only filly in this race and she looked tiny compared to the other horses. She proved today that size does not matter.”
Saddled by Montes and ridden by Santiago Mendez, Angel Eyez covered the 350-yards distance in :17.707. This was her seventh win in 14 career starts. She earned $8,250 in her winning California debut.
“We had a horse with trainer Bret Vickery that passed away,” Ruben Magallanes said. “Bret felt terrible that we lost the horse and told us, ‘I can’t bring the horse back, but I will help you find a good horse’ He found us this horse and we’ve been happy with her.”
Bred by Donna King, who campaigned the Vickery-trained Grade 1 winner LDS Dash For Dylan, Angel Eyez has now earned $34,468 in her career.
Hes Chillin, Joe Legacy, Balata Joe Now, A Corona Habit, McGraw, Winners Makesasplash, and Classic Blush.