Tony and Aubrey Greaves’ homebred gelding PF Flyair became a two-time winner of the $25,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap after beating a strong field of runners on Friday at Los Alamitos.
With Jordan Hadley riding PF Flyair for his mother, trainer Susan Hadley, the son of Dashair led the 400-yard race from start to wire to win in a time of :19.874. PF Flyair joins Sheza Bad Habits as repeat winners of the Blane Schvaneveldt. Sheza Bad Habit won the race in 2010 and 2011.
Tony Greaves of Ogden, Utah, who works in the heating and air conditioning industry, has been involved in Quarter Horse racing his entire life.
“My dad grew up with Blane Schvaneveldt,” Greaves said. “I had the pleasure of meeting Blane and to have a horse good enough to just compete in this race is an honor. To have a horse that’s won it twice, that’s just a great feeling. PF Flyair is like our kid. We own his mother and we picked the horse to breed her to and then we hauled her to get bred. We raised this baby so he’s like our kid. We try to race him lightly and take good care of him. We want to run him next year.”
The way he’s performed in back-to-back Schvaneveldt runnings, PF Flyair would have to a strong candidate to win this event in 2015 as well.
“He looked like a million bucks in the post parade and he looked awesome in the paddock,” Greaves added. “Sherman Hadley trained for us since I was a little kid. He probably had a horse for us every year for about 30 years. After his accident, we stayed with the Hadley and we’re happy. Jordan knows this horse extremely well.”
PF Flyair won five of seven starts in 2013 and is now two of four this season.
“I hadn’t gallop him a lot because I was working at the ranch before coming here to ride him,” Jordan Hadley explained. “He was exceptional tonight. I love him. We have a great bond.”
PF Flyair earned $13,750 to take his career earnings to $81,773.
Robert Hickman’s Margaritas N Coronas, a multiple stakes winner in the Intermountain series at Los Alamitos, finished second. TLM Dream, Wilmas Alright Now, Gallant Mystic, Josie Bassett, and JR Dynasty Mountain completed the field.