EG High Desert Farms’ The Perfect Love ran the perfect race on the way to posting her third win in a row while scoring a ¾ length victory in the $15,000 Tustin Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.
After winning against claimers in her last two starts, The Perfect Love was brilliant in her return to the stakes level for trainer Yanet Rodriguez. The Hawkish filly broke on top and had a nice lead right away and then held off a nice group of 3-year-old fillies with Foo Who coming in second place. The Perfect Love also gave up and coming jockey Jesus Rios Ayala his first stakes victory at Los Alamitos. The young pilot has already won 11 Quarter Horse races this season from only 59 mounts. He’s won close to 19% of his starts and he’s starting to build a nice stakes resume. Earlier this year, Rios Ayala qualified Marko Czech to the Grade 2 Kindergarten Futurity after guiding her to an upset win in the trials.
The Perfect Love earned $8,250 for the win to take her career earnings to $31,555. She covered the 330 yards in :16.835. The homebred filly improved her record to five wins in 11 starts, but her best previous stakes finish was a fourth in the Garden Grove Handicap. A stakes appearance on California Breeders Champions Night on July 25 looks like a perfect spot for The Perfect Love for her next outing.
Owned by Michael Zynda and trainer by Juan Aleman, Foo Who earned $3,375 for running second. Third in the Autumn Handicap last year, Foo Who has now bankrolled $29,044. Ajs Annas Secret, One More Card, Run By You, and Walk Around Blues completed the field.