Paulo Otavio Freire MacEdo’s Solid Connection was impressive once again after winning the $15,000 Dana Point Overnight Handicap for fillies and mares by a half length on Sunday at Los Alamitos.
A finalist in the 2013 Golden State Million Futurity, Solid Connection has won both of her starts during her 4-year-old campaign, her latest wins following a neck victory over allowance foes on May 31. The daughter of Mr Jess Perry won the Dana Point in convincing style, as she took the lead shortly after the start before holding off The Quarter Company LLC’s Tres Magicals and Jose Luis Valdez’s Mrs Pickens. For her career, Solid Connections has won five of 13 starts and her Dana Point earnings of $8,250 took her career earnings to $59,148.
“She was one of my good 2-year-olds in 2013,” trainer Paul Jones said. “She ran in a million dollar races and as a 3-year-old ran in the Golden State Derby. We gave her some time off at the end of last year and she’s run extremely well fresh. We’ll keep looking for races where she can face fillies and mares.”
Solid Connection is a Cal-Bred so the Matron Stakes and a showdown against multiple stakes winner Quirky is a possibility. Bred by John Andreini, Solid Connection is out of the graded stakes winner Dinastia Toll BRZ, one of the all-time great Brazilian sprinters.
“Paulo has come (from Brazil) to see her run,” Jones added.
Solid Connection was ridden to victory by Carlos Huerta, who picked up the mount in place of the injured Ramon Sanchez. Sanchez suffered an injury around his shoulder area during morning workouts on Thursday.
“Ramon will probably be out at least a month,” Jones said. “It’s unfortunate because he had just returned from a broken foot. It’s a tough deal, but fortunately we are not talking a serious injury.”
Trained by Jaime Gomez, Tres Magicals earned $3,375 for running second. Mrs Pickens picked up $1,875 for running third. Shazumba, Shake Djibouti, and Zigfield Follies completed the field.