LARC NEWS Posted: 10/31/2015 12:20:43 AM

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Jockey Rodrigo Aceves picked up his 92nd career stakes win at Los Alamitos after piloting Ed Allred’s Discontent to a half-length victory over Cold Cartel in the $25,000 Town Policy Handicap on Friday at the Orange County oval.


Aceves is hoping that his first stakes win of the season is a sign that the injuries that plagued him since the fall of 2014 are now behind him.


“I missed 11 months with injuries to my neck and shoulder,” said Aceves. “I was back for four weeks and then I broke a toe. That took me out for another two months. It was tough.”


Aceves is now only win away from tying the great Danny Cardoza for 8th place in the all-time list of stakes wins by a jockey at Los Alamitos. Aceves also ranks seventh all-time in Quarter Horse wins here with 1,743. He’s won seven races this season at Los Alamitos.


“It’s not easy to come back after being out for a long time with an injury,” said the 35-year-old jockey.  “You lose business and you lose horses that you were riding before the injury. You have to work hard to show people, show trainers that you’re ready to win races. I’ve been riding horses for my wife Adriana (Aceves), but hopefully this stakes wins shows that I can still ride. I feel confident that I can keep winning.”


Aceves piloted the Scott Willoughby-trained Discontent to victory in last year’s Governor’s Cup Futurity. This was Discontent’s second victory in six starts since the Governor’s Cup.


“He broke great tonight, but from there it took just a little bit to get going,” Willoughby said. “He was great from there. He had a tough race in his last outing. He needed a race. It was unfortunate that he didn’t qualify to the PCQHRA Breeders Derby, but he’s in the Southern California Derby and this race will set him up perfectly. He’ll make a great 4-year-old next year.”
A winner of five of 11 starts, the Separatist gelding covered the 400 yards in :19.978. Bred by Ed Allred, Discontent earned $13,750 for the win to take his career earnings to $174,087.

A few minutes after the race, Aceves was all smiles again. This time after his sons, Jonathan and Adrian, were hugging him in the winner’s circle.


“Those boys are always happy,” he said. “Jonathan is 12 and Adrian is 11 now. They’re always smiling. I wasn’t always smiling when I was hurt, but seeing happy always cheered me up.”


 Rosalinda Gonzalez’s Cold Cartel earned $5,625 for finishing second in the Town Policy. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire was ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala and saddled by Mario Garcia. Steve Burns’ Walk The Catwalk finished third. The top three were followed across the wire by Cartels Big Gun, Old Six Six, Koolist, JP Future Secret, One More Card, First Down Tiny Man, and Straw Dawg.

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