Marta Winslow returned to owning and racing Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos four years ago, two decades after first enjoying success with the fastest horses on earth. Among the current runners that has sparked her involvement back in the sport is the aptly named mare Bring Me Home.
Trained by Angela Aquino, Bring Me Home has been one of the most competitive distaffers at Los Alamitos in the past two years. The mare has participated in 10 stakes races during that span and has finished second in four handicaps – the Ivan Ashment, Denim N Diamonds, Stanton and Irvine – plus she also raced in last year’s Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap against stars like Quirky and Jess Cuz. And by the sound of it, Bring Me Home will keep Winslow in racing for years to come.
“We bred her this year and got two embryos by Favorite Cartel out of her,” said Winslow, a professional photographer based in Murrieta, California. “The babies are due in April of next year and I’m really looking forward to having them.”
Winslow and Aquino teamed up four years ago after being introduced by mutual friend, Eva Anderson. In addition to Bring Me Home, the team of Winslow and Aquino also race the Thoroughbred mare Evening Again, which has twice been second in 870-yard allowance races at the Orange County oval. The daughter of Thorn Song mare will take on fillies and mares in Sunday’s fourth race at Los Alamitos.
Some 30 years ago, Marta campaigned the stakes winning lady Some Kinda Diana, a mare sired by Go Man Go’s son, Some Kinda Man. Her mother, Go Sugar Meyers, was from the family of 1953 World Champions Miss Meyers. With such prominent bloodlines it was not surprising to see that Some Kinda Diana could run a bit. She would win the 1980 First Flint Hill Derby while setting a 350-yard track record at Eureka Downs in Kansas. The mare would finish her career with four wins in 11 starts and would go on to produce eight foals, five of which eventually raced.
“We bought Some Kinda Diana at the Heritage Place Sale as a 2-year-old,” she said. “When we first sent her to our trainer he came back and told us that he had never seen a horse this slow. He eventually worked her in between two horses and she flew. She needed that competition to get going.”
Another horse owned by Marta and her husband during that time, Tom Rogers, was Lotta Butt, which raced at Los Alamitos in the late 1960s. They would sell her foals at Ruidoso in the late 1970s.
“We were small scale breeders and we did well. We had a really nice Tinys Gay colt,” she added.
Marta is now married to Mark Winslow, who for many years managed the Circle H Ranch in Murrieta. The couple come out to the track whenever Bring Me Home or Evening Again race at Los Alamitos.
“We come out with friends and my mom has also enjoyed coming to the racetrack,” she said. “We try to bring friends that have never been to the racetrack before. It’s fun to see them at the racetrack for the first time and perhaps they’ll also want to get involved in the sport one day.”