Owner and breeder Michelle Cravens enjoyed her first stakes victory courtesy of her homebred filly One Sweet Jewel in the $25,000 Autumn Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Eulices Gomez for trainer James Glenn, Jr., One Sweet Jewel was sent off at 19-1 odds while facing a strong field that include $100,000 Rainbow Invitational Stakes winner Apollititaka, Pat Hyland Stakes winner Jess Hawk and California Breeders Freshman Stakes winner Favorite Aquaholic. The Autumn night belonged to One Sweet Jewel, as the filly by One Sweet Jess was quick out of the gate, took the early lead and then held off John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge winner Apollitical Boogie by a nose to win the 350-yard race. One Sweet Jewel covered the distance in :17.887 and her effort was worth $13,750. Now a winner of three of six starts, One Sweet Jewel has a career bankroll of $25,700.
Jeff and Michelle Cravens of Corona began owning horses in 2013 with the older mare Ya Cartel Miss, which earned the couple a visit to the winner’s circle. The Cravens have also campaigned Easy City, Milano Connection and Carving Audition. Most recently they campaigned This Kids On Fire, but One Sweet Jewel is their racing star.
“I’ve been racing horses for four years, but I go back to horses many, many years ago,” Michelle Cravens said. “In fact I worked (at Los Alamitos) when I was young as a groom. That was a lifetime ago,” she added with a smile.
“She used to show horses,” Jeff added.
“I did western pleasure and then got into dressage,” she continued. “Now I do all the natural horsemanship and of course the racing with Jimmy Glenn. Joe Muniz a very good friend of ours for 30 years and he’s the one that introduced us to the racing. We have four yearlings that are coming up next year.”
“They have a factory going now,” Glenn, Jr. added. “They’re into the sport, but they’re doing things right. They’ve acquired some mare power with Walk Thru Fire blood and own the Ed Allred-bred Nimble, who won several races at Los Alamitos. They bred Nimble to Favorite Cartel so that’s (a foal) we’re looking forward to next year.”
The Favorite Cartel baby out of Nimble is scheduled to be born during the early months of 2017. As for One Sweet Jewel, she is out of the mare Shake The Magic, an allowance winner at Los Alamitos that was a finalist to the PCQHRA Breeders Derby in 2005.
“(One Sweet Jewel) has always had a little trouble out of the gate, but when she leaves she’s really talented,” Glenn, Jr. said. “We were talking about it today and we were handicapping the race. We said if she gets her lick away from there, they might not beat her. We really thought that if she left she could win.”
Ridden by Rodolfo Arvizu for trainer Guillermo Morales, Amado De La Riva’s Apollitical Boogie earned $5,625 for running second. EG High Desert Farms’ Jess Hawk finished third. Duck Dash N Go, Favorite Aquaholic, Apollititaka, Youth Movement, Jess Mas and Dashing Runner completed the field.