LARC NEWS Posted: 4/18/2018 2:23:18 PM

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When One Berry debuts in Friday’s fourth race at Los Alamitos, she’ll become the latest addition to a growing list of Los Alamitos runners for owner/breeder Salvador Pimienta.

            The Arizona-based horseman has raced many standouts at the Orange County oval, including One Berry’s dam, the 2012 Kindergarten Futurity winner Blackberry Czech.

            “One Berry was born and raised at our ranch in Marana, Arizona, just like Blackberry Czech.” Pimienta began. “We are truly a family operation. My wife and children take care of raising our horses and we’ve been fortunate to have some success with our homebreds. One Berry reminds me of Blackberry Czech in her physical appearance and in the way that she’s trained. She posted a :12.5 in her first drill, but then came back with a nice :12.10. When she did that it made us feel that maybe we had something special, but of course, we’ll need luck.”

            Pimienta recently received a certificate of recognition from the American Quarter Horse Association for being a breeder for the past 10 years. His breeding operation has been headed by the broodmare, Corona Blurr, the dam of 2010 El Primero Del Ano Derby fastest qualifier Rey Tiburon, 2012 Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity finalist Bingo, and graded stakes finalist Sonora Cartel. The latter also became a top mare for Pimienta, as her foals have included 2015 Golden State Million Futurity finalist El Karma and 2014 Kindergarten Futurity finalist Ochoteco.   Then there’s One Berry’s female family, which is a special one for Pimienta. One Berry’s granddam is RANoble, a mare that he acquired from the late Ron and Rosie Alvarado.

            “Rosie loved Blackberry Czech like if she owned her,” Pimienta said. “She enjoyed Blackberry Czech’s wins and felt it when she didn’t win. She had a special connection with that horse. Whenever Iwould send RANoble or Blackberry Czech to Burns Ranch for breeding, the Alvarados would make a trip out there to visit them. We’ll always remember Ron and Rosie fondly and I have plans to name one of our yearlings in remembrance of Rosie in the future.”

            It’ll be a touching tribute honoring a loved California-based owner. In the meantime, One Berry will have the opportunity to keep Pimienta’s long line of top runners going at Los Alamitos Race Course.

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