LARC NEWS Posted: 10/12/2018 11:43:22 PM

            Ronnie Brooks Keller’s Twisted Sifter tied Country Boy 123 for the most wins in 2018 by a Quarter Horse in North America after collecting his seventh victory of the year in the $15,000 Chingaderos Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.

            Ridden by Jonathan Roman, Twisted Sifter also became a multiple stakes winner in the process, adding his Chingaderos win to his victory in the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap earlier this year. The gelding by FDD Dynasty has now won seven of nine starts this season and his earnings in the Chingaderos of $8,250 take his seasonal earnings to $54,677. Trained by Roman Figueroa, Twisted Sifter broke sharply from post number five and was able to hold off Ed Allred’s Better Than Ever by a neck to win the 350-yard race in :17.536.

            “He ran a super race,” Figueroa said. “Talking to the rider, he said Twisted Sifter slipped a little bit leaving there. He wasn’t getting a hold of the track, but he managed to pull it off. It was a good race. It was a tough race. I didn’t put a number on the amount of wins, but I knew he could win races. He’ll begin hooking the older horses pretty soon. Hopefully we can get him in the Bank of America Challenge Championships undercard (on November 17). He has run out of his conditions. We’re just trying to find him a place to run him. We’d like to get him one more (win).”

            After a winless 2-year-old season that included five loses at Los Alamitos, Ronnie Brooks Keller was ready to bring Twisted Sifter back home to Idaho. Figueroa’s wife, Brenda, was able to talk the owner into leaving Twisted Sifter in a California for a few more months.

            “I asked Ronnie to let us keep him at least until about April of this year,” she said. “I told him that if we didn’t win any races that we would pay for his shipping. He just started winning races. Ronnie is glad that he left him here. He’s told us how much fun is having watching this horse.”

            “He’s as sound as new money,” Figueroa added. “That’s the reason that he’s been able to run like he has. We are grateful for that. We’re glad to have him.”

            Ridden by Vinnie Bednar for trainer Scott Willoughby, Better Than Ever earned $3,375 for running second. The Kiddy Up filly has earned $24,542 in her career. She’s hit the board in eight of 10 career starts. SC Vapor Trail, CM Boom Shakalaka, Unblemished, and L Bar D Razle Dazle completed the field.

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