Thus far, the jockey/trainer combination of Gary Boag and Jim Hanson has proven to be a winning bet many times at Los Alamitos in 2008. In the past year alone, Boag and Hanson have teamed up for 33 wins from only 139 starts, good enough for an impressive 24% win clip.
"I guess I would just attribute our success to a lot of hard work," said longtime jockey Gary Boag. "I'm always out here in the mornings, working the horses with his son Ryan and I think that's been a big help. I actually only met Jim Hanson earlier this year, but so far we've had a great working relationship. He's been really loyal to me and is always willing to give me good mounts, even if I didn't have any luck with them last time out. He's not one of these guys to take you off at the drop of a hat."
Originally from Oregon, the 49-year-old Gary Boag has been a staple of California racing for some time now. Since transferring his tack to Los Alamitos in 1995, Boag has won 1,031 total races. "I've mostly ridden here at Los Alamitos, but I've also ridden some at SunRay Park and Albuquerque recently," added Boag. "Before that, I rode for years in the fair circuits here in California." Since 1995, Boag has won 352 thoroughbred races and 109 Arabian races, but his main strength lies with the quarter horses, where he has guided 570 to victory.
The remarkable success that Boag and Hanson have had in the past year is one thing, but this dynamic duo has really been on a tear of late. Last week at Los Alamitos, this dangerous team hooked up for three wins together, including two on the same night on Friday April 18th. First, Hanson sent out Tol Check to win the second race over $2,500 maiden claiming company with Boag aboard. Then only two races later, Hanson saddled Bad Ole Boyfriend to a victory over $4,000 claimers with Boag in the irons. On the next night, the potent combination of Boag and Hanson won yet again with Siberian Doctor by an impressive three and a quarter lengths in only his third career start.
Hanson and Boag have also enjoyed great success with Heads Up Good Luck in 2008, who has won his last three starts at the four and a half furlong distance by a combined ten lengths. "Jim (Hanson) also has some two-year-olds that he's pretty excited about," said Boag. "He has six total, but I think we've only worked a few of them so far. Jim likes to take his time with his babies, so most of them are paid into the later futurities here at Los Alamitos. I guess right now we'll just keep doing what we're doing and try to keep winning races. So far I think the statistics speak for themselves."