Birthdate: 1-25-76; Mexico
Residence: Pasadena, California
Top Career Victories:
- Rode 1996 Champion Aged Gelding IB Quick to victory in the Vessels Maturity.
- Rode Idaho invader Panther Mountain to victory in the 2001 QHBC Juvenile Championship.
- Won the Mega Dash Handicap with Bac To Streak in 2002.
Career Profile: Injuries have slowed down the promising career of Eddie Aceves. Back in 1996, Aceves was on top of the world as the regular pilot of champion aged gelding and Vessels Maturity winner IB Quick. Since then, injuries have piled on. The most damaging to his career came after he guided Panther Mountain to victory in the trials to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby in 2002. The following evening he sustained a broken collarbone that sidelined him for several weeks. The injury forced him to miss out on Panther Mountain's victory in the Winter Championship. "It was a big disappointment but that's part of racing," Eddie said. The jockey was starting to get back into the groove of things, winning races regularly again when he was involved in spills in June of 2003 and April of 2005. He would suffer a broken rib, a cracked vertebra and a collapsed lung that kept him out of action for nearly a year in the '03 spill and two broken clavicles in the '05 spill, which occurred in Stafford, Arizona.
His perseverance and dedication to fight back and continue to ride has made Eddie a popular figure in the local jockey colony. "If I wasn't riding, I'd probably go help my dad cut lawns in the family business. That's what I was doing before I started riding professionally." Eddie learned the ropes for becoming a jockey from noted horseman Felix Gonzalez. "I started learning to ride when I was 16 and it didn't take too long after that for me to be hooked on riding. I've wanted to be around horses ever since and I'll continue to work hard in order to do that. I'm going to try as hard as ever to keep improving my career. If I don't at least I'll know that I work as hard as possible to accomplish my goals."