Birthdate: 10-26-73; Downey, California
Residence: City Of Industry, California
2004 Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Stats:
Starts: 185 Wins: 35 Rank:13th Winning Percentage: 18.9 Earnings: $448,860
Top Career Moments:
- Won the 2004 Kaweah Bar Handicap and the MBNA America California Challenge with Sky Lane Pie.
- Won the Go Man Go Handicap and Laguna Hills Handicap with champion aged stallion Takin On Spoon Man in 2003.
- Won the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap, Dicey Secret, Blushing By and Deelish handicaps with Running Bac in 2002.
- Won a division of the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Handicap with Runahalf in 2002.
- Saddled Runahalf to a second place finish in the Champion of Champions in 2002.
Career Profile: Year in and year out, trainer Juan Aleman always unearths a gem or two from his stable. In 2004, those gems were named Sky Lane Pie and Flyn GT. The latter finished second in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity and third in the Governor's Cup Futurity. The former was a two-time stakes winner at the Orange County oval in 2004. In previous years, Juan's stable has conditioned the talented mare Running Bac to victory in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap and saddled the Runahalf to a second place finish in the Grade 1 Champion of Champions. After graduating with a degree in metallurgy at Cal. State L.A., Juan G. Aleman was at a bit of a crossroads over what career path he should take.
On one hand, Juan had just spent four years mastering the science and technology of metals and their properties. But on the other hand, he had this lifelong passion about working with Quarter Horses. Granted, Juan's experience working with horses was limited to his days at Milestone Ranch in Riverside. Nevertheless, when push came to shove, he didn't have to think about it too long. "I've been a Mexican Charro (cowboy) since I was 7 years old," Juan said. "Horse racing is something that I've been around my entire life. Having an opportunity to do this was without a doubt, very important to me." An apprenticeship with Daniel Luna served as an initial step to his career, with Juan overlooking the horses that he owned along with his father and sister. "My parents always had horses when I was growing up and they say that I had a natural attraction to them."