Birthdate: 4-19-65; Guadalajara, Mexico
Family: Wife, Loraina; Daughter, Eligia
Residence: Sun City, California
Top Career Moments:
- Won the Kindergarten Futurity with Dash To The End in 2004.
- Won the PCQHRA Breeders Derby and Southern California Derby with Hawkish in 2004.
- Won the Jens S. List Memorial Sophomore Stakes with Classic Sassy Chic in 2003.
- Won the La Primera Del Ano Derby with Ipomea in 2003.
- Won the American Airlines Challenge Championship, California Breeders Freshman Stakes and Belmont Shore Handicap with world record holder Classic Sassy Chic in 2002.
- Won the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity with 46-1 longshot Valiantly in 2002.
- Won the Miss Princess Handicap with A Honey Of A Dash in 2001.
- Won the Gold Rush Derby twice, first with Jake Blues in 1997 and Butter Me Up CST in 1999.
Career Profile: Few horsemen have had their hands on more Quarter Horse racing standouts than Felix Gonzalez. Granted, Felix is not always the trainer of these horses, but he has often played a prominent role in introducing young horses to the saddle. Felix has long been known as one of the best in breaking young horses during the off-season. His job includes taming the often wild, rambunctious, and energetic 2-year-olds, before making them feel comfortable with a bit, saddle and later with someone on their back. There are weekends when my brother, Sergio, and I will break between 30 to 40 horses a day, he said. It's hard work but it's a lot of fun for us. If you get a bucking stud it can be like riding a rodeo horse.
Over the years, Felix has worked with Los Alamitos Million winner Corona Cartel, two-time divisional champion filly Ah Sigh and Kindergarten winners Secret Card and Sassy Smith. In 1981, Felix arrived in California and eventually began work at Pegasus Stud Farm. There, he broke 2-year-olds for Carlos Lopez, Jaime Gomez and several other top trainers. In 1996, Felix got his training license. Pegasus Stud Farm was sold so I decided to go on my own and try training horses. Felix and his brother Sergio continue to do their work with young horses, now working out of Rancho Afortunado. In his spare time, the trainer performs shows and exhibitions with beautiful dancing Palominos while the trainer wears a traditional Charros (Mexican cowboy) outfit.