-Won Champion of Champions with Cash For Kas in 2004
-Won Southern California Derby in 2005 with First Down Runner
After going through some dry years, Ed Calvert is enjoying Quarter Horse racing once again. A paving contractor for more than 40 years in the Denton/Fort Worth/ Dallas area in Texas, Calvert credits champion trainer Paul Jones for helping him regain his zest for the sport. Ever since I switched my horses to Paul Jones, things have turned around. I can't say enough about the job Paul has done or the type of person that he is. Calvert has enjoyed success with several different horses this season but the highlight, without a doubt, came when Cash For Kas upset World Champion Be A Bono to win the $500,000 Champion of Champions.
Cash For Kas' victory was meaningful for Calvert, who lost his wife Dorothy on April 15, 2004. After being married for 42 years, it's a lot different now that she's gone, said the owner. I named a filly after her once. Her name was Easy Dorothy but the trainer told me she was the meanest horse that he had in his life. My wife was nothing like that. She was sweet and kind. She would be have been right there, cheering for Cash For Kas. She loved watching the horses run. Winning the Champion of Champions, that was for her.
Calvert also enjoyed success with Oceanside Handicap winner Start The Commotion and Rainbow Futurity finalist First Down Runner this year. I paid $42,000 for First Down Runner. I hope he can accomplish some of the things that Cash For Kas has done.
Calvert became involved in Quarter Horse racing after seeing how much his neighbor enjoyed the sport. He lived down the road from me and he was really into it. I went to the races one day and I also enjoyed it. I guess one of the things I like about the sport is the people involved. I've made lots of good friends over the years. This activity is also completely different from what I do for a living. Messing with the horses, that's what I like to do now. One of Calvert's best moments in Quarter Horse racing came in 1986 when his Biddy Bye finished third to Ronas Ryon in the All American Futurity. Calvert now has 10 horses in training - six at Los Alamitos and four at Sunland Park. He also keeps 15 broodmares back home. He says the number of horses in his Los Alamitos stable could rise next year. I like the people and the atmosphere, plus we have enjoyed some success at Los Alamitos as well. I also like it that the meet runs all year long. Your horses have a lot of opportunities to run.