LARC NEWS Posted: 1/28/2024 12:32:35 AM

TRANE STATION V IS 2023 PCQHRA HORSE OF THE YEAR;

PARSONS FAMILY IS PRESENTED WITH FRANK N. VESSELS MEMORIAL AWARD

         Already the AQHA champion 2-year-old colt and last year’s leading money earner, Trane Station V added four more title to his impressive resume after being named the 2023 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt at the PCQHRA Awards Banquet on Friday night. 

Hosted by Michael Wrona, the PCQHRA Awards Banquet celebrated the achievements of California’s Quarter Horse breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, and champion horses of the 2023 season.

Trane Station V was dominant in his California stay last year. From four starts, the colt by Favorite Cartel won the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity while also winning the trials to each of those races. In process of going undefeated in those four starts, Trane Station V became the first runner to win both of those futurities while doing after the posting the fastest qualifying time to each. Owned by Valeriano Racing Stable LLC’s Trane Station V also became the first 2-year-old to be named PCQHRA Horse of the Year since J Fire Up in 2017. Since the awards began in 1977, Trane Station V is only the seventh standout to receive the top award during his juvenile campaign joining J Fire Up, One Dashing Eagle (2012), Tres Passes (2008), Ocean Runaway (2004), Hawkish (2003), and Corona Chick (1991). Bred by Dr. Steve Burns, Trane Station V was also the PCQHRA Cal-Bred Horse of the Year by money earned and Cal-Bred champion 2-year-old colt by money earned. His sire Favorite Cartel won the Three Bars Award for top stallion for the seventh time and his dam, Attack The Cartel, won the James V.A. Carter Award for top broodmare for the first time in her career. Heath Taylor trains the California-bred, who was ridden throughout his Los Alamitos campaign by AQHA champion jockey Francisco Calderon.

Burns was named PCQHRA champion breeder for the sixth consecutive year. He was also the AQHA champion breeder after leading the nation in earnings with over $4.7 million. 

The Parsons Family, whose Quarter Horse racing history dates back to the 1940s with Jay and Polly Parsons, received the 2023 Frank Vessels, Sr. Memorial Award. The Parsons Family was recognized for outstanding contributions to the sport of Quarter Horse racing as owners and breeders for the past nine decades. Horses that they’ve campaigned include AQHA champion First Sovereign plus homebreds and AQHA champions Mini Rock and A Political Lady. Jay Parsons also bred multiple AQHA distance champion Sign Of Lanty. Recent stars include Terrific Energy, Thermonuclear Energy, Terrific First Down and many more.

Johnny Trotter’s Famous Shining Star, the AQHA champion aged mare, won the equivalent title on PCQHRA Awards night. The PCQHRA champion aged mare won the Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap plus two other stakes races during her outstanding campaign.

For the second consecutive year, Steve Holt and Jeff Jones’ Empressum was named the PCQHRA champion aged gelding. The son of Apollitical Jess finished first or second in each of his eight starts in 2023, all of them coming against Grade 1 caliber rivals. He won Grade 1 Vessels Maturity and Grade 1 Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship and was the runner-up in three other Grade 1 races at Los Alamitos last year.

The champion 2-year-old gelding award went to Keith Nellesen’s Political Rivalry, the winner of the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million and Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. Taos River Ranch and Randy Young’s Double Down 123, winner of the Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity, was named the champion 2-year-old filly.

Jeryl Hartley’s Hes Chickless, winner of the Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby and the A Ransom Handicap, was named champion 3-year-old colt. With 12 starts on his 2023 resume, the son of Hes Relentless also won the Moonist Award for his year-long high level of excellence. Also excellent in winning the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby, Jeriko was named the champion 3-year-old gelding. The son of One Famous Eagle also ran a strong fourth in the Grade 1 Champion of Champions.

David Hinkins’ Budder Off Friends, winner of the Go Josie Go Handicap against older foes, was named the champion 3-year-old filly on the strength of her 12 solid races last year. She was second in the Check Her Twice Handicap and was part of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Oaks.  

 

Jorge Carmona’s Five Bar Supreme was named the Intermountain Horse of the Year at Los Alamitos after winning the Wild West Futurity before running second to Trane Station V in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. EG High Desert Farms’ Letty Cartel was named the Most Improved Horse of the Year. She won the $100,000 Abigail Kawananakoa and the Matron Stakes in 2023. The daughter of the late sire Fast Prize Cartel won just once in six starts in 2022.

Ron Martin received the Sam Thompson Memorial Award for exhibiting leadership within the racing community at Los Alamitos Race Course. Since 2016, Martin has been an integral part in organizing the Online Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Los Alamitos division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. This year’s auction has already raised a record $39,000 with all the proceeds benefiting those that work with the horses at Los Alamitos Race Course. Martin is a council member of the Los Alamitos RTCA.   

Ed Allred was recognized as the Owner of the Year, while Nellesen won the Owner Special Achievement Award. Jose Flores was the Trainer of the Year for the second consecutive time, while Lindolfo Diaz received the Trainer Special Achievement Award. Diaz campaigned Two Million finalists Five Bar Supreme and Checkn Cartel plus stakes winner Good Wagon SA, El Aventurero and Hez Lonesome from less than 90 total starters for the year.

Cruz Mendez was the Jockey of the Year, while Armando Cervantes, who led all jockeys in stakes wins, won the Jockey Special Achievement Award. Mike Casselman was awarded the Breeder Special Achievement Award. Casselman bred Governor’s Cup Futurity winner You See That. 

The Val Tonks Award presented to an up-and-coming young rider went to Armando Viramontes, whose 2023 included his first stakes win at Los Alamitos.  

In the Mixed-Breed division at Los Alamitos, trainer Jesus Uranga and jockey Ricardo Ramirez defended their respective titles. Uranga also won second consecutive owner award, but this time he shared the title with Nick Hines’ Battle Born Racing. In the Thoroughbred ranks, Angela Aquino was the champion owner and trainer. Edgar Payeras was the champion jockey. Battle Born Racing’s track record holder Tizlightning was named the 1000-Yard Horse of the Year at Los Alamitos after winning both the Summer and Winter Finals.

The leading money winning Cal-Breds in various divisional categories were presented awards during the banquet.  FanDuel/TVG and Pegasus Communications drone pilots received special recognition awards.  

          The complete list of award winners follows below:

 

2023 P.C.Q.H.R.A. AWARDS

 

HORSE OF THE YEAR

TRANE STATION V

Owner: Valeriano Racing Stables, LLC

Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

FRANK VESSELS, SR.

MEMORIAL AWARD

Presented by P.C.Q.H.R.A. to

parsons family

In Recognition of an Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Quarter Horse Racing

 

CHAMPION

TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT

TRANE STATION V

Owner: Valeriano Racing Stables, LLC

Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

CHAMPION

TWO-YEAR-OLD GELDING

political rivalry

Owner: Keith W. Nellesen

Breeder: McColee Land & Livestock, LLC

 

CHAMPION

TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY

double down 123

Owner: Taos River Ranch, LLC and Randy Young

Breeder: Bob and/or Jerry Gaston

 

CHAMPION

THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT

hes chickless

Owner: Jeryl Hartley

Breeder: Ronald or Jeryl Hartley

 

CHAMPION

THREE-YEAR-OLD GELDING

jeriko

Owner/Breeder: Bobby D. Cox

 

CHAMPION

THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY

budder off friends

Owner: David Hinkins

Breeder: Double Bar S Ranch, LLC

 

CHAMPION

AGED GELDING

EMPRESSUM

Owner/Breeder: Jeff D. Jones and Steve A. Holt

 

CHAMPION

AGED MARE

famous shining star

Owner: Johnny Trotter

Breeder: Julianna Hawn Holt

 

MOONIST AWARD

hes chickless

Owner: Jeryl Hartley

Breeder: Ronald or Jeryl Hartley

 

MOST IMPROVED HORSE AWARD

letty cartel

Owner/Breeder: EG High Desert Farms

 

 

INTERMOUNTAIN HORSE OF THE YEAR

five bar supreme

Owner: Jorge L. Carmona

Breeder: Ugo De La Torre

 

1000 YARD CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR

tizlightning

Owner: Battle Born Racing Stable

Breeder: Lori Gallegos

 

JAMES V.A. CARTER AWARD

Outstanding Broodmare

attack the cartel

Owner/Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

THREE BARS AWARD

Outstanding Stallion

favorite cartel

Owner: Steve D. Burns, DVM and Bobby Cox

Breeder: Paul C. Jones and Thompson Racing, Inc.

 

OWNER OF THE YEAR

Edward C. Allred

BREEDER OF THE YEAR

Steve d. burns, dvm

 

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

JOSE A. FLORES

 

Owner - SPECIAL recognition

Keith W. Nellesen

 

Breeder - SPECIAL recognition

michael v. casselman

 

trainer - SPECIAL Recognition

Lindolfo Diaz

 

JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

cruz mendez

 

JOckey - SPECIAL Recognition

armando r. cervantes

 

VAL TONKS MEMORIAL AWARD

armando viramontes

 

sam thompson memorial award

Presented by P.C.Q.H.R.A. to

RONALD MARTIN

For an Individual who displays leadership within the Los Alamitos racing community

 

FRANK VESSELS, SR.

MEMORIAL AWARD

Presented by P.C.Q.H.R.A. to

parsons family

In Recognition of an Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Quarter Horse Racing

 

THOROUGHBRED OWNER OF THE YEAR

angela aquino

 

THOROUGHBRED TRAINER OF THE YEAR

angela aquino

 

THOROUGHBRED JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

edgar payeras

 

MIXED-BREED JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

RICARDO S. RAMIREZ

 

MIXED-BREED TRAINER OF THE YEAR

jesus j. uranga

 

MIXED-BREED OWNERS OF THE YEAR (TIE)

jesus j. uranga

 

AND

 

MIXED-BREED OWNER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

battle born racing Stable

 

SPECIAL P.c.q.h.r.a.

rECOGNITION aWARD

PRESENTED TO

FanDUel/tvg

For its Contribution to Quarter Horse Racing

 

 

SPECIAL P.c.q.h.r.a.

rECOGNITION aWARD

PRESENTED TO

JIM POREP AND CY GARRETT

DRONE PILOTS PEGASUS COMMUNICATIONS

For Contribution to Quarter Horse Racing

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

CAL-BRED HORSE OF THE YEAR

TRANE STATION V

Cal-Bred Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

TWO-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED COLT

TRANE STATION V

Cal-Bred Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

TWO-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED GELDING

WILDE ThING

Cal-Bred Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

TWO-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED FILLY

checkn cartel

Cal-Bred Breeder: J Francisco Diaz

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

THREE-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED COLT

required first

Cal-Bred Breeder: George/Ruben Villalobos

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

THREE-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED GELDING

future version

Cal-Bred Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

THREE-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED FILLY

remember her

Cal-Bred Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

AGED CAL-BRED GELDING

london toby

Cal-Bred Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

AGED CAL-BRED MARE

letty cartel

Cal-Bred Breeder: EG High Desert Farms

 

 


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