Mimi Wells came close to quitting the sport in 1996. Her husband, Quarter Horse trainer Dwayne Wells, had just passed away after suffering a heart attack and Mimi was feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of continuing the family's racing tradition.
 After Dwayne died I didn't think I could run a successful racing program, Mimi said. Luckily I had a lot of people that believed in me and encouraged me to continue in the business.
 Horses like Blockbuster Bobby and My Strawberry Chick - a pair of freshmen standouts from the class of 1998 - were major factors in keeping Mimi involved in horse racing at Los Alamitos. Blockbuster Bobby qualified for the Kindergarten Futurity that year while My Strawberry Chick won a minor stakes race at the end of the meet. 
 Dwayne really had high hopes for those babies and he couldn't wait to see them run. I figured I owed it to Dwayne to keep his dream alive.
 While Blockbuster Bobby and My Strawberry Chick kept Mimi in racing, Chicks First Policy took her to the highest level. The gray gelding was one of the stars of 2000, winning six of 13 starts and qualifying to the Champion of Champions after earning a berth in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would finish the year with a horse in the Champion of Champions, She added. The thrill of having a horse in the Champion of Champions is priceless.
 With trainer Dan Francisco handling Mimi's stable over the past few years, Mimi became of the leading owners at Los Alamitos. She was second only to Edward Allred in 2000, seventh in 2001 and '02. While she finished only 25th in the standings last year, Mimi still supported the sport by starting 81 horses while picking up eight wins. One of Mimi's favorite Quarter Horses ever is the retired stakes winner No Pet Peeves, a veteran who she fondly called  Grandpa. Her stable currently features a slew of pretty good 2-year-olds such as Laugh Out Loud, a filly by freshman sire Hawkinson, and the Chicks Beduino filly My May Chick.