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All American Derby Qualifier: Bon Accord

BON ACCORD
Ch.g. Shazoom-Dream Mirage by Royal Quick Dash

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Race Record: 6-4-0-0 $24,067

Breeders: J. Garvin Kelly, Nancy Yearsley
Owners: J. Garvin Kelly, Nancy Yearsley, Vinewood Farms
Trainer: Juan Aleman
Qualifying jockey: Rodrigo Aceves
Qualifying time: :20.977

Race record: Winning the ninth trial, Bon Accord defeated heavy favorite Wicked Courage while clocking the only sub-21 second time and winning the trial by a length. The gelding by Shazoom got a sharp break from the inside post position while 3-10 favorite Wicked Courage, winner of the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies, stumbled at the start from the 6 post.

The Shazoom gelding has four wins from six starts and will be making his stakes debut in the All American Derby.

“Honestly, coming into this race, I just wanted to finish close to Wicked Courage and qualify,” said trainer Juan Aleman. “He’s a great horse and if we could be close to him we would be in the hunt (to qualify).”

Breeders: Bon Accord is bred by J. Garvin Kelly of Culver City, California, and Nancy Yearsley, who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past decade, Kelly and Yearsley have bred 43 winners and the earners of more than $3.3 million from 59 starters. Among them are El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) winner Dutch Shultz ($356,668, by Holland Ease) and Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) winner Value The Man ($732,399, by Heza Fast Man), as well as Royal Proclamation (by A Regal Choice, $305,048), who was third in the 2009 All American Derby (G1).

Owners: Bon Accord races for J. Garvin Kelly, Nancy Yearsley, Vinewood Farms of Culver City, California. Vinewood Farms joined the partnership in January 2012, four months before Bon Accord broke his maiden on first asking at Los Alamitos.

Trainer: Bon Accord is trained by Juan Aleman, who since 2000 has sent out 442 winners and the earners of $7.96 million from 2,306 starters. Aleman has sent out the winners of nine Grade 1 races, including the 2010 Champion of Champions (G1) with world champion Apollitical Jess. Aleman conditioned Apollitical Jess to finish second the same year in the All American Derby and second the previous year in the 2009 Los Alamitos Two Million Futuirity (G1).

Qualifying jockey: Bon Accord was ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, who has ridden 1,720 winners and the earners of more than $22.38 million from 9,558 mounts. Aceves has scored in nine Grade 1 races, including aboard One Quick First Down in the 2010 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1).

Pedigree: Bon Accord is one of 60 stakes winners, 520 other winners and the earners of more than $20.5 million from 14 crops raced by Shazoom, who is the sire of champions Shining Sky and Lett Her Zoom. A graded-stakes-winning earner of $178,606, Shazoom is a 20-year-old stallion by champion Takin On The Cash.

Bon Accord is one of four winners from five starters out of Dream Mirage, the only American Quarter Horse out of Mikes’s Way, a Thoroughbred mare by sprint champion Gulch. An earner of $5,979, Dream Mirage won once in eight starts at Los Alamitos and Ruidoso Downs.