Press ReleaseJuly 6, 2014
Mr Its Country Time enjoyed his third stakes win in a row, while jockey Cesar De Alba got his fourth winner of the night when the two joined forces in Saturday’s $25,000 Independence Day Handicap at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Juan Aleman for owner Jesus Garera Garcia, Mr Its Country Time added the Independence Day Handicap to his wins in the $20,000 James Smith Handicap on April 13 and the $25,000 Dillingham Handicap on May 17. Bred by Grant Farms, Mr Its Country Time won the Dillingham by 1 ¼ lengths and he was just as impressive in the Independence Day. The son of Country Chicks Man recorded a 1 ¼-length victory here while also earning $13,750 for the win. He covered the 300 yards in :15.180. This was his fourth win in 10 starts.
“He is one extremely fast horse,” De Alba said. “All I did was hang on. I was glad to pick up the mount and enjoy this victory with a top horse.”
De Alba rode Mr Its Country because his regular pilot, Raul Valenzuela, was riding in the trials to the Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Mr Its Country Time has now earned $61,966 in his career.
Steve Burns and Cesar Edgardo Muniz Gomez’s Easyist finished second for trainer Jose Flores. The Separatist gelding earned $5,625 while hitting the board for the 10th time in 16 starts. Easyist won two previous races at Los Alamitos before this runner-up effort. Eye On Corona, the runner-up in last year’s Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1), was third for trainer Cody Joiner and owner Moonshine Racing. Valiant Valor, Shake Wide Open, Fols Jesse, Barrel Babe and A Royal Jess completed the field.
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