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Creole Williams Takes Corona Chick

Jockey Cesar De Alba picks up big win after coming back from injury.

November 18, 2012

Jockey Cesar De Alba enjoyed his biggest victory since returning from injury when he piloted Double Bar S Ranch’s Creole Williams to a solid half-length victory in the $25,000 Corona Chick Handicap for 2-year-olds on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

De Alba was injured nearly six months ago when he was involved in an accident while aboard a Thoroughbred during the turn for home. De Alba suffered a dislocated AC joint (acromioclavicular joint) which sidelined him for over four months. He returned to riding on October 1 and since then he’s won several races and even piloted Double Bar S Ranch’s Scoot Of Sunshine in the Golden State Million Futurity (G1) on November 4. His win aboard Creole Williams in the Corona Chick still proved to be a special one for the rider.

“It feels good to pick up a stakes victory,” De Alba said. “My shoulder just popped out when I got hurt, but I’m just trying to work hard and make the most of every opportunity that comes my way. It’s always great to win, but it means a lot when you can win on a good horse like Creole Williams.”

Trained by Paul Jones, the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding broke a step behind Autumn Handicap winner Sugarbear Sax Man, but he quickly began to make up ground in the 400-yard race. Creole Williams surged to the lead in the final 50 yards and held off the Kindergarten Futurity (G2) finalist Sugarbear Sax Man from there. Creole Williams picked up his second win in five starts and covered the distance in :19.843. Raymond Loup bred the sorrel gelding in Louisiana. In music, Creole Williams is a character in the David Lee Murphy song “Dust on the Bottle.” The racehorse Creole Williams left his rivals in the dust during the late going of the Corona Chick.

“He’s a neat horse,” Jones said. “He was impressive when he broke his maiden (by 1 ¼ lengths) and he was flying at the end of his second out when he finished second. He had a bad go (when fifth in the Autumn), but he was still coming on strong at the end. The extra distance helped him in the Corona Chick. It’s nice to run at 400 yards.”

Creole Williams may have made his final start of 2012, but a good derby season awaits him in 2013.

“It’s too bad that he’s not in the Los Alamitos Two Million trials,” Jones said. “He’s in a couple of derbies next year and he’ll probably go in the trials to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby. We’ll have to see what else we can run him in next year.”

Creole Williams earned $13,750 for the win to take his career earnings to $22,619. His mother is Picture Perfect Tee, a broodmare born in 1997 whose sire is the 1989 champion 2-year-old colt Power Train. Power Train won the Kansas Futurity (G1) and ran second in the Sun Country Futurity (G1).

Cesar Muniz’s Sugarbear Sax Man earned $5,625 for his second-place finish. The Tres Seis gelding won the Autumn Handicap over a field that included both Secret Hero and Creole Williams.Bolt Lightly finished third and Secret Hero crossed the wire in fourth-place. Zesty, All Jock, Iba Dream Away and Airplane Gold completed the field.