Shakeemdontbreakem Takes Pink Ribbon at Los Al

Special night at California track raised funds for breast cancer.

October 20, 2013

Jakita Investments LLC’s Shakeemdontbreakem held off a late charge from Terry and Irene Stennett’s Lethal Cartel to win the $16,000 Pink Ribbon Handicap on Betting on a Cure for Breast Cancer Night on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The 3-year-old filly by Contend broke sharply from post number six and was first to the wire with a nose victory over Lethal Cartel in the 300-yard dash. Bred by J.B. and Sherrie Morace, Shakeemdontbreakem covered the distance in :15.322 while improving her record to four wins in eight starts. She earned $8,800 for the win.

“This filly is owned by Rick Crosby, who is a great guy,” said trainer Cody Joiner. “He loves Los Alamitos and he just bought a yearling to run here next year because he loves this place so much. He’s from Texas, but he’s been here once and really enjoyed the facilities. He’s also good buddies with (trainer) Trey Wood and when I talked to him before the race he told me that all we had to do was outrun the two horses trained by Trey Wood (Lethal Cartel and Paint Your Beau). He was right in that (Lethal Cartel) was flying at us, but we were able to beat her by a nostril.”

Shakeemdontbreakem has now won races at three different tracks. She broke her maiden at Sam Houston Race Park, a track in which she also came away victorious in the $20,000 Silestone Stakes for trainer Bobby Martinez on April 6. The filly won an allowance race at Evangeline Downs last year. At Los Alamitos, Shakeemdontbreakem ran fourth in her track debut to All American Futurity (G1) finalist Native Tea Rose and then finished third when facing a tough group of boys in the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap in her last start on September 8. The field she faced in the Sgt Pepper Feature was headed by Remembering Spence, the winner of the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) and a qualifier to the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

“She’s very quick filly,” Cody Joiner added.

“She broke cleanly and was flying early on, but they were coming after her at the end,” jockey Raul Valenzuela added.

Lethal Cartel, who was making her first start Los Alamitos after arriving from Lone Star Park, earned $3,600 for finishing second. Bred by P.K. Thomas, the Corona Cartel filly is trained by Trey Wood. Anna MacPherson’s Tac Out, who ran third in the California Breeders’ Matron Stakes (RG3) earlier this year, finished third. Last year’s Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) winner Secretly Hot was fourth and was followed by Dawn Of A New Day, Saving Shirley, 2012 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) winner Blackberry Czech, Paint Your Beau, Gray Ladys Moon and Chics On Fire.

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Betting on a Cure for Breast Cancer Night at the races helped raise funds for St. Mary’s Medical Foundation and Susan G. Komen LA County affiliate. The event featured a Fashion Expo in the track’s Finish Line Room in which breast cancer survivors served as models. The gate crew, headed by starter John Baker, outrider Keith Craigmyle and the pony riders at Los Alamitos, all wore pink t-shirts in support of Betting on a Cure for Breast Cancer. Pony riders also participated in a “Decorate Your Ride” contest. Amanda Ropar won a gift bag courtesy of AQHA, Susan G. Komen LA County and the Los Alamitos Gift Shop for her great job decorating her pony horse, a gentle and dashing gray horse named Cisco.

Sponsors and friends of the event included Diamond International Center, Waldorf Astoria Park, AQHA, PCQHRA, Track Magazine, Mary Frances, Leisure Society, 360 Productions, Paul Jones Racing Stables, Kerry Eason Horse Blankets, Ellie Frank, John Katz, M&M Showroom, Sharon Koshet Sales, ARB Furs, Soulful Ocean by Gabriela Rodriguez and Silpada, Marcia McRae.

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Jockey Jose Lopez was transported to Los Alamitos Medical Center for further examination after being involved in a spill after the horses crossed the wire in the fourth race on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Lopez was conscious and alert after the spill. His mount, Maroma Beach, was vanned off.