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$430K PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity set for Saturday at Los Alamitos


September 29, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Start Somethin Bad sets the fastest qualifying time—350 yards in :17.687— from 10 trials held on September 11
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Juan Humberto Moya’s Thirty Six Curls has been one of the young revelations of the past six weeks at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Tres Seis gelding broke his maiden by ¾ lengths in his racing debut on August 26 and then followed up with an impressive half-length victory in the second of a full night of trials to the Grade 2, $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity final to be held on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The purse for this year’s PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity represents a 12% increase from the final purse in 2015.

The Breeders’ Futurity is the richest racing event held on this weekend in which Los Alamitos is also hosting its annual two-day Equine Sale. The sale is conducted on the former Cypress golf course grounds adjacent to the track.

To be ridden by Cruz Mendez for Jose Flores, Thirty Six Curls will start from post number three while looking for his third career win in as many starts. Bred by Parsons Ranch, the gelding is out of the mare Fire In The Curl, an unraced daughter of Walk Thru Fire from family of the stakes winning Thoroughbred mare In The Curl, which is also the mother of champion broodmare Runaway Wave. This is the family of Champion of Champions winners Ocean Runaway and Wave Carver.

Jeff Aldstadt and Kim Pitcher’s Start Somethin Bad was all good in the trials on the way to recording the fastest qualifying time of :17.69. Sired by Pappasito and bred by Jeff and Kim Pitcher, Start Somethin Bad had always shown promise. She recorded an impressive :12 flat work from the gate at 220 yards in mid-April and was a big favorite in her racing debut. After breaking her maiden in her third career start, Star Somethin Bad had trouble in her first allowance start before returning with an impressive ¾-length win on the night of the night of the trials. Leading Quarter Horse pilot Cesar De Alba stays aboard Start Somethin Bad and will ride the champion Paul Jones’ trainee from post number five.

Abigail Kawananakoa’s Racy High Roller qualified to the Grade 1, $1,110,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity earlier this season. The gelding by One Famous Eagle ran fourth in the Ed Burke only behind winner Chazaq, two-time futurity runner-up Worth Doing and Lotta Blues Man, whose family includes All American Futurity finalists Heza Fast Man and Lotta Love For Robyn. Trained by Chris O’Dell and ridden by Cody Jensen, Racy High Roller finished second in his trial. The field will be completed by second fastest qualifier Doctor Fantastic, Governor’s Cup Futurity finalist Kiddy Up Cowgirl, trial winners Six Zeroes and Hawktomatic plus Better Check Him Out, LD Is Back and Sweet Aguila.

Start Somethin Bad continues connections’ good work


Story by Sonja Eschenburg, Los Alamitos Publicity

The goal of any product is to produce the most quality service possible. That being said, the goal of a race horse breeding program is to produce horses that will consistently progress with better and better results until they are essentially the best in their league. Horse breeding programs require investing both time and money, and for all intents and purposes, honestly leave little room for error.

With over 30 years of horse breeding experience beneath his belt, Jeff Pitcher has fortunately managed to navigate a few ways around some of these potential errors. One way he aims to minimize costs and maximize profits is by paying special attention to the stud he inseminates his mares with. When searching for a potential quality stud, Pitcher said, "It is a lot of extra work, but I just do everything the old fashioned way. I honestly just look at how the sire is built and compare his structure to that of the mare. My decision to use or not use him ultimately depends on whether or not I think the two will be compatible and make a good pair. It is a pretty simple concept, really."

Pitcher's love for Quarter Horses has taken him many countless miles over the years, often traveling with his horses from Utah to California. Jeff and his wife, Kim, have made a career out of working with horses - both in and out of the track. Although they still make the occasional trek between the two states, the Pitchers reside mainly in Southern California where Jeff works as an assistant to Paul Jones at the champion trainer's ranch. Pitcher said, "I originally started out only training horses, but at this point I've also been breeding them for as long as I can remember."

Besides breeding horses, Pitcher has found several other ways to spend his time, too. In fact, the Pitchers and Jeff Alstadt are co-owners of 2 year old filly Start Somethin Bad, which on September 11 posted the fastest qualifying time to this Saturday's PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. Start Somethin Bad is out of sire Pappasito and dam Lets Get It Started and is a full sister to Tiene Mucho Blanco, another quarter horse trained by Paul Jones that Pitcher used to run here at Los Alamitos Race Course. With bloodlines like that it comes as no surprise that Start Somethin Bad's bloodlines came through in the trials. With a time of 17.69 seconds she surpassed the time of the second fastest qualifier, Doctor Fantastic, by an entire length and a half.

Pitcher enjoys the energy that Alstadt brings to their partnership. "Working with Jeff keeps things interesting; there is never a dull moment when he is around," he said.

Having someone else's input to fall back on is also never a bad idea, especially when they are just as excited about things as you are. He said, "(Jeff) and I are both really proud of (Start Somethin Bad). Besides a few issues leaving the gate, she has a lot of potential. Plus, the more she runs through them the better she will be. It all just takes patience. I am confident she will get there soon enough."