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Professional's Choice California Claiming Stakes


September 1, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Front Page 007 Professional's Choice Claiming Challenge winner
(photo by Los Alamito Photo)
Owned by Hemerio Hernandez and Stacy Cinguini, Front Page 007 picked up his fifth win in six starts since being claiming last November on the way to a dominant victory in Friday's $17,730 Professional's Choice California Claiming Stakes at Los Alamitos. The victory earns the former $5,000 claimer a berth to the $75,000 Professionals Choice Claiming Stakes Challenge to be held at Lone Star Park on November 11.

Trained by Hector Jaime Hernandez, Front Page 007 has won his last five starts, each by a margin of 3/4 lengths or greater. Ridden by Alex Bautista, the son of Corona Cartel won this race by a 1 1/2 lengths while covering the 350 yards in :17.53.

"We claimed him because his breeding was all class," said Hernandez, who at the age of 26 is Hemerio's younger brother by two years. "This horse is by Corona Cartel and his dam, Ima Ladys Alibi was a great mare."

Sired by Sir Alibi, Ima Ladys Alibi held the 300 yard track record here of :15.21 from 1992 until it was broken by champion Hawkish in 2003.

"I made the recommendation and my brother and Stacy took a chance on the horse," added the trainer. "

Cinguini, the general sales manager of a McKenna Volkswagen dealership in the Los Angeles area, gave all the credit to the Hernandez family.

"They've done a great job with the horse and I'm just along for the ride," he said. "I want to credit Erasmo Hernandez, Hector's older brother, because he has worked a lot with this horse as well."

Cinguini first became involved with horses a couple of years ago after purchasing a horse from Hall of Fame trainer Blane Schvaneveldt.

"I still own the horse," Cinguini said. "He's my saddle horse and I've had a great time with him."

The fact that Cinguini won this Claiming Stakes is appropriate as he is currently playing the claiming game in a big way.

"He just had a horse by the Shesa Splashin Straw claimed from us," Hernandez said. "But we just claimed a Thoroughbred at Bay Meadows. We'll probably run him at Fairplex Park once that meet starts."

The Hernandez brothers are known for having one of the largest entourages when it comes to taking the winner's circle photo.

"It's the family and a lot of friends of the family," added the trainer. "They enjoy having their photo taken."

Will they have as large a cheering section representing them when Front Page 007 travels to Lone Star Park?

"Probably," Hector Hernandez added with a smile. "I don't doubt it that a lot of them will make the trip to Texas."

Front Page 007 earned $9,130 for the win to take his career earnings to $29,414. Mary Price bred the Oklahoma-bred gelding. Gotta Have The Candy ran second and was followed across the wire by Specialization, A Ticket To Run, No Options Mister, Nacho Biznez and Teddys Corona.