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De Alba To Saddle First Quarter Horse In The Plan Handicap At Los Alamitos
Former leading Los Alamitos rider Cesar De Alba will saddle his first Quarter Horse as a trainer in Friday's The Plan Handicap for 2-year-olds.

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De Alba To Saddle First Quarter Horse In The Plan Handicap At Los Alamitos

LOS ALAMITOS, CA—SEPTEMBER 5, 2019—Cesar De Alba, the 2016 leading rider at Los Alamitos, will make his Quarter Horse training debut when he saddles the One Sweet Jess filly Kool Baby Kool in the $15,000 The Plan Handicap for 2-year-olds here on Saturday night. First post is 6 p.m. (PDT).

De Alba, who rode 1,030 Quarter Horse winners and won 90 stakes races at Los Alamitos, retired from riding last December. He began training Thoroughbreds after claiming the 6-year-old mare Pied N True for $16,000 on January 6 at Santa Anita. De Alba made his training debut at Santa Anita on February 23, saddling Pied N True to a runner-up finish. He was since won a pair of races, his first coming with Seven Oxen during the Los Alamitos Summer Thoroughbred meet on July 13. De Alba then saddled Seven Oxen to another win, this one at Del Mar on August 16.

De Alba is now hoping for good things from Kool Baby Kool, a sorrel filly owned by Casey Whitaker and previously trained by Sergio Canales in the Utah racing circuit. Kool Baby Kool won her trial to the Beehive Futurity at Laurel Brown in Utah.

In the final, she was moved up from seventh and placed sixth following the disqualification of a horse for interference. Since then, Kool Baby Kool posted a 220-yard turn and work in a time of :12.90 on August 24 at Los Alamitos. Carlos Huerta will ride her from post number two.

"Let’s see what this filly can do," De Alba posted on his Twitter account @CdaRacing. "(She’s) a new addition to my barn...getting ready for the Wild West Futurity trials (on October 6)."

McColee Land and Livestock LLC’s KVN Little Sister looks like the horse to beat in this race after winning the $23,500 Utah Futurity on July 27. A full-sister to champion and multiple graded stakes winner KVN Corona, KVN Little Sister has won three of her four career starts.

The filly by Corona Cartel and out of Executive Looks will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez and saddled by Paul Jones. This is the same team that were on KVN Corona’s side when he won a pair of futurities on the way to being named the 2017 champion 2-year-old colt.

J R Stables’ JR Prissys Blood enters The Plan after winning the $99,681 Cowboy State Futurity at Energy Downs. The Nevada-bred filly by Apollitical Blood worked from the gate in :12.30 here on August 17. Monty Arrossa trains the new arrival, who will be ridden by Jose Nicasio. 

Makn Risky Moves, the runner-up in the Cowboy State, Goldie Hocks, Zoom On Jess, Old School Icon, Fashin Icon, and Chance To Be Valiant will complete the field.           

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