Jockey Luis Torres scores in the $125,000 Distance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos
Jockey Luis Torres was heading down to Los Alamitos on Saturday night to ride Devon Dat Cash in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championships. But while he was down there, he managed to hop on board Yin Your Eyes and score an upset win in the 870 yard $125,000 Distance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos. Sent off at odds of 16 to 1, Yin Your Eyes and Torres were fifth out of seven midway through the race and still had ground to make up in the final yards, but with Torres' urging, they erupted late and got up to win by a nose to take home the $60,000 winner's share.
The win was the 11th career score for Yin Your Eyes who started off at the more traditional Quarter Horse distances and had modest success at tracks like Sun Downs, Sandy Downs, and even Portland Meadows. But in July of 2010, trainer Bill Hoburg decided to stretch his runner out around a turn at the 870 yard distance, and he was rewarded with a six and one quarter length win against allowance runners. He has been knocking them dead since going to the longer distances, with 7 wins in his last 10 starts, including a score at Sun Downs with Luis Torres on board this past spring.
The win was the biggest of Torres' career thus far for the 27 year old Jalisco, Mexico native. Torres is off to a strong start with the Quarter Horses this season at Portland Meadows with two wins and four seconds from ten starts. Later in the card, Torres and Devon Dat Cash could only manage a 9th place finish in the Challenge Championship.