Dustin Orona Photography

Dustin Orona Photography

Jockey Alejandro Luna is a little more selective with his mounts these days but he can still get the job done on those runners. Evidence of that was his (G1) Ed Burke Million Futurity win aboard Walk Through Crystal last month. In part, that win lead to his being named as the AQHA/Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Month for the month of June. The award is voted on by a panel of Quarter Horse racing experts for riding accomplishments and achievements for the previous month of racing.

The veteran rider captured the premiere event at Los Alamitos for the third time in his distinguished career. He won the race in 2003 aboard A Regal Choice and then again in 2007 with Carters Cartel. Luna has won over 700 races in his career and this latest score marks his 18th Grade 1 victory giving him 61 total stakes wins.

The winning ride by Alejandro kept Walk Through Crystal a perfect five for five in her young career. He had the call for trainer Yanet Rodriguez and she has plenty of faith in his ability to get the job done. Following the race Rodriguez said, “We’ll see how she does. I am blessed and I can’t ask for anything more. Alejandro and I, we are a couple and I think that’s an advantage. He knows his part and I don’t have to tell him what to do.”

Other riders hold the talents of Luna in high regards as well. Even in defeat, fellow jockey Carlos Huerta of runner up Docs Best Card said “I’m happy for ‘Pee Wee’ Luna and Yanet Rodriguez. They’ve worked very hard for a long time and they deserve this.”

“Pee Wee is a jockey’s jockey. I get along great with all the riders, but Pee Wee is a great person. He’s been here a long time and is someone that the young guys can look up to. I have great admiration for him.”

For the month, Luna had two wins from just nine mounts for a win percentage of 22%, came in the money on 56% of his mounts, and was third in AQHA earnings with $426,163 in purses won.