American Quarter Horse jockey Ivan Carnero was the winner of a pair of stakes races in April, including the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (RG3) aboard A Tres Of Paint. That win and his red-hot win percentage led him to be named the AQHA-Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Month for the month of April.
The award is voted on by a panel of Quarter Horse racing experts for riding accomplishments and achievements for the previous month of racing.
A regular finalist in futurities a year ago, A Tres Of Paint never managed to win one of them. In her first final as a 3-year-old, A Tres Of Paint broke through to win the $337,000 Remington Park Derby.
Of his trip aboard A Tres Of Paint, Carnero noted, “She never breaks really sharp. A couple of the inside horses had her for a while, but about at 200 yards she just got rolling and kind of cruised by them. I didn’t have to ask much.”
Carnero, who currently sits atop the Remington Park jockey standing by 10 wins over fellow Jockey of the Month nominee Agustin Silva, also won in April with one of his top mounts. He won the Mr. Master Bug Stakes at Remington Park on April 24 aboard Jess Good Candy the day after his Derby win.
The fast-rising 23-year-old jockey was the winner of the richest and most prestigious race in the sport, the $3 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day last year aboard Jess Good Candy. The native Texan began riding professionally when he was 19 and made his riding debut at Lone Star Park near Dallas.
For the month Carnero led all riders with 23 wins from his 92 mounts. He was second in AQHA earnings for the month with $446,813.
The American Quarter Horse Association, founded in 1940, is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. With more than 5.6 million horses registered, AQHA functions as the official record keeping and governing body of the American Quarter Horse industry. AQHA records all American Quarter Horse ownership, processes approved show and race results, catalogs performance and produce data on all American Quarter Horses, maintains association funds and publicizes the American Quarter Horse industry. Find more at www.aqharacing.com.
The voters are:
Steve Anderson (Daily Racing Form)
Andrea Caudill (Q-Racing Journal Editor)
Martha Claussen (AQHA Wrangler Aces coordinator)
Chris Kotulak (Remington Park handicapper/analyst)
Don Stevens (Delta Downs announcer)
Doug McPherson (Ajax Downs & Kawartha Downs Handicapper/Chart Caller)