05/28/2011 10:11PM

Remington: Freaky's first start for Balderrama


Freaky will have something of a new look in tonight's Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitiational for Quarter Horses, which will be his first out since finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Winter Championship at Los Alamitos on Feb. 19. Previously trained by Adan Farias, the race will be Freaky’s first start for Concepcion Balderrama, who has been brought on as a private trainer for the horse’s longtime owner, Armando Aguirre.

Balderrama, who according to records has not started a horse in North America since 2006, had been training outside the country, said Inez Valdez, a spokesperson for Aguirre. Valdez noted that in the past Balderrama has won Grade 1 races with such horses as Mongoose Jet Eye, who took the Sunland Park Championship in 2004, and Hawkish.   

In the Winter Championship last out, Freaky sustained a laceration to his left hind leg that required six stitches, said Valdez. He said after the horse recovered, he resumed training at farm in California. Freaky began vanning to Oklahoma last week, and after taking a day’s rest in Amarillo arrived May 21. 

“He was at a training facility,” Valdez said. “He was working on the farm, getting ready for this big race. 

“He’s put on 200 pounds. He’s sharp. He’s ready to go.” 

Valdez said those who wish to view photos of Freaky taken this week can go to the Facebook page of Cuates Valdez.