04/21/2009 11:00PM

Jensen leaves Los Al to ride at Remington


In recent years, jockey Cody Jensen's list of accomplishments has been dominated by success at Los Alamitos. This year, Jensen is branching out.

Last month, Jensen relocated from Los Alamitos to Remington Park in Oklahoma City. He will ride there through the spring, move to Ruidoso Downs in the summer, and then return to Los Alamitos for the fall, when the track runs its most lucrative races.

For Jensen, 33, the decision to leave Los Alamitos on a year-round basis came down to opportunities.

"At Los Alamitos, it's a little bit dead at this time of year," he said on Tuesday. "I figured it was as opportune a time as any. At Remington, there is so much purse money on this short three-month meeting, it was too good to pass up."

Jensen was the leading rider at Los Alamitos when he left. In recent years, he has developed a reputation as a big-race rider there.

In 2005, he rode Catchmeinyouurdreams to win the AQHA Challenge Championship and the Los Alamitos Championship. The graded-stakes-winning 3-year-old Volcom was one of his top mounts of 2006 and 2007. In 2008, the mare Blazin Fire and the older horse Frankie Shoots were among Jensen's top mounts.

In recent months, Los Alamitos has struggled to fill Quarter Horse fields, often resorting to cheap Thoroughbred races at 4 1/2 furlongs to fill out cards. For Jensen, there was not enough action.

"The quality races were getting scarce," he said.

Jensen returned from Oklahoma to ride Alice K White to an easy win in the La Primera Del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos on April 11. He does not have plans to return from Oklahoma to ride the Kindergarten Futurity trials on May 2.

"I don't expect to get the call," he said. "The La Primera was my last deal for awhile."

Through Tuesday, Jensen was third in the nation with Quarter Horse purse earnings of $852,406. G.R. Carter led all riders with $1,401,045.

Jensen is closely allied with national leading trainer Paul Jones, who has divisions at Los Alamitos, Remington Park, and Ruidoso Downs. Jensen has won the All American Futurity twice for Jones - aboard Teller Cartel in 2005 and No Secrets Here in 2006.

Jensen has one Los Alamitos date in his diary - Friday, July 10. That's the day that Alice K White returns in the Governor's Cup Derby trials.

Hulapai in post 8 for Dillingham

Hulapai, unbeaten in two starts this year, will attempt to win his first stakes in Friday's $30,000 Dillingham Handicap for 3-year-olds going 400 yards at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Hector Hernandez for Carlos Romero, Hulapai has drawn the outside post in a field of 8. He won 300-yard allowance races on Feb. 14 and March 21, and will be after his first win at 400 yards. Last summer, Hulapai was eighth in the Ed Burke Million Futurity.