05/31/2013 11:43AM

Los Alamitos: Paul Jones first Quarter Horse trainer to surpass $70 million


Paul Jones was a few days past the $70 million mark in career earnings when he was told that he had become the first Quarter Horse trainer to reach the milestone.

Storm Chasor’s win in an allowance race at Ruidoso Downs last Monday put Jones past $70 million. Through Thursday, he had career earnings of $70,002,780.

“I didn’t know where I was as far as money earned,” Jones said on Thursday.

“It’s something that’s pretty cool. Being the all-time leading Quarter Horse money-winning trainer, I’m kind of proud of that with all the great Quarter Horse trainers there have been.”

At this time of year, with major races being run frequently at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico and Los Alamitos in Southern California, Jones’s stable is capable of adding quickly to that total.

Next Saturday, Jones starts the filly A Dream to Remember in the $800,000 Ruidoso Derby. A Dream to Remember, who won the Hobbs America Futurity at Zia Park last fall, is by Corona Cartel and is out of the Thoroughbred mare Hallowed Dreams, who won her first 16 starts and 25 of 30 races, racing mostly in Louisiana. Hallowed Dreams, who raced from 1999 to 2001, won 17 stakes. She was bred to Corona Cartel via embryo transfer, which is permitted in Quarter Horse racing.

On June 9, Jones will fly to his Los Alamitos base for the Ed Burke Million Futurity trials. The final of the $1 million race is June 23.

Jones said he expects to have 16 or 17 runners in the Ed Burke Million trials, including the promising juveniles Foose Is Loose, Khaleesi, Streakit Dasher, and Secret Lips. His Ed Burke team will not include the Los Alamitos maiden race winner Spirit Leader and the Ruidoso-based Lindys First Moon, who are hopefuls for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs later this summer.

Jones has won the Ed Burke Million twice, and has two wins in each of the other seven-figure futurities at Los Alamitos – the Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million. Jones has six wins in the Champion of Champions, the nation’s top race for older horses, and has four wins in the Los Alamitos Super Derby, the top autumn race for 3-year-olds.

Competing in such races makes reaching $100 million achievable, Jones said.

“I think it will take seven or eight years, at the most,” Jones said. “That would be something.”