Kentucky Derby Contender - Quinonez Rides Premier Pegasus (VIDEO)

Decisions, decisions.

For Alonso Quinonez, it’s nice to be in demand and have options on which classy horses to ride in big stakes races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. As part of the toughest jockey colony in the world, Quinonez has come through with his share of stakes victories, however remains a notch below the elite riders on the Southern California circuit.

The native of Mexico, who began his riding career in 2006 as an apprentice in Kentucky, will ride Premier Pegasus for trainer Myung Kwon Cho in Saturday’s Grade II $250,000 San Felipe Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth on Santa Anita’s main track.

Quinonez has been aboard in all four of Pre Peg’s starts, including three victories to start his career and a third place finish in the Grade II San Vicente on February 20.

However, he also picked up the mount on the undefeated Bench Points for his allowance win on February 11.

The son of Benchmark trained by Tim Yakteen won three races, including a pair of stakes, at Del Mar last summer under Rafael Bejarano. However, Bejarano has been committed to ride for Bob Baffert.

When we spoke to Yakteen two weeks ago, he said that Quinonez would in fact be aboard Bench Points in the San Felipe.

Guess not.

Watch below as Quinonez explains his decision to ride Pre Peg and gives us his insights into Saturday’s race.

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Meet Marc Doche


As a life long horse racing fan and handicapper, it’s an honor to be joining to share my knowledge and expertise on a daily basis to horse racing fans.
Since the early 1980’s when I visited Santa Anita with my grandfather as a young boy, the track has been in my blood. As soon as I turned 16, I was driving out to the track as much as possible, and with the advent of the self-service machines, was able to wager hassle free.
After graduating from UCLA in 2000, I began my career in sports media as a site manager for and a couple of years later became the Media Relations Coordinator for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.
In the past few years, I have moved my focus to covering the Sport of Kings and have worked in the early hours to better understand morning workouts and putting the pieces of the handicapping puzzle together.
I have also used my journalistic talents to produce video coverage of stakes races in Southern California, as well as interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners and more. I look forward to providing their in-depth insight to you.

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