Quarter Horse Jockey Cesar DeAlba Plans Career Change
CYPRESS, CA—DECEMBER 12, 2018—In a tweet late Tuesday longtime Los Alamitos Race Course announce Ed Burgart said Quarter Horse jockey Cesar DeAlba told him he was planning to retire as jockey on Sunday (Dec. 16).
His final mount will be Dexxter in Sunday's the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity(G1). He is also set to ride BH Lisas Boys, one of the favorites in the $600,000 Grade 1 Champion of Champions on Saturday.
DeAlba, 37, who recently passed his trainer's test, says he plans to begin training Thoroughbreds on the Southern California daytime circuit in 2019.
The leading Quarter Horse rider told The Daily Racing Form's Steven Andersen he is in the process of completing the certification process to secure a trainer’s license and plans to be based at Los Alamitos. He may also have a small group of Quarter Horses at the Southern California racetrack.
"I think I can start with a couple of Quarter Horses right off the bat," he said. "The Thoroughbreds will take some time. I’m looking forward to claiming some Thoroughbreds of my own."
DeAlba has ridden more than 1,000 Quarter Horse winners with earnings of nearly $15.8 million. Among his top mounts have been Grade 1 winners Moonist, Little Talks, Hard Hitting, Strength In Numbers and the aforementioned Bh Lisas Boy. In 2018 he has been aboard 50 winners with over $1 million earnings.
"Thoroughbreds have been my passion. I want to try to make it as a trainer. I think it will be fun and a challenge," the jockey said.