Look Into My Eyes takes the Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle

Efren Loza Jr. trainee Look Into My Eyes (City Zip – Burnished Miss by Wild Again) (15-8-3-1) $267,560 shines in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes at Evangeline Racetrack. By Mary Rampellini Hernandez was back in the winner’s circle following the Mademoiselle, when Look Into My Eyes finished with good energy to win the 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares in a swift 1:03.04. “The main part was to break and get position,” Hernandez said. Look Into My Eyes ($11)Read More

Fear the Cowboy to start from rail in Evangeline Mile

By Mary Rampellini Fear the Cowboy drew the rail in a field of eight for the $100,000 Evangeline Mile on Saturday night. The race for 3-year-olds and up is the centerpiece of the meet at Evangeline Downs. Fear the Cowboy won the race a year ago and in March captured the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream. Jesus Rios has the mount for trainer Efren Loza Jr.   Read more on DRF Photo credits Coglianese Photos

Taco targets Prelude, then Super Derby

By Mary Rampellini Taco, who won the first four races of his career before finishing second in the Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita in his most recent start March 19, has a long-range goal of the Super Derby, trainer Efren Loza Jr. said Saturday. Taco recently resumed training following a freshening and could make his first start back in the $60,000 Prelude on Aug. 5 at Louisiana Downs. The Prelude is the local prep for the $200,000 Super Derby onRead More

Fear the Cowboy’s Florida form points him out in Sunland Park Handicap

By  Mary Rampellini The $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap has brought together an accomplished group of older horses, including Fear the Cowboy, Neck ‘n Neck, and Forest Mouse. The cast of 10 has won a collective 33 stakes races, including six graded events, and has earned more than $4 million. The Sunland Handicap, at 1 1/8 miles, is the final stakes of the meet, which closes Tuesday. It shares Sunday’s card with the $110,000 Copper Top Futurity for 2-year-olds bred inRead More

Fear the Cowboy to run in the Sunland Handicap

Multiple Stakes winner and recently graduated as a Graded Stakes winner Fear the Cowboy (Cowboy Cal – Whom Shall I Fear by Soto) will run in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap at Sunland Park on April 16th for Loza Racing. After his victory in the Skip Away Stakes (G3), trainer Efren Loza Jr. shipped Fear the Cowboy to New Mexico and horse is already galloping at Sunland Park racetrack. “He’s a very talented horse. Very easy to move around. FearRead More

Fear the Cowboy Takes Skip Away in Late Drive

March 25, 2017 Horse Racing, Loza Racing, News

By Erin Shea Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centrofanti’s Fear the Cowboy pulled a mild upset when he ran by even-money favorite Zulu and frontrunner Flashy Jewel in the stretch to win the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 25. Watch Video The three-length win under jockey Jesus Rios was the multiple stakes winner’s first graded attempt in 20 starts. In the 1 1/8 mile test for older horses over a fast main track, Flashy Jewel and jockeyRead More

Taco Remains Undefeated

By Mary Rampellini Taco ($3.40) remained undefeated in four career starts when he pushed past pacesetter Tiz a Melody in the $50,000 Texas Heritage for 3-year-olds. Taco covered 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:45.67. Jesus Rios was aboard for trainer Efren Loza Jr. Taco is a son of Gio Ponti and the Group 1-winning mare That’s Life. He races for Kathleen Amaya, Raffaele Centofanti, and Daniel Alonso. Taco was making his stakes debut Saturday. Partly Mocha ($3.60) wasRead More

Javiera tries to extend Loza’s hot hand in Take Charge Brandi

By Mary Rampellini The undefeated Javiera will have a hot trainer in her corner Friday night when she takes on Golden Mischief and Perfect Prediction in the $50,000 Take Charge Brandi at Delta Downs. Golden Mischief could go favored on the strength of her local win in the $100,000 My Trusty Cat in October. Perfect Prediction invades from Fair Grounds off a runner-up finish in an allowance Jan. 13. The Take Charge Brandi, named for the champion who won theRead More

Don Stevens talks about Efren Loza Jr.

“I have been extremely impressed with Efren Loza’s skills as a trainer since he started running horses at Delta Downs. His trainees are always extremely well prepared and ready to go on race day which leads to his tremendous statistics in terms of winning percentage and in-the-money rate. I look forward to calling many more winners trained by Mr. Loza and following his career for years to come!” Don Stevens (Delta Downs Racetrack Announcer)

Wildcat Wish romps in the Fremont Stakes

Rode by Luis “El Merenguero” Negron, Wildcat Wish (Wildcat Heir – Rahy’s Wish by Rahy) romps with a six lengths victory in the $70,000 Fremont Stakes at Delta Downs. The Sam’s Town Stakes winner took the lead at the top of the stretch and never looked back finishing with authority giving to Loza Racing their first Stakes victory on 2017. “Can’t be more proud of all my team.” Said Efren Loza Jr. “It took us a few tries to getRead More