Brayan Pena reached a personal milestone Thursday at Los Alamitos, winning four races in one day for the first time in his career, putting him in a first-place tie with Evin Roman for the riding lead.
Each has 11 wins with three days left in the L.A. County Fair Meet at Los Al that ends Sunday.
“I won three at Fresno when I was a bug boy in 2014,” said Pena this morning at Clocker's Corner. A 27-year-old native of Guatemala who is represented by agent Patty Sterling, Pena brings a ready smile and industrious perspective to his current position. “I don't want to put any pressure on myself, but we're going to try and win the title. It would be my first. and if I can get it, we'll take it.
“I was 17 when I came to this country. I started as hot walker, so right now I'm happy with where we are but always looking to do better with Patty. She's a hustler.”
Pena's landmark day started with Nehemiah winning the fourth race for trainer Molly Pearson; Rick's Dream taking the fifth for Hector Palma, the career leader in daytime training titles at Los Alamitos; Poco Suenos in the sixth, again for Pearson; and Senator Robert in the seventh for Genaro Vallejo, a four-race sweep.
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