‘Very Smart, Very Strong’ Cedillo Celebrates First Grade 1 Win By Going Back To Work

by | 09.29.2019 | 4:02pm
Jockey Abel Cedillo celebrates aboard Mongolian Groom after their victory in the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

It was business as usual for Abel Cedillo Sunday morning after winning his first Grade I stakes at Santa Anita yesterday aboard longshot Mongolian Groom for trainer Enebish Ganbat in the Awesome Again Stakes.

For good measure, the 30-year-old native of Guatemala won his first graded stakes three races earlier by capturing the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship on 9-1 shot Cleopatra's Strike for trainer Phil D'Amato.

“He worked nine horses this morning and started at 5 o'clock,” said Cedillo's agent, Tom Knust. “He has a lot of talent, works hard, is very smart, very strong and reminds you a lot of Joel Rosario.” Cedillo caught the eye of Knust while winning races in bunches at Golden Gate earlier this year, confident he could succeed on the competitive Southern California circuit.

“I'm very happy with him,” Knust continued. “As for upsetting McKinzie, you never know, because that's horse racing. You could pay $12,000 for a horse (as Mongolian Stable did for Mongolian Groom) or you could pay a million dollars. You can never tell how good they are until they start running.”

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