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Ernesto Alvarez awarded "Caretaker of the Month"

02:22 AM 23 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Ernesto Alvarez is honored as the Caretaker of the Month at Pompano Park. (L-R) Rosie Huff, Alvarez, John Berry and Tom Hicks of Florida Chapter USHWA
Photo by Dee Leftwich

Tonight the Florida Chapter of USHWA awarded Ernesto Alvarez as its January Caretaker of the Month for his fine work, in the Joe Pavia Stable, handling the red-hot open pacing mare Arodasi (5f, Western Terror-Do Me Justice-Keystone Raider). An October, 2012 purchase by Joe Pavia Jr. Stable Inc., Peter V. Shank, Joseph Barbera and AGC Stables Inc., Arodasi recorded three January wins in fillies/mares open handicap competition and took a 1:52f mark, which she lowered to 1:51.4k shortly after the award presentation. Tonight she scored with an impressive overland move from seventh to record a hard neck fought win. Mr. Alvarez received a plaque and check from the Florida Chapter for his efforts, which he mentioned on interview that the success was due to "good care and walking her a lot."

Arodasi now sports career earnings of $190,311 with 13 victories. Her four 2014 victories have been worth $20,000 and she banked over $88,000 last year in 31 starts. The combination of great care and solid pedigree has made this one work. First dam Do Me Justice (3, 1:53.2f, $412,844), by the legendary iron-tough Michigan stallion Keystone Raider, is a 100% produced from eight foals, all with records of 2:00 or better and four with earnings of over $100,000. Second dam Always In Style generated 12 money winners from 13 foals including two more $400,000 plus career earners, Another Mile and Do Me Good.

Here's wishing Ernesto Alvarez, Arodasi and her connections continued success in their journey toward "another mile" victory.

Thomas H. Hicks and Steve Wolf



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