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There was no doubt Victor Olivo would make a seamless transfer from jockey to trainer a few years ago. Indiana Grand’s fourth all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey already has a Quarter Horse track record to his credit as a trainer. His filly, Jess Kool Lady, established a new mark for 350 yards last year in a time of :17.384 seconds. Now, he’s expanding into Thoroughbred racing.
A native of Mexico, Olivo made the decision following the 2015 racing season that he would begin putting his talents into training Quarter Horses. After two seasons, he is now among the track’s all-time top 25 Quarter Horse trainers with 15 wins and is off to another fast start in 2018.
Olivo has five starts with eight wins thus far, recording his most recent victory with Trickitty Track, ridden by Samuel Mendez, in a $13,000 two-year-old maiden race Wednesday, June 27. The Freighttrain B filly, owned by Francisco Javier Robles Jr., romped to an easy win which will set her up nicely for her next start.
A driving rainstorm didn’t deter Jess Kool Lady from displaying her best stride at Indiana Grand Friday, April 28. The three-year-old daughter of Apollitical Jess completed the 350 yard distance in a time of :17.384 seconds to establish the new mark.
Jess Kool Lady and jockey Giovani Vasquez-Gomez began from post two in the impressive field of 10 starters that included several stakes winners. The duo made their presence known early in the race and rallied home on the inside to win by one-half length over My Royal Wagon and Harold Collins. WH Kenny G and Rodney Prescott rounded out the trifecta.
Owned by Enrique Ibarra, Jess Kool Lady earned her third career win in four starts for trainer Victor Olivo. Olivo, who retired from riding in 2015, converted over to training last season and has already seen success from his small stable. Jess Kool Lady had two wins in three outings at Indiana Grand as a two year old last fall. Olivo then traveled to Oklahoma for the Oklahoma Derby trials at Remington Park in early March, turning in the fastest trial time before finishing fourth in the Grade III $250,000 final two weeks later.
Victor Olivo has been a successful Quarter Horse jockey in Indiana for the past decade. He won the title at Indiana Grand in 2012 and is currently ranked in second place on the list of all-time leading Quarter Horse jockeys at Indiana Grand. However, at the end of the racing season in 2015, he rode his last horse back to be unsaddled. He knew it was time to pursue another avenue in Quarter Horse racing.
Olivo took some horses to Hialeah to race this winter and went through the process to become a Quarter Horse trainer, receiving his license in Florida. He returned to Wilkinson, Ind. this spring as he always does, ready to race at Indiana Grand, only this time, he will have a different vantage point during the races.
“It’s more exciting I think to be a trainer rather than a jockey,” said Olivo. “And I get more nervous. As a jockey I was always relaxed and went into every race the same, whether it was a claimer or a stakes race. Now, they all feel like stakes races to me.”
Olivo didn’t wait long to visit the winner’s circle. He got his first training win with Carters Success in the final race Tuesday, April 26. He was mentored into training by Paul Martin. Olivo has been the jockey for all of Martin’s horses over the past four or five years, including the stable’s standout WH Design By Dash, who is nearing $300,000 in earnings. Martin also had an entry in the race, finishing third behind Carters Success with Rock This Candy Tree ridden by Cristian Esqueda.