From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2013) -- The story of A Jealous Woman is one of faith, hope and charity: faith in the horse, hope for the future, and charity to mankind.
Owned by two retired mailmen who race as the Three Cent Stable and trained by true believer Francis Meza and assisted by her husband, Eddie, A Jealous Woman seeks her second straight stakes win in Monday’s Presidents’ Day feature, the Grade II, $150,000 guaranteed Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.
A Jealous Woman has been trained by Francis for just over a year, since the 7-year-old California-bred mare recovered from a bowed tendon suffered in March of 2010.
The chestnut daughter of Muqtarib bred by Denise Kim Thorson and part owner Nick Tamborrino was second in the Goldikova on Breeders’ Cup day last Nov. 4, then made her 2013 debut with a courageous neck victory under regular rider Brice Blanc in the Megahertz Stakes at one mile on turf Jan. 19.
“Right now, she’s at her peak. She’s at her best,” Francis said. “Last Tuesday she worked five furlongs on the grass in a bullet 59 flat with Brice up. He always works her.”
A Jealous Woman is owned by Richard Reid of Arcadia and Tamborrino of Rancho Cucamonga, who were mailmen for 30 years before turning their focus to racing. “We’re just little guys enjoying the game,” Reid said.
Francis has been a pastor for the past 20 years, a time during which she learned the ropes walking horses for trainers Richard Mandella and Craig Lewis. She also worked eight years for the California Thoroughbred Trainers organization.
“We got involved when we were counseled by the racing chaplaincy about 21 years ago,” said Eddie, chaplain for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, and brother of former jockey Rafael Meza. “We got counseled by the Race Track Chaplaincy and thanks to them and God, it changed our lives completely.
“Our marriage was broken, but we were not ready to give up on it or the race track industry, so we challenged ourselves, to leave the past and try to do better for everybody. When challenging situations come our way, we look for the best.
“A Jealous Woman was a challenge for us. Three Cent Stable gave us the opportunity to bring her back to health and she responded really well for us. I mention it to the owners all the time that she’s one in a million.
“Being involved with horses for the last 35 years, you don’t see them come back from these kind of tendon injuries. Now, A Jealous Woman is 100 percent. I’m not talking 90, 80 percent. You look at her, you don’t know what tendon was injured.
“Even when an injury like that heals, usually horses go down a level. They go lower. Before she would run (a mile in) 1:34 and change, 1:35. Now she’s running 1:33 (her time for winning the Megahertz) consistently. That’s out of this world.
“And the attitude that she has, she doesn’t look like a 7-year-old mare. She looks like a 3-year-old filly. She’s a joy to have in the barn. It’s opened up a lot of doors in different areas. Now we have a stable of over 20 horses.”
One might say A Jealous Woman has been their salvation.