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August 16, 2014
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the weekend of August 8-10, listed by track. For recaps of graded stakes and Bank of America Racing Challenge events, see the individual race recap stories posted in the Previews and Recaps section. This recap page will be updated throughout the weekend.
The improvement of PYC First Prize Joe from a $7,500 claim in Oklahoma in April culminated on Saturday at Arapahoe Park with a daylight victory in the $85,740 Mile High Derby. The fastest qualifier from the trials on August 1 and the 7-5 favorite in the field of nine, PYC First Prize Joe pulled away for a 1 1/2-length victory in :19.611 seconds for 400 yards. Ramiro Garcia rode the Jose Aguilera-owned-and-trained bay gelding sired by PYC Paint Your Wagon out of dam First Prize Joy.
BF Storm Chaser and jockey Russell Vicchrilli were second with a neck to Jo Jo Hot Legs and jockey Francisco Giles in third.
PYC First Prize Joe had finished second in the $67,155 Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe Park on July 12 heading into the Mile High trials. NCC Firefly, the 32-1 winner of the Rocky Mountain Derby, finished eighth in the Mile High Derby.
New Mexico-based Lotta Dynasty and jockey Benito Baca prevailed by a head over Toshi Yoshi, the Cherry Creek Futurity (R) winner, in Sunday’s $156,800 Mile High Futurity on closing day of the meet at Arapahoe Park. It was a completely different outcome for Lotta Dynasty from his previous futurity final performance, a last-place finish in the Four Corners Futurity (G3) at SunRay Park in New Mexico in June after being bumped at the break. The 2-year-old gelding bred in Utah by owners George and Judy Weldon and trained by Blake Rust had a clean trip breaking from the outside in the Mile High Futurity, winning the 400-yard race in :19.850 seconds at 9-1 odds.
Toshi Yoshi, on the other hand, was bumped at the start but made up almost a length in just falling short for jockey Ramiro Garcia, trainer Manuel Orozco and owner Dana Yoshida-Orozco as the 2-1 favorite. Then just a neck behind in third was fastest-qualifier One Corona At A Time and jockey Francisco Giles in the three-way photo finish.
Fair Grounds in New Orleans held a pair of Louisiana-bred stakes on Saturday starting with the $60,000 Audubon Stakes (R) for older fillies and mares. At the wire it was Ana Alvidrez’s Patriots Toast by a half-length as the 5-2 favorite. Piloted by Raul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Martin Trejo, the 5-year-old Game Patriot mare got the 350-yard distance in :17.445. She spent most of 2012 in the claiming ranks and moved up in class throughout 2013 before hitting the board in two stakes this year. The Audubon marks her first stakes win and improves her record to 28-10-6-4 with earnings of $176,242. She was bred by Dr. Tommy Hays.
In the $60,000 Treme Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds, T M Ranch’s Ol Time Preacher Man scored the second stakes win of his career after winning last year’s $1 million LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs. The Kenneth Roberts Sr. trainee, who was bred by Jo Baya Foreman, prevailed by a half-length in :17.435 for 350 yards. Now a winner of four of 10 starts with two seconds and two thirds, Ol Time Preacher Man, a gelded son of Heza Fash Dash, has earned $559,573.
At Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Janis Calton’s FDD Queens Dynasty prevailed by a neck to take the $35,652 Alberta Bred Derby (R). Ridden by Jordan Hadley and trained by Kurt Calton, the gray filly by FDD Dynasty dashed 330 yards in :16.92. This marked the fifth win from nine starts and first stakes victory for the filly, who was bred by E. Vanee, R. Sakamoto and D. Edwards. Her earnings now stand at $28,593.
Remington Memories, the winner of last year’s Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3), closed to take second with Tres Bubbles in third.
Salvador’s Pimienta’s Emperor Valerian took the win in the $20,000 Brigand Stakes at 550 yards after CJs Rocksolid finished first and was disqualified from the victory on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.
The revised order of finish moved Moon Dynasty up to second and Royal Guardian was placed third. CJs Rocksolid was placed last in the 10-horse field.
CJs Rocksolid made a big move in the final 100 yards to surge past the veteran Emperor Valerian, however he was drifting in from the outside post position and bothered Unshaken Secret.
The Brandon Muniz-trained Emperor Valerian, the 7-5 favorite, was timed in :26.595 with Ricky Ramirez aboard.
A 6-year-old gelding by Heza Fast Dash, Emperor Valerian scored his second win from four starts at the 550-yard distance. He was second in this spring’s $35,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes over 550 yards at Remington Park. He closed out his Remington Park campaign with a win in the $50,000 Remington Park Distance Handicap (G3) over 870 yards at 18-1 odds.
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