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August 2, 2014
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the weekend of August 2-3, 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.
Coronas Concierge and jockey Jorge Torres won the $40,150 North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity by a neck Sunday at Canterbury Park, covering the 350 yards in :17.868 seconds. TTY From Mr Pye finished second, a nose in front of Ode Tah Ed. Wagering favorite Lethal N First was fourth.
Coronas Concierge is trained by Jason Olmstead and owned by Tom Maher of Pierre, S.D., and his brother Bill Maher of Boxelder, S.D. The Corona Cartel filly, who was bred by Bobby Cox in Oklahoma, paid $19.40 to win.
“We thought this could happen,” Tom Maher, who also owns Lethal N First, said. “She’s honest. She was down on the inside in the trial race and didn’t like it. Today she had a better post position.”
Coronas Concierge broke from the fifth post position in this race.
“But the main reason is Jason, Jason, Jason, Jason,” Maher added, referring to the filly’s trainer, who is currently the second leading Quarter Horse trainer at Canterbury.
Tom Maher is second all-time in Quarter Horse owner wins and earnings at Canterbury Park, dating back to 1985 when the Shakopee, Minn., track opened.
Les Bois Park
Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, wrapped up its race meet on Saturday with Idaho Cup Day featuring a full card of stakes for state-bred Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses.
In the richer of the two Quarter Horse events, Jorge Navarro’s One Prompt JJ scored in the $32,004 Idaho Cup Futurity (R). Ridden by Cesar DeAlba and trained by Monty Arrossa, the Jesse James Jr filly won by a length as the 9-10 favorite and dashed 350 yards in :17.464. The filly, who was bred by Mark and Peggy Brown, picked up her first career stakes win and fifth overall win to boost her earnings to $37,584. Maiden Tequila Vista took second at odds of 12-1 with RTM Mr Caccia in third.
DeAlba and Arrossa also teamed to capture the $21,574 Idaho Cup Derby (R) with Mark and Holly Curtis’ Fames Version. Bred by Gary and Jeralyn Messenger and sired by Winners Version, the filly prevailed by a nose as the 8-5 favorite with a clocking of :19.795 for 400 yards. Fames Version has hit the board in 11 of 14 career starts with five wins and earnings of $21,013. The FDD Dynasty filly Angel Eyez, who finished second in last year’s Idaho Cup Futurity, took second in the Derby with Dreaming To Fly in third.
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