April 17-20 Stakes Recap
April 17-20 Stakes Recap
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 17-20. For recaps of most graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes and trials, and most stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recaps in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.
Im A Fancee Chik outran her 21-1 odds to win Saturday's $68,000 Laico Bird Stakes (RG3) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds.
Trained by Clint Crawford for owners Danny Salisbury and Dennis Salisbury, Im A Fancee Chick defeated Pevs Charley by a half of a length while covering 330 yards in :16.660. Mario Delgado rode the gray daughter of Im A Fancy Pyc.
Im A Fancee Chik was bred by Danny Salisbury. The filly is out of Dixie Marrone (TB), a winning 18-year-old daughter of the Two Punch (TB) stallion Smoke Glacken (TB). Dixie Marrone has foaled four Thoroughbred winners from as many starters.
Im A Fancee Chick was winning for the second time in three outs, and the $37,800 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory increased her earnings to $51,850.
Shy Kisser ran third and was followed by Jf Storm Wagon, Ill Be Gone, 5-2 favorite JS Dashin Capi, Luludashingstoli, Valerity, Candy Going Grand, and Jr What You Mean.
Sent to post at odds of 17-1 in a field of nine Oklahoma-bred sophomores, Bran Nu Dae responded with a nose victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $68,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes (RG3).
Bran Nu Dae stopped the timer in :17.451 under jockey Jose Amador Alvarez. Eddie D. Willis saddled the homebred Freighttrain B filly for owner Alona James of Ada, Oklahoma.
Bran Nu Dae was making her first start since October 10, when the filly scored a one-length win in a 330-yard, $14,200 non-winners-of-two allowance dash at Will Rogers Downs. Raced exclusively in Oklahoma, Bran Nu Dae has won three of six outs, and the $38,400 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her bankroll to $66,758.
Dalts Fancy Pistol, Contender, Facing The Fire, Best Of You, Cindydoesitagain, Gym N Jam, 2-1 favorite Saturday Nite Secret, and Lr Tempting Beast completed the order of finish.
A sharp break from post 8 helped 7-5 favorite Whirlaway Wagon score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds.
Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr., Whirlaway Wagon covered 330 yards in :16.672 while earning a 93 speed index and defeating 3-1 second choice B Me by one length. Manuel Rodriguez prepped the bay son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Whirlaway Red for owner MRB Racing LLC of North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Whirlaway Wagon was coming off of a three-quarter length victory at odds of 15-1 in a 330-yard Remington Park Futurity (RG1) trial on April 3. The gelding was bred by BC Buckskin Inc., and he was a $19,000 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale. His dam, Lil Miss Party Doll, is a winning 10-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare.
Whirlaway Wagon has banked $50,504 from two outs.
VF Kiss Me Quick ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Whirlaway Wagon, and was followed by Oro Cartel, Bp Fancydownsouth, Marty James, BV Stand By Me, and Quasiluna.
Making her first-ever start at this track, Cat Daddys Lil Girl won Saturday's 350-yard, $75,000 Easy Date Stakes for fillies and mares.
Cat Daddys Lil Girl defeated Ratification by a head in :17.378. Noe Garcia Jr. rode the homebred 5-year-old daughter of Big Daddy Cartel for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez and trainer Jason Giles.
Cat Daddys Lil Girl was making her first start since January 3, when the gray mare ran second, a half of a length behind winner Kiss Thru Fire, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos. Cat Daddys Lil Girl has won eight of 18 races, and the $41,400 winner's share of the purse from her third lifetime stakes victory increased her earnings to $388,682.
HH Gailforce, Kieva, Macs Lady M, Kiss Thru Fire, Olena Sangria, Call Me Kash, Diamond And A Half, Chicks With Coronas, and Ritas Back On Track completed the order of finish.
For The Irony, a gelded son of Valiant Hero and the fastest qualifier, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire victory in Monday's $77,093 Arizona QRA Turf Paradise Open Spring Derby for 3-year-olds.
Prepped by Eric Valenzuela for owner Diamond Racing Stables LLC, For The Irony went 350 yards in :17.397 while posting a 108 speed index and his third stakes win. Adrian Ramos rode the black gelding.
For The Irony was bred in California by Stone Chase Stables LLC, and he made his sophomore season debut with a 1 1/4-length victory in the second of five trials on March 29. A $20,000 purchase at the 2019 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the gelding has won all six of his starts, including last year's 350-yard, $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes and 400-yard, $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile Invitational Stakes, and he has earned $134,208.
Republic Anne ran second, a neck behind For The Irony, and was followed by Hops Flying High, Kellys First Moon, CC Revv Her, Hez Our Money Secret, AJs On Time, Relentless Six, Jess Packn Heat, and Shes Already Famous.
Eddie and Andrea Jensen's Mound Valley Eagle is the fastest qualifier to the May 1, $80,000-est. Hadley/Giles Futurity.
Racing in the first of 11 300-yard trials on Saturday, Mound Valley Eagle stopped the timer in :15.577 while winning his heat by 1 1/2 lengths in his career debut. Jesus Valenzuela rode the son of One Fabulous Eagle for trainer Riley Moosman.
Mound Valley Eagle was bred in Idaho by Abigail K. Kawananakoa, and the colt is out of Royal Fooseberrypie, a winning homebred 6-year-old daughter of champion Foose. He traces back to his fourth dam, Artesias Special Gal, a multiple graded stakes winning daughter of Beduino (TB).
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