angle-left April 19-21 Stakes Recap

April 19-21 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.
text size

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 19-21. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes and trials, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recaps in the Racing News and Challenge sections. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Delta Downs
Gunsmoke B, a gray son of American Runaway owned by Rogelio Marquez Jr., made his 6-year-old season debut with a victory in Friday's $27,700 Delta Dash Stakes.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto for trainer Alberto Solis and sent to post as the 4-1 second choice in the field of 10 sprinters, Gunsmoke B covered 250 yards in :13.178, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from DM La Jolla. The Louisiana-bred gelding earned $18,000 while extending his winning streak to three races.

Gunsmoke B was bred by Bielau Oaks, and he was making his first start since December 15, when he scored a three-quarter length win in a 220-yard, $22,000 open-condition allowance dash for Louisiana-breds at Evangeline Downs. A $10,000 claimer during the 2017 Evangeline Downs meet, the gelding has won five of 24 starts and has banked $65,520.

Heza Magic Coronas finished third, a head behind DM La Jolla, and was followed by Jets Fast Dash, Cosmo Lela, Hot Prize, Blue Eyed Cartel, Rock Solid Babe AW, even-money favorite Jess Adalida, and Pieper.

Also on Friday, the field was set for the May 10, $74,110 Old South Derby, as Jorge Haddad's Anasttasia set the fastest qualifying time.

Ridden by Luis Vivanco, Anasttasia won the first of five 350-yard trials by a clear 1 1/2 lengths in :17.139. Kenneth Roberts Sr. prepped the homebred daughter of The Louisiana Cartel, who was making her sophomore season debut.

Anasttasia has won three of seven starts, including last year's Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R) at Prairie Meadows, and she has earned $90,437.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

On Saturday, Juan M. Montoya's Little Toy Guns led at every call en route to a half-length victory in the $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes (R) for state-bred aged runners who previously had not won a stakes race.

Prepped by Eliseo Celestino and sent to post at odds of 17-1, Little Toy Guns covered 350 yards in :17.663. Ricardo Hernandez Jr. rode the 4-year-old gelded son of First Prize Doc.

Little Toy Guns was bred by Belinda Disotell, and he was coming off of a victory in an optional claiming race at Louisiana Downs on February 18. The gelding has won four of 11 outs, and the $24,000 winner's share of the Louisiana Purchase Stakes purse increased his earnings to $66,814.

Sizzlin On Da Bayou ran second and was followed by Its What It Is, 6-5 favorite Game Overtime, Lil Bro Big Streak, Flamin Hot Fortune, Spit In My Corona, and Mps Triple Zazoom.

Also on Saturday, Chicks Ivory House set the fastest qualifying time to the May 11, $104,705 Old South Futurity.

Ridden by Modesto Pina, Chicks Ivory House won the sixth of eight 330-yard trials by three-quarters of a length in :17.018. Wendy Garcia trained the Oklahoma-bred Ivory James filly for owners Bill Manning and Steven Jordan.

Chicks Ivory House was bred by Ray Rittenhouse. The filly has earned $4,021 from two races.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Remington Park
Of the eight stakes contested at this track on Saturday, four were ungraded and restricted to Oklahoma-breds.

Juan Pulido rode VF Jedi Returns to a head victory in Saturday's $68,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds.

Prepped by Samuel Valdivia for owner Julio Contreras, VF Jedi Returns went 350 yards in :17.609. The sorrel son of High Rate Of Return banked $37,800 from his seventh win in 11 starts and first stakes score.

VF Jedi Returns was bred by Victory Farms, and he was a $9,700 purchase at the 2017 Heritage Place Yearling Sale. Campaigned exclusively in Oklahoma, the gelding has earned $160,420, and he was a finalist in the March 23 Oklahoma Derby (G3) and last year's Heritage Place Futurity (G1).

Little Kool Belle, Americas Dynasty, Tarish, Saratoga Return, Js History Lesson, Throw Th Dice, Jess Let It B, Pops Tempting Wagon, and My Take completed the order of finish.

Making his second career start, Shelly Coldwell Goodnight's Fancy Pants DC earned his first stakes win in Saturday's Laico Bird Stakes (R) for 2-year-olds.

Fancy Pants DC covered 330 yards in :16.895 while defeating 6-5 favorite Pepper Ryan by a neck. Cody Smith rode the homebred Im A Fancy Pyc gelding for trainer Bill Goodnight.

Fancy Pants DC was coming off of a half-length victory in a 250-yard maiden-special-weight dash at this track on March 23. The gelding is out of DC Cartel, a homebred winning daughter of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel.

The $37,800 winner's share of the $68,000 Laico Bird purse bumped Fancy Pants DC's earnings to $51,640.

Barbie Tales finished third, a nose behind Pepper Ryan, and was followed by Tres Of Hero, Clean Brew, Ew Train On Fire, Latuda, Juanells Fireball, High Rate Of Desire, and Ritas Back On Track.

Jessie Marie outran her 38-1 odds to win the $68,000 Easy Date Stakes (R) for distaffers on Saturday.

Under jockey Edwuin Lujan, Jessie Marie went 350 yards in :17.603, and her margin of victory was a head from 4-5 favorite Curls Happy Wagon. Manuel Almanza trained the 5-year-old bay daughter of Spit Curl Jess for owner Palomino Trucking Inc.

Jessie Marie was bred by Dolores Hill, and she was making her first start since September 28, when she won a 300-yard starter allowance ($5,000 or less) at Will Rogers Downs. The mare has raced exclusively in Oklahoma and has won nine of 19 starts and has banked $125,265.

Weetonas Lafawn, Preyn Onthe Mountain, First Of 15, Mamasito Magic, Priceless, Splendid Cause, and Fly N Tell completed the order of finish.

Relentless Gun, a homebred son of Hes Relentless racing for Running C Ranch LLC and trained by Guillermo Valdivia, sprinted to a one-length win in Saturday's $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R).

Ridden by Rolando Raudales and sent to post at odds of 16-1, Relentless Gun covered 330 yards in :16.909 while racing against a reported 5-mph head wind. The bay gelding earned $40,820 from his first win in two starts.

Relentless Gun's dam, CF Smokin Gun, a winning 8-year-old daughter of 2001 champion 2-year-old colt Tres Seis. His second dam, the winning Strawflyin Buds mare CF Buds A Smokin, ran third in the '04 Quicksilver Stakes at this track.

Alotalota finished second and was followed by 2-1 favorite Jay Number 7, Jesses Dashair, Will B Valiant, Shes Relentlesswagon, Apollitical J One, Highest Rate In Town, and Domishay.

Sam Houston Race Park
Bobby D. Cox's Hawkeye was a prompt 3-10 favorite in Saturday's 550-yard, $15,000 Harris County Stakes.

Hawkeye defeated 16-1 longshot Onefamousstreakinash by a clear 3 3/4 lengths in :27.323. Victor Urieta Jr. rode the homebred 4-year-old One Dashing Eagle stallion for trainer Josue Ponce.

Hawkeye was winning for the fifth time in 11 starts and posting his first career stakes win. The stallion has earned $177,835, and he was a finalist in last year's 440-yard Rainbow Derby (G1) and 2017 All American Futurity (G1), both at Ruidoso Downs.

Hawkeye returned a 2.60 win mutuel and teamed with Onefamousstreakinash for a $2 exacta payoff of $19.20. Jettin Feature, an 18-1 longshot, ran third to complete a $61.30 ($1) trifecta.

Th Thomas Leo, Frisco Jess, Love Ta Zoom, Buddy Boy Bok, and Jrc Callas First completed the order of finish.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.