January 17-19 Stakes Recap
January 17-19 Stakes Recap
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 17-19. 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 section. This page will be updated throughout the week.
Rogelio Marquez Jr.'s Patriot On Ice, an 8-1 longshot, earned his first stakes win in the first division of Saturday's $25,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds.
Aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind, Patriot On Ice went 350 yards on a muddy and sealed track in :17.301 while posting a 104 speed index. Ricardo Hernandez Jr. rode the sorrel Jet Black Patriot gelding for trainer Alberto Solis.
Patriot On Ice was bred by Jordan Michael Bertrand. The gelding has won three of five starts and has banked $58,330, and his juvenile campaign included a third-place finish in the 300-yard Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at this track.
Strut For Petes Sake finished second, three-quarters of a length behind Patriot On Ice, and was followed by 2-1 favorite Ms Diamond Prize, Hez Jess A Cartel, Jess Redwhiteandblue, Eyeondaprize, Speedy Piloto Gee, RH Jess Momo, Glazee, and A Quick Jewel.
Runaway Second Down, the 3-5 favorite in a field of 10, scored a nose victory in the second division of the Billy Montgomery Stakes.
Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. and aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind, Runaway Second Down covered 350 yards in :17.410 and earned a 101 speed index on a muddy and sealed track. Robi Meche prepped the gelded son of Sir Runaway Dash for owners Eulalio Argote and Victor Alvarado.
Runaway Second Down was bred by Grant Farms LLC, and he was coming off of a victory in the 350-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse on December 14. Raced exclusively in Louisiana, the gray gelding has won five of nine starts and has earned $428,526, and his three career stakes scores include last year's 350-yard Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs.
Blueacrossyourmind, Fast Dash Hondo Cat, Brileys Prize, Five Bar Fast, TLC Jumpin Gidget, One Fast Perry, Fast Black Hunter, Famous Connie, and RF Apolliticalcookie completed the order of finish.
Tac Me Up opened his 4-year-old campaign with a half-length victory in Friday's $25,000 Cypress Stakes.
Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, Tac Me Up covered 350 yards in :17.442. Reigning AQHA champion trainer Chris O'Dell prepped the Kiddy Up gelding for owners Ruth Barbour, Colten O'Dell, and Wendy O'Dell.
Tac Me Up was bred in California by Garrett Firth. The gelding was making his first start since December 13, when he finished second in the Grade 2, 400-yard Southern California Derby at this track. Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, Tac Me Up has won seven of 19 starts, and the $13,750 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes score pushed his earnings to $137,534.
Nicasio was Los Alamitos' leading rider in purse earnings in 2019.
"Last year was a very good year and I had a chance to ride a lot of nice horses,” said Nicasio. "I rode a lot of nice babies and some standouts like Runforyourlife, Powerful Favorite, and others who’ll also be strong this year.
"Tac Me Up will be right there in 2020, and he should be one of the better horses in handicaps," the rider added. "He was always nervous inside the gate, but now he’s pretty good. I think he’ll be one of my best horses this year.”
Rite Quick finished second, one length in front of Jess Send It and One Proud Eagle, who finished in a dead heat for third. Eagles Policy, Singles Cruise, and CM Boom Shakalaka completed the order of finish.
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