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July 4-7 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.
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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of July 4-7. 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.

Canterbury Park
Seven official Quarter Horse stakes were run at this track on Sunday, including the $156,200 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, and three regional Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes

Also on Sunday, Jess Wagon P outran her 19-1 odds to win the $78,050 Canterbury Park Derby for 3-year-olds.

Racing for Randy L. Hill and trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, Jess Wagon P went 400 yards in :20.041 while racing against a reported 15-mph head wind. Froylan Ramirez rode the Texas-bred daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry.

Jess Wagon P was bred by Michael A. Pohl. Campaigned in four states, including New Mexico and Oklahoma, she has won two of 11 races, and the $35,122 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory boosted her earnings to $49,163, of which $42,207 has been pocketed this season.

Apollitical Mogul, the 3-1 favorite in the full field of 10 sophomores, finished second, a head behind Jess Wagon P, and was followed by Heza Blues Man, Spy For The Senate, The Bald Eagle, Its No Sin To Win, Sweet Bab Of Return, Stripper Dust, HR Back N The Day, and Jess Doin Time.

C.A. Cofer's A Valiant Diamond broke her maiden in Sunday's $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile Stakes

Sent to post at odds of 16-1, A Valiant Diamond covered 350 yards in :18.055 while defeating Cr Hez The Man by a half of a length. Nik Goodwin rode the gray One Valiant Hero filly for trainer Patrick Swan.

A Valiant Diamond was bred in Oklahoma by Valeriano Racing Stables LLC. The filly is out of Sixy Chamisa, a multiple graded stakes winning 12-year-old Sixes Royal mare.

A Valiant Diamond has won one of her four outs and has banked $10,221.

Relentless Candy, Easy Wagon Tales, Little Bit Of Hero, Aces Bodaciousbeauty, Rose Colored Wagon, and Harleys Wild Fire completed the order of finish.

Cristian Esqueda rode 2-1 second choice Tipsy Girl B to a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $36,068 Minnesota QHRA Stallion Auction Futurity.

Prepped by Jason Olmstead for owners Tom Maher and Paul Luedemann, Tipsy Girl B defeated even-money favorite Hr Storm On In by one length in :17.789. The $16,231 winner's share of the from the filly's third win in as many outs pushed her earnings to $30,671.

Tipsy Girl B was bred in Texas by Bielau Oaks, and she was an $8,700 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. Her dam, the winning 8-year-old Fdd Dynasty mare Devil Wears Prada B, ran third in the 2013 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Relentless Concierge finished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Tipsy Girl B, and was followed by Fastest Leader, Beep Beep Zoom Zoom, Fly Relentless Fly, Relentless Jess, Hes A Kingman, Reigning Berries, and Relentless Lady.

Delta Downs
This track ended its Quarter Horse meet with Louisiana Showcase Night on Saturday. Click here for a full recap.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
BV Comeback Kid rallied to win Saturday’s $16,850 Fair Meadows Maturity.

Racing on a muddy and sealed track, BV Comeback Kid covered 350 yards in :17.461, and his margin of victory was a neck from Tommy The Train. Armando Ramirez II rode the gray 4-year-old son of Corona Cartel for owners Elizabeth Reyes and Gerardo Garcia, and trainer Luz Chavira.

BV Comeback Kid was bred in Oklahoma by Bella Vista Farms LLC, and he was coming off of a Remington Park campaign during which he won two of his three starts. Raced in Oklahoma and Iowa, the gelding has won four of 17 outs, and the $10,230 winner’s share of the purse from his first stakes score increased his earnings to $84,960.

Racanteur, JK Hard Times, Apollitical Valor, Luv My Bully, Blue Shell, Miss Jess Wrangler, All Around Hero, and Mh Mean Eyed Cat completed the order of finish.

Gillespie County Fair
Glimpse Of Fire scored a half-length victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $18,500 Hill Country Classic Stakes.

Ridden by Eliazar Vera and racing against a reported 10-mph head wind, Glimpse Of Fire tripped the timer in :17.966. Martin Rodriguez trained the homebred 4-year-old Glimpse Of Greatness gelding for owner Mario G. Rodriguez.

Glimpse Of Fire was stretching out in distance off of his sixth-place finish in the May 17 Texas Twister Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. The gelding has won seven of 15 starts, including three of his four outs at this track, and the $11,100 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed his earnings to $46,240.

Steves Klassy Jess, Jess Rockin Thunder, Thecartelofmiracle, Financial Top, and Fast N Fun Jordan completed the order of finish.

On Sunday, the field was set for the July 20, $48,600 Gillespie County Fair Association Firecracker Futurity.

Jeg Moons Facination, a homebred daughter of champion First Moonflash owned by Jesus Eden Garza, set the fastest qualifying time with her 3 3/4-length victory in the second of four trials. Ridden by Noe Villatoro for trainer Jose U. Lopez, the New Mexico-bred filly went 350 yards in :17.720 while making her career debut.

Jeg Moons Facination is out of JA Fascination, a winning and stakes-placed Mr Jess Perry mare.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Grants Pass Downs
Second-fastest qualifier Senor Frogs led at every call en route to a three-quarter length win in Thursday's $37,950 Grants Pass Firecracker Futurity.

Owned and trained by Freddy Ibarra, Senor Frogs covered 350 yards in :17.452 while recording a 105 speed index and his first stakes victory. Jaime Lopez rode the gelded son of Coronado Cartel.

Senor Frogs was bred in Oregon by Michael McKay and Shannon McKay. The gelding is out of Nellie Soprano, a homebred winning daughter of Mr Eye Opener.

Senor Frogs has won three of four starts and has banked $17,889. He was a finalist in the May 12, 300-yard Pot O'Gold Futurity at Sun Downs.

John Carter Cash, the fastest qualifier and 13-10 favorite, finished second and was followed by Just Watch Him, Corazon Rastado 727, One Flyin Foose, Holi Van Gogh, Ur My Chick, and Approval Given.

Indiana Grand
This track presented an all-Quarter Horse program on Saturday.

Ruth F. Barbour’s Country Boy 123’s return to Indiana Grand was a successful one, as the 6-year-old son of champion Country Chicks Man sprinted to a clear 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $52,160 Bradford Stakes.

Prepped by Anthony Cunningham, Country Boy 123 covered 400 yards in :19.648. Giovani Vazquez-Gomez rode the bay Michigan-bred gelding.

Country Boy 123 was bred by Carolyn C. Bay, and he was coming off of a sixth-place finish in an allowance dash at Ajax Downs near Toronto on June 16.

“We’ve only had him a couple of weeks,” said Cunningham. “Ruth sent him to us in good shape. We just did a little fine tuning to get him ready and he settled in a lot better this year. The first two times he came to Indiana, he didn’t get away good and struggled a little, but he broke well tonight.”
 
Barbour knows Country Boy 123 well, as she purchased the gelding for $7,200 at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale. She gallops the gelding herself, so she gets a first-hand view of his progress.
 
“Right now, I have a 3-year-old Quarter Horse and (Country Boy 123), and the rest are Thoroughbreds,” said Barbour. “I gallop him on our track at home, so he’s broke pretty well. We’ll take him home and we may visit Indiana in October for another stakes.”

Country Boy 123 has won 19 of 31 starts, and the $28,688 winner’s share of the purse from his eighth stakes victory boosted his earnings to $314,135.

Wh Kenny G finished second and was followed by Stinkin Rich, Tres My Heart, Accountably, As And Js, Flight To La Jolla, Sweet 16, Encore, and A Tacky Chick.

Packin Secrets, a son of the No Secrets Here stallion Habits Secret, earned his second stakes victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $76,480 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby.

Owned and trained by Ricardo Martinez, Packin Secrets defeated 14-10 favorite Wrs Valentino by a head in :19.879. Jorge Garcia rode the Kentucky-bred gelding for the jockey’s first career stakes win.

Packin Secrets was bred by John A. Wolpert. The gelding underwent surgery for a torn ligament in his stifle, which was sustained in a Governor’s Stakes trial at this track on October 6.

“He (Packin Secrets) got a clean start and he took advantage of that,” said Martinez, who is based in the Chicago area. “He has come back from the surgery good. He’s a nice horse to be around, too.”
 
Martinez also raced and currently owns Habits Secret, who earned $330,334 from 26 starts and won five stakes in Indiana and Florida from 2012-16.

“They (foals of Habits Secret) are all good, and they are winning stakes,” added Martinez. “But, (Packin Secrets) is a Kentucky-bred so he races against open horses. It’s nice to see him race well.”
 
Packin Secrets has won five of seven races, including last year’s Heartland Futurity, and he has earned $100,144.

Pritty, Worth Doing Right, La Jolla Diamante, Beaus Coupe, Unwritten Law, and Bits Leaving You completed the order of finish. Qualifiers Hospitaliti and Serious Side were scratched.

Also on Saturday, Louis A. Ramirez’s Merciless Fire posted the fastest qualifying time to the July 27, $50,000-added Heartland Futurity.

Ridden by Juan Galvan for trainer Claudio Barraza, Merciless fire won the second of three trials by a neck from second-fastest qualifier Chicks A Perry V. The Hes Relentless gelding covered 300 yards in :15.551 while earning his first win in three outs.

Merciless Fire was bred in Texas by King Camden Running Horses Inc. Ramirez purchased the gelding for $12,000 at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale.

Click here for a complete list of Heartland Futurity finalists.

And also on Saturday, the field was set for the July 27, $100,000 Blue River Derby (R) for Indiana-bred sophomores.

Jeannette Hoover’s Hooked On Jordan posted the fastest qualifying time, as the Fast Prize Jordan gelding won the first of two 400-yard trials by a neck in :19.994. Juan Galvan rode Fast Prize Jordan for trainer Ron Raper.

Hooked On Jordan was bred by Raper. The chestnut son of Fast Prize Jordan has won four of 11 starts and has banked $53,140 while racing exclusively at this track.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Retama Park
Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in a field of nine distaffers, Jess Adalida responded with a wire-to-wire victory in Thursday's 350-yard, $15,000 Selma Stakes.

Jess Adalida defeated 27-1 longshot Senators Valentine by three-quarters of a length in :17.783. Manuel Gutierrez rode the 4-year-old daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor and trainer Josue Ponce.

Jess Adalida was bred in California by Double Bar S Ranch LLC, and the mare was shortening in distance off of her second-place finish in the 400-yard, $100,000 Junos Request Stakes (G2) for fillies and mares at Remington Park on June 1. All told, Jess Adalida has won eight of 16 starts, including all three of her outs at this track, and the $8,250 winner's share of the purse from her third stakes victory increased her bankroll to $155,118.

Mystical Jess, Gianni Moons U, Leading Senorita, Shake Em Rocks, Mountain Holme, Classy Seis, and Alinas War Princess completed the order of finish.

This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Friday. Jose R. Espinosa's Louisiana Seis was a prompt 4-5 favorite in the $15,000 Live Oak Stakes.

Saddled by Adrian Huitron and racing against a reported 10-mph head wind, Louisiana Seis covered 350 yards in :17.774 while defeating 7-2 third choice Dm La Jolla by a half of a length. The 4-year-old gray son of The Louisiana Cartel banked $9,450 from his second career stakes score.

Louisiana Seis was bred in Texas by Richard Arizpe. The gelding has won six of 18 outs and has earned $69,661, and his record includes a victory in the May 17 Sam Houston Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

Mighty Corona Jr, Kraken Black, Gone Regardless, and Big Tex completed the order of finish.

Salados Man, a homebred 4-year-old son of champion Country Chicks Man campaigned by Roland T. Cantu, led at every call en route to a 1 3/4-length win in Friday's 550-yard, $15,000 Tower of the Americas Stakes.

Prepped by Angel Sanchez and ridden by Jose Ivan Martinez, Salados Man tripped the timer in :27.812 while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. The Texas-bred gelding earned $8,550 from his first career stakes score.

Salados Man was a finalist in last year's Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge. Raced in Texas and Louisiana, he has won three of 12 starts.

Jax Louisiana Game, Jess C Me Zoom, Contentious Strike, War Horse, Th Thomas Leo, Portugee, Love Ta Zoom, and Onefamousstreakindash completed the order of finish.

Sandy Downs
Heswatchingoveryou, a sorrel Five Bar Cartel colt owned and trained by Luis H. Gonzalez, scored his first stakes win in Thursday's $91,256 Bitterroot Futurity.

Ridden by Oscar Cervantes and sent to post as the 5-2 second choice in a field of nine juveniles, Heswatchingoveryou went 350 yards in :17.857 while earning an 86 speed index and his second win in four outs. The $36,502 winner's share of the purse increased the colt's bankroll to $39,004.

Heswatchingoveryou was bred in Texas by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP, and he is out of A Watchful Eye, a winning homebred daughter of 1981 world champion Special Effort. His second dam, the winning Dash For Cash mare Miss Eye Opener, ran second in the 1984 Kindergarten Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Jess Tellin Tales, Brilliant Cut Cartel, Zoom On Jess, Thrill Of The Cartel, Maximo II, Shidacious, Mothers Favorite, and Sheza Tacy Gator completed the order of finish. Fames Carter was scratched.

Also on Thursday, Two The Max Investments LLC's TM Day Money outran his 8-1 odds to win the 400-yard, $16,950 Bitterroot Derby.

Prepped by Monty Arrossa, TM Day Money defeated 2-5 favorite Rob That Wagon by a nose in :20.152. Eric Ayala rode the Fast Prize Dash colt.

TM Day Money has won two of eight races, and the $7,966 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score boosted the Louisiana-bred colt's earnings to $10,096.

Your Pace Or Mine ran third, 2 3/4 lengths behind TM Day Money, and was followed by He Looks Royal, Attorney Fees, Jess Echeson, Sheza Vital Secret, and KJ Fyre.

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