June 18-20 Stakes Recap
June 18-20 Stakes Recap
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 18-20. 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.
Eyesa Timber, a homebred son of the Oak Tree Special stallion First Timber owned and trained by Wesley T. Oulton, is the fastest qualifier to the July 2, $32,400(Can) Alberta Stallion Derby (R) for 3-year-olds sired by participating stallions.
On Friday, Eyesa Timber defeated third-fastest qualifier Bigtime Knockout by a clear 2 3/4 lengths while covering 330 yards in :17.072. J.B. Botello rode the Alberta-bred gelding.
Eyesa Timber is the reigning Canadian champion racing Quarter Horse, and he was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the May 23, 400-yard Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge at Los Alamitos Racecourse. Raced in four states/provinces, the gelding has banked $62,791 from nine starts, and his five wins include last year's Canada Cup (RG3) at Alberta Bred (R) futurities.
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Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in a field of six 2-year-olds, Thiseagle Has Landed scored a 1 3/4-length victory in Sunday's $20,000 Northern Plains Futurity.
Thiseagle Has Landed went 350 yards in :18.312 under jockey Evan Herman. Cole Wilson prepped the bay son of Moonin The Eagle for owners Robert Wilson and Jason Smith.
Thiseagle Has Landed was bred in Oklahoma by Womack/Cavender Farms. The gelding is out of Fantastic Six, a winning Mr Eye Opener mare. Raced in two states, including Oklahoma, he has won three of four starts, and the $10,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win increased his earnings to $21,185.
Jess Perrys Gol ran second and was followed by Shesa Royal Jess, Corona For An Eagle, Shesa Dashin Jess, and Dancing Hula.
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The Walker Family Trust's Zoomin For Trix kept her perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length win in Sunday's $20,925 Roche Equine Veterinary Services Futurity.
Aided by a reported 17-mph tail win, Zoomin For Trix went 350 yards in :17.559 while recording a 103 speed index. Cesar Moreno rode the homebred Zoomin For Bux filly for trainer Monty Arrossa.
Zoomin For Trix was bred and Idaho, and she set the fourth-fastest qualifying time when she won one of three trials on June 6. The filly is out of Doing Trix, a homebred winning and stakes-placed One Sweet Jess mare.
Zoomin For Trix has won all three of her outs and has banked $11,190.
Jess Your Corona finished second and was followed officially by Chicks Dashin Bandit, fastest qualifier U Need Me, Richie Rich 1, Zoomin Thru Fire, and Lynda Dash.
Ed Allred's Hitters Count broke sharply from her rail post and scored a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $25,000 Fred Scane Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
Ridden by Victor Salazar for trainer Scott Willoughby, Hitters Count covered 350 yards in :18.014, and her winning margin was a nose from Call It Close. The homebred daughter of Kiddy Up earned $13,750 from her first stakes score.
Hitters Count is out of What A Hit, a homebred winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion A Regal Choice. The filly's second dam, the winning Chicks Beduino mare Chickasis, ran third in the 1995 California Sires' Cup Futurity (RG3).
Hitters Count has won all three of her races and has earned $25,655.
She Goes Up, La Blue Amore, Race Thru Fire, A Painted Legacy, Val Frida, and Blues Girls Favorite completed the order of finish.
Fifth-fastest qualifier Icy Morning Breeze sprinted to a half-length win in Saturday's inaugural 350-yard, $90,636 Mountain Top Derby (R) for New Mexico-bred sophomores.
Prepped by Jackie Riddle for the Estate of William and Mary Robertson, Icy Morning Breeze stopped the timer in :17.288 while posting a 103 speed index. Hector Aldrete rode the homebred Winners Version filly.
"She's a little horse with a big heart," said Aldrete of Icy Morning Breeze. "This is my favorite horse because she bears down and doesn't like to be outrun."
Icy Morning Breeze made her sophomore season debut with a victory in one of six Mountain Top Derby trials on June 5. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, the filly has won four of seven outs, including last year's 350-yard, $360,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park, and the $38,943 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes victory pushed her bankroll to $226,787.
The Robertsons' son William Jr. accepted the trophy in the winner's circle following the race.
"They're looking over us and smiling," he said of his parents. "They loved racing, and they worked hard to establish this bloodline."
Fanncee finished second and was followed by fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite Bigg Dee, Chicky Chicky Kai, Winner Takes It All, Leading Cartel, Jessies Allstar, Mr Money Baggs, and Midnight Train Mo. Ninth-fastest qualifier Fly On Down was scratched.
On Sunday, Bad Kompany broke his maiden in the 350-yard, $50,000 Mountain Top Juvenile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds.
Owned and trained by Fred Danley and sent to post at odds of 9-1, Bad Kompany defeated Daddys Mony by a neck in :17.820. Jose Enrique Ortiz rode the homebred Jesse James Jr gelding.
Bad Kompany is out of Ofashionsoutherngirl, a homebred multiple graded stakes winning 11-year-old Southern Corona mare. The gelding's second dam, the homebred Celadon mare Cowgirl Cadilac, won three graded futurities in New Mexico in 1998, including the Zia Futurity RG2 at this track.
Bad Kompany has won one of two starts and has earned $22,083.
Ms Flashin Ivory, Josiahs Bay, JM Money Maker, Wine Dont Lie, Daddys Last Straw, Daddies Wish, and Wish Bigg completed the order of finish.
On Saturday, Walter L.J. Finder's Robs Runnin Pistol posted the fastest qualifying time to the July 3, $10,000-added Utah Bred Futurity (R).
Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Riley Moosman, Robs Runnin Pistol won the last of four 350-yard trials by a nose in :17.689. The homebred son of the Foose stallion Glock was recording his second win in as many starts and increasing his earnings to $2,900.
Robs Runnin Pistol is out of Mias Runnin, a winning and multiple stakes-placed daughter of the Strawfly Special stallion Strawflyin Buds. His second dam, the winning Dash Ta Fame mare Mia Ta Fame, ran third in the 2002 Silver Dollar Futurity (RG2) at this track.
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