June 8-9 Stakes Recap
June 8-9 Stakes Recap
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 8-9. 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.
Santos Lopez's Dee Favorite Girl broke sharply from post 2 and sprinted to a clear 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $18,300 American Flyer Stakes.
Ridden by Alfredo Triana Jr. for trainer Miguel Pena, Dee Favorite Girl completed her 350-yard trip in a hand-timed :17.410. The brown 4-year-old daughter of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel earned $10,980 from her fifth win in 19 races.
Dee Favorite Girl was bred in Oklahoma by Dee and Betty Raper. The mare has banked $73,976 while racing in Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Cartels High, BV King George, Paint Your Eagle, Wonce In A Blue Moon, Jettin Ben, and Bargain Boy completed the order of finish.
Be Quiet, a 4-year-old sorrel son of Kiddy Up campaigned by Jose Mendoza, won the first division of the 350-yard, $15,000 Wayne Brasher Memorial Stakes on Saturday.
Ridden by Joseph Belloc Jr., Be Quiet defeated 11-10 favorite Jess A Cowboy by a neck in :17.794. Eloy Mendoza saddled the California-bred gelding, who earned a 102 speed index and the $8,250 winner's share of the purse.
Be Quiet was bred by Ed Allred, and he was coming off of consecutive wins at Turf Paradise. Raced in California and Arizona, Be Quiet has won six of 19 starts and has banked $44,557.
Texas Tornadoe ran third, a half of a length behind Be Quiet, and was followed by Heza Eagle, Dos Tocallos, Liddle Doc, L Bar D Classic Trip, Ur My Favorite, and Beduinos Royalcorona.
Pirate Coves Hero was a prompt 13-10 choice in the second division of the Wayne Brasher Memorial. Prepped by Jesus Olivas for owner Julio Francisco Villar Torres, the 5-year-old Valiant Hero gelding defeated 13-1 longshot Takoradi by a neck in :17.587. Albert Medrano rode Pirate Coves Hero, who recorded a 108 speed index.
Pirate Coves Hero was bred in Oklahoma by Reliance Ranches LLC, and he was shortening in distance off of his head victory in the 440-yard, $46,657 Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge Stakes. All told, the sorrel gelding has won six of 13 outs, and the $8,250 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory bumped his earnings to $70,928.
May Be Fantastic SA, Discrete, Walk It Man, Jenna Cartel, Streakin Pr, Dig Deeper, Jess Dale First, and Volcano completed the official order of finish.
Sent to post at odds of 6-1, Cavenaugh Quarter Horses LLC's Veuve Clicquot sprinted to a half-length win in Saturday's $57,325 Gopher State Derby for 3-year-olds.
Veuve Clicquot went 400 yards in :19.843 under jockey Stormy Smith. Clint Crawford trained the bay daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon.
"If they've qualified, there is no pressure at all," said Smith. "You just ride the race."
Veuve Clicquot was bred in Oklahoma by Canadian River QH LLC. The fastest qualifier, she made her season debut with a neck victory in the third of four Gopher State Derby trials on May 25.
Veuve Clicquot has won two of eight races, and the $25,796 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed the filly's bankroll to $45,355, of which $40,088 has been pocketed this season.
Spy For The Senate ran second and was followed by Fast Bobby, One Famous Ocean, Sunlight Seven, The Bald Eagle, Hey Seis, Cashair, CR Lil Bro, and This Political Candy.
Up In The Clouds on Saturday set the fastest qualifying time to the June 23, $22,515 Northern Plains Futurity for 2-year-olds.
A homebred daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Corona Up owned by Steve Leonard and trainer Cole Wilson, Up In The Clouds won the first of two 350-yard trials by two lengths in :19.115 under jockey Marcus Delorme. The filly was bred in North Dakota, and she was making her official career debut.
Up In The Clouds is out of Dashing Clouds, a winning daughter of Dashin Bye and finalist in the 2015 South Florida Deby at Hialeah Park.
Click here for a complete list of finalists.
The field has been set for the June 23, $18,000-est. Roche Equine Veterinary Services Futurity.
Fastest qualifier Unique Ways on Sunday sprinted to a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the second of two trials. Ridden by Eric Ayala for owner Dan Moon and trainer Monty Arrossa, the homebred Teller Cartel filly went 350 yards in :18.062 while scoring her second win in as many outs.
Unique Ways' dam, Wayward Wings, is a homebred stakes-winning daughter of the Strike The Cash stallion Hadtobenuts. The filly has earned $1,320.
Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.
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