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May 17-19 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 May 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.

Delta Downs
A $10,000 claimer at Evangeline Downs last fall, Joseph Landreneau's Soft On The Coronas led at every call and scored his first stakes victory in Saturday's $50,000 Vinton Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds.

Soft On The Coronas covered 400 yards in :19.643, and his winning margin was a head from Five Bar Perry. Everardo Rodriguez rode the sorrel Coronas Leaving You gelding for trainer Lanny Keith.

Soft On The Coronas was bred by Donald W. Aymond, and this race marked his first out against stakes company. The gelding has won three of 10 starts, and the $30,000 winner's share of the Vinton Stakes purse increased his bankroll to $51,193, of which $43,743 has been pocketed this season.

Game Overtime, Fastcopata, Achievopiloto, Google Chrome B, Fast Dashin Perry, Dasha Blue, Tan Jet, and The Mighty Moose completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
Patricia Del Rocio Lopez's Nachito Coronel is the fastest qualifier to the June 1, $75,000 Harley Greene Derby (R) for Indiana-bred sophomores.

Making his season debut in the last of two trials on Saturday, Nachito Coronel defeated second-fastest qualifier Cruisin The Beach by a head in :18.021 for 350 yards. Edgar Diaz rode the gelded son of the No Secrets Here stallion Habits Secret for trainer Claudio Barraza.

Nachito Coronel was bred by Ricardo Martinez, and he was making his first start since October 27 when he ran second in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R).

"I just got this horse in February," said Barraza. "He was already a good horse when I got him. I'm just trying to keep him healthy. He doesn't require anything special. He's very gentle to work with and a true professional."

Nachito Coronel has won four of six starts and has earned $53,110 while competing exclusively at this track.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Los Alamitos
Ed Allred's Chocolatito remained undefeated on the season with a clear 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $25,000 Dillingham Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Vinnie Bednar and sent to post as the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine, Chocolatito went 400 yards in :19.559 and recorded a 98 speed index. Scott Willoughby prepped the bay son of Favorite Cartel.

Chocolatito was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns, and he was coming off of a dominating two-length win in a 330-yard non-winners-of-two allowance in his season debut on April 26.

“The horse is coming along fantastic,” Willoughby said. “We ran him once earlier this year, and he ran great. We’ve been sitting on him since last year. We had some bad luck in the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity. The horse next to him threw a fit and he went through the front (of the gate).

"He came back a little sore so we decided not to run him in the (trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity) and wait for the derbies this year," the trainer added. "It looks like it has worked out.”

Chocolatito is eligible to run in the trials to this year's Grade 2 Golden State Derby, Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby, and Grade 2 Southern California Derby. Raced exclusively at this track, the gelding has won three of five races and has earned $26,110.

Dexxter finished second and was followed by Cavuto, Tac Me Up, Callender, Bail Czech, Bos Time Machine, Majestic Mr Perry, and Cava Tee Yah.

Pocatello Downs
Fourth-fastest qualifier Jess Tellin Tales, a bay daughter of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Wagon Tales, broke her maiden in Sunday's $20,050 Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity.

Trained by Monty Arrossa for owners Cameron Mullrony and Lean Mullrony, Jess Tellin Tales defeated Shidacious by a half of a length while going 300 yards in :15.446. Joseph Belloc Jr. rode the Oklahoma-bred filly, who banked $8,000 from her first win in two outs.

Jess Tellin Tales was bred by Michael and Gail Ahern, and the filly is out of Acting Up For Perry, an 8-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry. Her second dam, the Strawfly Special mare Act Up, won the 2004 Denim and Diamond Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Thrill Of The Cartel, the fastest qualifier and 19-10 favorite, ran third, one length behind the winner. Steffies Dashn Moves, Sassy Sizzler, Shacks Desire, Liquid Courage B, Sheza Tacy Gator, and Hocks Fast Wagon completed the order of finish. College Street was scratched. 

Sam Houston Race Park
This track presented a stakes tripleheader on Friday. Sue Fikes' Love Ta Zoom overcame a wide trip to win the 870-yard, $15,000 Governor's Cup Marathon Stakes.

Under jockey Ricardo Garza-Cruz, Love Ta Zoom defeated Mountain Dew Man by a neck in :48.048 while racing against a reported 18-mph head wind in the homestretch. Kie Mushinski saddled the homebred 5-year-old Azoom gelding.

"I was told not to worry about the outside post," said Garza-Cruz of Love Ta Zoom, who drew the 6 post in the field of six. "He just came out running."

Love Ta Zoom was bred in Texas, and he has won four of 21 starts, including three of seven at the 870 distance. The $9,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased the gelding's bankroll to $39,747.

"He's just been unlucky with some of his races, always drawing the outside (post)," said Mushinski. "He was in good form this year, and we were able to win from the six hole. There are a couple of 870 races at Retama Park, so that's where we'll run next."

Snowbound Cowboy ran third and was followed by even-money favorite Jack Ketel, No Habits Here, and Toast Me Gone.

Joseph Gordon Jr. rode Shake Em Rocks to a neck victory in the $15,000 Texas Twister Stakes on Friday.

Prepped by Roger "Bubba" Moore for owners Bob and Betty Moore and racing against a reported 18-mph head wind, Shake Em Rocks covered 110 yards in :7.220. The homebred 4-year-old Rock Solid Jess mare earned $9,000 while scoring her fourth win in 16 outs and first stakes victory.

Shake Em Rocks represented Gordon's first mount in 18 years. He previously was working as a trainer and assistant starter.

"It's an awesome feeling," said Gordon in the winner's circle after the race. "Since I retired, I've been an assistant trainer and worked the gate, but getting my license and working horses has been amazing. I knew I couldn't lose tonight because (Shake Em Rocks) is a nice filly, and I had so many people here supporting me."

Shake Em Rocks has banked $36,289 while racing in Texas and Louisiana.

"She ran third here last year," said Roger Moore. "She's really matured this year and has gotten a lot calmer. It's easy to train good horses."

Im Sporting Rock finished second and was followed by Country Hot Doggin, Winnes Solid, Cadillac Cash, Classy Seis, Glimpse Of Fire, Papi Chulo Jm, The Ram Cartel, and Wanna Be A Celebrity.

Louisiana Seis was a prompt 9-5 favorite in Friday's Sam Houston Stakes.

Trained by Santiago Riojas Jr. for owner Jose R. Espinosa, Louisiana Seis went 350 yards in :17.661 and earned a 93 speed index while facing a reported 15-mph head wind. Nestor Duran rode the 4-year-old gray son of The Louisiana Cartel.

Louisiana Seis was bred in Texas by Richard Arizpe, and he was coming off of a second-place finish in a 330-yard, $14,000 open-condition allowance dash at Delta Downs on April 24. All told, the gelding has won five of 16 starts and has banked $58,711, and his season record includes a second-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Stone Cold Leader, in the March 16, 400-yard Laverne Perry Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

"I thought he had a good shot in this stakes," Riojas said. "He was coming off of two second-place finishes and was breaking well. He finished strong (tonight)."

DM La Jolla, Mystical Jess, Serendipity Rocks, Potus, One Sweet Merlot, FM Im A Zatanaz Too, Cali Swaggs, Dak, and Coronas On The Coast completed the order of finish.

SunRay Park
Making just her second career start, Chicks Baby Suds won Friday's 400-yard, $60,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Jaime Leos, Chicks Baby Suds defeated Wahene Version by a neck in :19.536. Cynthia Gonzalez prepped the sorrel Jess A Chicks filly for owner Jacob J. Simmons III.

Chicks Baby Suds made her debut with a 1 1/4-length victory in a 400-yard maiden-special-weight race for New Mexico-bred 3- and 4-year-olds at Sunland Park on April 26. The filly was bred by Mike Abraham, and she was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the 2017 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

Chicks Baby Suds has earned $49,260 from two outs.

Vintage Vaquera ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Chicks Baby Suds, and was followed by 7-5 favorite CD Flash And Fame, Cambria Cartel, Fifty Shots AR, and Tooflashyforyou.

Three 350-yard Four Corners Futurity trials were contested at this track on Sunday, and at the end of the day Mister Mucho Gusto posted the fastest qualifying time to the June 2, $40,000-added final.

Trained by Jose Luis Muela for owners Diamond Racing Stables and US Alliance Logistic, Mister Mucho Gusto won the second heat by a half of a length from second-fastest qualifier Sammy Baugh in :17.816. Esgar Ramirez rode the Freighttrain B gelding.

Mister Mucho Gusto was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox, and he was a $13,500 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale. His dam, Zumbaya, is a homebred winning daughter of Azoom and a half sister to 2016 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) winner Chazaq and '09 Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Zoomin With Ease.

Mister Mucho Gusto has won two of three outs and has banked $18,047. 

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Weber Downs
On Saturday, the field was set for the June 1, $30,000-added Utah-Bred Derby (R).

Albert Sacco's Locomotion Girl, the fastest qualifier from three 350-yard trials, won the last heat by a nose from second-fastest qualifier Look Secret. Ridden by Francisco Linan for trainer Scott Goodrich, the Desirio filly covered the distance in :17.670 and earned a 102 speed index on a sloppy track.

Locomotion Girl was bred by The Running A LLC, and she was making her first start since August 19, when she ran ninth in the Wyoming Downs Futurity. Raced exclusively in the Intermountain region, the filly has won three of six starts and has banked $4,413.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, Valentina Relentless set the fastest qualifying time for the June 1, $80,000-est. Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity.

Ridden by Alan Miramontes for owner and trainer Kenia Pinela Marioni, Valentina Relentless won the fifth of seven 330-yard trials by three lengths in :17.045. The California-bred daughter of the One Famous Eagle stallion Hes Relentless has won two of three starts, including the April 27 Golden Spike Futurity at this track, and she has earned $21,378.

Valentina Relentless was bred by Buddy Albin, and she is out of Ba Little Mini, a winning homebred 7-year-old daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon. 

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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