November 28-29 Stakes Recap

November 28-29 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Jessie Marie 2020 Paragon Oaks. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of November 28-29. 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 recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Lone Star Park
Clyde Woerner's Gone To Be Princess broke sharply from post 8 and sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $54,890 Battle of the Breeds Stakes for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Ridden by Alejandro Medina, Gone To Be Princess covered 870 yards in :46.386 on a sloppy and sealed track. Brad Bolen trained the homebred 7-year-old Gone To The Mountain mare, who earned $32,934 from her first career stakes win.

Gone To Be Princess was bred in Texas. The mare has won eight of 43 starts, including seven of 31 at the 870-yard distance, and she has banked $85,023.|

Santa Juana Power finished second and was followed by Jack Ketel, Expect Royal (TB), Eye Know The Secret, Aces Over Five, Beta Capo Song (TB), and Cat Daddie.

Also on Saturday, Hes Innocent handled a sloppy and sealed track with skill, as the brown son of Hes Relentless won the 400-yard, $54,272 Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Prepped by Martin Trejo for owner Priscilla Rodriguez, Hes Innocent defeated Favorite Agree by a head in :19.812. Manuel Gutierrez rode the colt.

Hes Innocent was bred in Oklahoma by Debbie Strebig, and he was purchased by Rodriguez for $22,000 at last year's Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale. The colt is out of End Of Innocence, a winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Volcom. His second dam, the winning Mito Isle mare Mito Suzy, ran third in the 1990 Diamond Classic Derby (RG3) at the Central Wyoming Fair in Casper.

Hes Innocent has won four of five starts, including the August 15, 350-yard Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs, and the $24,152 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes score pushed his bankroll to $222,010.

Jess Adamant, Jess Is The Boss, OJD Chavela J, Caliente Caramelo, Greysland, Shifting Ground, Mylestone, and Jess A Candy Legacy completed the order of finish.

Palomino Trucking Inc.'s Jessie Marie outran her 20-1 odds to win Saturday's $25,000 Paragon Oaks for distaffers.

Prepped by Oscar Nunez and making her first start on a wet surface, Jessie Marie covered 400 yards in :19.657 while defeating 2-1 second choice Macs Lady M by three-quarters of a length. Froylan Ramirez rode the 6-year-old bay daughter of Spit Curl Jess.

Jessie Marie was bred in Oklahoma by Dolores Hill, and she prepped for this race with a seventh-place finish in a 400-yard, $28,000 open-condition allowance for fillies and mares at this track on November 1. Raced in Oklahoma and Texas, she has won 10 of 31 races, and the $14,500 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes victory boosted her bankroll to $159,901, of which $19,210 has been pocketed from seven outs this season.

Saratoga Return, the 13-10 favorite in the 10-horse field, ran third and was followed by Kylee Joy, Apollitical Snow, Moonflash Too, First N Forever, Southard Queen, Lovely Cuvee and JLC First Prize Elva.

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