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October 12-14 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 October 12-14. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, and 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.

Ajax Downs
Three-time Horse of the Year Country Boy 123 broke on top and never relinquished the lead on his way to a third straight win in the $ 43,399 Alec Picov Memorial Championship on October 14.

The big, dark bay 6-year-old, owned and trained by Ruth Barbour of Hillsburgh, Ontario, led throughout the 440 yards to defeat Express Your Desire by half a length with Maryland Magic third and champion Had To Be Ivory fourth.

The time of :21.980 was good for a 96 speed index on a windy and cool afternoon.

Ridden by Ed Walton, Country Boy 123 exacted some revenge on 4-year-old Had To Be Ivory, who had defeated the champion in two races in May.

"To be honest, I thought Had To Be Ivory would be in front of us and we'd have to chase him down, but I was in front doing it kind of easy," said Walton. "He was razor sharp, opening up on them early, that surprised me." 

It was the fourth straight win in 2019 for Country Boy 123 who also won the Bradford Stakes at Indiana Downs in July. It was his fourth win in seven starts and in his career, Country Boy 123 has won 22 of 34 starts with earnings of over $344,930.

The 46th Picov Championship highlighted a holiday Thanksgiving card complete with a pumpkin giveaway for kids, a management-in-costume running race and the Headless Horseman charging down the stretch in mid-afternoon.

Ajax Downs wraps up its 50th anniversary season of Quarter Horse racing Monday, October 21 with a 12:55 post time. 

Grants Pass Downs
Jaime Lopez rode One Flyin Foose to a neck victory in the $34,150 Far West Futurity on Sunday.

Prepped  by Freddy Ibarra for owner Matt Huse, One Flyin Foose covered 350 yards in :17.374. The homebred daughter of champion Foose earned a 107 speed index and the $18,783 winner's share of the purse.

One Flyin Foose is out of One Famous Strawfly, a 9-year-old One Famous Eagle mare who won the 2012 Pot O' Gold Futurity at Sun Downs. The bay filly has won five of eight outs and has banked $32,476, and she was a finalist in the Grants Pass Firecracker and Pot O' Gold futurities.

Maximo II, the 7-10 favorite, ran second and was followed by Running Springs, Royal Pay Bac, Cartel Bob, Fooses Flyer, CM Smokin Ocean, and GC Lucky Cartel Dude.

Los Alamitos
Ed Allred's Just Be Real, a homebred son of the First Down Dash stallion Walk Thru Fire, sprinted to a one-length victory in Saturday's $30,000 Autumn Handicap for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Vinnie Bednar for trainer Scott Willoughby, Just Be Real covered 350 yards in :17.643. The gray gelding earned $16,500 from his first stakes win.

Just Be Real is out of Realistically, a homebred daughter of champion Separatist who won the 2006 Kansas Derby (G3) at The Woodlands. Raced exclusively at this track, the gelding has won three of five starts and has banked $28,170.

Suite Expectations ran second and was followed by Interesting Bar, Spirit Foose, Jess A Favorite Kiss, Piety, El Angel Corona, and Jr Prissys Blood.

Turf Paradise
On Sunday, the field was set for the November 3, $10,250-added AQRA President's Futurity. Fastest qualifier Favorite Latin Lover, a brown son of Favorite Cartel owned and trained by Rigoberto Guillen, set the fastest qualifying time with his 1 3/4-length win in the first of two trials.

Ridden by Joseph Belloc Jr., Favorite Latin Lover went 350 yards in :17.528 while scoring his third win in as many starts. The gelding has earned $24,545, and he was making his first official start since April 28, when he won the Desert Classic Futurity at this track.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Will Rogers Downs
A finalist in two Grade 1 derbies during the Ruidoso Downs summer meet, Coke L. Gage Jr.'s America Rules scored her first stakes win in Saturday's $18,450 Miss Ellen Stakes for fillies and mares.

America Rules went 350 yards in :17.750. James Flores rode the Utah-bred daughter of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel for trainer Gerald Reed.

America Rules was bred by the Marla K. Robinson Family Trust, and she was shortening in distance off of her 10th-place finish in the September 1, 440-yard All American Derby (G1). The filly was also a finalist in the July 20, 440-yard Rainbow Derby (G1).

America Rules has won three of 10 outs and has banked $96,620, of which $80,630 has been earned from six races this season.

Double Eagle ran second, a nose behind the winner, and was followed by Tempting Annee GL, Eye Eye Captain, Royal Desirio, Olena Sangria, and Mystical Jess.

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