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October 4-7 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 4-7. 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.

Ajax Downs
Fastest qualifier Eazy Street kept his record perfect with a wire-to-wire victory in Monday's $51,255 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Prepped by Bryn Robertson for owners Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson, Eazy Street defeated A Lone Hand by a half of a length in :20.650 for 400 yards. Tony Phillips rode the Ontario-bred Mighty B Valiant gelding, who scored his fourth win in as many outs.

Eazy Street was bred by Guylaine Paquin, and he was coming off of a 1 3/4-length in the second of two trials on September 16. Raced exclusively at this track, the gelding has banked $49,848, and his record includes a two-length victory in the 300-yard, $45,513 Ontario Bred Futurity (R) on July 14.

Eazy Street is out of Easily Holland, a daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Holland Ease.

Sweet Night Fever ran third, one length behind Eazy Street. Silken Siri, SW Artemisia, Jess Carolinas Award, CC Senator Page, Rowdy And Bodacious, Hidden Memory, and SW I Am Snow Kool completed the order of finish.

Century Downs
Light Footed, a California-bred daughter of Stel Corona owned and trained by William Leech, is the fastest qualifier to the October 20, $72,227 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3).

On Saturday, Light Footed won the first of two 400-yard trials by three-quarters of a length in :19.952. Ricardo Moreno rode the filly.

Light Footed was bred by Edward Allred, and she was a $22,000 weanling purchase at the 2017 Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The filly is out of Chickafirst, a winning daughter of First Down Dash and a finalist in the 2005 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby (G3).

Light Footed has won two of four outs and has banked $12,645, and her record includes a second-place finish in the August 23, 350-yard John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

On Sunday, the field was set for the October 20, $29,765 Canada Cup Derby (R).

Donald M. Cochrane's Papas Coleen, a homebred First Timber filly trained by Darcy Hawkes, won the second of two 400-yard trials by one length in :19.885 to set the fastest qualifying time. Cesar Cervantes rode Papas Coleen, who was winning for the fifth time in 10 races and pushing her bankroll to $33,016.

Papas Coleen was coming off of a victory in the September 15 Alberta Bred Derby (R) at this track.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Hoosier Park
Beach Treat, a 4-year-old Escondido Beach gelding owned and trained by Ron Brown, won Friday's $83,300 Hoosier Park Classic Stakes (R) for Indiana-breds.

Ridden by Oscar Macias, Beach Treat covered 400 yards in :19.852 while aided by a reported 13-mph tail wind, and his margin of victory was a head from Stinkin Rich. The sorrel gelding posted a 91 speed index while banking the $45,815 winner's share of the purse from his third consecutive win.

"I didn't tell Oscar a thing," said Brown when asked about race strategy. "He gallops him every day, and it's a big plus to have the jockey work for you every day. There are a lot of pluses for this horse."

Beach Treat was bred by Coronet Farm, and he was coming off of a victory in the August 23 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes (R) at this track. Campaigned exclusively at Indiana Grand, the gelding has won eight of 23 starts -- including two stakes -- and he has banked $165,974, of which $127,191 has been pocketed this season.

"He's such an easy horse to keep," said Brown. "He stays happy all the time. He stays here full time, and I have a round pen full of sand outside my barn. He loves to go out in the pen and roll. That keeps him happy."

Beach Bum Eddie finished third, a head behind Stinkin Rich. American Purr, Beach Mercedes, Beach Cartel, Be Afraid, WH Kenny G, HQH Fancy Pants, and Rockys Candy Shop completed the order of finish.

HH CJ Shake, a homebred Escondido Beach gelding owned by Larry Carter, John Myers, Gary Brandon Bell, and Rusty Hawkins, posted the fastest qualifying time to the October 26, $150,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) for Indiana-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Juan Marquez for trainer Paul Martin on Saturday, HH CJ Shake won the third of five 350-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :17.903. The sorrel gelding was winning for the fourth time in six outs and boosting his earnings to $85,167.

HH CJ Shake's record includes a victory in the August 24 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, the field was set for the October 26, $100,000 Governor's Stakes for 2-year-olds, and Williams Racing Stables Inc.'s WRS Apolliticalivory is the fastest qualifier.

Ridden by Berkley Packer for trainer Randy Smith, WRS Apolliticalivory won the first of two heats by a neck in :17.851 for 350 yards. The homebred Apollitical Blood gelding earned his third win in four outs and pushed his bankroll to $21,866.

WRS Apolliticalivory was coming off of a third-place finish in the July 27 Heartland Futurity at this track.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Lone Star Park
Shannon Fisher's SF Hot Pass was a prompt even-money favorite in Friday's 350-yard, $20,000 Nevill Stakes (R) for Texas-bred sprinters.

Prepped by Leon Bard, SF Hot Pass defeated Mighty Corona Jr by 1 1/4 lengths in :17.540. Francisco Calderon rode the 6-year-old brown son of Ivory James.

SF Hot Pass was bred by P & J Racing Ltd. and D. Stroebel, and he was making his first start since July 26, when he scored a victory in the TQHA 250 Stakes (R) at Retama Park. Raced in Texas and New Mexico, the gelding has won nine of 20 outs, and the $13,000 winner's share of the purse from his sixth stakes score increased his earnings to $153,224.

Krash Course ran third and was followed by Shake Em Rocks and Acadillac.

Los Alamitos
Jess A Cowboy, a homebred 7-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dejon, dominated his competition in Friday's $25,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap.

Ridden by Oscar Andrade Jr. and sent to post as the 9-5 favorite, Jess A Cowboy covered 400 yards in :19.834 while defeating Arizona Favorite by 1 1/2 lengths. Matt Fales saddled the sorrel Arizona-bred gelding for owner Larry Stark.

Jess A Cowboy was making his first official start since June 8, when the gelding finished second in a division of the Wayne Brasher Memorial Stakes at Arizona Downs. Jess A Cowboy has won 12 of 38 races, and the $13,750 winner's share of the purse from his ninth stakes victory boosted his earnings to $236,897.

The Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap honors the memory of longtime horseman Blane Schvaneveldt, who was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2001. The stakes is restricted to horses who have made at least two starts this year in the Northwest or Intermountain regions, Canada, or the states of Arizona or Nevada.

Sassy On Fire finished third and was followed by Duck Dash N Go, Apollitical Judge, Mick Lovin, and Locomotion Girl.

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