September 21-26 Stakes Recap

September 21-26 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Had To Be Ivory. PHOTO: New Image Media

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 21--25. 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 recaps in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Ajax Downs
Had To Be Ivory kept his perfect season record intact with his one-length victory in Wednesday's $15,852 QROOI Distance Series Stakes (#2).

Prepped by Bryn Robertson for owners Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson and aided by a reported 19-mph tail wind, Had To Be Ivory covered 440 yards in :21.410, breaking the previous track record for the distance of :21.520 set by Mitford on September 17, 2013. Josh Scott rode the homebred 7-year-old Ivory James gelding.

"I'm never really concerned much with this horse; his record speaks for itself," said Scott. "When we broke, it was good. I was happy with it. When i asked him to run, he took off and it was all over from there."

Had To Be Ivory was bred in Ontario. Racing exclusively at this track, the bay gelding has won 21 of 27 starts -- including five of five this year -- and he has banked $260,810.

"He's never won at 440 yards, so there was some doubt," said Bryn Robertson of Had To Be Ivory. "Something always went wrong the first couple of times he tried the distance, but today they weren't going to beat him."

Streakinlilwagon ran second and was followed by Eye Live For Candy, Spy For The Senate, Maryland Magic, and SW The Redeemer.

Albuquerque Downs
Sent to post as the 7-2 favorite in a field of 10 state-bred 2-year-olds, Mr Tres Effort scored a three-quarter length win in Sunday's $100,000 New Mexico State Fair Juvenile Stakes (R).

Mr Tres Effort went 400 yards in :19.598 under jockey Luis Flores-Garcia. Eric Valenzuela saddled the homebred son of TF Featured Effort for owner Carlos Paez.

Mr Tres Effort was coming off of a second-place run in a September 9 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) trial at this track. The sorrel gelding has won three of seven races, and the $58,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win increased his earnings to $95,002.

Jess A Response, Doin Something Right, Cartel Superstar, Demi Leigh, Wahine, Jess Stevie, Jenavi, Easy On The Eye, and Big Daddy Forever completed the order of finish.

Century Mile
Jerry Stojan's Noble Rearing on Saturday posted the fastest qualifying time to the October 8, $81,855(Can) Canada Cup Futurity (RG3).

Ridden by Ricardo Moreno for trainer William Leech and aided by a reported 25-mph tail wind, Noble Rearing won the second of two 400-yard trials by 3 1/2 lengths in :20.251. The California-bred son of Favorite Cartel was recording his first win in five races and increasing his earnings to $14,581.

Noble Rearing was bred by Dr. Ed Allred, and he was purchased as a yearling by Stojan for $36,000 at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The colt is out of Sweet TR, a stakes-winning 11-year-old daughter of the First Down Dash stallion TR Dasher, and his record includes a second-place finish in the July 31, 350-yard John Deere Evergreen Juvenile Challenge at Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Lone Star Park
Ali Rivera rode His Time To Deal to a half-length victory in Saturday's $59,000 Lip Chip LLC Stakes (R) for Texas-breds.

Prepped by John Stinebaugh for owner Pete Scarmardo, His Time To Deal covered 350 yards in :17.576. The homebred 4-year-old son of Dealagame earned $33,630 from his fifth career stakes win.

His Time To Deal was shortening in distance off of his 1 3/4-length victory in the August 19, 440-yard Bank of America Retama Championship Challenge at Retama Park. Raced in two states, including Oklahoma, the sorrel gelding has won eight of 18 starts -- including four of five at the 350 distance -- and he has earned $255,048, of which $152,597 has been banked from seven outs this season.

Blazin The Moon finished second and was followed by Ima Catboy, Won Famous Dash, Jesslightninglegs, El Tartanero Jess, Wagon Load Of Corona, Tempting Knockout, and Biden Record.

Will Rogers Downs
Tom and Kathleen McNally's Charlies Fury, the even-money favorite in a field of eight, sprinted to a half-length win in Monday's $25,500 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Fall Classic Stakes.

Trained by Michelle Hurdle and ridden by Agustin Silva, Charlies Fury went 400 yards in :19.925. The homebred 6-year-old Furyofthewind gelding earned a 93 speed index and $15,138 from his third consecutive win in this race.

Charlies Fury was bred in Oklahoma, and he was making his first start since May 21, when the gelding ran second, a head behind winner JK Wildcat Red, in the 400-yard, $68,000 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park. Raced in three states, Charlies Fury has won 12 of 30 starts -- including six of 12 at the 400-yard trip -- and he has banked $438,864.

Dangerous Cartel ran second and was followed by BP Primetime, JK Wildcat Red, Presidential Embrace, DF Storm Tales, Relentless Jessie, and Corona Relentless.

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