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August 16-18 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 August 16-18. 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.

Arizona Downs

On Saturday, the field was set for the September 1, $10,000-added Arizona Downs Derby for 3-year-olds.

Fastest qualifier First Lady Perry won the first of two 400-yard trials by a head in :19.598 under jockey Jake Samuels. John Allred trained the daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry for owner Scott McDaniel.

First Lady Perry was bred in Utah by McColee Land and Livestock LLC. She has won four of 11 starts, including last year's AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity, and she has banked $46,914.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Fair Grounds
This track opened its summer Quarter Horse meet with a stakes tripleheader on Friday.

Mr Range Rover, a homebred son of Heza Fast Dash owned by Ponderosa Ranch of PC Inc., got up in time to win Friday's $40,000 Treme Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Ricardo Hernandez Jr., Mr Range Rover covered 350 yards in :17.698 while defeating RF Fast Dash N Blue by a head and recording a 90 speed index. Katie Carlos trained the brown gelding, who banked $24,000 from his first stakes victory.

Mr Range Rover has won four of 12 races and has earned $111,384 while racing exclusively in Louisiana. The gelding was a finalist in last year's Lee Berwick (RG1) and Louisiana Breeders' Laddie (RG2) futurities, both at Delta Downs.

Soft On The Coronas finished third and was followed by Jets Fast Dash, Achievopiloto, Guidry Pride II, Igottarampage, and Heza Made Man.

Pedro Espinosa rode Im For Real to a neck victory in Friday's $40,000 Audubon Stakes (R)  for state-bred fillies and mares.

Prepped by Fructuoso Huitron for owner Dale Rogers, Im For Real went 350 yards in :17.553. The homebred gray 3-year-old daughter of the Shazoom stallion Whathaveigottado earned $24,000 from her third win in 11 outs and first stakes victory.

Im For Real was coming off of a second-place finish in the July 6, 400-yard Delta Downs Derby (RG3). Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, the filly has earned $251,428, and she was a finalist in last year's Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs.

Fastdashinglassie, Rogue One, Corona Prize, Google Chrome B, Lil Biscuit,  First Game Chick, High And Caliente, Flamin Hot Fortune, and Monees Fast Cash completed the order of finish.

Sent to post at odds of 7-1, Vallerro sprinted to a half-length win in Friday's 250-yard, $25,900 Gentilly Dash Stakes.

Prepped by Hector Alcala for owner Ascencion Cepeda, Vallerro stopped the timer in :13.147. Heriberto Aguilar-Orozco rode the sorrel 4-year-old Valiant Hero gelding.

Vallerro was bred in Colorado by George L. Seward, and the Gentilly Dash marked his first-ever start at this track. Raced in six states, Vallerro has won five of 16 starts, and the $15,000 winner's share of the purse from his second lifetime stakes victory pushed his earnings to $91,897.

Jess Leaving Fast finished second and was followed by Jess A Boy, The Cazador, Gunna Be Alright, 2-1 favorite Fast N Famous Eagle, A Fast Ram, JLS Tee Cos Jr, and Hot Prize.

Prairie Meadows
Two sets of trials were contested at this track on Saturday.

Jo Rice's Southard Queen, a homebred daughter of Coronado Cartel trained by Jason Olmstead, posted the fastest qualifying time to the August 31, $200,000-est. Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R). Ridden by Berkley Packer, the filly won the first of four 350-yard trials by a half of a length in :17.831.

Southard Queen was bred in Oklahoma. The filly has won one of four races and has earned $12,588.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

VF Wheely Favorite is the fastest qualifier to the August 31, $125,000-est. Iowa Double Gold Derby (R). Trained by Shawna Manriquez for owner Victory Farms, the homebred Favorite Cartel filly won the second of two 400-yard trials by 2 1/2 lengths in :19.828. Marcus Swiontek rode the Oklahoma-bred filly.

VF Wheely Favorite has won two of 12 outs and has earned $38,950. She was a finalist in last year's Valley Junction Futurity at this track.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

On Sunday, Lisa M. Baumeister's Haul Your Wood set the fastest qualifying time to the September 1, $100,000-est. Iowa Stallion Futurity (R).

Ridden by Justin Shepherd for trainer Wayne Garner, Haul Your Wood won the second of two trials by a head in :18.191. The bay son of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Lil Kool Wagon was making his career debut.

Haul Your Wood was bred in Iowa by David Spieker.

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Retama Park
Cesar Rosales' Jess Master Angel, a homebred son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dash Master Jess, is the fastest qualifier to the August 31, $75,000 Texas QHA Sires' Cup Derby (R).

Racing in the last of three 400-yard trials on Saturday, Jess Master Angel defeated second-fastest qualifier J J Bar by a half of a length in :20.323. Heriberto Aguilar-Orozco rode the gelding for trainer Hector Alcala.

Jess Master Angel was bred in Texas. The gelding has won three of 12 races and has earned $80,942, and he was a finalist in three futurites in 2018, including the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and Sam Houston Futurity (G2).

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Wyoming Downs
BP Southern Suzie sprinted to a half-length win in Sunday's $33,850 Wyoming Downs Futurity.

Ridden by Elliot Bachicha Jr., BP Southern Suzie covered 350 yards in :17.591. Josh Taylor prepped the Corona Cartel filly for owner Jerry D. Chapman.

BP Southern Suzie was bred in Oklahoma by Bill Price. The filly is out of BP Down South, a homebred winning daughter of First Down Dash who ran second in the 2014 Remington Park Futurity (RG3).

Raced exclusively in the Intermountain region, the filly has won two of five starts, and the $15,910 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed her earnings to $25,088.

Endless Enchantment finished second and was followed by Pyc Lovestruck, Valiant Virgo, Hotfoot Hero, A Troubled Mere, Goldie Hocks, First Flight, and Talk Alot.

Also on Sunday, Raul Moreno's Mr Downtown Zip outran his 9-1 odds to win the $20,550 Wyoming Downs Renegade Sports Derby.

Ridden by Jose Guzman for trainer Martha Maldonado, Mr Downtown Zip went 400 yards in :19.700, and his margin of victory was a nose from 3-1 second choice Pappajeto. The Jess Zoomin gelding banked $9,659 from his first stakes score.

Mr Downtown Zip was bred in Wyoming by S Bar S. Campaigned in Wyoming and Utah, the gelding has won three of eight starts and has earned $17,417, of which $15,129 has been pocketed this season.

One Dashing Dream, Rate Me Hight, Sheza Vital Secret, Jess Echeson, Femme Fatalia, Bp Fling Your Paint, Attorney Fees, and SS Happy Dance completed the order of finish.

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