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August 23-25 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 during the week of August 24-26. 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
Heste Sport Inc.'s Pretty Runaway, a homebred daughter of the Runaway Winner stallion Winners Award, broke her maiden in Sunday's $48,858 Ontario Sires' Futurity (R).

Saddled by Jason Pascoe, Pretty Runaway went 330 yards in :17.290 while aided by a reported 9-mph tail wind. Oscar Andrade Jr. rode the Ontario-bred filly.

Pretty Runaway is out of Pretty Jane Perry, a winning homebred 13-year-old daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Pretty Boy Perry. The filly has won one of two outs and has banked $19,922.

A Lone Hand finished second, a neck behind Pretty Runaway. Shaken, Rowdy And Bodacious, Heros Return, Magic Down There, Fireball X15, Shoeless Kate, and Copper State Prince completed the order of finish.

Albuquerque Downs
Marcus Medallion, a 6-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding owned by Jaime Aldavaz Sr., was a prompt 6-5 favorite in Sunday’s $95,000 First Moonflash Maturity (R) for New Mexico-breds.

Trained by Jaime Aldavaz Jr., Marcus Medallion covered 440 yards in :21.429, and his margin of victory was a nose from Magnifico Dragon. Adrian Ramos rode the gelding, who earned $57,000 from his third career takes win, all of which have come this season.

Marcus Medallion was bred by Carl Jason Bailey, and he was stretching in distance off of his nose victory at odds of 9-1 in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 27.A $20,000 claimer during the 2017 Ruidoso Downs summer meet, the gelding has won six of 17 starts and has earned $228,968, and his stakes record includes a one-length victory at odds of 35-1 in the 440-yard, $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) at Sunland Park in January.

Marcus Medallion returned a $4.40 win mutuel and teamed with Magnifico Dragon, the 5-1 fourth choice for a $2 exacta payoff of $16.80. Hollywoodcrown finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $23.30 ($1) trifecta.

Mamacita Cartel, Siximoons, and Rocky El Roble completed the order of finish.

Elko County Fair
Freight Boss, a Colorado-bred son of Freighttrain B, is the fastest qualifier to the September 2, $35,500-est. Elko Intermountain Futurity.

Freight Boss on Saturday won the second of four 350-yard trials by a half of a length in :17.875. Dallas Erickson rode the gelding for owner Jeffrey D. Smith and trainer Glade Van Tassell.

Freight Boss was bred by Vista Equine Colorado LLC. The gelding's dam, the winning Wave Carver mare RW Red Wave, ran third in the 2011 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Raced exclusively in the Intermountain region, Freight Boss has won two of four starts and has banked $9,804.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

On Sunday, the field was set for the September 2, $7,500-added Elko Derby.

Sassy On Fire, a Walk Thru Fire filly owned by McColee Land and Livestock LLC, posted the fastest qualifying time. Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Riley Moosman, the filly won the second of two 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :19.946.

Sassy On Fire was bred in Utah by Speed LLC. She has won four of six races and has earned $12,738.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Fair Grounds
Desire Astoli broke sharply from post 3 and led at every call to win Saturday's $29,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes.

Ridden by Donald Watson, Desire Astoli covered 870 yards in :45.790 and her margin of victory was four lengths from Dwaynes First Perry. Kenneth Roberts Sr. saddled the homebred 4-year-old Desirio mare for owner Gary Aber.

Desire Astoli was bred in Texas. The mare was making her first start since June 13, when she won a 770-yard, $14,500 allowance race at Delta Downs, and her first start at the 870-yard distance.

Desire Astoli has won seven of 18 races, and the $15,000 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win increased her bankroll to $95,470.

Jw Losin Control finished third, 5 1/4 lengths behind Desire Astoli. Louisiana Dressblues, Freakin Patriot Dash, Kw Cowboy, and Fdd Aufluential completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
Beach Treat, a 4-year-old son of the Corona Cartel stallion Escondido Beach owned and trained by Ron Brown, sprinted to a neck victory in Friday's $86,600 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes (R) for Indiana-breds.

Under jockey Oscar Macias and sent to post at odds of 7-1, Beach Treat covered 400 yards in :19.872. The sorrel gelding earned a 91 speed index and the $47,630 winner's share of the purse.

Beach Treat was bred by Coronet Farm. Campaigned exclusively at this track, he has won seven of 22 starts and has banked $120,159, of which $81,376 has been pocketed from seven outs this season.

"This horse deserved it," said Brown of Beach Treat's first stakes win. "Three-quarters of his wins have been in trials. He just couldn't put two races together to win the finals. He's doing very well, and I'm happy he got the win tonight."

Stinkin Rich finished second and was followed by 3-1 favorite Beach Bum Eddie, Beach Cartel, Rockys Candy Shop, Kitty Sixup, Sicario, American Purr, Wh Kenny G, and Maranatha Is Coming.

On Saturday, second-fastest qualifier Yadi 1 raced to a three-quarter length victory in the $75,506 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby (R).

Owned and trained by Randy L. Thompson and ridden by Uriel Cervantes, Yadi 1 went 400 yards in :19.971. In addition to posting an 88 speed index, the homebred son of 2006 world champion Wave Carver earned the $29,447 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win.

"He got a little shy when we got up toward the crowd on the outside," said Cervantes. "I switched my stick, and he seemed to understand that we weren't done yet, and he picked it up and went on. Even though it was close, I had a lot of confidence in him and thought we would get to the wire first."

Yadi 1 was bred in Indiana, and he was coming off of a second-place finish in the second of two trials on August 10. Raced exclusively at this track, the sorrel gelding has won three of 16 starts and has banked $69,265, of which $55,036 has been earned this season.

"Ever since I started working for Randy last year, I started bonding with this horse," said Cervantes. "He has a great personality, and he is a main reason I'm up in the mornings. I go directly into his stall when I get here. After every race, I go in the test barn to see him. This win sure is something special."

WRS Valentino finished second and was followed by Coronados Quiksilver, fastest qualifier JA B Valiant, Bits Leaving You, Abe, Shes Sizzling, RC Rayo, Run Happy, and Daddys Moe.

Los Alamitos
A Mere Felix, a chestnut son of Favorite Cartel owned by Enrique Gonzalez's EG High Desert Farms, broke his maiden in Sunday's $25,000 Pat Hyland Memorial Handicap for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Jonathan Roman and sent to post at odds of 10-1, A Mere Felix defeated 2-5 favorite Geothermal by a neck while covering 350 yards in :17.595. Jesus Nunez prepped the California-bred colt.

A Mere Felix was bred by Jose Luis Gonzalez, and he was coming off of an eighth-place finish in the July 27, 350-yard Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) at this track.

"This is the first time that he's really taken off from the start," said Enrique Gonzalez. "He'd run well before, but never like this. He'd run greenly in his previous starts. He did everything right this time."

A Mere Felix is out of A Mere Classic, a winning daughter of A Classic Dash. The colt is a half brother to 2008 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner A Mere Chocolate. Raced exclusively at this track, A Mere Felix has won one of five starts and has banked $33,850.

Tell Cartel, Calida, and Lady Six Sky completed the order of finish.

Sweetwater Downs
Liquid Courage B, a daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty trained by Riley Moosman for owner Adrian Aleman, is the fastest qualifier to the September 7, $15,000-added WHR Open Futurity.

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela, Liquid Courage B on Saturday won the second of two 350-yard trials by a half of a length in :17.593. The filly was winning for the second time in six outs in Wyoming and Idaho.

Liquid Courage B was bred in Texas by Paragon Farms LLC, and she has earned $14,374. Her resume includes a third-place finish in the June 29 Cowboy State Futurity at Energy Downs.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Saturday, the field was set for the September 8, $15,000-added Rock Springs Wyoming Bred Futurity (R).

Broken Bones Cattle Company's Eyesa Special Snoopi set the fastest qualifying time with his one-length win in the first of two 350-yard trials. Ridden by Oscar Cervantes for trainer Jesse Villegas, the homebred Eyesa Special Slim gelding stopped the timer in :17.708 while scoring his third win in six starts.

Eyesa Special Snoopi has earned $23,474, and he has won his last two outs, including the July 28 Ron Cook Wyoming-Bred Futurity (R) at Wyoming Downs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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