May 8-11 Stakes Recap

May 8-11 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Chance It Now. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of May 8-11. 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.

Delta Downs
Sent to post as the 8-5 favorite in a field of eight sprinters, Patrick Richardson's Sheza Freighttrain T scored her second career stakes victory in Monday's 250-yard, $30,000 Delta Dash Stakes.

Sheza Freighttrain T defeated Mag 1 by a half of a length in :12.841. Rolando Pina rode the sophomore daughter of Freighttrain B for trainer Eric Long.

Sheza Freighttrain T earned a 106 speed index and the $18,000 winner's share of the purse. The filly was bred in Louisiana by Rusty J. Trahan, and she was purchased by Richardson for $50,000 at the 2019 Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale.

Raced exclusively in Louisiana, Sheza Freighttrain T has won six of 10 starts, including last year's Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity (RG2) at this track, and she has banked $346,259.

Kalis Magic finished third and was followed by Lil Jess Rogue, La Savanne, Mr Tereso, Ms Cruzin Fast, and Packin A Punch.

Also on Monday, Gias Fred set the fastest qualifying time to the May 31, $25,000-added Old South Derby.

Ridden by Bobby Ransom, Gias Fred won the second of four 350-yard trials by a nose from second-fastest qualifier FDD Gentle Giant while stopping the timer in :17.671. Richard Lane prepped the Paint Me Perry gelding for owner GIA Equine Center LLC.

Gias Fred was bred in South Carolina by Harry Kenny Cook, and he was making his first start since November 13, when he ran second in a 400-yard Evangeline Downs Futurity (G3) trial. The gelding has won two of five races and has earned $12,300.

Click here for a complete list of Old South Derby qualifiers.

On Tuesday, the field was set for the June 1, $95,585 Old South Futurity.

Fastest qualifier Cottonpickintrain won the last of seven 330-yard trials by a clear 1 1/2 lengths in :16.883. Juan D. Marquez rode the homebred son of Freighttrain B for owner Gene Cox and trainer Trey Ellis.

Cottonpickintrain was bred in South Carolina. The gelding is out of Jess A Dreamgirl, a 7-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry and the winning Strawfly Special mare Allamericandream girl. His second dam, the Dash For Cash mare Dashing Phoebe, is a two-time champion who was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2017.

Cottonpickintrain was making his career debut and earned $3,600 for his win.

Click here for a complete list of Old South Futurity finalists.

Los Alamitos
Chance It Now, a gray daughter of Favorite Cartel campaigned by Ed Allred, rallied to win Saturday's 350-yard, $30,000 La Pacifica Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Victor Salazar for trainer Scott Willoughby, Chance It Now defeated Roving Kind by a head in :17.713. The California-bred filly earned a 90 speed index and the $16,500 winner's share of the purse.

Chance It Now has won three of six races and has earned $35,963, of which $31,318 has been banked from four outs this season. The filly has raced exclusively at this track and is out of Elans Last, a homebred winning daughter of champion Separatist. Her second dam, the Special Effort mare Elans Special, won the 1987 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Perrys Everlasting, Sassies Blues Girl, College Scandal, Powerline Road, The Best Feeling, Teller Jazz MRL, Jess Fortunate, and Checkn Favorite completed the order of finish.

Pocatello Downs
Radar, a gelded son of A Revenant making his official career debut, on Saturday set the fastest qualifying time to the May 22, $44,050 Crush The Curve Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Prepped by Monty Arrossa for owner Vincente Treyes, Radar won the second of six 300-yard trials by a neck in :15.744. Eric Ayala rode the Idaho-bred gelding.

Radar was bred by Lee Rodgers and Raymond McGee. The gelding is out of Snow In My Corona, an unraced daughter of the Meadowlake (TB) stallion Snowbound (TB). His second dam, the winning Corona Cartel mare Love My Corona, ran second in the 2005 Kindergarten Futurity (G1) and '06 La Primera del Ano Derby G1, both at Los Alamitos.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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