November 23-27 Stakes Recap

November 23-27 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Laveen Eagle. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of November 23-27. 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.

Lone Star Park
O Donovan Rossa overcame a wide trip from post 8 to win Saturday's 870-yard, $50,000 Devil His Due Stakes.

Trained by Dee Keener for owners J. Lloyd Yother and J. Garvan Kelly and racing on a sloppy and sealed track, O Donovan Rossa defeated Heza Classy Now by 1 1/4 lengths in :45.298. Bryan Candanosa rode the 4-year-old son of world champion Apollitical Jess.

O Donovan Rossa was bred in Oklahoma by J. Garvan Kelly, and he prepped for this race with a half-length victory in an 870-yard, $22,400 open-condition allowance at Will Rogers Downs on October 23. Raced in four states, the gelding has won seven of 25 starts -- including all three of his 870 outs -- and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $159,290.

Ghost Bear ran third, three lengths behind O Donovan Rossa. Shockinglyfamous, Hi High Hopes, The Kings Horse, Jax Louisiana Game, and Dak completed the order of finish.

Turf Paradise
On Wednesday, the field was set for the Arizona QRA Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds, and Ricardo Ramirez's Laveen Eagle set the fastest qualifying time to the December 15, $45,000-added final.

Ridden by Kevin Carbajal for trainer Alex Torres-Casas, Laveen Eagle won the second of two 350-yard trials by a half of a length in :17.667. The son of 2012 champion 2-year-old One Dashing Eagle was winning for the fourth time in six races and increasing his bankroll to $85,762.

Laveen Eagle was bred by Salvador Pimienta. The colt is out of Sonora Cartel, a homebred winning daughter of champion Tres Seis, and he was a finalist in the June 12, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. He has won all three of his outs at Turf Paradise, including the April 27 AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

One of only two Quarter Horses in an eight-horse field, Pedro Espinoza's From Above led at every call en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in Friday's 870-yard, $25,000 Classy Sheikh Stakes.

From Above stopped the timer in :45.465. Ezequiel Lara rode the 4-year-old Kiddy Up gelding for trainer Jesus Olivas-Valenzuela.

From Above was bred in California by Dr. Ed Allred, and he was making his first official start since June 27. All told, the gelding has won six of 25 races and has earned $69,218.

Capital Expense (TB), El Chavo Del Ocho (TB), Hey Pilgrim (TB), Brazen Now (TB), Dusalut (TB), Master Ruler (TB), and Highwire Dance completed the order of finish.

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