July 29-August 2 Stakes Recap

A review of the non-graded stakes from this week.

Q-Racing Journal

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of July 29-August 2, listed by track. For recaps of graded stakes and Bank of America Racing Challenge events, see the individual recap stories posted in the Previews and Recaps section. This recap page will be updated throughout the weekend.

Arapahoe Park
Three Olives N Smoke ran his win streak to five with a 1 3/4-length victory in the second of six Mile High Futurity (G3) trials on Thursday.

Prepped by John Hammes and ridden by Stormy Smith for owners Margo Schares and Brad Thomas, Three Olives N Smoke covered 400 yards in :19.889 while posting the fastest qualifying time for the $203,000 final on August 16. The homebred son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue has won five of six starts, including two futurities during the current Arapahoe meet, and he has earned $106,324.

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Also on Thursday, Rodrigo Covarrubias' Tac My Chances set the fastest qualifying time for the August 15, $144,000 Mile High Derby.

Saddled by Covarrubias, who gave a leg up to Jesus Salazar, Tac My Chances won the second of six 400-yard trials by a nose in :19.758. The gelded son of Tac It Like A Man, who was bred in Oklahoma by JK Running Horses, has won five of seven outs, including all four of his starts this season, and he has banked $53,180.

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Canterbury Park
Send Me This Wagon, a 4-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare racing for Randy Hill and trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, remained undefeated at this track following her neck victory in the $28,825 Canterbury Park Distaff Bonus Challenge on Sunday.

Ridden by Jorge Torres, Send Me This Wagon went 400 yards in :19.583. The mare picked up her sixth win in 11 races in spite of a less-than-perfect trip.

"We were brushed and pushed to the outside," Torres said. "But the farther she went, the stronger she got."

"I thought it was over when she fell," Charette-Hill added. "Her back end slipped coming out of the gate. We are fortunate to have a filly like her."

Send Me This Wagon was bred in Oklahoma by Michael A. Pohl. The mare has earned $94,773, and her three wins over the track include a one-length score as the odds-on favorite in last year's $52,248 Canterbury Park Derby.

Call As Maybe finished second and was followed by Xoom, Thirty Six Belles, A Priceless Gal, and Dreamnwideopen.

Evergreen Park
KR Streakin Version ran his win streak to three with a come-from-behind 2 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $23,497 Zoetis Evergreen Park Distance Challenge.

Under jockey Tyler Walker, KR Streakin Version covered 870 yards in :45.100, missing by just 17/100ths of a second the track record set by Tough Mix in August 2008. Allen Goodsell prepped the 7-year-old Montana-bred son of Latest Version for owners Marvin E. Christensen and Richard Aldoff.

In addition to earning the $11,749 winner's share of the purse, KR Streakin Version landed a berth in the $100,000 Zoetis Distance Challenge Championship (G1), to be run at Lone Star Park in November.

KR Streakin Version has won eight of 25 starts and has banked $50,786.

KR Howdoyoulikemenow, Glittering Blue, Asbigastexas, Dream Catch Her, and Fast Fifty completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
Jose Ruiz rode Mavara Vegas to a neck victory at odds of 6-5 in Saturday's 400-yard, $71,840 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby.

Saddled by Sacramento Chavez for owner Alejandro Medina, Mavara Vegas stopped the timer in :19.807 while earning a 99 speed index and her first career stakes score. The $39,512 winner's share of the purse boosted the filly's bankroll to $46,078.

"The owner (Medina) bought her last fall; she was hurt and we didn't even know if she would race," said Chavez, who is based out of his farm in Grant Park, Illinois, near Kankakee. "She had a small chip in her knee, but this year she was sound.

"We had x-rays done and everything was fine, so we decided to try to race her," added the trainer. "I was pretty sure she would race good tonight, but I didn't know she would win."

Mavara Vegas was bred in California by Dunn Ranch Ltd. Her sire, FDD Dynasty, was the sport's champion 3-year-old colt in 2007.

Raced in California, Iowa, and Indiana, Mavara Vegas has won three of seven outs. The filly set the fastest qualifying time when she won the first of two trials by a nose on July 10.

Fast Man Vic, Eye Popping, DNA Ivory Chrystal, Jess Curl My Prize, Iz Special James, WRS Secret Dream, Girls Can Dash, and RC Tac Man.

Also on Saturday, My Louisiana Rod, a bay daughter of La Jollaroid owned and trained by Randy M. Smith, was a prompt 2-5 favorite in the $35,440 Speed Sale Stakes (R) for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Juan Guerrero, My Louisiana Rod covered 330 yards in :16.852 and posted a 102 speed index. The filly's margin of victory was a clear 2 1/4 lengths from 20-1 longshot She Is Mighty Classy.

My Louisiana Rod was bred in Indiana by Gordon L. Timm. She is a daughter of Miss Louisiana Blue, an unraced 5-year-old daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue.

"Miss Louisiana Blue cracked her shoulder when she was a yearling and never raced," said Timm. "My Louisiana Rod is her first foal. We ran her through the sale as a yearling, and Randy bought her for $13,000. We have two more (out of her) at home -- a yearling filly by Escondido Beach and a weanling filly by Brookstone Bay."

My Louisiana Rod's victory was her second in three starts, and the $19,493 winner's share of the Speed Sale Stakes purse increased her earnings to $62,083. The filly was coming off of a second-place finish, a head behind winner Megatron Harry, in the 300-yard, $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-sired 2-year-olds on the Fourth of July.

Mr Fool Me Twice finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind My Louisiana Rod. Pistol Packin Kid, Jumpn Chick, WH Kenny G, Teller 1, WH Express Shake, No Time For Trippin, and WH Doc Royal completed the order of finish.

Trainer Randy Smith and jockey Juan Guerrero also teamed up to win Saturday's $122,700 Blue River Derby (R) for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds with fastest qualifier Beach Cartel.

Racing for Sheri Miller, who also bred Beach Cartel, the gray son of Escondido Beach defeated Stinkin Rich by three-quarters of a length in :20.126 for 400 yards. Unraced as a 2-year-old, Beach Cartel has won three of five starts and has earned $90,015.

"He started out rough, but a light came on as a 3-year-old and he hasn't backed up since," said Smith of Beach Cartel. "He's a good keeper and he gets the same care as the rest of them, but I have to credit my help. You can have the best horse in the world, but without good help you won't get far."

Smith is currently the leading Quarter Horse trainer at the Indiana Grand meet, and Guerrero is the leading sprint jockey. Both are on pace to set meet records in their respective categories.

"Juan is part of that good help in the barn," Smith said. "He's there every morning at 5 and works very hard. We go to a farm in Florida during the winter and he breaks all the babies, so he's been with (Beach Cartel) since the very beginning."

Ms Fool Me Once finished third, one length behind Beach Cartel, and was followed officially by Rock Crushin Dynasty, HF Dashin Jojo, DNA Dales Quick Cat, Interfector, Absolut Teller, and Zoom Zoom Ava.

Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite a full field of 10, Julia Rae Martin's WH Design By Dash responded with a half-length victory in the 350-yard, $34,480 Leader Of The Class Stakes (R).

WH Design By Dash went 350 yards in :17.943 while earning a 90 speed index. The $18,964 winner's share of the purse increased the 4-year-old gelded son of Brimmstone's bankroll to $182,574 from 20 outs.

WH Design By Dash was bred in Indiana by Greg Morrison. The gelding has won eight races, including the June 13 Born Runner Classic Stakes (R) at this track.

Cant Catcha Corona, Sparky McClone, Heza Fast Del Rey, Eyesa Mighty Wave, LDZ Special Jess, Sin Tachas Angel, HF Mighty Chick, Air Born Doll, and Achieve The Speed completed the order of finish.

Les Bois Park
Ynot Walk was a prompt even-money favorite in the $42,030 Adequan Les Bois Derby Challenge for 3-year-olds on Wednesday.

Ridden by Eddie Aceves, Ynot Walk covered 400 yards in :19.509 and earned a 99 speed index. James Hanson saddled the gelded son of Walk Thru Fire for owners RTM Stables LLC and George T. Weldon.

Ynot Walk was bred in California by Steve D. Burns of Menifee. The gelding has won seven of 14 outs, including the February 14, 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G2), and the $19,334 winner’s share of the Derby Challenge purse pushed his bankroll to $159,890.

James First Affair finished second, a half of a length behind Ynot Walk. Getoutofthefastlane, Steinway Ivory, Battle Scar, BH Lisas Boy, Hotrod James, Tsunami Kidd, Heza Shocker, and Movin Assets completed the order of finish.

Also on Wednesday, Lil Dip A Nitro outran his 15-1 odds to win the 870-yard, $27,270 Zoetis Les Bois Distance Challenge.

Lil Dip A Nitro stopped the timer in :45.911 under jockey Robert Burney, and the 5-year-old gelding’s margin of victory was one length from 6-5 favorite Hastabealeader. Bill Hoburg saddled Lil Dip A Nitro for owners Dawna Jenkins and Dennis Cain.

Lil Dip A Nitro was bred in Idaho by Dennis and Gerri Cain. The gelding by Royal Miracle Dip has won six of 24 races and has earned $40,984. His two stakes wins include a half-length score in the $15,899 Idaho Cup Derby (R) at this track two years ago.

Panther Purrfect, Makinabundle, Zonic Zoom, Larryville, Queens Prince Gol, and CMB Numero Uno completed the official order of finish.

Ruidoso Downs
A 17-1 longshot and the tenth-fastest qualifier, Hay Racing's Queen Catherine scored a half-length victory in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) on Saturday.

Queen Catherine covered 350 yards in :17.572. Cesar Gomez rode the sorrel daughter of freshman sire Freighttrain B for trainer Kasey Willis.

Queen Catherine was bred in Oklahoma by Gary Vaughan. In addition to earning the winner's share of the $71,730, the filly earned a berth in this year's $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2), which will be run at Lone Star Park in the fall.

Queen Catherine has won two of six outs and has banked $42,768.

JS Abel Dasher, the 2-1 favorite in the field of nine, finished second and was followed by My Streakin La Jolla, Takoradi, Finnick, Stop The Commotion, Queen Arabella, Lady Perry On Fire, and Get Down Earlene. EOS Corona N Chicks was scratched.

On Sunday, Streak Hitter led at every call en route to a half-length victory in the $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3).

Ridden by Jaime Leos for owner Olivas Racing and trainer Guadalupe Munoz Jr., Streak Hitter covered 400 yards in :19.466 and earned a 98 speed index. The 5-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding is nominated to the September 5 All American Gold Cup (G3) at this track, and he is being pointed to this 440-yard, $200,000 stakes.

Streak Hitter was bred in California by Dr. Edward C. Allred. A three-time stakes winner, the gelding has won  eight of 18 outs, and the $30,000 winner's share of the Mr Jet Moore purse increased his bankroll to $154,024.

The Mr Jet Moore Handicap honors the memory of Mr Jet Moore, a Kansas-bred son of Jet Deck and the sport's world champion in 1972.

Jesscuzican, Rocketair, J Bar, Llano Cartel, 3-2 favorite Houdini, GRC Justplainazoom, Rock You, Cartels Fire, and Go And Get completed the order of finish.

SunRay Park
J. Martin Bourdieu rode Blazin Version to the gelding's first stakes win in Sunday's $50,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Blazin Version covered 400 yards in :19.714, and his margin of victory was a neck from 2-5 favorite Regal First Moon. Kenneth Grisham prepped the homebred son of Winners Version for owner Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico.

Blazin Version was coming off of a wire-to-wire, half-length win in a 350-yard, $18,450 maiden special weight dash at this track on July 3. The gray gelding has won two of 10 starts and has earned $79,448.

La Estrella de Oro finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Blazin Version. Dungarees Version, First Power Flash, Americangunslinger, and Officer Moonflash completed the order of finish.

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