December 4-6 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Sugardaddy B scored his second career stakes win in Friday's Lake Forest Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 4-6, listed by track. For recaps of graded stakes and Bank of America Racing Challenge events, see the individual recap stories posted in the Racing News section. This recap page will be updated throughout the week.

Los Alamitos
Rodolfo Arvizu rode Sugardaddy B to a half-length victory in the $16,000 Lake Forest Handicap on Friday.

Prepped by Guillermo Morales for owners Conception Gutierrez, Erasmo Hernandez, and Manuel Torrez, Sugardaddy B went 300 yards in :15.471 while scoring his second career stakes win. The $8,800 winner’s share of the purse increased the 5-year-old sorrel gelding’s earnings to $135,653.

“I thought he had a good chance because he ran second to (multiple stakes winner) Separate Interest in his last start,” said Morales, referring to Sugardaddy B’s runner-up finish in a 300-yard allowance dash on August 23. “Separate Interest is one of the best older horses around, and Sugardaddy B ran a pretty good race against him."

Sugardaddy B was bred in Texas by Bielau Oaks. The gelding’s sire, Bigtime Favorite, is a 13-year-old multiple graded stakes placed son of the late Chicks Beduino who ran second in Azoom’s 2004 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Sugardaddy B’s break in the Lake Forest gave his rider a lot of confidence.

“He stumbled a little bit in his last race, but he responded strongly and did great at the end,” said Arvizu. “This time the outside horse (Koolist) was ahead of us early on, but we had a much better start so I knew we were going to be strong at the end. He’s a nice horse, and the good break gave us the chance to win this race.”

Campaigned in New Mexico, Texas, and California, Sugardaddy B has won four of 22 outs, and his resume includes a neck victory as the 9-10 favorite in the 2013 Manuel Lujan Stakes for 3-year-olds at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Dr Jess ran second and was followed by Jiffy James, A Corona Habit, 2-1 favorite Joe Legacy, Koolist, and Scuba Doo.

On Saturday, Clemente Hurtado's Zendaya outran her 13-1 odds to win the 300-yard, $15,000 Long Beach Handicap for 2-year-old fillies.

Prepped by Ricardo Guillen, who was scoring his first career stakes victory as a trainer, Zendaya stopped the timer in :15.52 under jockey Alejandro Luna. The brown daughter of champion Foose was winning for the third time in eight outs, and the $8,250 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her bankroll to $20,030.

Zendaya was bred in California by Martha "Mimi" Wells. The filly's dam, the winning homebred Hawkinson mare Red Hawk Chick, ran third in the 2007 Desert Classic Futurity (RG3) at Turf Paradise. Her third dam, Chicks Tell, is a stakes-winning daughter of the late Chicks Beduino.

Chalala Jess finished second, a nose behind Zendaya. Bo Dash Bac, Miss Sadie Thompson, Nymph, Knocking On The Door, and Highclere completed the order of finish.

A $16,000 claimer during her sophomore campaign, Ed Allred's Bemused scored her first stakes victory in Sunday's $15,000 Stanton Handicap for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Eulices Gomez for trainer James Glenn Jr., Bemused covered 300 yards in :15.621, and her margin of victory was a head from Bring Me Home. The 4-year-old mare was making her first start since October 25, when she ran second in an allowance race at this track.

Bemused's sire, Separatist, was the sport's champion 2-year-old colt in 1999 and champion 3-year-old the following season. The mare's dam, Just Think, is a stakes winning daughter of Pritzi Dash who ran third in Valiantly's 2020 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G1).

Tallulah Moon finished third, a head behind Bemused, and was followed by Tres Magicals and Ima Foose.

Turf Paradise
Fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite Jess A Cowboy extended his win streak to three with a convincing 1 3/4-length victory in Sunday's $37,573 AQRA Turf Paradise Derby.

Ridden by Vince Guerra and aided by a 14-mph tail wind, Jess A Cowboy went 400 yards in :19.507 and earned a 107 speed index. Matt Fales saddled the homebred son of the First Down Dash stallion Dejon for owner Larry Stark.

Jess A Cowboy was bred in Arizona. The sorrel gelding has won five of 12 races, including three stakes, and he has banked $59,894.

Money Too Burn finished second and was followed by Magical Righter, Flying Thru Fire, SGS Victoria, El Ice Berg, All Right Now, Closing Time, Chicks Deville, and Dos Tocallos.

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