December 11-14 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

He Is The Risingstar wins Friday's 550-yard Paul Ford Memorial Handicap for sophomores at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 11-14, 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
He Is The Risingstar rallied to win Friday’s $20,000 Paul Ford Memorial Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Prepped by Paul Jones for Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches, He Is The Risingstar defeated Political Chick by a neck while covering 550 yards in :27.340 under jockey Jose Alvarez. The sorrel gelding earned a 105 speed index, as well as his first career stakes victory.

He Is The Risingstar was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklin’s Horse Farm LLC. A finalist in the October 31, $819,400 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1), the gelding has won four of 12 starts, and the $11,000 winner’s share of the Paul Ford Memorial Handicap purse pushed his bankroll to $68,807.

After the field crossed the finish line, the stakes-winning filly Blabber fell and unseated jockey Carlos Huerta. Blabber was able to get back up and walked off the incident, but Huerta was transported to Long Beach Medical Center. The jockey was able to move his extremities, but he was scheduled to undergo a CT scan and was also complaining of back pain.

Huerta has been named to ride Quirky in the Champion of Champions (G1) on Saturday and Sale Topper in Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1).

First Down Tiny Man finished third and was followed by Pappas In The Pen, Blabber, Zoomin For Kash, and SMS Boogie Nanu.

Portland Meadows
Gary Chumbley's EZ Feisty Patriot, a homebred daughter of Game Patriot trained by Scott Raley, sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Monday's $26,862 Baxter Andruss Futurity (R) for Oregon-bred juveniles.

EZ Feisty Patriot covered 400 yards on a sloppy track in :20,620 under jockey Javier Matias. The $10,749 winner's share of the purse increased her earnings to $25,643.

Raced exclusively in the Pacific Northwest, EZ Feisty Patriot has won five of eight outs. The filly's season resume includes a third-place finish in the October 26, 350-yard Far West Futurity.

CM Secretsinthestraw finished second and was followed officially by Secretly Fast, Unleashthedemon, FNF Bad Kitty, Frankie Valentine, Head Turnin Okey, CM Its All About Me, A Lucky Demon, and L Bar D Mr Rare Time.

Turf Paradise
Rockn Cowboy is the fastest qualifier for the December 27, $10,000-added Arizona Stallion Owners Futurity (R).

Racing for the partnership of Pierce and Stark, Rockn Cowboy won the second of two 400-yard trials by a half a length on Saturday. J. Martin Bourdieu rode the homebred son of the First Down Dash stallion Dejon for trainer Matt Fales.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, Gilberto Jasso's Specials Gold was a prompt 5-2 favorite in the $21,000 Mike Hastings Memorial Stakes.

Prepped by Heraclio Botello, Specials Gold went 400 yards in :19.694 and posted a 102 speed index under jockey Martin Osuna. The 6-year-old Oklahoma-bred son of Voghts Gold earned $12,499 to push his bankroll to $179,663.

Specials Gold was bred in Oklahoma by A.C. Taylor. The gelding was making his first start since August 8, when he ran eighth in the 440-yard, $76,960 Bank of America Les Bois Championship Challenge in Idaho. All told, Specials Gold has won niine of 35 outs, and his three career stakes wins include last year's Mike Hastings Memorial.

Heat Warning finished second, a half of a length behind Specials Gold, and was followed by Block N Tackle, Stockton Six, First Call Corona, Jo Jo Hot Legs, Niftys First Flash, Majestic Policy, and Reacorona Jr.

Heza A Royal Jess, a homebbred son of champion Mr Jess Perry campaigned by H & E Ranch Inc., sprinted to a 1 3/4-lengthein in Sunday's $49,257 AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity.

Ridden by Albert Medrano for trainer Pedro Hernandez-Sandoval, Heza A Royal Jess covered 400 yards in :19.926 for his fourth win in six outs. The $24,629 winner's share of the purse from his first lifetime stakes victory increased his earnings to $41,557.

Heza A Royal Jess was bred in Arizona. The fastest qualifier, the gelding was coming off of a half-length win in the second of three trials on November 22.

Heza A Royal Jess has won four of six outs while racing in Arizona and New Mexico.

Heart An Soul, Extra Ordinary Perry, Royaltys Lady, Tres Seis Sky, Jess Call Me Fancy, Swingin For A Moment, Shoulda Kissed Me, The Hangover, and Shes Gotta Reason completed the official order of finish.

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