December 26-28 Stakes Recap
A look at non-graded stakes action.
December 19, 2015
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 26-28, 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 page will be updated throughout the week.
Making his first start in seven weeks, Gregorio Garcia Garza’s Daytona B sprinted to a1 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $25,000 Bienvenido de Nuevo Stakes.
Prepped by Rolando Almanza, Daytona B covered 330 yards in :16.680 and earned a 102 speed index under jockey Ricky Ramirez. The 4-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash earned $15,000 while picking up his fourth career stakes win.
“We shipped him here accidentally and decided not to ship him back,” said Almanza. “His owner wanted to run in some stakes at Sunland Park, but we decided to keep him here. With this win under his belt, we’ll shoot for a repeat in the Sam Abbey Memorial.”
The Sam Abbey Memorial Hialeah Championship, run at 440 yards for a $100,000 purse at the end of the Hialeah meet, was won by Daytona B last year. The gelding was bred in Texas by Bielau Oaks, and he has won nine of 18 starts and has banked $487,353, of which $322,952 has been earned this season.
Daytona B has won his last three outs, including the 440-yard, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park on November 7.
“He took a little step right before the gates opened, and he did bobble a bit at the break,” said Ramirez of Daytona B’s trip in the Bienvenido de Nuevo Stakes. “But it only took him two or three steps to find his stride. He dug in hard, and we got rolling late.”
Talktomeson finished second and was followed by Mesa Marvel, Mo Zoomo, A Priceless Gal, Oldsmobile Hill, and Da Licious.
Also on Saturday, Gregorio Garcia Garza's Moonin The Eagle recorded the fastest qualifying time for the January 17, $204,310 Hialeah Maturity.
Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Rolando Almanza, Moonin The Eagle won the last of four 440-yard trials by a half of a length in :21.917. The 3-year-old One Famous Eagle colt was coming off of a second-place finish to Zoomin Effortlessly in the 440-yard, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park on October 5.
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Elite Oilfield Services' JMF Shazoomer outran his 11-1 odds to win Sunday's 550-yard, $27,250 Orange Blossom Stakes.
Making his first start in three months, JMF Shazoomer defeated Eyesa Shoofly Dandy by a neck in :27.200. Francisco Ramirez Jr. rode the sophomore son of Shazoom for trainer Rolando Almanza.
JMF Shazoomer was bred in Texas by Joe M. Flores. The gelding has won three of 17 outs and has banked $77,358.
"He broke a bit slowly (today),” Almanza said of Jmf Shazoomer. “He usually breaks well. Francisco kept him straight and got him going in time. It was a nice win for him and we’ll move on to the next race in the distance series (the 660-yard Moonstone Stakes on January 31, 2016). We’ll see how far he can go."
Mixed Fantasy finished third and was followed by Big Time Toast, 2-1 favorite Jess Twice Cash, Free Stater, Reds Casino, Hiclass Deb, and JW Sonofa Comment.
Also on Sunday, Shez A Hot Valentine won the first of six 400-yard Hialeah Derby trials and is the fastest qualifier for the January 17, $390,935 final.
Prepped by Rolando Almanza and ridden by Francisco Ramirez Jr. for owner Jaime Flores, Shez A Hot Valentine stopped the timer in :19.665 while earning her third win in five outs. The California-bred daughter of Walk Thru Fire was making her first start since August 23, when she won the Gillespie County Fair Futurity at Fredericksburg, Texas.
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M & G Farms Inc.'s El Macho Prieto Boy earned his first win in exactly one year in Monday's 110-yard, $22,125 Speedball Stakes.
Ridden by Gerardo Garrido for trainer Jesus Garrido, El Macho Prieto Boy broke sharply from post 2 and defeated Llano Cartel by a head in :7.014. The 4-year-old Hard Hitting stallion's victory marked his first stakes victory and first win since December 28, 2014, when he won a Hialeah Maturity trial at this track.
El Macho Prieto Boy was bred in North Carolina by John David Laughter. The stallion has won five of 14 races and has earned $61,635.
Spit Curl Daisy finished third and was followed by Game Rita, Cruise By Diva, Load Your Guns, and Air Born Leader.
Also on Monday, Adina Baker's Fast Flyin Fireball recorded the fastest qualifying time for the January 17, $100,580 Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association Stallion Derby (R).
Saddled by Donnie Strickland in the second of three trials, Fast Flyin Fireball covered 350 yards in :18.168 under jockey Benito Baca, and his margin of victory was a nose from second-fastest qualifier Foust. The gelded son of the First To Flash stallion This Flights For You has won three of eight starts and has earned $23,073.
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Jess Good Reason remained undefeated with her nose victory in Sunday's $20,000 Holiday Handicap for 2-year-olds.
Racing for John and Cina Sperry and sent to post as the 2-5 favorite, Jess Good Reason went 350 yards in :17.946. Roberto Hernandez rode the brown Good Reason SA filly for trainer Paul Jones.
"She lost her hind legs at the start," said Jones. "She didn't get a good start, and then she got bumped. She finally recovered, and once she leveled out her talent took over.
"She's a pretty good filly, but she made a few mistakes," added the trainer. "She didn't want to go in the gate. We'll have to do some more work with her in the gate. We've worked with her a lot, and she was doing a lot better. Then she ran a race (on December 6) and she got fresh again and was a little tough in the gate. We'll go back to work with her, and I think she'll be ready for her next start."
Jones indicated that Jess Good Reason's next start could come in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) trials on January 23.
Jess Good Reason was bred in Oklahoma by Preston and Karen Cloud. The filly has won all three of her outs and has earned $21,640.
"We've taken our time with her," said John Sperry of Jess Good Reason. "We had a combintation of issues with her, so we had to give her a break. We always knew that she had the talent. The farther she goes, the better she gets. Her mother (the winning Feature Mr Jess mare Jess Call Me Tieing) is very good, and Paul trained her sire. I felt the combination of the two would work."
Ivys Storm finished second and was followed by Luv On The Run, TLM Streakin Joy, Timely Delivery, High Class Cartel, and Trixsey Sue.
This track presented an American Quarter Horse stakes doubleheader on Sunday. Rockn Cowboy, a homebred son of the First Down Dash stallion Dejon trained by Matt Fales for the Pierce/Stark partnership, extended his win streak to four in the 400-yard, $26,125 Arizona Stallion Owners Association Futurity (R).
Under jockey J. Martin Bourdieu, Rockn Cowboy defeated FJ Blackdiamond by one length in :20.238. The $13,063 winner's share of the purse from his fourth win in six races and second career stakes score increased his earnings to $32,500.
Bufddd, See Em Fly, All I Can See, Kedahuerfana, YN Paloma, Alazan de los Pobres, Hot Rod Hart, and G P Red John completed the order of finish.
Gilberto Jasso's Specials Gold was a prompt 1-2 favorite in Sunday's $15,000 Turf Paradise Championship.
Prepped by Heraclio Botello and ridden by Martin Osuna, Specials Gold went 440 yards in :21.392 and earned a 105 speed index. The 6-year-old Voghts Gold gelding's winning margin was a clear 1 3/4 lengths from Heat Warning, and the $8,835 winner's share of the purse boosted his bankroll to $188,498.
Specials Gold was bred in Oklahoma by A.C. Taylor. He has won 10 of 36 outs, and he was coming off of a victory in the December 12 Mike Hastings Memorial Stakes at this track.
Block N Tackle ran third and was followed by Surf N Turf Dude, First Call Corona, Lotta Corona, Jess Secrets Br, Stockton Six, Closing Time, and Dos Tocallos.
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