Kiss The Tears Away Dominates AQHA Members Plus Stakes

The race was one of five $25,000 stakes run at Lone Star Park on Friday

Q-Racing Journal

Kiss The Tears Away was an easy winner of Friday's AQHA Members Plus Stakes at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Kiss The Tears Away was a prompt even-money favorite in the $25,000 AQHA Members Plus Stakes for fillies and mares, one of five “Challenge Eve” stakes contested at Lone Star Park on Friday.

Prepped by Cindi Keeton and ridden by Oscar Hernandez for owners Mike Briscoe and Bobby G. Briscoe, Kiss The Tears Away covered 400 yards in :19.755, and her margin of victory was a convincing 1 1/4-lengths from 5-2 second choice Mary Me Anna. The one-time $7,500 claimer earned $11,750 to increase her earnings to $37,255, of which $32,495 has been banked this season.

The Briscoes, Keeton, and Hernandez also teamed to win the $25,000 John Deere Stakes for 3-year-olds later on the card. Keeton saddled the winners of three of the five stakes.

Kiss The Tears Away was bred in Texas by Bobby G. Briscoe. The 4-year-old mare has won four of 11 starts, and the AQHA Members Plus Stakes marked her first-ever victory against non-claiming company.

Kiss The Tears Away and Mary Me Anna combined for a $2 exacta payoff of $14.60. Aunti Up, a 26-1 longshot in the field of nine distaffers, ran third to complete a $92.60 ($1) trifecta.

Time For Wine finished fourth and was followed by Thrill Me Baby, Twntyfour Karat Rock, Million Dollar Kiss, Invisible Wagon, and Miss Country Chicks.

EC Cartel scored an upset victory in the 870-yard, $25,000 Q-Racing Video Distance Stakes.

Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. and sent to post at odds of nearly 8-1, EC Cartel defeated odds-on favorite Jessa Little Rusty by 1 1/4 lengths in :45.242. Steven Kearl trained the 6-year-old bay son of Tinys First Corona for owner Alejandra Carrion.

EC Cartel was bred in Texas by Enrique Carrion. The gelding has won six of 18 starts, including four of 12 at the 870-yard trip, and the $12,250 winner’s share of the purse from his first career stakes win increased his bankroll to $64,660.

Fire On The Fly, The Field Cricket, Stolis Pro, Jack Ketel, and Ivory Owl completed the order of finish.

Carter also rode David R. Robinson’s Melovemetwo to a wire-to-wire win in the 440-yard, $25,000 Q-Racing Journal Stakes.

Prepped by Cindi Keeton, Melovemetwo made her quarter-mile trip in :21.620 on a fast track under showery skies, and her winning margin was a neck from Rocket And Roll. Melovemetwo was one of only two distaffers in the nine-horse field.

Melovemetwo was bred in Texas by Bobby G. Briscoe. The 5-year-old daughter of Furyofthewind was rebounding off of a seventh-place finish, three lengths behind winner Visual Magic, in the 400-yard, $30,000 Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge on October 3.

Melovemetwo has won 11 of 24 outs, including three of four at Lone Star, and she has earned $84,909.

Charvet finished third, a half of a length behind the winner, and was followed by Sophies Special, Play Harder, Eyesa Rowdy Shazoom, NCC Anchorman, Im The Key, and I Bleed Red.

A sharp break from post 10 helped Adashinrose score a wire-to-wire win in the John Deere Stakes for sophomores.

Under jockey Oscar Hernandez, who rode Adashinrose for owners Mike Briscoe and Bobby G. Briscoe and trainer Cindi Keeton, Adashinrose went 400 yards in :19.727 and earned a 93 speed index. The homebred daughter of Furyofthewind was sent to post at odds of nearly 9-1 in the full field of 10 and returned a $19.60 win mutuel.

Adashinrose’s sire, Furyofthewind, is a Grade 3-winning 12-year-old son of Corona Cartel and champion Dashing Phoebe. The filly, who was unraced at 2, was winning for the second time in three starts and pushing her bankroll to $15,452.

Wild Sixes Cartel ran second, a head behind Adashinrose, and was followed by Tempting Valor, 3-2 favorite El Rayito de Luna, TLC Moonshine Wagon, Ojo de Rey, Whosa Kat, Fast Prize Celebrity, Jess Kid Rock, and Tempting Secret Dash.

Longshots dominated the $25,000 Markel Stakes for 2-year-olds, as Bobby D. Cox’s Ima Dashing Gator outran her 10-1 odds and reached the wire one length in front of 20-1 longshot Pure D Rocket.

Ridden by Russel Hadley for trainer John Buchanan, Ima Dashing Gator covered her 350-yard trip in :17.585 and posted a 94 speed index while rewarding her backers with a $23.20 win mutuel. Pure D Rocket completed a $421.80 ($2) exacta.

Ima Dashing Gator was bred in Florida by J.L. Gladwell III. The filly’s sire, the 8-year-old First Down Dash stallion Tempting Dash, was the sport’s champion juvenile colt in 2009.

Raced in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, Ima Dashing Gator has won three of six starts and has earned $26,124. The filly was shortening in distance off of a 10th-place finish in a 400-yard Texas Classic Futurity (G1) trial on October 24.

My Streakin La Jolla, My Moment Of Fame, BM Casina Royale, First Black Knight, 2-1 favorite Perrys Leaving You, SR Esmeralda, Prissy Cartel, and This Bug Can Dash completed the order of finish.



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