November 11-15 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Stakes action from November 11-15

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of November 11-15, 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.

Evangeline Downs
TM Ranch’s Heza Louisiana Dash is the fastest qualifier to the November 28, $267,171 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Gilbert Ortiz, Heza Louisiana Dash won the second of three 400-yard trials by 2 1/4 lengths in :20.136 on Wednesday. Kenneth Roberts Sr. prepped the multiple stakes placed Heza Fast Dash gelding, who was winning for the fifth time in 11 outs.

The LQHBA Breeders’ Derby trials were postponed from Saturday, when inclement weather forced Evangeline Downs to cancel its scheduled nine-race program.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

On Saturday, Open Me A Corona earned his fifth stakes win of the season in the 400-yard, $50,000 Opelousas Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds.

Racing for Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays, Open Me A Corona defeated Heza Fast Rogue by a clear two lengths in :19.752. The 5-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion was ridden by Saul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Bobby Martinez.

Open Me A Corona was bred by Dr. Natalie Montgomery. All told, the stallion has won 11 of 13 outs, including eight stakes, and he has banked $696,298, of which $465,033 was earned during a 2-year-old campaign in which he won the 400-yard, $1-million LQHBA Futurity (RG1) at this track.

Shesa Dashingromance finished third and was followed by JLS Mr Bigtime, JJs Black Lace, Bradys March Madness, and Runaway Dove.

Lone Star Park
Terry D. Stennett's Appolitical Streak, a sorrel son of Apollitical Jess, earned his first stakes victory in Saturday's $93,475 Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes.

Prepped by Trey Wood and ridden by Ricky Ramirez, Appolitical Streak covered 400 yards in :19.676, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from Volcom Bay. The gelding earned a 96 speed index and the $24,903 winner's share of the purse.

Appolitical Streak was bred in New Mexico by Peter and Marjorie Gallegos. The gelding has won two of his five starts and has banked $29,543.

Patriot Pearl, Miss Aguilar, Eagle Springs, Celtic Emblem, Bolinas Bay, Sweet And Slick, Not Holding Back, and Jess Envision completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Nymph, a lightly raced homebred daughter of champion Foose owned by Ed Allred, dominated a field of nine 2-year-olds in Saturday's 400-yard, $25,000 Corona Chick Handicap.

Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves for trainer Scott Willoughby, Nymph went 400 yards in :20,055 while defeating For Pee Jay by three-quarters of a length. The $13,750 winner's share of the purse from her first career stakes win pushed her earnings to $25,755 from four outs.

Nymph was coming off of a second-place finish to Knocking On The Door in the October 10 Autumn Handicap at this track.

"Nymph is a really good filly," said Willoughby. "She almost won her last start, but she had a lot of trouble early on before she finished strongly. This time, my other filly in the race, Womanish, got wiped out at the start. I thought I had a chance to run 1-2 in this race, but I thought my other filly would be one of those top finishers."

Nymph's dam, Elans Last, is a winning 9-year-old daughter of champion Separatist. Her second dam, the Special Effort mare Elans Special, won the 1987 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Raced exclusively in California, Nymph has won of her starts, including a maiden race in her career debut on August 29.

Chalala Jess ran third and was followed by Kotur, Tickle Ur Fancy, Otta Be A Prize, Misleader, Womanish, and Swiper B Sonic.

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