November 21-23 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Stakes action from November 21-22

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
Donell Blake rode KR Jess Hopeful to a convincing 3 3/4-length victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $35,000 Races and Aces Stakes.

Prepped by Ray Robbins for owner R and R Racing Inc., KR Jess Hopeful stopped the timer in :46.091 while posting a 92 speed index. The 4-year-old gelded son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue returned a $5.60 win mutuel as the 9-5 favorite in the full field of eight Louisiana-breds.

KR Jess Hopeful was bred by Kenneth Roberts Sr. The gelding has won four of 10 starts and has banked $62,120. The Races and Aces Stakes marked his first-ever out against stakes company.

Heza Fast Corridor, Sheza Gamer, Keepn It Cool, First Corona Prize, Downtown Forrest, TF Corona N Passion, and McM Zuper Man completed the order of finish.

Portland Meadows
Gary Chumbley's EZ Feisty Patriot is the fastest qualifier to the December 14, $13,000-added Baxter Andruss Futurity (R) for Oregon-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Javier Matias for trainer Scott Raley in the last of three 400-yard trials on Monday, EZ Feisty Patriot defeated second-fastest qualifier CM Its All About Me by a neck in :20.570. The homebred Game Patriot filly was winning for the fourth time in seven outs and pushing her bankroll to $14,894. 

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Also on Monday, Chicks R Gone scored his first official stakes victory in the $24,900 Portland Meadows Fall Derby.

Under jockey Jake Samuels, Chicks R Gone went 400 yards in :20.081, and his winning margin was a head from Sheza Lolita. Hector Magallanes saddled the sorrel son of Chickie Cherry Cola for owner Tryn Espelien.

Chicks R Gone was bred in Oregon by his trainer. The gelding has won four of 14 races, and the $9,960 winner's share of the Fall Derby purse increased his earnings to $26,083.

My Best Bunny Yet finished third and was followed by Little Blitzen, Casino Royale B, Silvies, Hes A Bugin, Sorelli, and Diva B Gone. Jacango was scratched.

Turf Paradise
Larry Stark’s Jess A Cowboy is the fastest qualifier to the December 6, $15,000-added AQRA Turf Paradise Open Derby.

Racing in the last of three trials on Saturday, Jess A Cowboy defeated Magical Righter by 1 3/4 lengths in :19.499 for 400 yards. The multiple stakes winning homebred son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dejon was winning for the fourth time in 11 outs and pushing his bankroll to $41,107. Vince Guerra rode Jess A Cowboy for trainer Matt Fales.

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On Sunday, Heza A Royal Jess won the second of three AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity trials and is the fastest qualifier to the $17,500-added final on December 13.

A homebred son of champion Mr Jess Perry racing for H & E Ranch Inc., Heza A Royal Jess covered 400 yards in :19.860 while defeating third-fastest qualifier Royaltys Lady by a half of a length. Albert Medrano rode the gelding for trainer Pedro Hernandez-Sandoval.

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Zia Park
Sherree Meridyth's Executive Trust kept his stakes winning streak alive in Sunday's $55,180 King Rick Rack Stakes.

Ridden by Ruby Gonzalez for trainer Guadalupe Munoz Jr., Executive Trust went 870 yards in :44.847 and earned a 101 speed index while extending his win streak to three, all against stakes company. The 4-year-old gelding's winning margin was one length from Fire On The Fly, and he returned a $4 win mutuel as the even-money choice in the full field of eight.

Executive Trust was bred in Texas by Gus Barakis' Scarlett Hill Farm Inc. of Weatherford. Campaigned in New Mexico and Oklahoma, the gelding has won nine of 19 starts, and his four career stakes wins include the last two runnings of the King Rick Rack. The $33,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $214,017.

Famous Edge Of Glory finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Executive Trust, and was followed by Jessa Little Rusty, Emperor Valerian, CJs Rocksolid, Youvebeenhenried, and Droppin Timber.

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