November 27-29 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Ezequiel Araiza's Jess Blue Intriguing broke his maiden in Saturday's LQHBA Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of November 27-29, 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
Making her first start in seven weeks, Jorge Aguilera’s Queen Washita on Friday won the fourth of nine Evangeline Downs Futurity trials and set the fastest qualifying time for the December 19, $100,000-added final.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Adrian Huitron, Queen Washita went 400 yards in :19.959 while defeating non-qualifier So Smart by 2 1/4 lengths. The stakes-placed brown daughter of champion Inseperable was winning for the second time in seven outs.

Queen Washita was bred in Oklahoma by Andrew T. Smith. The filly was coming off of a third-place finish in the Dash For Cash Juvenile Stakes at Lone Star Park on October 10.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

On Saturday, Bay Eagle Glory posted the fastest qualifying time for the December 19, $75,000-added Evangeline Downs Derby for sophomores.

Racing for Julio Rodriguez, Bay Eagle Glory won the last of five trials by a half of a length from fourth-fastest qualifier McM Storm Catcher. Manuel Gutierrez rode the One Famous Eagle colt for trainer Eduardo Morales.

Bay Eagle Glory was bred by AQHA past president Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas. The colt, who sold for $25,000 at the 2013 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale, has banked $223,553 from 10 outs, and his resume includes a second-place finish to Torts On Fire in last year's $837,262 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

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Also on Saturday, Alfonso Lujan rode Sleepers Best Corona to the gelding's third career stakes win in the $15,600 Jess Meche Memorial Stakes.

Saddled by Javier Contreras for owner Frank Benson, Sleepers Best Corona covered his 220-yard trip against a 10-mph head wind in :11.792 while defeating even-money choice Scoopies Leaving You by a nose. The 4-year-old son of Coronas Prospect was winning for the eighth time in 15 races while making his first-ever start at this track.

Sleepers Best Corona was bred in Oklahoma by Southern Rose Ranch. He has banked $127,135, and his race record includes victories in the June 27 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs and August 28 Esplanade Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Rosouti finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Kerrys Special Crown, Dontakeyourguns, El Macho Prieto Boy, King Daddy Dove, and Sydney Leigh.

Ezequiel Araiza's Jess Blue Intriguing broke his maiden with a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length score in the $40,000 LQHBA Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds.

Jess Blue Intriguing went 400 yards in :20.011 and earned an 88 speed index against a 5-mph head wind. Luis Vivanco rode the sorrel son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue for trainer Rodolfo Sanchez.

A $15,000 buy at last year's LQHBA Yearling Sale, Jess Blue Intriguing was bred by Henry J. Melancon Sr. The gelding has earned $25,850 from three races.

JRs Runaway Ego, Zathuras Fast Dash, Agoutis Snowplow, Cute Mic Jagger, Oak Tree Streakin, Dashingpastya, Swift 13, and MDA Sheza Festrocket completed the order of finish.

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