October 23-26 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Stakes action from October 23-25.

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 13-18, 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 more than two months, Louis Johnson Jr.'s TF Eyes R Struttin scored a half-length win in Saturday's Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred distaffers.

Prepped by Lanny Keith, TF Eyes R Struttin covered 330 yards on a sloppy and sealed track in :16.527. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode the 4-year-old daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Struttin To Beduino.

TF Eyes R Struttin was bred by Steve Tate. The mare was coming off of a neck victory in the 350-yard, $50,000 Audubon Stakes (R) at Fair Grounds on August 16.

TF Eyes R Struttin has won nine of 22 starts, including three stakes, and she has banked $178,335.

Embrujo Star, RBD Jessaswingin, Osceola Patriot, Scooter Prize, Forever Steph, The Game Cartel, and Camerons Game completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Wilmas Alright Now, a homebred son of the Strawfly Special stallion Im Alright Now racing for John L. Erickson, sprinted to a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in Friday's $16,000 John Ward Handicap.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Bret Vickery, Wilmas Alright Now went 400 yards in :19.951. The $8,000 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $59,385.

Wilmas Alright Now was bred in Idaho, but the gelding has close ties to California.

"Both his mother and father were purchased out of the PCQHRA Sale at Los Alamitos many years ago," said Erickson of Wilmas Alright Now. "I bought Wilmas Alright Now's mother, Wilma The Wizard, about 12 years ago for a fellow I know, but he didn't want her because she cost $100 more than he wanted to pay, so I ended up keeping her.

"Im Alright Now was purchased by my neighbor," he added. "We ended up breeding the two of them to come up with Wilmas Alright Now."

Wilmas Alright Now has won 10 of 17 races, including two stakes. He was coming off of a second-place finish in the October 2 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap at this track.

"If he's not pulling or tugging on the pony, then you know something is wrong with him," said Erickson. "On the night of the Blane Schvaneveldt, he had his head down as he was being led onto the track. The next morning, he came up with a temperature of 104. He probably wasn't feeling good the night before, but he ran second.

"He came up with a chip in the Schvaneveldt last year, but he still ran fourth that night," he added. "That shows you that he's a tough horse with a big heart. He always gives you everything. We'll probably leave him here for one more start."

The Midnite Caller ran second and was followed by Gallant Mystic, Margaritas N Coronas, Zoomin For Cash, and Molen Road.

Otta Be A Prize, a gelded son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion First Prize Stone racing for Gordon Knudsen and Ron Moosman, scored his first stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $15,000 Wild West Juvenile Stakes.

Ridden by Cody Jensen and sent to post at odds of nearly 8-1, Otta Be A Prize defeated 2-1 favorite Swiper Be Sonic by a half of a length in :17.939. The win was his third in seven starts, and it boosted his bankroll to $16,399.

Otta Be A Prize was bred in Utah by Ron and Laurie Moosman. The gelding was coming off of a sixth-place finish in an October 4 Wild West Futurity trial.

Famous Cartel Lady, Stelebration, Make My Daze, Ettago This, Jess Pollitical and Dynamites LS completed the order of finish.

Zoomin For Spuds, a homebred son of Zoomin For Bux racing for Jim Walker of Bellevue, Idaho, sprinted to a neck victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $126,150 Wild West Futurity.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer Bret Vickery, Zoomin For Spuds stopped the timer in :17.720 and earned an 88 speed index and his first career stakes win. The $52,983 winner's share of the purse increased the gelding's bankroll to $60,21

Walker, 83, literally had a hand in the birth of Zoomin For Spuds.

"I pulled him out of his mother," Walker said after the race. "The first person he saw in this world was me, grinning.

"I knew he was going to win (tonight)," he added. "I never doubted it, and I never wanted to think anything different. There's no other way to think."

Zoomin For Spuds shipped to Los Alamitos from Ruidoso Downs, where the gelding ran second in two maiden races and third in a 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trial on August 21. He has won two of eight starts, including a Wild West Futurity trial on October 4.

"I've owned racehorses on and off for about 40 years ago," said Walker, who for years operated a sand and gravel company in Bellevue. "This is as big a purse as I've won over the years. I won some races at Los Alamitos with a horse named Time For Jesse Lee.

"Time For Jesse Lee is a phenomenal horse and he is still running," he added. "I feel lucky that at my age I've been blessed with some good horses. I just hope that God cuts me a little (slack) and I can watch these horses for a few more years."

Tickle Ur Fancy finished second and was followed by Timely Delivery, Dr Stellar, On Fire, Fames Jess Sweet, Bo Dash Back, Fixer Upper, First Prize Chicks, and Fabulous Corona.

The Wild West Futurity is run every year at Los Alamitos and is restricted to horses that have started in the Intermountain region and Canada.

Portland Meadows
Hayden Brothers Ranch's Skold kept his perfect record intact with a nose victory in the $27,900 Far West Futurity on Monday.

Prepped by Hector Magallanes and ridden by Jake Samuels, Skold went 350 yards in :18.274 and earned an 86 speed index. The Separatist gelding's victory was his second in as many starts and increased his bankroll to $12,860.

Skold was bred in Oregon by Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch and Racing. The gelding's dam, Copa Show Girl, is a winning 15-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel who ran second in world champion Oak Tree Special's 2003 Retama Park Derby (G1) in Texas.

Stella Corona, EZ Feisty Patriot, DC Lady Juno, Shez Sneakiin Fast, One Runaway Opener, FNF Bad Kitty, CM Secretsinthestraw, and Critic completed the order of finish.

Will Rogers Downs
Llano Cartel was successful in his return to Oklahoma, as the 5-year-old son of Teller Cartel outran his 18-1 odds to win the $29,756 Cherokee Challenge Stakes on Saturday.

Racing for Wade Helton, Llano Cartel went 300 yards on a muddy and sealed track in :15.397, and his winning margin was a neck from Redneck Sis. Edgar Martinez rode the gelding for trainer Madilyn Watts.

Llano Cartel was bred in Oklahoma by Wootan Racing. He has 12 of 39 outs and has earned $377,021, of which $190,570 was banked during his 4-year-old campaign. The gelding's four career stakes wins incllude last year's 400-yard, $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) at Remington Park.

Kuhl Wave, the 8-5 favorite, ran third, a half of a length behind Llano Cartel. Im Beau Brown, I V Gone, Defiant Red Rooster, The Swagger Wagon, Carpe Diem Drew, and Just Eagle completed the order of finish.

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