October 30-November 1 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
October 26, 2015
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 30-November 1, listed alphabetically 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.
Jockey Rodrigo Aceves earned his first stakes win of the season when he rode Discontent to a half-length victory in Friday's $25,000 Town Policy Stakes for 3-year-olds.
Prepped by Scott Willoughby for owner Edward Allred, Discontent went 400 yards in :19.978. The $13,750 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $174,087.
Aceves' win was his 92nd career stakes victory. The rider is hoping that his first stakes win of the season is a sign that the injuries that have plagued him for about a year are behind him.
"I missed 11 months with my neck and my shoulder," Aceves said. "I was back for four weeks, then I broke a toe. That took my out for another two months. It was tough.
It's not easy to come back after being out a long time after an injury," he added. "You lose business, and you lose horses that you were riding before the injury. You have to work hard to show people, show trainers that you are ready to win races. I've been riding horses for my wife, Adriana, and hopefully this stakes win shows that I can still ride. I feel confident that I can keep winning."
A homebred son of champion Separatist, Discontent has won five of 11 starts, including last year's 350-yard, $352,500 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) at Los Alamitos. The gelding's dam, the Dashing Val mare Reeds Val, was a graded stakes winner at Los Alamitos in the late 1990s.
"He broke great tonight, but from there it took just a little bit to get going," Willoughby said. "He had a tough race in his last outing. It was unfortunate that he didn't qualify to the PCQHRA Breeders' Derby, but he's in the Southern California Derby, and this race will set him up perfectly. He'll make a great 4-year-old next year."
Cold Cartel finished second and was followed by Walk The Catwalk, Cartels Big Gun, Old Six Six, Coolist, JP Future Secret, One More Card, First Down Tiny Man, and Straw Dawg.
Apollitical Dynasty outran his 11-1 odds to win the 400-yard, $30,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes on Sunday.
Under jockey Eduardo Nicasio, who rode Apollitical Dynasty for owners Bruce and Jill Thompson and trainer Juan Aleman, the homebred bay gelding defeated 21-1 longshot Trixsey Sue by a half of a length in :19.900. The $16,500 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $21,830.
Apollitical Dynasty was bred in California. The gelding has won two of five races, and his resume includes a 300-yard maiden win in his debut on May 9.
Apollitical Dynasty returned a $24.80 win mutuel and teamed with Trixsey Sue for a $2 exacta payoff of $344.80. Ivys Storm ran third and was followed by Chicks Fayvorite, Daring N Different, Thrice Wise, 3-5 favorite Highclere, Misleader, and Peacefull Delight.
Carlos Marquez rode fourth-fastest qualifier Shoulda Kissed Me to a wire-to-wire victory in the $42,275 Arizona Quarter Racing Association President's Fall Futurity, the richest of three official Quarter Horse stakes run at this track on Sunday.
Saddled by Jim Crotts for owner Jose Gallardo, Shoulda Kissed Me went 350 yards against a 7-mph head wind in :17.963, and her winning margin was a head from fastest qualifier and 3-2 favorite Heza Royal Jess. The daughter of champion FDD Dynasty earned $21,137 while posting her first career stakes win.
Shoulda Kissed Me was bred in California by Christian and Ru Anna Singletary. The filly has won one of seven outs and has banked $27,548, and her resume includes a third-place finish in the July 25 California Breeders' Freshman Fillies' Stakes (R) at Los Alamitos.
Extra Ordinary Perry ran third, a neck behind the winner, and was followed by YN Shagouti, Domaine, Shes Gotta Reason, Royal Famous Fly, Whose Your Pappa, Finnish N First, and Askin For Trouble.
Also on Sunday, second-fastest qualifier Rockn Cowboy sprinted to a half-length win in the 350-yard, $26,125 AQRA Futurity (R) for Arizona-breds.
Ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu, Rockn Cowboy stopped the timer in :18.044. Matt Fales trained the homebred son of Dejon for the partnership of Pierce and Stark.
The $13,063 winner's share of the purse pushed Rockn Cowboy's bankroll to $17,614. Raced exclusively at Turf Paradise, the gelding has won two of four outs.
Bounty Dash and FJ Blackdiamond crossed the wire second and third, respectively, but they were both disqualified following a stewards' inquiry. Alazan de los Pobres, fastest qualifier and even-money choice Kedahuerfana, Bounty Dash, Bufddd, YN Paloma, Hildas Pearl, G P Red John, Hot Rod Hart, and FJ Blackdiamond completed the official order of finish.
Making his first start since June 12, Larry Stark's Jess A Cowboy earned his second lifetime stakes win in the $18,763 Desert Classic Derby.
Ridden by Vince Guerra for trainer Matt Fales, Jess A Cowboy covered 350 yards in :17.812 while pinning a 1 1/4-length defeat on See Yah Later. The sorrel son of Dejon was sent to post as the 2-1 second choice in the field of eight and returned a $6 win mutuel.
Jess A Cowboy has won three of 10 starts, including last year's AQRA Futurity, and he has banked $39,284.
Magical Righter, the 11-10 favorite, finished third and was followed officially by Steadfast, Rebs A Rippin, Jess A Blue Tac, Flor de Marzo, and SGS Victoria.
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Alexia Mehrle's Specials Jess is the fastest qualifier to the November 14, $66,000 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Mystery Derby.
Ridden by Cesar Gomez for trainer Kasey Willis in the last of three 350-yard trials on Saturday, Specials Jess defeated third-fastest qualifier Big Kids Birthday by 1 1/4 lengths in :17.612. The gelded son of Spit Curl Jess was winning for the fourth time in eight starts and pushing his bankroll to $48,895, all of which has been earned this year.
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Also on Saturday, First Sweet Midnite won the fourth of seven Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) trials and posted the fastest qualifying time to the $310,000 final on November 15.
Under jockey Jimmy Dean Brooks, First Sweet Midnite stopped the timer in :21.827 for 440 yards, and his margin of victory was 2 1/2 lengths. Eddie D. Willis prepped the homebred Sweet First Down gelding for owner Bret Carpenter.
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On Sunday, the results from eight 350-yard trials determined the 10 finalists for the November 14, $173,000 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Mystery Futurity (RG3) for state-bred juveniles.
Belinda Arriaga's BP Tac Marys Policy posted the fastest qualifying time with her half-length win in the fifth heat. Prepped by R.L. "Rick" Robinson, the daughter of Tac It Like A Man stopped the timer in :17.554 under jockey Agustin Silva. The filly has won three of five starts and has earned $12,048.
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