October 2-5 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Stakes action from October 2-4.

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 2-4, listed by track. For recaps of graded stakes and Bank of America Racing Challenge events, see the individual recap stories posted in the Previews and Recaps section. This recap page will be updated throughout the weekend.

Ajax Downs
John S. Wilson's Panther Hero picked up his second career stakes win in Monday's $94,864 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Trained by Scott Reid, Panther Hero went 400 yards in :20.430 and earned an 84 speed index under jockey Cassandra Jesschke. The gelded son of Valiant Hero's winning margin was a head from Do You Zoom, and he returned a $6.10 win mutuel as the 2-1 favorite in the field of eight.

Panther Hero was bred in Ontario by Carole Lampron. Raced exclusively at Ajax Downs, he has won five of three races and has banked $60,084.

Speedocracy, Rogue River Cartel, Memory Of Jay, The Katy Special, Flick Me A Guiness, and Blue Speedo completed the order of finish. Ice Fishn and Itoldyouilikeroses were scratched.

Evangeline Downs
Scoopies Leaving You, a 4-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You owned by Joel Galindo, was a prompt 17-10 favorite in Friday’s 220-yard, $20,000 Evangeline Downs Dash.

Ridden by Donald Watson for trainer Kevin Broussard, Scoopies Leaving You stopped the timer in :11.798, and his margin of victory was a neck from 4-1 second choice Zoomin For Bugs. After a stewards’ inquiry and objections lodged by two jockeys against Scoopies Leaving You, the stallion’s number was kept up.

Scoopies Leaving You was bred in Louisiana by Gerald D. Libersat. He’s won 10 of 20 races and has banked $177,780, and his three career stakes wins include a head victory at odds of nearly 14-1 in the 250-yard, $38,000 Gentilly Dash Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse on August 22.

Jess A Rogue finished third, a half of a length behind the winner, and was followed by Hezadashinbye, Rosouti, PM Runaway Dash, RBD Jessaswingin, I Love This Dash, Bye Bye Lulu, and Embrujo Star.

Broussard was also the winning trainer in Saturday's Amelia Belle Stakes (R), as he sent out Heza Fast Rogue to win the $35,000 race for Louisiana-breds.

Racing for Brock Broussard and Bourque J. Broussard, Heza Fast Rogue went 350 yards in :17.568 and recorded a 96 speed index under jockey Donald Watson. The $21,000 winner's share of the purse from the 4-year-old stallion's third career stakes victory boosted his earnings to $306,950 from 28 outs.

Heza Fast Rogue was bred by Triple M Farms LLC. His sire, Heza Fast Dash, is a 17-year-old graded stakes winning son of champion Heza Fast Man.

Heza Fast Rogue has raced exclusively in Louisiana, and his eight wins include last year's Mardi Gras Derby (R) and Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) at Louisiana Downs.

JW Divino Comento finished second, a half of a length behind the winner, and was followed by JJs Black Lace, First Prize Copy, and Bradys March Madness.

Los Alamitos
A sharp break from post 9 under jockey Cesar DeAlba helped Gallant Mystic score a half-length victory in Friday’s $16,000 Kip Didericksen Handicap.

Racing for Jesus Canales and trainer Jere Brinkerhoff, Gallant Mystic went 350 yards in :17.931 for his seventh win in 32 starts and first stakes score. The $8,800 winner’s share of the purse increased his earnings to $76,478.

Gallant Mystic was bred by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas. The 7-year-old gelding’s sire, Separatist, was the sport’s champion 2-year-old colt in 1999 and champion 3-year-old the following year.

CR Proud Prince, 19-10 favorite JP Future Secret, Zoomin For Kas, Mister Wood, Juicy Walk, Blistering Speed, Molen Road, and Warm And Cozy completed the order of finish.

Also on Friday, Robert Hickman's Margaritas N Coronas fought gamely down the stretch to win the 400-yard, $25,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer Bret Vickery, Margaritas N Coronas covered his trip in :20,060 while defeating Wilmas Alright Now by a nose. The homebred 5-year-old gelding shipped in from Idaho, where he ran third in the September 11 Eastern Idaho State Fair Bonus Challenge Stakes at Blackfoot.

"There are faster horses out there, but this one gives you his all every single race," said Vickery. "He's just a solid, honest horse, and he's been fun.

"All of the horses Robert has sent me have been nice, but this one might be the best one we've had," added the trainer.

Margaritas N Coronas was bred in Washington. His sire, the First Down Dash stallion Corona Czech, ran second in the 2000 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Margaritas N Coronas has won nine of 33 outs, and the $13,750 winner's share of the Schvaneveldt Handicap purse increased his earnings to $132,671.

Balata Joe Now finished third and was followed by The Midnite Caller, Lil Bitts A Dash, Political Chick, W R Carver, and SS Galileo.

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds, a homebred son of Zoomin For Bux trained by Bret Vickery, is the fastest qualifier to the October 25, $150,000-est. Wild West Futurity.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba in the last of four trials on Sunday, Zoomin For Spuds defeated second-fastest qualifier Tickle Ur Fancy by a half of a length in :17.584 for 350 yards. The gelding has earned $7,234 from seven outs.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Zia Park
Larry Gamez rode Eagle On The Fly to a half-length win in Saturday's Lubbock Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares.

Prepped by Umberto Belloc for owner Martin C. Ybarra Jr., Eagle On The Fly covered 400 yards in :19.344 and earned a 97 speed index while aided by a 10-mph tail wind. The 3-year-old filly was winning for the seventh time in 13 races, and the $33,000 winner's share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $204,964, of which $164,564 was earned during a 2-year-old campaign in which she ran third, a half of a length behind winner Trendi, in the $900,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Eagle On The Fly was bred in Texas by Christine Hudson. The filly's sire, One Famous Eagle, is a 10-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry and was the sport's champion 3-year-old colt in 2008.

Alis Jumpn, the 9-5 favorite, ran second and was followed officially by Kateillac, Design Tobe A Winner, This Candys Awesome, This Candys Salty, One Famous Swinger, Kerrys Wave Carver, This Ladys On Fire, and NCC Firefly.

Making his first start in nearly two months, Sherree Meridyth's Executive Trust was a prompt 9-5 favorite in Sunday's $55,180 Herman Jefferson Stakes (G3).

Executive Trust went 870 yards on a sloppy track in :46.496, and the 4-year-old gray gelding's winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths from 15-1 longshot Kingsbury. Ruby Gonzalez rode Executive Trust for trainer Guadalupe Munoz Jr.

Executive Trust was coming off of a half-length victory in the August 9, 870-yard Master Salls Handicap at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding was bred in Texas by Gus Barakis' Scarlett Hill Farm near Weatherford. His sire, Executive Menace, is a 14-year-old winning and stakes-placed son of Chicks Beduino who stood the 2015 season at Scarlett Hill.

Executive Trust has won eight of 18 starts, including three stakes, and he has earned $181,017.

Famous Edge Of Glory, Tres Primeros, Painted Josy, Whiteface Eagle, Emperor Valerian, and An Absolut Diamond completed the order of finish.

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