October 13-18 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
October 16, 2015
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.
Nancy Scane's Skinny Jeans sprinted to a wire-to-wire win in Friday's $16,000 Luva Secret Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.
Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Patricia Visscher, Skinny Jeans covered 330 yards in :16.902 while defeating Blabber by a nose. The $8,800 winner's share of the purse increased the homebred filly's bankroll to $65,014, of which $54,649 has been earned this season.
Skinny Jeans was bred in California. The filly's sire, the 9-year-old Stel Corona stallion Foose, was the sport's champion 2-year-old colt in 2008.
"Ed Allred always talks to me about bloodlines and the breeding of Spencer Childers' horses," said Fred Scane, the owner's husband. "When Spencer passed away, I decided I wanted a horse from that family of horses. Skinny Jeans is from that family. Her mother is Sables Sixty Six, and Sables Sixty Six's mother is Sables Secret.
"Sables Sixty Six's first foal was the stakes-placed runner Ima Foose," Scane added. "Skinny Jeans is her second foal. We also have a yearling full sister to (Skinny Jeans and Ima Foose) who we'll race next year. Sables Sixty Six also has a weanling colt by Favorite Cartel, and she's in foal to Walk Thru Fire."
Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, Skinny Jeans has won four of her 11 outs. Her resume includes a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Bac In Front, in the April 3, $205,200 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) for sophomore fillies.
Jess Cuz, the 4-5 favorite, finished third and was followed by Political Chick, The Perfect Love, Smile N Wave, and Valiant Energy.
"Skinny Jeans hadn't raced since July 25, while Blabber and Jess Cuz ran in the (Grade 1) Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (on September 27)," Visscher said. "Skinny Jeans had that little break, and I think that helped her a lot."
Skold, a son of champion Separatist racing for Hayden Brothers Ranch, made his debut with a three-quarter length victory in the first of two 350-yard Far West Futurity (R) trials on Tuesday. The gelding is the fastest qualifier to the $35,000-est. final on October 31.
Trained by Hector Magallanes and ridden by Jake Samuels, Skold stopped the timer in :18.128. Skold was bred in Oregon by Cedar Creek Farm Ranch and Racing. His dam, the Corona Cartel mare Copa Show Girl, ran second in world champion Oak Tree Special’s 2003 Retama Park Derby (G1).
The complete list of qualifiers, with their qualifying times: Skold (:18.128), DC Lady Juno (:18.259), Shez Sneakin Fast (:18.280), EZ Feisty Patriot (:18.290), CM Secretsinthestraw (:18.364), Critic (:18.517), L Bar D Dixon Delite (:18.536), One Runaway Opener (:18.702), FNF Bad Kitty (:18.784), and Head Turnin Okey (:18.843).
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Heza A Royal Jess is the fastest qualifier to the November 1, $11,750-added AQRA President's Open Fall Futurity.
Racing in the first of three 350-yard trials on Saturday, opening day of this track's 2015-16 season, Heza Royal Jess defeated fourth-fastest qualifier Shoulda Kissed Me by one length in :17.757. Albert Medrano rode the homebred Mr Jess Perry gelding for owner H & E Ranch Inc. and trainer Pedro Hernandez-Sandoval.
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On Sunday, Veronica Pelayo's Kedahuerfana posted the fastest qualifying time to the November 1, $11,750-added AQRA Futurity (R) for Arizona-bred 2-year-olds.
Ridden by Rodolfo Arvizu for trainer Eloy Mendoza, Kedahuerfana won the second of two 350-yard trials by 1 3/4 lengths in :17.601. The bay daughter of Heza Motor Scooter was winning for the second time in three outs and pushing her bankroll to $10,782.
The complete list of qualifiers -- Kedahuerfana, Rockin Cowboy, Alazan de los Pobres, Hildas Pearl, Bounty Dash, Hot Rod Hart, Bufddd, FJ Blackdiamond, Yn Paloma, and G P Red John.
Will Rogers Downs
Terry McLean's Admiral Zoomwalt led at every call en route to a 1 3/4-length win in the $19,138 OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes on Saturday.
Prepped by Gerry McLean, Admiral Zoomwalt covered 400 yards in :19.498 and recorded a 102 speed index under jockey James Flores. The victory marked the 3-year-old Shazoom gelding's first career stakes score.
Admiral Zoomwalt was bred in Oklahoma by Mike Nobles and Christine Hudson. The gelding's second dam, the Easy Jet mare Teller Queen, was a five-time Grade 1 winner at Los Alamitos in the late 1980s.
Admiral Zoomwalt has won four of 13 outs and has banked $46,495.
Hesa Crackerjack, Big Kids Birthday, Quarter Focus, JA Gol Star, JA Long Gone Gol, and Love Me Madly completed the order of finish.
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