October 7-11 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
September 28, 2015
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.
Margarito Sanchez's Zoom N Crash, a 9-year-old Oklahoma-bred son of Azoom, won Sunday's $20,050 All American Congress Maturity.
Saddled by Cruz Sanchez and ridden by Angel Stanley, Zoom N Crash went 440 yards in :21.096 while defeating 8-5 favorite Tortuga Tony by a clear 1 1/4 lengths. The gelding was making just his second official start in more than three years.
Zoom N Crash was bred by Chuck and Terryll Griffeth. He has won seven of 33 starts and has banked $68,013.
Luminario ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Free Stater, Well Worth It, Braggs Hero, Bigtime Feature, Shamu Moon, Dashin For Corona, and My Corona Is Rare.
Once run at now-defunct Beulah Park near Columbus, Ohio, the All American Congress Maturity was one of three Quarter Horse races contested Sunday at this track, which was formerly known as River Downs.
Primercartel, a homebred 7-year-old son of Prime Cartel trained by Isuaro Guillen for owners Isaias and Etelvina Olmos, sprinted to a neck victory in the $20,300 Fresno Dash Stakes on Saturday.
Under jockey Cesar Moreno, Primercartel went 350 yards in :17.667 and earned a 104 speed index. The California-bred gelding was recording his fourth win in 10 starts and first official stakes win.
The $10,922 winner's share of the purse pushed Primercartel's bankroll to $30,244.
A Corona Sunset ran second and was followed by Outdashn, Feature Dashnon, JDBS Royal Rona, and Rarely Occurs.
Fast N Famous Eagle, a colt by One Famous Eagle owned and trained by Joe M. Davis, is the fastest qualifier to the October 24, $100,000-added Governor's Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Ridden by Rolando Pina in the last of three trials on Thursday, Fast N Famous Eagle defeated eighth-fastest qualifier WRS Hava Cupcake by a half of a length for his second win in six outs. The colt was bred in Texas by Oscar Lozano.
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On Friday, Parti Favor won the last of two 400-yard QHRAI Derby trials by a half of a length and is the fastest qualifier to the $100,000-added final on October 24.
Owned and trained by Joe Davis, Parti Favor stopped the timer in :19.834 under jockey Rolando Pina. The stakes-placed son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon was winning for the third time in 10 starts.
Parti Favor was bred in Oklahoma by Jesse Miles.
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Pistolpacking Pepsi was a prompt 11-10 favorite in the $86,500 Hoosier Park Classic Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred sprinters on Saturday.
Racing for Robert A. Ray and trainer Ronald Brown, Pistolpacking Pepsi covered 400 yards in :19.818, and his margin of victory was 1 1/2 lengths from 14-1 longshot and stablemate Tinys First Pepsi. Jose Beltran rode the 4-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding.
"He broke clean and ran really good tonight," said Beltran. "He ran fast, and he never stopped."
Pistolpacking Pepsi was bred by Diana J. Keiser. The gelding has won 12 of 23 outs, all at this track, and his six career stakes wins include the August 29 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes (R).
"I'm excited about both horses racing so well," said Brown of Pistolpacking Pepsi and Tinys First Pepsi. "The key to 'Pistol' is keeping him happy and fresh. We don't turn him out at all during the season because we're afraid he might hurt himself. But he gets turned out during the winter, so he gets a break then."
Beach Runner ran third, 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Firebawl, Love To Beatcha, Bright Eyed Vision, DNA Sweet Dale, Zoom N 324, Chilled Six Pack, and WH Design By Dash.
Also on Saturday, Beach Bum Eddie recorded the fastest qualifying time for the October 24, $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R).
Racing in the third of four trials, Beach Bum Eddie covered 350 yards in :17.672 while defeating ninth-fastest qualifier Sixes A Flyn by 1 3/4 lengths. Cesar Esqueda rode Beach Bum Eddie for owner Anthony Cunningham, who also trains the gelded son of Escondido Beach.
The complete list of qualifiers: Beach Bum Eddie, Megatron Harry, Maranatha Is Coming, WH Kenny G, Fantastic Six Pack, Zoomin Lane, BV I Know You Rider, Hooray Houdini, Sixes A Flyn, and Rags Ta Cash.
Sheri Miller's Beach Cartel, a stakes-winning homebred gelding by Escondido Beach trained by Randy Smith, is the fastest qualifier to the $100,000 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred sophomores on October 24.
Ridden by Berkley Packer, Beach Cartel went 400 yards in :20.046, and his winning margin was three-quarters of a length from fifth-fastest qualifier Hand Of Doom. The gelding has won five of eight outs and has banked $101,123, all this year.
The complete list of finalists: Beach Cartel, Paytons Gone, BV Hello Darlin, DNA Dales Quick Cat, Hand Of Doom, LDZ Special Jess, Interfector, Sparky McClone, Ms Back In Action, and Docs First Dynasty.
Lone Star Park
Yordanis Amaro rode Satcha Wagoneer to a neck victory in the 400-yard, $49,835 Dash For Cash Juvenile Invitational Stakes on Saturday.
Prepped by Jorge Gonzalez for owner Double A Ranch, Satcha Wagoneer went the distance in :19.814. The gray daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon returned a $9.40 win mutuel as the 7-2 choice in a field of nine 2-year-olds.
Satcha Wagoneer was bred in Louisiana by Sam W. Green. The filly has won two of five starts, and the $13,458 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed her earnings to $28,254.
TLC Dale, Queen Washita, Finnick, Jes Paint Your Wagon, Especial Cartel, Real Solid Oak, Gianni Modo, and Bloomer Ride completed the order of finish.
A sharp break from post 6 helped Knocking On The Door earn her first stakes win in Saturday's $35,000 Autumn Handicap for 2-year-olds.
Knocking On The Door went 350 yards in :17.847 under jockey Eulices Gomez, and her margin of victory was a neck from stablemate Nymph. Sent to post at odds of 7-1, the sorrel daughter of champion Foose returned a $16 win mutual.
"Knocking On The Door broke like a rocket, and I couldn't have asked for a straighter race than the one she gave us," said Scott Willoughby, who trains Knocking On The Door for owners Ed Allred and Tom Seibly. "Nymph got bumped, but she was flying late. They're both solid fillies, and I think they're going to both be very good racehorses down the road."
A homebred, Knocking On The Door has won two of nine starts, and the $19,250 winner's share of the Autumn Handicap purse increased her earnings to $29,805.
Miss Sadie Thompson finished third and was followed by One Sweet Boggie, Thru The Night, and Miss Special Regard.
Ralph Danard’s Im Hott Ur Not sprinted to a head victory in Wednesday’s $18,572 Merkel Northlands Bonus Challenge Stakes.
Ridden by Trevor Simpson for trainer Laurie Ferguson, Im Hott Ur Not went 16.556 and earned a 111 speed index. The 5-year-old mare by champion Tres Seis unofficially broke the previous track record of :16.684 set by Big Hoss Rollin on July 29.
Im Hott Ur Nott was bred in California by Dean Frey. A multiple stakes winner who has raced exclusively in Canada since her sophomore campaign, the mare has won 12 of 22 outs and has banked $72,578.
Tiny Flying Corona, Pow Wow Lane, HRH Burning Corona, BD Cruiser, Streaken Timber, and Fast Fifty completed the order of finish.
This track ended its Quarter Horse season with an eight-race all-stakes program on Saturday.
Thomas Scheckel’s Streakin PR won the night’s richest race, the 350-yard, $213,557 Valley Junction Futurity. Ridden by Cesar Gomez for trainer Kasey Willis, the bay son of Corona Cartel and second-fastest qualifier stopped the timer in :17.802 while defeating fastest qualifier and 19-10 favorite Undaunted by a neck.
Streakin PR was bred in Oklahoma by Pine Ridge Farm LLC. The gelding was coming off of a victory in one of four trials on September 26.
Raced in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Iowa, Streakin PR has won three of eight starts and has banked $134,809. The gelding’s resume includes a second-place finish to The Charm Of Corona in the 330-yard, $70,000 Laico Bird Stakes (R) at Remington Park on April 18.
Dianas Tres Seis ran third and was followed by First Prize Corina, Divas Candy Girl, JA Whole Lotta Gol, Valiant Norther, Fast Ferdinand, Carey Corona, and Painted Streaks completed the order of finish.
Fastest qualifier The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt owned by Tom Lepic of Iowa City, took the measure of a full field of state-bred 2-year-olds in Saturday’s $200,700 Jim Bader Futurity (R).
Prepped by Kasey Willis, who gave a leg up to jockey Cesar Gomez, The Fiscal Cliff went 350 yards in :17.681 while defeating Iowas Texan Tip by a clear 2 1/2 lengths as the 3-10 choice. The $80,280 winner’s share of the purse from his third stakes win boosted his earnings to $217,521.
The Fiscal Cliff has won six of seven races, including the fourth of five trials on September 25.
Give A Wink finished third, three lengths behind The Fiscal Cliff, and was followed by There Goes My Wallet, WRS Quick Eagle, One Delightful Eagle, Baja Blues Girl, Ivory Smoke, Colonel Deetz, and Iris Pilotos Flash.
Iowa-bred 3-year-olds were featured in Saturday’s 400-yard, $122,560 Polk County Derby (R). TRS Amazing Amanda, a bay daughter of the Feature Mr Jess stallion Just Amazing Jess, outran her 12-1 odds to win this race for her owner, Gustavo Gomez Reyes.
Under jockey Raul Gutierrez, who rode TRS Amazing Amanda for trainer Zachary Quezada, the filly made her trip in :20.331, and her margin of victory was a nose from 19-1 longshot Toms Big Time Girl. TRS Amazing Amanda returned a $27.40 win mutuel and teamed with the runner-up for a $2 exacta payoff of $156.
TRS Amazing Amanda was bred by Vernon Hammes. The eighth-fastest qualifier, the filly was winning for the first time in eight outs and increasing her earnings to $55,542.
Fastest qualifier CR Wagon Man, TRS Just Like Jase, 6-5 favorite Papas Kiss, Paint My Anywhere, WRS Secret Dream, My Girls Toasted, Quickie Rickie, and We Be Cattin completed the order of finish.
Michael Teel’s AJs High was a prompt odds-on favorite in the $106,477 Altoona Derby on Saturday.
Saddled by Charley Hunt and ridden by Stormy Smith, AJs High went 400 yards in :19.863 while defeating 55-1 longshot Bling Dynasty by three-quarters of a length. The homebred gelding by Apollitical Jess banked $42,591 to push his earnings to $325,085, of which $196,600 has been collected this season
AJs High has won eight of 12 starts, including five of seven this year. The gelding’s five stakes wins include last year’s 350-yard, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at this track.
Specials Jess finished third and was followed by Whattookyousolong, U C Me Streakin, fastest qualifier The Big Time, Savanna Slim, Roaster, Cartel Rosie, and Cowboy Sexy.
The other stakes winners on the night were: Tom Lepic’s Catchin Fire (the 350-yard, $70,020 Future of Iowa Stakes [R] for state-bred distaffers), Mark Darwin Denny’s Youvebeenhenried (the 870-yard, $25,000 Covered Bridges Stakes), Brent and Karen Clay’s Shake Em Streakin (the 400-yard, $70,200 Terrace Hill Stakes [R] for Iowa-breds), and Rodrigo Covarrubias’ Pure D Spit (the 440-yard, $45,000 Two Rivers Stakes [G3]).
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