September 25-28 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Stakes action from September 25-28.

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 25-27, 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
Longshots took the top two spots in Monday's $91,113 Alex Picov Memorial Championship, as seventh-fastest qualifier and 13-1 longshot Jettastic pinned a neck defeat on ninth-fastest qualifier and 16-1 longshot Mesa Marvel.

Ridden by Mike Holmes for owner Raise The Bar Performance Horses LLC and trainer Anthony Cunningham, Jettastic went 440 yards in :21.650 and earned a 105 speed index. The $35,905 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $184,717.

Jettastic was bred in Texas by Norm Crawford. A 4-year-old gelding by Jet Black Patriot, he has won eight of 17 outs, including three stakes.

Jesskissmytexas finished third, a half of a length behind Jettastic, and was followed by SM Chicks N Garters, fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite One Famous Glass, First Down The Track, Bold Six Love, Memories Times Six, and Streakinshagginwagon.

Also on Monday, Carly Furlonger rode fastest qualifier and 6-5 choice Fiesty Icon to a wire-to-wire, half-length win in the $58,041 Ontario Sires Stakes Derby (R).

Owned and trained by Richard Kennedy, Fiesty Icon covered 350 yards in :17.750. The gelded son of the winning Mr Jess Perry stallion Sugarman Perry banked $23,217 to boost his earnings to $74,643 from 11 races.

Fiesty Icon was bred in Ontario by Picov Cattle Co. The gelding has won six starts, including the second of two trials on September 7.

Im Aquicktrick, BA Lucky Penny, Eyesa Speedy Simon, Fool On Fire, Jess Kiss My Dash, A Southern Jess, Jessastonecoldcorona, CC Fire N Ice, and Wild Boyz Victory completed the order of finish.

Downs at Albuquerque
RG Miracle, the second-fastest qualifier and 9-5 favorite, extended his win streak to three with a clear 1 1/4-length victory in the $214,768 Downs at Albuquerque Futurity (R) for New Mexico-breds on Saturday.

Racing for Shirley Grisham of Albuquerque and trained by her husband, Ken Grisham, RG Miracle covered 400 yards against a 6-mph head wind in :19.806. Isaias Cardenas rode the homebred son of the Dean Miracle stallion Hearts Miracle.

RG Miracle was coming off of a SunRay Park summer campaign in which he won the 350-yard, $102,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) on August 23. The gelding has won four of eight starts, and the $107,384 winner’s share of the Downs at Albuquerque Futurity purse pushed his bankroll to $180,436.

Ken Grisham, a longtime New Mexico-based horseman, has enjoyed a successful summer. In addition to winning the two futurities with RG Miracle, he prepped Good Job Honey, the winner of the August 9, $100,000 Four Corners Futurity (G3) at SunRay Park, for owners Shirley Grisham and John T.L. Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch.

“We had some real nice 2-year-olds this year, and we always thought this one was the best,” Grisham said of RG Miracle. “But in the (New Mexican Spring) futurity trial down at Sunland in March, he didn’t leave the gate really good and didn’t qualify.

“He ran second in his first three races,” added the trainer. “The first time he really broke good from the gate was when he broke his maiden at SunRay Park.”

Grisham indicated that RG Miracle would be pointed to the December 28, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Chickloni, a 20-1 longshot, finished second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $53. Rocky El Roble, Major Bites, A Blazin Flash, First Note Medley, fastest qualifier Wahoo Raider, My Mojito, Miss Ravens Wood, and Lil Moonshiner completed the order of finish.

On Sunday, Astica ran her win streak to six with a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length victory in the 400-yard, $146,578 First Moonflash Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds.

Racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, Astica stopped the timer in :19.548. Adrian Ramos rode the homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr and champion Alice K White for trainer Wes Giles.

Astica, the fastest qualifier, was coming off of a one-length win in her First Moonflash Stakes trial on September 13. The filly has won seven of 10 races and has earned $224,263, and her win streak includes a victory in the 400-yard, $162,412 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 25, and a track-record win in the 400-yard, $60,000 Pelican Stakes (R) at Albuquerque in May.

Mac Murray indicated that Astica might make her next start in the $140,000-added New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1) at Zia Park in November, which would mark the filly’s first-ever start against older distaffers.

Major Moonflash finished second and was followed by Seeyalateralligator, Blazin Version, Pretty Woody Jesse, La Estrella de Oro, JM Blu Moonflash, Perrys First Flash, and Regal First Moon.

Lethbridge
Toughie, the 6-5 favorite and fifth-fastest qualifier, earned her first stakes victory in Sunday's $60,262 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3).

Prepped by William Leech for owner Charles G. Stojan, Toughie went 400 yards in :19.832 under jockey Ricardo Moreno, and the chestnut filly's winning margin was one length from fastest qualifier Living Is Sweet. Toughie was coming off of a two-length win in her Canada Cup Futurity trial on September 7.

Toughie was bred in California by Edward Allred. The filly has won four of five starts and has banked $84,089. She was a finalist in the June 21, $1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Flybye 109 ran third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Toughie, and was followed by Perpetual SLS, First Prize Sass, Enjoy The Corona, Seperate Jess, and Sheaintawhiskylullaby.

Also on Sunday, Barry and Janice Sather's Cruisinfourabruisin was a prompt 11-10 favorite in the 400-yard, $23,019 Canada Cup Derby (R).

Trained by Janice Sather and ridden by Ramiro Castillo, Cruisinfourabruisin stopped the timer in :20.285 while defeating Goodest by a nose. The $10,358 winner's share of the purse increased the homebred First Timber gelding's bankroll to $84,635.

Cruisinfourabruisin has been campaigned exclusively in the province of Alberta. The gelding has won nine of 19 outs, including two stakes.

Go Wave Up North, Pros Rockstar, Tequila Tuesday, Raging Wave, KG Guy, and SLS Vedette completed the order of finish.

Lone Star Park
The field is set for the October 10, $187,800 Dash For Cash Derby (G3). Fastest qualifier Marys Coronitas, a homebred daughter of Corona Cartel owned and trained by Jose Luis Mendoza, scored a three-quarter length victory over odds-on favorite Bodacious Eagle in the fourth of six trials on Friday.

Ridden by Juan F. Garcia Jr., Marys Coronitas went 440 yards in :21.422 while posting a 95 speed index and her fourth win in 13 outs. The filly has banked $75,206, and her resume includes a victory in the $55,890 Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge on August 8.

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Prairie Meadows
The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred colt racing for Tom Lepic of Iowa City, is the fastest qualifier to the October 10, $175,000-est. Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred 2-year-olds.

Prepped by Kasey Willis and ridden by Cesar Gomez, The Fiscal Cliff covered 350 yards in :17.545 while winning the fourth of five trials by 4 1/2 lengths. The colt has won five of six outs, including two stakes, and he has earned $137,241.

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Also on Friday, Irene Velasquez's The Big Time won the second of three 400-yard Altoona Derby trials and posted the fastest qualifying time to the $100,000-est. final on October 10.

Ridden by David Brown for trainer Verle Bohner, The Big Time defeated second-fastest qualifier Roaster by neck in :19.615. The homebred gelded son of Bigtime Favorite was winning for the second time in nine starts and pushing his bankroll to $35,667.

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CR Wagon Man, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding owned by Curt Tobin and Dick Tobin, is the fastest qualifier to the October 10, $115,000-est. Polk County Derby (R) for Iowa-breds.

Racing in the first of two trials, CR Wagon Man went 400 yards in :20.010, and his margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from second-fastest qualifier My Girls Toasted. Cody Smith rode the gelding for trainer Jason Olmstead.

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Marcus Swiontek rode Undaunted to a 2 1/4-length win in the second of four 350-yard Valley Junction Futurity trials on Saturday.

Prepped by Brian Muse for owner Undaunted13, Undaunted stopped the timer in :17.697 under jockey Raul Gutierrez. The Corona Cartel colt, who was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, posted the fastest qualifying time to the October 10 final.

Undaunted has won two of six outs and has earned $14,878, and his resume includes a third-place finish in the July 19, $50,000 Rainbow Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the $235,000-est. Valley Junction Futurity final.

Will Rogers Downs
Dynamite 123, a 57-1 longshot and the eighth-fastest qualifier, broke his maiden in Saturday's $310,000 Black Gold 350 Futurity (RG3).

A gelded son of champion FDD Dynasty campaigned by Preston Cloud and Barbara Dull, Dynamite 123 made his 350-yard trip in :17.392 and earned a 99 speed index. Mario Delgado rode Dynamite 123 for trainer Clinton Crawford.

Dynamite 123 was bred in Michigan by T-Bill Stables Inc., longtime breeders who bred and raced 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123. A $19,000 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the gelding has earned $126,818 from six outs.

Fastest qualifier A Bee C ran second and was followed by Prized Wagon, Viviens Fire, Jess Tempting, Pyc Miss Bama, Tons A Texas, VF Wheely Cute, Southern Lulu, and odds-on favorite First Fancy Prize.

Richard and Genevieve Herrman's Rare Scheme is the fastest qualifier to the October 11, $32,500 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge.

Prepped by Hipolito Michel-Valverde and ridden by Daniel Torres, Rare Scheme covered 400 yards in :19.722 while winning the second of three trials by a neck on Sunday. The homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt was winning for the fourth time in 11 starts and boosting his earnings to $28,463.

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Also on Sunday, Hay Racing's Queen Catherine, a sorrel daughter of freshman sire Freighttrain B, won the sixth of eight John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge trials and posted the fastest qualifying time for the $32,500-added final on October 11.

Ridden by Cesar Gomez for trainer Kasey Willis, Queen Catherine went 350 yards in :17.630 and her margin of victory was 1 1/4 lengths. The filly was making her first start since August 1, when she won the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge in New Mexico.

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Zia Park
Alberto Villanueva's Burns Folly, a Stel Corona gelding trained by Chris Zamora, won the fifth of seven Hobbs America Futurity (G2) trials on Saturday, posting the fastest qualifying time to the October 11, $300,000-est. final.

Ridden by Jaime Leos, Burns Folly went 400 yards in :19.731 while defeating sixth-fastest qualifier Seis Me by a half of a length. The gelding was bred in Texas by Burnett Ranches LLC.

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Jesse Jr First Down, a Kentucky-bred son of Jesse James Jr trained by Madilyn Watts for owner Chavez Concrete Inc., is the fastest qualifier to this year's Hobbs America Derby (G3).

Jesse Jr First Down covered 440 yards in :21.489, and the gelding's winning margin was one length from second-fastest qualifier Eyegazzo. Valentin Gutierrez rode Jesse Jr First Down, who was scoring his fifth win in 12 outs and making his first start in nearly eight months.

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