December 16-21 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

The connections of Unclaimed Dividend, including trainer Yanet Rodriguez (far left), owner Enrique Gonzalez (center), and jockey Jesus Ayala, pose in the winner's circle following the homebred gelding's victory in Friday's A Ransom Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 16-18. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap stories in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Evangeline Downs
New Mexico-based jockey Ruby Gonzalez rode Executive Trust to a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $25,000 IP 870 Stakes.

Saddled by Guadalupe Munoz Jr. for owner Sherree Meridyth and racing against a 15-mph head wind in the homestretch, Executive Trust earned an 83 speed index when he stopped the timer in :46.944. The 5-year-old gray gelding by the Chicks Beduino stallion Executive Menace was making his first-ever start in the state of Louisiana.

Executive Trust was bred by Gus Barakis' Scarlett Hill Farm at Weatherford, Texas, and he was coming off of a head victory in the 870-yard, $50,000 King Rick Rack Stakes at Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico, on November 23. All told, the gelding has won 11 of 25 races, and his six stakes wins include the last three runnings of the Kng Rick Rack.

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy, Jessa Little Rusty, Streak Of Music, Im Mighty Fast, Bet I Make U Famous, Dark Bark, and Game Own completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Rene Amaro's This Wagons Okay earned his second stakes win of the meet in the $20,300 Sam's Town Stakes.

Breaking sharply from his rail post under jockey Antonio Alberto, This Wagons Okay went 350 yards in :17.484 and recorded a 99 speed index against a reported 12-mph head wind. Javier Contreras prepped the 5-year-old gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon.

This Wagons Okay has won 10 of his 22 races, including three of six this season, and the $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his fourth career stakes victory bumped his bankroll to $173,930. The gelding was coming off of a victory in the October 29 Ned Goutierrez Memorial Stakes at this track.

This Wagons Okay was bred in Oklahoma by Michael A. Pohl.

Specials Jess, the 11-10 favorite in the field of nine, ran second, a head behind This Wagons Okay, and was followed by A Royal Country Man, Louisiana Legends, Kw Cowboy, The Golden Bowl, Soraya Seis, Going Viral, and Ojo de Rey.

Los Alamitos
Unclaimed Dividend, a homebred son of A Mere Chocolate owned by Enrique Gonzalez's EG High Desert Farms, outran his 8-1 odds to win Friday's $25,000 A Ransom Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Yanet Rodriguez and aided by a reported 20-mph tail wind, Unclaimed Dividend went 350 yards in :17.601. The gelding's winning margin was a nose from 15-1 longshot Free Swinger.

Unclaimed Dividend was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a 400-yard Southern California Derby (G2) trial on November 27. Raced exclusively at this track, he has won three of 14 outs, and the $13,750 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes victory bumped his earnings to $113,781.

Unclaimed Dividend's season resume includes a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in the 400-yard, $195,000 Governor's Cup Derby (RG3) on July 30.

You Can Fly finished third and was followed by Snitching, Corona Suerte, Good Looker, 2-1 favorite Boylike, Luv On The Run, and Royaltys Authority.

Portland Meadows
Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch & Racing's Henry Craig used a quick start from post 3 to score a wire-to-wire victory in Wednesday's 400-yard, $26,550 Baxter Andruss Futurity (R) for Oregon-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa for trainer Hector Magallanes, Henry Craig defeated L Bar D Genuine Red by 1 1/2 lengths in :20.054 under foggy skies on a track labeled wet-fast. The homebred son of One Sweet Jess earned a 99 speed index and the $10,620 winner's share of the purse.

Henry Craig is out of Copa Show Girl, a winning daughter of Corona Cartel who ran second in world champion Oak Tree Special's 2003 Retama Park Derby (G1). Raced in Oregon, Washington, and California, the gelding has won seven of eight starts and has banked $54,633, and his resume includes a victory in the May 8, 300-yard Pot O' Gold Futurity at Sun Downs, and a third-place run in the October 23, 350-yard Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.

CM Woody Blue finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Henry Craig, and was followed by Sir Runaway Isaac, Flyin Rocks, Ez Frosty Mom, Siennas Sassy Boot, Jesses Claim To Fame, and Zapata. Jumpin Jock Flash was scratched.

The Baxter Andruss Futurity was part of thiis track's Oregon Championship Day program, which was postponed from December 18 due to winter weather conditions in the Portland area.

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