April 30-May 1 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

A $70,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, LMG Racing Inc.'s Take The Cup (number 8, pink cap) wins Saturday's $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Stakes at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 30-May 1. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, 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.

Sam Houston Race Park
A sharp break from post 2 helped Red Corona Warrior win the 110-yard, $15,000 Texas Twister Stakes on Saturday.

Racing for the Terrazas Family, Red Corona Warrior stopped the timer in :6.786, and the homebred 4-year-old Coronas Fast Dash gelding's margin of victory was a half of a length from My Glory Dash. Francisco Ramirez Jr. rode Red Corona Warrior for trainer Josue Ponce.

Red Corona Warrior has won three of 16 starts, and the $9,000 winner's share of the purse from the gelding's first stakes victory increased his earnings to $120,971.

Fly Lil Curl finished third, three-quarter of a length behind Red Corona Warrior, and was followed by Kid Can Dash, Ipolito, Last Man Standin, Surviving Legend, Shezarealfast, and Mighty Zapata.

Sunland Park
LMG Racing Inc.'s Take The Cup remained undefeated following his win in Saturday's 300-yard, $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Jesse Levario for trainer Chris Zamora and sent to post at odds of 7-1, Take The Cup defeated 8-5 favorite De la Eagle by a head in :15.355. Take The Cup returned a $16.40 win mutuel and teamed with the runner-up for a $1 exacta return of $32.

Take The Cup was bred in Oklahoma by AQHA past president Walt Fletcher and his wife, Pat, of Lakin, Kansas. The brown son of Corona Cartel was a $70,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse from his second victory in as many starts pushed his bankroll to $35,355.

Borger Boy, Tarrant, James Valiant, Shezaliknthemselfies, Sheza Tempting 10, One Famous Dimple, BF Chasing Foose, and JM Tacs Fast Prize.

Turf Paradise
Ugo de la Torre's Magnificent Jess, a One Sweet Jess filly and the 4-1 second choice in a field of eight 2-year-olds, held on to win Sunday's 300-yard, $71,013 Desert Classic Futurity (R).

Ridden by Martin Osuna for trainer Mario Loza, Magnificent Jess defeated stablemate and even-money favorite Magical Jess by a neck in :15.513. The filly's victory was her second in two races, and it bumped her bankroll to $37,273.

Magnificent Jess was bred in California by Jose de la Torre and Gustavo de la Torre. Her dam, Last To Check Him, is a multiple stakes winning 7-year-old Check Him Out mare who ran third in the 2012 Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1).

Tac It First, Anabella, Countless Ways, Sweet Babie James, Frozen Icon, and Who Cut The Mustard completed the order of finish. Eyeaseagull and Latin Beauty were scratched.

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