August 5-7 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Apolitical Zoom scored her second career stakes win in Friday's 330-yard, $15,000 Wild Honey Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 5-7, listed alphabetically by track. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing 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.

Canterbury Park
Heza Prospect, one of five finalists qualified by trainer Jason Olmstead, prevailed in a three-horse blanket finish to win Sunday's 350-yard, $54,400 North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity (R).

 
Jockey Berkley Packer and Heza Prospect
return to the Canterbury Park winner's
circle after the gelding's victory in the
NCQHRA Futurity on Sunday. PHOTO:
Coady Photography
 

Ridden by Berkley Packer for owner The Magnificent 7 LLC and breaking sharply from post 2, Heza Prospect defeated Faster Than Hasta by a nose in :18.074. To give an indication of how close the finish was, Faster Than Hasta was clocked in :18.078, and third-place Bold Ruller crossed the wire in :18.082.

"When I watched the race live, I didn't know (who'd won it), said Olmstead. "It was very tight. But when I watched the first replay I was pretty certain."

Heza Prospect was bred in North Dakota by Karen Glasser. The gelded son of Prospect To The Top broke his maiden in an NCQHRA Futurity trial on July 24. All told, he has won two of five starts and has banked $37,583.

Olmstead was also represented by fastest qualifier Chick In Eagle, who ran fifth as the 7-5 favorite in the final.

"I thought Chick In Eagle would be tough," the trainer said. "But I had sheer confidence in Heza Prospect as well. I just didn't like his inside post position."

Be A Mighty Dream, Chick In Eagle, Mascoutah, Write Your Story, First Flyin Eagle, and Lithe completed the order of finish behind the top three.

Los Alamitos
Apolitical Zoom, a homebred 4-year-old Apollitical Jess mare racing for Dennie and Kris Hill, was a prompt 3-2 favorite in Friday's Wild Honey Handicap for distaffers.

Prepped by Bret Vickery and ridden by Cesar DeAlba, Apolitical Zoom covered 330 yards in :16.762 and her winning margin was a half of a length from 9-2 third choice Summer Dynasty. The $8,250 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes victory pushed Apolitical Zoom's earnings to $93,717.

Apolitical Zoom was coming off of a third-place finish in a June 18 allowance race at this track. Campaigned in California and New Mexico, the mare has won five of 18 outs, including last year's 400-yard, $25,000 Las Damas Handicap (G3).

Bemused, Tough Broad, Flying Porsche Girl, Famous Cartel Lady, Tres Magicals, and Marko Czech completed the order of finish.

Oneida County Fair
The field has been set for the August 14, $20,000-est. Oneida Fair Board Futurity.

Don Knopp's Thats The Favorite, a Colorado-bred daughter of Favorite Cartel trained by Jarrett Mills, set the fastest qualifying time with her one-length victory in the third of five trials on Saturday. Ridden by Raymundo Torres, the filly covered 300 yards in :15.353 for her first win in six outs.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Ruidoso Downs
Racing resumed on Sunday at this track following Saturday's weather-related cancellation, and Rachel Marzak's Alsono (TB) continued his domination of New Mexico's 870 class with his 2 1/2-length win in the $30,000 Master Salls Handicap.

Prepped by Justin Evans and ridden by Ry Eikleberrry, Alsono covered his 870-yard trip in :45.228 and earned a 102 speed index on a sloppy and sealed track. The 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Limehouse was earning his seventh win in as many starts at the distance and fourth 870-yard stakes win.

Alsono was bred by Ann Marie Farm. The stallion has banked $132,668 at the 870 distance and $309,079 from 22 starts against Thoroughbreds.

CJs Rocksolid finished second and was followed by Straight From Texas, Jess A Hilbily Bone, Bet I Make U Famous, Smokn On Bye, and Daring And Dashing.

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