August 10-14 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Tony Cunningham's Powerfull Stone was a prompt favorite in Friday's Speed Sale Stakes at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse Stakes for the week of August 10-14. 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.

Albuquerque Downs
Armando Medina Jr.'s Fire Stones and Yaneth Cabrera's Klassic Strawfly are the co-fastest qualifiers to the August 28, $150,000-est. First Moonflash Futurity (R) for New Mexico-breds.

Racing in the first of two trials on Sunday, the two geldings reached the wire in :21.259 for 400 yards. Fire Stones was ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu and Klassic Strawfly was ridden by Isaias Cardenas. The two stablemates were prepped by Ron Stephens.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Ajax Downs
Fastest qualifier Home To Vegas got the job done in Sunday's $52,490 Ontario Sires' Futurity (R).

Racing for Brian Samis and Marie Broadstock from the barn of trainer Bob Broadstock, Home To Vegas covered 330 yards in :17.190. Tony Phillips rode the Down Home Dash gelding, who was winning for the third time in as many outs and scoring his first stakes victory.

Home To Vegas was bred in Ontario by Dr. Gayle Sommer. The gelding was coming off of a 2 1/4-length win in the first of two trials on July 24.

The $20,996 winner's share of the Ontario Sires' Futurity purse increased Home To Vegas' earnings to $29,287.

Home Ice finished second, a head behind the winner, and was followed by Later Tater, Deception North, Dash To Miami, Mountains Echo, Arising Miracle, Yawlplayingwithfire, Make Me Bodacious, and Sweet Pagrana.

Arapahoe Park
A $15,000 claimer during his 2-year-old season, Santos Lopez's Silver Citizen earned his first stakes victory in the $88,200 Mile High Derby on Saturday.

Silver Citizen covered his 400-yard trip in :19.459, and his margin of victory was 1 1/4 lengths from Thru The Night. James Flores rode the gelding for trainer Miguel Pena.

The seventh-fastest qualifier, Silver Citizen was bred in Texas by the late Clarence Scharbauer Jr. The gelding's sire, the Unbridled's Song (TB) stallion Silver City (TB), ran second in the 2009 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Silver Citizen's dam, Red Alarm, is an unraced daughter of 1981 world champion Special Effort. The gelding has won four of 10 races, and the $35,280 winner's share of the Mile High Derby purse increased his bankroll to $61,109, of which $50,429 has been earned this season.

Odds-on favorite Air Force Won ran third and was followed by fastest qualifier TLM Streakin Joy, DJs Jessie James, Runnin Along, Swingit Lika Man, Bo Dash Back, and Sneaker.

Gillespie County Fair
Double H Racing Investments' Ardor won the fifth of nine Gillespie County Fair Futurity trials on Sunday, and the gelded son of Ivory James is the fastest qualifier to the $150,000-est. final on August 28, closing day of this mixed-breed meet.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Adrian Huitron, Ardor won by 2 1/4 lengths in :17.652 for 350 yards. The gelding was winning for the second time in four races and pushing his bankroll to $29,860, most of which came from his third-place finish in the Grade 3, 300-yard Harrah's Entertainment Futurity at Louisiana Downs in March.

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Indiana Grand
Powerfull Stone, a sorrel daughter of Brimmstone owned and trained by Tony Cunningham, broke her maiden in Friday's 330-yard, $35,520 QHRAI Speed Sale Stakes (R).

Ridden by Cesar Esqueda and racing against a 13-mph head wind, Powerfull Stone defeated Sheza Classy Bay by three-quarters of a length in :17.254. The filly earned an 89 speed index and her first win in four outs.

Powerfull Stone was bred in Indiana by Sheri Miller. She was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the June 18 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for state-bred juveniles at this track.

"She's been a little green in her previous starts," said Cunningham of Powerfull Stone. "The first three times she was all over the track. We put blinkers on her today and that seemed to help her.

Cunningham acquired Powerfull Stone as a yearling at last year's QHRAI Speed Sale.

"I liked her family," he said. "I raced her sister and really liked her. Plus, (Sheri Miller's) breeding program has been doing really well, so we wanted to buy out of it."

The $19,536 winner's share of the Speed Sale Stakes purse increased Powerfull Stone's earnings to $30,906.

Kids Bright Image finished third and was followed by WH Secretive, Fly N Sixes, Sixes Turn, Ive Got Your Six, WH Sheza Fast Beach, and Rainbow Moose.

This track's all Quarter Horse program on Saturday featured trials for three stakes.

Stinkin Rich, a homebred 4-year-old gelding trained by Matt Frazier for owner Carolyn Bruce, is the fastest qualifierr to the August 27, $75,000 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes for Indiana-breds. Ridden by Rolando Pina, the son of One Famous Eagle covered 400 yards in :19.839 while defeating WH Design By Dash by three-quarters of a length in the first of two trials.

A multiple stakes winner who has raced exclusively at this track, Stinkin Rich has won five of 12 outs and has banked $238,931.

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Another Carolyn Bruce homebred, CB Come Fly With Me, is the fastest qualifier to the 350-yard, $100,000-added QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity (R) on August 27. Prepped by Joe Davis and ridden by Rolando Pina, the daughter of Desirio defeated Tres Seis Delight by 2 1/2 lengths in the first of five heats.

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Coco Beach, a homebred Escondido Beach filly campaigned by Sheri Miller, won the second of two 400-yard QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby (R) trials and recorded the fastest qualifying time to the $50,000-added final on August 27.

Ridden by Juan Galvan for trainer Randy Smith, Coco Beach defeated second-fastest qualifier Jumpn Chick by a neck in :20,007. The gelding was winning for the third time in 12 starts.

Smith won seven of the nine races on Saturday's card to set a new track record for most wins recorded in one night by a trainer of any breed. Smith qualified six 2-year-olds to the Stallion Service Auction Futurity, three sophomores to the Stallion Service Auction Derby, and two aged sprinters to the Bob Woodward Memorial Classic.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby.

Los Alamitos
Raul Mariscal's Justamitch (TB) led at every call en route to a convincing victory in Friday's 870-yard, $20,000 Truly A Pleasure Handicap.

Ridden by Christian Aragon for trainer Salvador Naranjo, Justamitch defeated Well Maybe by 5 3/4 lengths in :44.640. In addition to earning a 109 speed index, the 6-year-old son of Onebadshark banked the $11,000 winner's share of the purse.

"I was watching him in the paddock and he was acting so calm, which is unusual for him," said Marsical of Justamitch. "I figured that he would either not run a lick or that he would run a great race.

"Everything went right for this horse," he added. "He got a great start from post number 1 and once he ran past (Lil Dip A Nitro), he had all the racing room he wanted. He was in command during the second half of the race."

Justamitch was bred in California by The gelding has six of his eight starts at the 870-yard distance, including last year's Catalina Handicap at this track.

Look Of A Dasher, May B, Sir Kip, Oh Daddy Oh, Lil Dip A Nitro, and Templar completed the order of finish.

Northlands Park
Flybye 109 is the fastest qualifier to the 330-yard, $27,275 Alberta Stallion Derby (R) on August 20.

Racing for Buckey Stockwell, who also trains the Special Fly Bye filly, Flybye 109 won the second of two trials by a neck on Tuesday. The homebred filly covered 330 yards in :16.966 under jockey Jose Rocha while earning her sixth victory in 11 outs.

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Oneida County Fair
Vicente Treyes' Duck Dash N Go, the second-fastest qualifier, extended her win streak to three races in Sunday's 300-yard, $28,000 Oneida County Futurity.

Saddled by Monty Arrossa and ridden by Eric Alaya, Duck Dash N Go covered her trip in :15.050, breaking the previous track record of :15.134 established by Bcr Never Too Late in August 2010. The bay filly's winning margin was one length from Tacitandrun.

Duck Dash N Go was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox. The filly is a daughter of Coronas Fast Dash and the multiple graded stakes winning Tour de Kas mare Duck Mea Running, and she was an $18,000 purchase by Treyes at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale.

Campaigned exclusively in Idaho, Duck Dash N Go has won four of five outs and has banked $15,090.

Rumpled Britches, Ivory Cowboy, Nightly Fire, Princess Elsa, Cm Partners In Crime, and fastest qualifier Thats The Favorite completed the order of finish.

Retama Park
The Field Cricket led at every call en route to a 4 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $15,000 San Marcos Handicap.

Jerry Yoakum rode The Field Cricket, who covered his 870-yard trip in :47.126 and posted an 82 speed index. Jesse Yoakum saddled the homebred 8-year-old Lead The Field gelding for owner Claud R. Denson.

Raced exclusively in Texas since he began his career in May 2011, The Field Cricket has won 12 of 47 starts, and the $8,850 winner's share of the purse from his seventh stakes score increased his earnings to $180,479. The gelding was coming off of a victory in the July 29, 870-yard Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes at this track, and he has won the last three runnings of the San Marcos Stakes.

The Field Cricket returned a $4.80 win mutuel as the 7-5 favorite in the field of seven. Stolis Pro, Snowbound Cowboy, Corona La Jolla, God I Am Handsome, Give It To Shaq, and Tinys Corona Jet completed the order of finish.

Ruidoso Downs
Dashing For Jewel outran his 11-1 odds to win the 550-yard Brigand Stakes on Sunday.

Ridden by Jaime Leos and aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind, Dashing For Jewel defeated 5-2 favorite Handy Mann by a neck in :27.014. Guadalupe Munoz Jr. prepped the 3-year-old First Down Jewel gelding for owner DW Dynasty.

Dashing For Jewel was just six weeks removed from a neck victory in a 550-yard race for non-winners-of-three $10,000 claimers at this track. The gelding was bred in Georgia by Chester Kight, and his dam, A Dashing Jess, is an unraced daughter of Feature Mr Jess.

Dashing For Jewel has won four of eight starts, including four of seven this season, and the $12,000 winner's share of the Brigand purse increased his bankroll to $26,360. The Brigand marked Dashing For Jewel's first out against non-claiming company.

Go For Sixes, City Street, Bazoooka, Bondurant, Dm Ada Kat, Hez Out Of Corona, An Absolut Diamond, and Gonna Make You Royal completed the order of finish. 

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