August 20-21 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Chase Clark rode Eyra Hayes to victory in Sunday's Minnesota Derby for state-bred sophomores at Canterbury Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 20-21. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Challenge events, and all 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
Terry Reed's Eyra Hayes, a 29-1 longshot and a $16,000 claimer early in the meet, scored a neck victory in the 400-yard, $50,300 Minnesota Derby (R) on Sunday.

Prepped by Jerry Livingston, Eyra Hayes stopped the timer in :20.382 under jockey Chase Clark. The homebred son of the First Down Dash stallion Knud With Wings rewarded his backers with a $60.40 win mutuel, and he teamed with runner-up Sr Ur Fired, a 17-1 longshot, for a $1,415.20 ($2) exacta.

"He's always been pretty good," said Livingston. "He got away well (today). The only question was distance."

Eyra Hayes has won two of his 13 outs, and the $25,150 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his bankroll to $47,658.

Gramma Ella, Avoid The Drama, Blacks Cartel, Squirt Guns, 4-5 favorite V Os Filo, I Am The Doctor, Dashing Good Reason, and Moon Me Chick completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, Vodka At Moonlight took the measure of six state-bred 2-year-olds in the 350-yard, $49,300 Minnesota Futurity (R).

Racing for Summer Run Inc., Vodka At Moonlight defeated stablemate and 1-2 favorite Pyc Jess Bite Mydust by a head in :18.008. Nik Goodwin rode the homebred daughter of the Tres Seis stallion Triple Vodka for trainer Jason Olmstead.

"I told Nik this horse could win if the other one didn't run his best," Olmstead said after the race.

Vodka At Moonlight was coming off of a second-place finish in the July 10 Minnesota Stallion Breeders' Futurity (R) at this track. All told, the filly has won three of four outs and has earned $48,060.

Jess A Chance finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Vodka At Moonlight, and was followed by Wallykazam, Bbs Pyc Luckycharm, Givinitalittleeffort, and Inclined to Dash.

Fair Grounds
Sent to post as the 13-10 favorite in a field of seven Louisiana-bred distaffers, Oak Hill Streak responded with a three-quarter length win in Saturday's 350-yard, $50,000 Audubon Stakes (R).

Oak Hill Streak stopped the timer in :17.485 while recording a 95 speed index and extending her current win streak to four races. Gilbert Ortiz rode the 4-year-old Heza Fast Dash mare for owner Vanessa Bartoo of Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico, and trainer John Stinebaugh.

Oak Hill Streak was bred by Arnold J. Trahan. The mare, who sold ffor $43,000 at the 2013 LQHBA Yearling Sale, has won seven of 11 outs and has banked $146,610, of which $99,200 has been earned from four wins in six starts this season.

Oak Hill Streak was coming off of a Delta Downs campaign during which she won two races, both stakes.

Rbd Jessaswingin ran second and was followed by Scooter Prize, First Corona Down, Telarosa, Corona And Jewels, and Heza No Bay.

Also on Saturday, Damian Martinez rode Shades Of Buck to a neck victory in the $40,000 Gentilly Dash Stakes.

Saddled by Adrian Huiton for owner H & R Roofing, Shades Of Buck covered his 250-yard trip in :13.138. The $24,000 winner's share of the Gentilly Dash purse increased the 3-year-old son of Game Patriot's earnings to $65,300 from nine starts, all in Louisiana.

Shades Of Buck was bred in Louisiana by C. Edward Taylor, and he was making his first official start since December 12, when the gelding ran ninth in the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes (RG2) at this track. Shades Of Buck has won three races, including a pair of state-bred futurity trials last season.

Snipes And Bites finished second and was followed by 8-5 favorite Scoopies Leaving You, T Boy G, Pyc First Prize Mia, Jw Divino Comento, Chicks Leaving You, Runaway Canyon, and Rousoti.

Northlands Park
Ima Runnin First, a homebred First Timber gelding owned and trained by Wes Oulton, broke his maiden in Saturday's Alberta Stallion Derby (R).

Sent to post at odds of 19-1, Ima Runnin First covered 330 yards in :16.761 under jockey Adrian Gonzales while earning a 102 speed index and defeating First Prize Sass by a head. Flybye 109, the even-money choice in the field of nine, ran third, a head behind the winner.

Ima Runnin First was bred in Alberta. The gelding's dam, Ima Jess A Streaker, is a winning 8-year-old daughter of the Streakin Six stallion Streakin La Jolla.

Ima Runnin First has won one of nine starts while racing in Alberta, Oklahoma, and Iowa, and the $10,024 winner's share of the $22,051 Alberta Stallion Derby purse pushed his bankroll to $20,458.

Sheaintawhiskylulaby, Northfork Sizzle, Better Knickers, Fly Bye Cruise, Shawnee 109, and Send Gold completed the order of finish. Northfork Jess was scratched.

Prairie Meadows
Alfredo Botello's Ferrari James is the fastest qualifier to the September 3, $75,000 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R).

Ridden by Berkley Packer for trainer Manuel Campos, Ferrari James on Saturday won the last of three trials by a nose in :19.452 for 400 yards. The Oklahoma-bred Ivory James gelding was winning for the fifth time in 10 outs.

Ferrari James has earned $73,541, and his resume includes a third-place finish in the April 23 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (RG3).

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, the field was set for the September 3, $125,000-est. Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R).

Mary Paintyourwagon, a daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon trained by Stacy Charette-Hill for owner Leann J. Burns and the fastest qualifier, won the first of five 350-yard trials by a neck in :17.473. The Oklahoma-bred filly has won three of five races and has banked $26,210.

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Two sets of trials were also contested at this track on Sunday. Jan Bockenstedt's Shesa Vivian, a homebred filly by the Feature Mr Jess stallion Just Amazing Jess, posted the fastest qualifying time to the September 4, $40,000-added Iowa Stallion Derby (R).

Ridden by Cody Smith for trainer Tony Dean Jones, Shesa Vivian won the second of two 400-yard trials in :19.890. The stakes-placed filly was winning for the third time in seven races.

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The field was also set for the $50,000-added Iowa Stallion Futurity (R) on September 4, as Lil Stepper set the fastest qualifying time in his two-length win in the first of two 350-yard heats.

Racing for Michael A. Pohl and Bob Urich, Lil Stepper covered his trip in :17.834 while scoring his first victory in two starts. Jorge Torres rode the gelding by the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Lil Kool Wagon for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill.

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Sweetwater Downs
Genuine Version, a Utah-bred gelding campaigned by Gary Laramie, won the fourth of six Western States Breeders' Futurity trials on Saturday and is the fastest qualifier to the $142,500 final on September 3.

Ridden by Oscar Cervantes for trainer Chad Giles, Genuine Version defeated fifth-fastest qualifier Mahoney N Tacklebery by a half of a length in :17.576 for 350 yards. The gelding by Winners Version was winning for the fourth time in six outs. 

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Katies Easy Moves on Sunday won the first of two 400-yard Western States Breeders' Derby trials and posted the fastest qualifying time to the September 4, $20,000-added final.

Prepped by Jessica Hadley for owners O-So Smart LLC and L.J. Finder, Katies Easy Moves defeated second-fastest qualifier Sheza Motor Scooter by a nose in :19.818. The Maknmoves filly has won five of 10 outs and has earned $21,247 while racing exclusively in the Intermountain region.

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