August 27-28 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Randy Smith's My Louisiana Rod, one of four finalists qualified by Indiana Grand's leading Quarter Horse trainer, scored a half-length victory in Saturday's QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 27-28. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing 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.

Elko County Fair
Tacitandrun, an Oklahoma-bred son of Tac It Like A Man owned and trained by Fredy Olmos, is the fastest qualifier to the September 5, $30,000-est. Elko Intermountain Futurity.

Ridden by Jesus Virgen, Tacitandrun won the second of five trials in :17.767 on Saturday. The gelding has banked $14,545 from seven outs, and his five wins include a victory in the June 19 Roche Equine Futurity at the Jerome Fair in Idaho.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Fair Grounds
B And G Fast Dash extended his win streak to three in the 870-yard, $39,400 Faubourg St. John Stakes on Saturday.

Racing for Oscar Rohne from the barn of trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr., B And G Fast Dash defeated Streak Of Music by a clear 6 3/4 lengths in :46.656. Donald Watson rode the 4-year-old bay son of Heza Fast Dash.

B And G Fast Dash was bred in Louisiana by B & G Group Investments Inc. The gelding was coming off of a wire-to-wire, 5 1/2-length win in the 870-yard, $50,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) for state-breds at Delta Downs. Campaigned exclusively in his home state, B And G Fast Dash has won six of his 18 outs, and the $24,000 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes score increased his bankroll to $140,470.

B And G Fast Dash was sent to post as the 3-10 choice and returned a $2.60 win mutuel. Streak Of Music, a 10-1 longshot, completed a $11.40 ($2) exacta payoff.

Game Own finished third and was followed by Speed Bok and Droppin Timber.

Also on Saturday, D & S Racing LLC's Exquisite Stride was a prompt 7-10 favorite in the $30,300 Esplanade Stakes.

Ridden by Joe Badilla Jr. for trainer Bruce Bell and racing against a reported head wind of 4-mph, Exquisite Stride covered 350 yards in :17.550. The 4-year-old stallion by champion Carters Cartel earned a 93 speed index, and his winning margin was 1 1/2 lengths from The Golden Bowl.

Exquisite Stride was bred in California by John Andreini. The stallion has won seven of 12 outs -- including three of five this season -- and he has banked $250,532, of which $109,400 was earned during a juvenile campaign in which he ran sixth, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Jm Miracle, in the $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Exquisite Stride's three career stakes wins include the June 25 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs.

TF Little Bit Rowdy, Rusty Bloom, and Firefly Fortune completed the order of finish.

Gillespie County Fair
Almada Racing's Red Corona Warrior parlayed a sharp break from post 9 into a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $17,500 Simulcast Services Stakes.

Ridden by Noe Villatoro for trainer Josue Ponce, Red Corona Warrior covered 330 yards in :16.311, earning a 117 speed index and breaking the previous 330 track record of :16.486 set by Good Luvin on August 27, 2011. The 4-year-old gelding earned $10,500 and his third stakes win this season.

Red Corona Warrior was bred in Texas by the Terrazas Family. His sire, the Corona Cartel stallion Coronas Fast Dash, ran second in the 2008 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park and was a finalist in the '07 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

All told, Red Corona Warrior has won five of 19 starts and has earned $146,971, and his career resume includes second-place finishes in the 2014 TQHA Sires' Cup (RG2) and Gillespie County Fair futurities.

Aidens Corazon, A Kool Secret, First Prize Dive, Jess Fly With Me, Sr Inseperable, Little Man Rockin, Quite Riot, and Cashshae.

Indiana Grand
Handling a muddy and sealed track with skill, Stinkin Rich sprinted to a one-length victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $90,600 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes (R) for Indiana-breds.

Carolyn Bruce's Stinkin Rich earned
a 104 speed index and broke the
stakes record in Saturday's Bob
Woodward Memorial Classic at
Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott

Stinkin Rich stopped the timer in a stakes-record :19.528 while posting a 104 speed index under jockey Rolando Pina. Matt Frazier prepped the homebred 4-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding for owner Carolyn Bruce of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

"Actually, he was very comfortable in the mud," said Pina, who also rode Stinkin Rich in the gelding's three-quarter length win in the first of two trials on August 13. "The first time (he raced in the mud), he hesitated a little, but he was pretty comfortable tonight.

"I liked the outside post for him too," added the jockey. "I'm pretty happy with how the race went and how he raced tonight."

Stinkin Rich has raced exclusively at this track since he began his career in May 2014. The gelding has won six of 13 starts and has earned $288,761, and his three stakes scores include the 2014 Miss Roxie Little (R) and Jaguar Rocket (R) futurities.

Even-money choice Beach Cartel finished third, three-quarters of a length in front of third-place Wh Design By Dash. Absolut Teller, Tinys First Pepsi, Taters Rare Pappa, Executive Call, Beach Meter, Beach Runner, and Pistolpacking Pepsi completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Berkley Packer rode My Louisiana Rod to her fourth career stakes victory in the 400-yard, $71,954 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby (R) for sophomores.

Owned and trained by Randy Smith, My Louisiana Rod pinned a half-length defeat on fastest qualifier Coco Beach. The bay daughter of the Streakin La Jolla stallion La Jollaroid covered the distance on a muddy and sealed track in :19.898.

"She left like she always does and won like she always does," said Packer, who also rode the filly to victory in the first of two trials on August 13.

The third-fastest qualifier, My Louisiana Rod was bred in Indiana by Gordon L. Timm.

"I was a little concerned about the post (6), but I'm glad she won," said Smith, who qualified four finalists. "All four of our horses had a shot of winning this race. All four are really nice horses."

My Louisiana Rod was sent to post as the 17-10 favorite and teamed with Coco Beach for a $2 exacta payoff of $42. Mr Fool Me Twice, a 68-1 longshot, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, to complete a $356.50 ($1) trifecta.

Jumpn Chick ran fourth and was followed by Miss Huerfanita, Megatron Harry, Who Jack, Fast N Famous Eagle, Shake Rattle N Rolla, and Dixie Cup Lou.

Los Alamitos
A $16,000 claimer back in May, EG High Desert Farms' Jess Hawk became a stakes winner for the first time in Sunday's $25,000 Pat Hyland Memorial Handicap for 2-year-olds.

Jess Hawk's connections, including owner
Enrique Gonzalez (third from left) and trainer
Yanet Rodriguez (second from right) celebrate
the filly's win in Sunday's Pat Hyland
Memorial Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Trained by Yanet Rodriguez and ridden by Jesus Ayala, Jess Hawk covered 350 yards in :17.848 while defeating Apollitical Seven by a head. The homebred filly by One Sweet Jess was sent to post at odds of 8-1 and returned a $19.20 win mutuel.

AJs Anna Smoke, the winner of the Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) in July and 1-2 favorite, finished third, a half of a length behind Jess Hawk.

"I have a lot of faith in this filly," said Rodriguez of Jess Hawk. "I told my boss, 'I like her. I like her.' This was a tough field. We had to see what we had with her so we nominated her to this race, and it looks like it turned out good.

"She ran fourth in her first start (a maiden special weight dash on April 29), and to give her a little more heart I dropped her down in class," the trainer added, referring to her victory against $16,000 maiden claimers on May 27. "I didn't drop her much. I liked the way she ran in that second out, so we took a chance and ran her in an allowance.

One Sweet Jess is out of the late Merridoc Hawk, a homebred multiple graded stakes winning daughter of champion Hawkinson.

"(Jess Hawk) is the only filly I have out of Merridoc Hawk," said Enrique Gonzalez of EG High Desert Farms. "Merridoc Hawk died, but this filly made her mother's memory proud tonight.

"She ran a beautiful race," he added. "I have to give credit to the trainer. She's done a very good job with my horses. She's a hard worker."

Raced exclusively at this track, Jess Hawk has won three of her four starts, and the $13,750 winner's share of the Pat Hyland Memorial Handicap purse increased her bankroll to $24,285.

"We don't have her paid to the big stakes races, so the Pat Hyland was a great race for her. We'll keep looking for races like this one and take it easy with her. She should make a nice 3-year-old filly."

Hopes And Dreams ran fourth and was followed by Favorite Quick Chick and Stelfast.

Sandy Downs
The field has been set for the $15,000-added Idaho Cup Futurity (R) on September 5.

On Saturday, A Cartel Hustle won the first of four 350-yard trials by 2 1/4 lengths in :17.455, posting the fastest qualifying time and his second victory in six outs. Nakia Ramirez rode the Favorite Cartel gelding for owners RTM Stables LLC, Larry Chapple, and Dick Wasia, and trainer Mark Hanson.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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