December 9-11 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch's He Is The Risingstar won Los Alamitos' 550-yard Paul Ford Memorial Handicap for the second consecutive year on Friday. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 9-11. 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.

Los Alamitos
He Is The Risingstar led at every call en route to a 2 1/4-length victory in Friday's $20,000 Paul B. Ford Memorial Handicap.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba, He Is The Risingstar covered 550 yards in :26.800 and earned a 114 speed index. Paul Jones prepped the 4-year-old gelded son of champion Mr Jess Perry for owner Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP.

He Is The Risingstar was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklin Horse Farm LLC. The gelding is out of Meddlin Mischief, a winning and multiple stakes placed daughter of world champion Dash For Cash. A $70,000 purchase at the 2013 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, He Is The Risingstar has won six of 18 starts, and his three stakes victories include last year's Paul B. Ford Memorial.

The $11,000 winner's share of the purse bumped He Is The Risingstar's bankroll to $107,760.

Mickey Ward, Getit Quick, Rare Ed, Hes Sonorabound, Dustys Classy Dash, Look Of A Dasher, Kismet, Stel Heights, and Front And Center completed the order of finish.

Blueeyedeagle remained undefeated at this track following his wire-to-wire, head victory in the $30,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Stakes on Sunday.

Ridden by Jesus Ayala, who rode Zoomin For Spuds to victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,0000 Champion of Champions, Blueeyedeagle went 400 yards in :19.898 and returned a $5.40 win mutuel as the 17-10 favorite in the full field of 10 2-year-olds. Bret Vickery saddled the One Dashing Eagle gelding for owner Two Feathers Series LLC.

Blueeyedeagle was a $55,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelding was bred in Louisiana by Grant Farms LLC, and he is out of Linda Te Chick, a stakes-winning and Grade 1-placed Chicks Beduino mare and a finalist in Flying Dino's 1998 Remington Park Futurity (G1). Blueeyedeagle is a half brother to three stakes winners, including 2003 Golden State Derby (G1) winner Mr Pie Chick.

Blueeyedeagle has won four of his seven starts, including all three at this track, and the $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score boosted his earnings to $25,648.

Start Somethin Bad finished second and was followed by Staggering Stride, Im Tellin Ya, Firey Lips, Imaqtpie, Apollititaka, One Runaway Jess, Trippys Royal Jess, and Opulence.

Turf Paradise
Fastest qualifier Cowboys Dynasty sprinted to a 1 1/4-length win in Sunday's 400-yard, $59,708 AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity.

Ridden by Jesus Osuna for owner and trainer Alvaro Monteverde, Cowboys Dynasty tripped the timer in :19.829 against a reported 9-mph head wind. The $29,854 winner's share of the purse from his second win in seven outs and first stakes score pushed the brown colt by champion Fdd Dynasty's earnings to $36,346.

Cowboys Dynasty was bred in Arizona by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC, and he was coming off of a neck victory in the last of three trials on November 20. His dam, the On A High mare Mexican Radio, won the 2002 Desert Classic Futurity at the Mohave County Fair in Kingman, Arizona.

Cowboys Dynasty's second dam, the winning and stakes-placed Merridoc mare Secret, was a finalist in the '88 Bay Meadows Futurity (G1).

Discrete finished second and was followed by Riot Act, La Mos Pyc, 5-2 favorite Movin The Doe, What Up Buttercup, Truvia, Countless Ways, Princess Merida, and One Sweet Dasher.

Also on Sunday, Joel Merino Gamez's Captain On Takeoff extended his winning streak to four with a wire-to-wire victory in the $21,000 Mike Hastings Memorial Stakes.

Prepped by Charles Acosta and racing against a reported 9-mph head wind, Captain On Takeoff covered 400 yards in :19.699 and posted a 99 speed index under jockey Martin Osuna. The 4-year-old Captain Courage gelding's margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from 8-5 favorite Jess A Cowboy, and he returned a $9 win mutuel as the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine.

Captain On Takeoff was bred in Texas by Burnett Ranches LLC. Raced in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, he has won six of 15 outs, and the $12,499 winner's share of the purse from his second official stakes victory bumped his bankroll to $48,129, of which $39,131 has been earned this season.

Captain On Takeoff was stretching out in distance off of his half-length victory in the 300-yard, $17,500 Wayne Brasher Memorial Stakes at this track on November 6.

Fj Blackdiamond, Specials Gold, Fighter Gone Wild, Corona Toast, Quick Dynasty, Cha Ching Corona, and Closing Time completed the order of finish.

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