February 6-8 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
February 9, 2016
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of February 6-8. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap stories posted in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.
Shes A Tourist, a daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Ethics Aside campaigned by Double A Ranch, is the fastest qualifier to the February 27, $200,000-guaranteed Sunshine State Derby (R) for registered Florida-bred sophomores.
Under jockey Yordanis Amaro, who rode the filly for trainer Elio Vazquez, Shes A Tourist finished second, one length behind Ahs Uncle Si, in the first of three trials on Saturday. Ahs Uncle Si was disqualified and placed fifth but made it to the final as the sixth-fastest qualifier.
Shes A Tourist was bred by Jorge Luis Gonzalez. The filly was winning for the second time in four outs and pushing her bankroll to $17,283.
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On Sunday, Luis Miguel Albores-Gleason's Favored Fire recorded the fastest qualifying time to the $204,265 South Florida Derby on February 28.
Prepped by Yoani Abreu and ridden by Francisco Ramirez Jr. in the first of four trials, Favored Fire covered 440 yards in :21.279 while aided by a 17-mph tail wind. The Walk Thru Fire colt's margin of victory was a neck from second-fastest qualifier and 40-1 longshot Genovese.
Favored Fire was bred in California by his owner. The colt has won two of five outs and has earned $27,402, and he was the runner-up to Undivided Atemption in last year's 350-yard, $77,760 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3).
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Also on Sunday, Habits Secret scored an upset victory in the 440-yard, $26,500 Sawgrass Stakes.
Ridden by Cristian Esqueda and sent to post at odds of 5-1, Habits Secret covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.596 while defeating Eyesa Famous Eagle by a neck. Sergio Conception prepped the 6-year-old son of No Secrets Here for owner Ricardo Martinez of Sauk Village, Illinois.
Habits Secret was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC of Bonsall. The stallion was making just his second official start since October 25, 2014, when he ran eighth in the Grade 1, 440-yard Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows.
All told, Habits Secret has won 10 of 23 outs, including four stakes, and the $16,960 winner's share of the Sawgrass Stakes purse boosted his earnings to $324,374, of which $163,645 was banked during a sophomore campaign in which he won the 440-yard, $208,090 South Florida Derby at this track.
The Sawgrass Stakes serves as the last local prep for the 440-yard, $100,000 Sam Abbey Memorial Hialeah Championship, which will be contested on February 28.
Parti Favor finished third and was followed by 3-10 favorite Daytona B, Dynasty O Habits, and Streakin Regard.
A disqualification following a stewards' inquiry gave Joseph Landrenau's First Corona Prize his first stakes victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $25,000 Magnolia Stakes (R) for state-bred distance specialists.
Prepped by Kelli Smith and ridden by Antonio Alberto, First Corona Prize banked $15,000 to push his lifetime earnings to $81,365 from 16 outs, all in Louisiana. The 5-year-old bay son of First Prize Perry had his number put up after Rakin In the Jax, who crossed the wire three lengths in front of First Corona Prize in :47.591, was disqualified and placed fifth.
First Corona Prize was bred by Charles and Irma Lyles. The gelding has won five races, including two against allowance company at Delta Downs last summer.
Sheza Gamer, KR Jess Hopeful, Chicks Saint Patriot, and Rakin In The Jax completed the official order of finish.
Wrap You Up sprinted to a wire-to-wire, half-length win in Monday's 440-yard, $24,500 Portland Meadows Bonus Challenge Stakes.
Under jockey Jake Samuels, who rode Wrap You Up for Cedar Creek Tree Farm and Ranch and trainer Hector Magallanes, Wrap You Up stopped the timer in :21.873 and recorded a 104 speed index. The $12,250 winner's share of the purse from her second stakes win pushed the 4-year-old sorrel daughter of Walk Thru Fire's earnings to $61,633.
Wrap You Up was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. The mare has won six of 13 outs, including last year's Adequan Grande Prairie Derby Challenge at Evergreen Park in Alberta, Canada.
Lebron 6 finished second and was followed by Sneakin TR, CM Got Overserved, Thinkin Of Girls, Best Bunny Yet, Chicks R Gone, and Lil Touch Of Dixie.
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