February 27-28 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Ricardo Martinez's Woop Dee Doo recorded a 92 speed index in Saturday's South Florida Stakes at Hialeah Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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

Hialeah Park
Woop Dee Doo sprinted to a one-length victory in the 440-yard, $25,000 South Florida Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday.

Racing for Ricardo Martinez, Woop Dee Doo made his quarter-mile trip in :21.726 while earning a 92 speed index. Cristian Esqueda rode the Good Reason SA gelding for trainer Sergio Concepcion.

Woop Dee Doo was coming off of a third-place finish in a South Florida Derby trial on February 7. The gelding, who was bred in California by John Andreini and Vince Genco, has won four of nine starts, and the $15,000 winner’s share of the purse from his second career stakes score bumped his bankroll to $106,539.

Woop Dee Doo’s resume includes a wire-to-wire, 2 3/4-length win in last year’s 300-yard, $82,320 Heartland Futurity at Indiana Grand.

Fast N Famous Eagle finished second and was followed by Moe Lassus, The Charmed Ruler, Fantastic Baby, Orphans Pride, and Majestic Oak Tree.

Game Own, a 5-year-old gelded son of Game Patriot racing for Yaima Grillo, rallied to win the $40,000 Sailfish Stakes on Sunday.

Prepped by Yoani Abreu and ridden by Luis Guerrero, Game Own went 1,000 yards in :53.134, and his winning margin was 5 3/4 lengths from 30-1 longshot Reds Casino. The Louisiana-bred gelding returned a $9.60 win mutuel as the 7-2 second choice in the field of eight, and he paired with Reds Casino for a $2 exacta dividend of $307.40.

Game Own was bred by Kenneth R. Fletcher. The gelding has won five of 26 outs, and the $26,040 winner’s share of the purse from his first career stakes score bumped his earnings to $75,702, of which $44,208 has been earned from three wins in four starts this season.

Sheila Tequila ran third, six lengths behind Game Own, and was followed by 7-10 favorite Eyesa Shoofly Dandy, Eye Can Beatum, JMF Shazoomer, Splishsplash, and KJR Tocaille.

Also on Sunday, Rodrigo Vallejo rode Cruise By Diva to a three-quarter length victory in the 250-yard, $36,950 Beautiful Prairie Stakes.

Racing with a 14-mph cross wind, Cruise By Diva stopped the timer in :13.127 and recorded a 97 speed index. Judd Kearl prepped the 4-year-old bay Corona Cartel stallion for owner Sara Leann Morgan.

Cruise By Diva was bred in Oklahoma by the Lepic-Morgan Partnership. The stallion's dam, the Spit Curl Jess mare Spit Curl Diva, was the sport's champion aged mare in 2010 and '11.

Cruise By Diva has won four of 11 starts and has banked $69,028. He was coming off of a half-length win in a 220-yard, $17,500 non-winners-of-three allowance dash at this track on January 30.

Llano Cartel, Duck Commander, Paint Your Zoe, Sting Like A Viper, and Ipolito completed the order of finish.

Roberto Marquez's Stick Shift SC outsprinted eight opponents to win Sunday's 300-yard, $32,371 Lucky Loser Stakes.

Ridden by Osdany Leal for trainer Carolina Gaytan, Stick Shift SC defeated runner-up Yurman by three-quarters of a length in :15.301 and recorded a 98 speed index. The $19,748 winner's share of the purse from the 8-year-old Get Down Perry gelding's first career stakes win increased his earnings to $75,657.

Stick Shift SC's Lucky Loser victory increased his win streak to six. All told, the gelding has won seven of 16 outs, including all three of his starts at the Hialeah winter meet.

Stick Shift SC was bred in California by SP Racing.

Somebodysknocken, Toodles Destiny, Coonascorona, Rocket And Roll, Okey Dokey Diamond, Time For Jesse Lee, and Mavara Vegas completed the official order of finish.

Jessies First Down was a prompt 9-10 favorite in Sunday's $32,500 Miami-Dade County Stakes.

Under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, Jessies First Down covered 440 yards in :21.339 while posting a 102 speed index and defeating 9-2 second choice RC Me Leaving You by three-quarters of a length. Judd Kearl prepped the homebred 5-year-old gelding by champion FCC Dynasty for owner Ted G. Abrams Jr.

Jessies First Down returned a $3.80 win mutuel and teamed with RC Me Leaving You for a $2 exacta dividend of $16.80. Fast Man Vic, a 9-1 longshot, finished third,1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $55.40 ($1) trifecta.

Jessies First Down was winning for the fourth time in 19 outs. The $19,500 winner's share of the purse from the gelding's second career stakes score boosted his earnings to $187,432, of which $143,048 was banked last year.

Rattle N Battle ran fourth and was followed by Snowy Man, No Playing Games, Lucky Me, Dashing Manner, Fire Bound, and Walk Hot Coals.

Los Alamitos
Returning to the races just eight days off of a fourth-place finish in the 350-yard Denim N Diamonds Handicap, Ed Allred's Blabber sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's $15,000 Elan Again Handicap for distaffers.

Prepped by Scott Willoughby, Blabber led at every call while covering 350 yards in :17.657 and posting a 90 speed index under jockey Rodrigo Aceves. The homebred 4-year-old daughter of Kiddy Up was winning for the fifth time in 13 races and pushing her bankroll to $53,075.

"She didn't get away very good last week, and I knew this filly could run quite a bit more than what she showed," Willoughby said after the Elan Again. "We put her in this race and it came up tough -- a lot toughter than I expected.

"She ran a great race tonight," added the trainer. "She broke great and finished strong. Everything went perfect."

Blabber has raced exclusively in California, and her resume includes a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length win in last year's California Breeders' Debutante Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomore fillies.

Apollitical Chick finished second and was followed by Political Chick, Lavish Ivory, Valiant Energy, Apolitical Pac, Apolitical Zoom, and Morethanmeetstheye.

Louisiana Downs
Joel Galindo’s Scoopies Leaving You extended his win streak to four in Saturday’s 350-yard, $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (R) for state-bred sprinters.

Ridden by Donald Watson for trainer Kevin Broussard, Scoopies Leaving You defeated Running Game Patriot by a half of a length in :17.798. The 5-year-old stallion by Coronas Leaving You earned $15,000 to push his bankroll to $228,780.

Scoopies Leaving You was bred by Gerald D. Libersat. The stallion has won 14 of 25 outs, including six of his last seven, and his race record includes seven stakes victories.

Scoopies Leaving You returned a $3.60 win mutuel as the 4-5 favorite in the full field of 10. Running Game Patriot, the 8-1 third choice, completed a $2 exacta payoff of $22.60.

Zoomin For Bugs, Louisiana Jambalaya, LD Streakin N Leavin, JT Cruiser, TM Dees Prize, JLS Mr Bigtime, Little Blue Dove, and Party With Braxton completed the order of finish.

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