January 9-11 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Bullard Farms' Fire On The Fly gives trainer Amanda Buchanan-Hadley her first stakes win in Saturday's Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs. PHOTO: Hodges Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 9-11, listed by track. For recaps of graded stakes and Bank of America Racing Challenge events, see the individual recap stories posted in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Hialeah Park
Alfredo Sanchez's Ill Stop The World made his 6-year-old debut with a victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $26,750 Signature Stakes.

Prepped by Carolina Gaytan and ridden by Omar Reyes, Ill Stop The World stopped the timer in :17.584 while defeating Paint Your Zoe by a neck. The gelded son of champion FDD Dynasty was making his first start since November 7, when he finished sixth in the Grade 2 Lovington Stakes at Zia Park in New Mexico.

Ill Stop The World won the race despite a less-than-perfect start.

"He took a step back right as the gates kicked," said Reyes. "He stumbled, (but) I picked him up and we got going. He had plenty left at the end. He outclassed them."

Gaytan added that Ill Stop The World raced with a key equipment change.

"We added a flipping halter because he stumbled in his last race," the trainer said. "He did it again today, but he still won. If things work out, we hope to run in the (440-yard, $100,000) Sam Abbey Memorial at the end of the meet."

Ill Stop The World was bred in New Mexico by Ron and Kati Hanna. The gelding has won seven of 21 outs, including two stakes, and he has banked $243,222.

Talktomeson finished third, one length behind Ill Stop The World. Mesa Marvel, Cash Happens, and A Priceless Gal completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
A sharp break from post 7 helped He Is The Risingstar earn a wire-to-wire win in the $20,000 Barbra B Handicap on Sunday.

Ridden by Jose Alvarez for owner Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches and trainer Paul Jones, He Is The Risingstar went 550 yards in :27.105 and recorded a 109 speed index while defeating 13-10 favorite Well And Good by a neck. The $11,000 winner's share of the purse from the 4-year-old gelding's second career stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $79,087 from 13 starts.

He Is The Risingstar was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklin Horse Farm LLC. A son of champion Mr Jess Perry and the winning and multiple stakes placed Dash For Cash mare Meddlin Mischief, he has won five races, including the December 11, 550-yard Paul Ford Handicap.

"His heart is just going to get bigger with each win," said Jones of He Is The Risingstar. "He's doing great right now, and with the way he is covering 550 he should love the quarter-mile distance. We'll point him to the (440-yard) Bank of America California Challenge Championship, and maybe we can get him in the (440-yard) Los Alamitos Invitational Championship.

"He's going to stay at Los Alamitos the entire year," the trainer added. "That's the plan."

Alvarez has worked at the Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch at Stonewall, Texas, since 1999.

"I help break these horses at the ranch when they're young, and I ride them in races because I know them so well," Alvarez said. "(He Is The Risingstar) didn't run when he was younger because he was so big. He was a pretty big horse when he was a baby. Now that he's an older horse, he's still big but he's matured and he's loving to run. He's a lot of fun to ride."

The Midnite Caller finished third and was followed by Uncle Rudy, Front And Center, Oh Daddy Oh, Follow The Dream and Blistering Speed.

Louisiana Downs
Scoopies Leaving You was a prompt 7-5 favorite in the 250-yard, $15,000 Harrah's Dash Stakes, as this track opened its winter American Quarter Horse meet with a seven-race program on Saturday.

Under jockey Donald Watson and aided by a 14-mph tail wind, Scoopies Leaving You tripped the timer in a track-record :12.977 and posted a 109 speed index while defeating Sleepers Best Corona by a nose. Kevin Broussard trained the 5-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion for owner Joel Galindo.

Scoopies Leaving You was bred in Louisiana by Gerald D. Libersat. The stallion has won 12 of 23 starts, including five stakes, and the $9,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $204,780.

Sydney Leigh ran third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Heza Fast Afair, JW Divino Comento, Julians Money Maker, Swingin Princess, Sweet Okey Dokey, Cartel Arrangement, and Pyc First Prize Mia.

Also on Saturday, Donell Blake rode 7-5 favorite Fire On The Fly to a wire-to-wire, 4 1/2-length victory in the $15,000 Marathon Stakes.

Prepped by Amanda Buchanan-Hadley for owner Bullard Farms, Fire On The Fly went 870 yards in :46.189. The homebred 6-year-old Jet Cartel gelding's win was his ninth in 26 outs and fourth career stakes score.

Buchanan-Hadley is the daughter of longtime trainer John Buchanan and the wife of jockey Russel Hadley. She has 14 stalls at Louisiana Downs for this 46-day meet, which runs through March 23.

The $9,000 winner's share of the Marathon Stakes purse increased Fire On The Fly's earnings to $155,956. The gelding's stakes resume includes a wire-to-wire, 2 1/4-length win in the 2014 Red Cell New Mexico Distance Challenge (G3) at Sunland Park.

Snowbound Cowboy, Heza Fast Corridor, Sheza Gamer, Rakin In The Jax, Mista JB, and Obadoe completed the order of finish.

Portland Meadows
Ruben Magallanes' For Sweet Jess is the fastest qualifier to the January 25, $9,000-added Portland Meadows Winter Derby.

Racing in the first of two 400-yard trials on Monday, For Sweet Jess defeated fourth-fastest qualifier Stella Corona by 1 1/2 lengths in :20.260. Javier Matias rode the gelded son of One Sweet Jess for trainer Hector Magallanes.

For Sweet Jess was making his first start since November 7, when he ran third in the 350-yard, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Lone Star Park.

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