January 16-17 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

The connections of Bryon Gardner's Carters Sixty Six, including trainer Judd Kearl and jockey Agustin Silva, celebrate the gelding's victory in Sunday's El Nino Stakes at Hialeah Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 16-17, listed by track. 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 posted in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Hialeah Park
Bryon Gardner's Carters Sixty Six sprinted to a nose victory in Sunday's El Nino Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Agustin Silva for trainer Judd Kearl and aided by a 15-mph tail wind, Carters Sixty Six covered 400 yards in :19.383 and earned a 103 speed index. The $18,300 winner's share of the $30,000 purse pushed the bay filly's bankroll to $41,285.

Carters Sixty Six was bred in Kansas by Michael T. Samples. A $10,000 buy at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the filly has won two of seven outs, and her resume includes a third-place finish in last year's Sam Houston Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

Careless Lightning, Fast N Famous Eagle, Volcom Bay, The Next Good Reason, Hearts Ona Hero, The Charmed Ruler, Toastin With Coronas, and Totti completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, Cristian Esqueda rode String Bet to the gelding's first stakes win in the 440-yard, $25,000 Hialeah Junior Maturity for 4-year-olds.

Prepped by Elio Vazquez for owner Stephanie Flores, String Bet made his quarter-mile trip in :21.323 while aided by a 10-mph tail wind. The Tinys First Corona gelding's winning margin was a neck from 7-5 favorite Political Debut.

String Bet was bred in Texas by Roger Knight Jr. The gelding's dam, Check The Account, is a graded stakes winnning daughter of champion Separatist. He has won three of eight outs and has earned $49,979.

Parti Favor finished third, a half of a length behind the winner, and was followed by Streakin Regard, Fyre Fly, Wilson Wheelz, Logans Zoomin, Ipolito, Just Eagle, and Eyes Have A Fortune.

Los Alamitos
A fast start from post 3 helped odds-on favorite Remarkableyesapoweer score a wire-to-wire win in Sunday's Cypress Handicap.

Sent to post as the 2-5 choice in the field of six, Remarkableeyesapoweer went 350 yards in :17.692, and his winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Tango In Cash. Cruz Mendez rode the 5-year-old son of champion Eyesa Special for owner Jesus Daniel Padilla and trainer Jose Moreno.

Remarkableeyesapoweer was making his first start since December 19, when the stallion finished third, three-quarters of a length behind winner Front And Center, in the 400-yard, $35,000 First Down Dash Handicap on a sloppy track. Remarkableyesapoweer was bred in California by Hector M. Padilla, and he has won six of 23 races. The $11,000 winner's share of the Cypress Handicap purse bumped his bankroll to $75,444.

"He finally won a stakes race," said Padilla, a resident of Turlock, California. "He'd been facing nothing but tough horses. This was a good group of horses that he faced in the Cypress Handicap, but he'd been taking on horses like (Grade 1 winners) Moonist and Far Niente. It's not easy to beat those horses.

"My family bred this horse, so he's a special horse," he added. "We would have liked to have gotten him in the Champion of Champions. We just want to keep him sound and hope he can have a nice campaign in 2016. We enjoy coming down to Los Alamitos to watch his races."

Foosilame, Balata Joe Now, First Down Tiny Man, and Flying Foose completed the order of finish.

Louisiana Downs
Jet Black Zoomer extended his win streak to three with a neck victory in Saturday’s $25,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto, Jet Black Zoomer went 350 yards in :17.729 while earning a 92 speed index. Kelli Smith prepped the brown gelding by Jet Black Patriot for owner Joseph Landreneau.

Jet Black Zoomer was bred by SKT Farms Inc. The gelding was making his first start since December 12, when he outran his 30-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans.

Raced exclusively in Louisiana, Jet Black Zoomer has won three of nine outs, and the $15,000 winner’s share of the purse from his second stakes score pushed his bankroll to $87,196.

Jess A Saint, Zoominforgrady, My Favorite Blue, Punctuality, Heisa Hot Ticket, Im All Out, One Special La Jolla, RT Streakin Dash, and Jetblackdash completed the order of finish.

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