January 24-25 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
January 22, 2016
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 24-25, 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.
Noe Villatoro rode Fly Thru The Fire to a track-record victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $28,250 City of Hialeah Stakes.
Trained by Judd Kearl for owner King Camden Running Horses Inc., Fly Thru The Fire defeated odds-on favorite Jessies First Down by three-quarters of a length in :19.169, breaking the previous mark of :19.227 set by Jazz Be First on December 18, 2010. The $17,515 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes win pushed the 5-year-old Walk Thru Fire stallion's earnings to $44,635 from just seven outs.
Fly Thru The Fire was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. The stallion's dam, Babe On The Fly, is a mutliple graded stakes placed 15-year-old daughter of Strawfly Special. A $200,000 buy at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Fly Thru The Fire is a full brother to stakes winner JM Specialwynn and a half to Grade 1 winner Rock You and stakes winner Carne Vino.
Fly Thru The Fire has won four races, including Ruidoso (G1) and All American (G1) futurity trials in 2013.
Lucky Me, Paint Your Zoe, Talktomeson, Little James Brown, Really A Dasher, and First Wear completed the order of finish.
A sharp break from his rail post helped Ruben Magallanes' For Sweet Jess score a three-quarter length win in the $18,400 Portland Meadows Winter Derby on Monday.
Ridden by Javier Matias for trainer Hector Magallanes, For Sweet Jess covered 400 yards in :19.861 and earned a 105 speed index on a track labeled "wet-fast." The Arizona-bred gelding by One Sweet Jess recorded his sixth win in 10 races and second stakes victory.
For Sweet Jess' resume includes a neck win in the August 23, $31,498 John Deere Grande Prairie Juvenile Challenge in Canada. The $7,360 winner's share of the Portland Meadows Winter Derby purse increased the gelding's earnings to $48,042.
Tickle Ur Fancy, the 8-5 favorite, finished second and was followed by DC Lady Juno, Stella Corona, Secretly Fast, One Runaway Opener, JK Dash, EZ Feisty Patriot, Shez Sneakin Fast, and A Lucky Demon.
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