January 30-31 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Grade 1 winner Llano Cartel pushed his earnings past the $400,000 mark in Sunday's Tallahassee Stakes at Hialeah Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography.

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 30-31, listed by track. 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.

Hialeah Park
A sharp break from post 4 helped Eyesa Shoofly Dandy score a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $27,500 Moonstone Stakes.

Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo and sent to post as the 19-10 favorite, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy covered 660 yards in :21.105, and his winning margin was two lengths from Sheila Tequila. Judd Kearl prepped the 5-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Gold Medal Jess for owners Curtis Smith and Steve A. Holt.

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy was bred in Oklahoma by Wesley Ann Anglin. The gelding has won eight of 19 races and has earned $83,186, and his two career stakes wins include a head victory in last year's 870-yard, $17,500 Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.

JMF Shazoomer finished third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Eyesa Shoofly Dandy. Arbeka Raincloud, KJR Tocaille, Southern Pass Dash, Beat This Eye Opener, Jess Twice Cash, and Reds Casino completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, Llano Cartel was a prompt 19-10 favorite in the 220-yard, $22,625 Tallahassee Stakes.

A 6-year-old Teller Cartel gelding racing for A. Wade Helton, Llano Cartel defeated 9-1 longshot Rocket And Roll by a neck in :11.855. Raul Gutierrez rode Llano Cartel for trainer Fernando Carrete.

Llano Cartel was coming off of a neck victory in a 250-yard, $20,000 open-condition allowance race at this track on January 10. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Wootan Racing, and he has won 14 of 43 outs, including five stakes.

The $14,027 winner's share of the Tallahassee Stakes purse pushed Llano Cartel's bankroll to $408,218, of which $190,570 was earned during a 4-year-old campaign in which he won the 400-yard, $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) at Remington Park.

Carters Money finished third and was followed by Toodles Destiny, El Macho Prieto Boy, Spit Curl Daisy, Load Your Guns, and Cakebread And Thou.

A field of seven 3-year-olds went postward in Sunday's 250-yard Biscayne Stakes, and the end result was a half-length victory for odds-on favorite She Looks Racy.

Prepped by Elio Vazquez for owner Double A Ranch, She Looks Racy tripped the clock in :13.025 and earned a 102 speed index under jockey Yordanis Amaro. The $13,939 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes score boosted the sorrel filly's earnings to $85,571.

She Looks Racy was bred in Texas by Johnny Trotter of Hereford and Burnett Ranches. The filly was stretching out in distance off of a convincing 1 1/4-length win in the 250-yard Mockingbird Stakes on January 3.

She Looks Racy has won four of her six races, and her record includes a third-place finish, a nose behind winner Famous Little Reba, in the 400-yard, $448,515 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park on October 10.

Shez A Hot Valentine, Divas First Wagon, Made To Dash, Five Star Stoli, Southern Lulu, and Coming And Going completed the order of finish.

Louisiana Downs
Arnoldo Gallegos' Little Blue Dove outran her 16-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $25,000 Party Girl Stakes (R) for state-bred fillies and mares on Saturday.

Ridden by David Alvarez for trainer Martin Gallegos, Little Blue Dove stopped the timer in :18.053, and her winning margin was a half of a length from 37-1 longshot Heza No Bay. TF Eyes R Struttin, the 4-5 favorite, finished third to complete a $1 trifecta payoff of $692.

Little Blue Dove was bred by Phil Guilbeau and Randy Morein. A 4-year-old sorrel daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue, the mare has won four of 14 races, and the $15,000 winner's share of the purse from her first career stakes victory increased her bankroll to $85,461.

Fast Dashin Donna, Embrujo Star, Jet Black Presence, Bellas Leaving You, Patriot Sayin Adios, Clutch Corona, and Wheres Mom completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Scoopies Leaving You was a prompt 4-5 choice in the $15,000 Swift Stakes.

Under jockey Donald Watson, who rode Scoopies Leaving You for owner Joel Galindo and trainer Kevin Broussard, the 5-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You covered 350 yards in :17.990 while defeating 16-1 longshot Running Game Patriot by a neck. The stallion was stretching out in distance off of his nose victory in the 250-yard, $15,000 Harrah's Dash Stakes at this track on January 9.

Scoopies Leaving You was bred in Louisiana by Gerald D. Libersat. The stallion has banked $213,780 from 24 outs, and his 13 wins include six stakes scores.

The Eagle Express finished third, a half of a length behind Scoopies Leaving You, and was followed by All Out Arrogant, Cartel Arrangement, MSG Image Of Sixes, Bigtime Rose, BJs Shining Jess, Riskee Chick, and A Royal Country Man.

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