July 9-10 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

David Gonzalez's Captain Bd wins Saturday's $73,600 QHRAI Derby at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse Stakes for the week of July 9-10. 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 in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Arapahoe Park
Ramiro Garcia rode fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite Air Force Won to a head victory in the $99,150 Rocky Mountain Derby on Saturday.

 
Air Force Won extended
his win streak to three in
the $99,150 Rocky
Mountain Derby on
Saturday. PHOTO: Coady
Photography

Saddled by Chris Gandarilla for owner Vences Quarter Horse, Air Force Won covered 400 yards in :17.464 and earned a 99 speed index. The gelded son of champion Ketel Won was coming off of a 1 1/2-length victory in the fifth of six Rocky Mountain Derby trials on June 24.

Air Force Won was bred in New Mexico by Hughes Donaldson Horse Company. A $9,700 buy at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, he has won four of 11 outs, and the $39,660 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $70,484, of which $60,102 has been pocketed this season.

Abeachindynasty finished second, a neck in front of third-place Unfinished B. Three Olives N Smoke, Silver Citizen, Benefactress, Thatza Fact Jack, Bachichanator, Runnin Along, and In The Air Tonight.

Canterbury Park
Justified, a bay colt by champion Foose racing for David Perry and trainer Tim Holdaway, sprinted to a half-length victory in the $66,202 Canterbury Park Derby on Sunday.

The fourth-fastest qualifier and 3-1 second choice in a field of seven 3-year-olds, Justified went 400 yards in :19.854 and posted a 102 speed index on a track labeled "good." The $34,125 winner's share of the purse from his second lifetime stakes win increased his earnings to $64,592.

Justified was bred in Texas by Lucas Racing Inc. and Vaughn Cook. The colt is out of Special Wave, a winning 19-year-old daughter of 1991 world champion Special Leader, and he was acquired by Perry and Holdaway for $13,000 at the 2014 Heritage Place Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City.

Justified has won three of his five outs, including the April 10 AQRA President's Spring Derby at Turf Paradise.

Okeyfreight and Dianas Tres Seis finished in a dead heat for second. Odds-on favorite Ferrari James, Candys Little Wagon, One Ivory Sign, and Ivory Charmer completed the order of finish. There were three scratches: fastest qualifier Jess Paint Your Lips, fifth-fastest qualifier Kokko Wagon, and eighth-f50,astest qualifier Eagles Span.

Also on Sunday, John G. Johnson's Faster Than Hasta broke his maiden in the 350-yard, $50,000 Minnesota Stallion Breeders' Futurity (R).

Prepped by Bob Johnson and ridden by Roberto Valero, Faster Than Hasta defeated fastest qualifier and 7-10 favorite Vodka At Moonlight by a half of a length in :17.758. The second-fastest qualifier, the bay son of the stakes-winning Pritzi Dash stallion Hasta Be Fast has earned $24,115 from three starts.

Faster Than Hasta was bred in Wyoming by Wardell Quarter Horses.

Jess A Chance ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Pr Lady In Red, Jw Poker Chip, Bhr Flashin For Winz, Toast On Fire, Jess A Rumor, Its Crunch Tyme, and Jess Paint This.

Delta Downs
B And G Fast Dash led at every call en route to a convincing 5 1/2-length win in Saturday's $50,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds.

Racing for Oscar Rohne and trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr., B and G Fast Dash covered 870 yards in :45.163 under jockey Donald Watson. The 4-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding earned a 104 speed index and his first career stakes victory.

B And G Fast Dash was bred by B & G Group Investments Inc. Campaigned exclusively in his home state, he has five of his 17 starts and has banked $116,470, and his race record includes a third-place finish in the 2015 LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes (R) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans.

B And G Fast Dash returned a $3.20 win mutuel as the 3-5 favorite in the field of eight. Game Own, Jls Book Of Psalms, Dashing With Courage, Heza Fast Corridor, First Corona Prize, Rakin In The Jax, and Streak Of Music completed the order of finish.

Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in a field of nine Louisiana-breds, Joel Galindo's Scoopies Leaving You responded with a victory in Saturday's 250-yard, $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes (R).

Scoopies Leaving You defeated 17-1 longshot BJs Magic Wings by a nose in :16.063. Donald Watson rode the 5-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion for trainer Kevin Broussard.

Scoopies Leaving You was bred by Gerald D. Libersat. The stallion was coming off of a third-place finish against open company in the May 28, 350-yard Develop A Plan Stakes (G3) at this track.

All told, Scoopies Leaving You has won 15 of 28 races, and the $30,000 winner's share of the Flying Breed Stakes purse increased his earnings to $268,680. He has won eight stakes, and he ran third, a half of a length behind winner Zoomin For Bugs, in last year's Flying Breed Stakes.

Oak Tree Opener finished third and was followed by Tm Dees Prize, Lets Jess Do It, Sydney Leigh, Rosouti, Voncitas Game, and Jess Blueby Lena.

One Hot Flame became a stakes winner for the first time in Saturday's Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Racing for Double H Racing Investment LLC and prepped by Adrian Huitron, One Hot Flame covered 350 yards in :17.595 while defeating Zooboo by a half of a length. Manuel Gutierrez rode the brown son of Fast Prize Dash and the stakes-winning 10-year-old Finance The Cat (TB) mare Rump Shakin.

One Hot Flame was acquired for $10,500 from breeder Margie Loup in last year's LQHBA Yearling Sale. The gelding has won two of three races and has banked $42,000.

Okey Dokey Bob, Gone Swingin, Fired Up Perry, Shez Fit To Dash, No Politics Here, Jrs Coronas Shadow, Fabulously Fast Game, and Zoomin For Alex completed the order of finish.

Gilbert Ortiz rode Oak Hill Streak to a wire-to-wire victory in the 350-yard, $50,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares on Saturday.

Prepped by John Stinebaugh for owner Vanessa Bartoo, Oak Hill Streak defeated Scooter Prize by 1 1/4 lengths in :17.337, good for a 96 speed index. The 4-year-old sorrel Heza Fast Dash mare earned $30,000 to boost her bankroll to $116,610 from 10 starts.

Oak Hill Streak was sent to post as the 19-10 favorite off of her half-length score in the 350-yard, $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes (R) at this track on May 6. The mare was bred by Arnold J. Trahan and sold for $43,000 at the 2013 LQHBA Yearling Sale.

First Kiss Jitter finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Oak Hill Streak, and was followed by Toastin With Coronas, Sheza Fast Beach, Bellas Leaving You, Shes A Fast Dash, McM Fast Passage, Punctuality, and Carry On Game.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Green D Ranch LLC's I Cant Help It, a 4-year-old Corona Cartel mare and a $20,000 claimer during the Remington Park spring meet, parlayed a sharp break into a neck victory in Saturday's $17,425 Fair Meadows Maturity.

Trained by Manuel Almanza, I Cant Help It went 350 yards in :17.793 under jockey Daniel Torres. A winner of three of her 14 starts, she has earned $52,781.

I Cant Help It was bred in Oklahoma by JK Running Horses LLC.

Bringin The Gray finished second and was followed by 9-5 favorite I V Gone, Freakin Fast, Secrets Perry Dusk, Bp Run Cartel Run, Big Time Toast, and Jo Chrome.

Indiana Grand
A quick start from post 7 helped third-fastest qualifier Captain Bd score a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $73,600 Quarter Horse Racing of Indiana Derby.

Aided by a reported 6-mph tail wind, Captain Bd covered 400 yards in :19.587 and earned a 103 speed index under jockey Jose Davila. Victor Gonzalez trained the gelded son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Captain Courage for owner David Gonzalez.

"I'm really excited to win this race and really excited about this horse," said Davila, who was one of five Quarter Horse jockeys recruited to Indiana from the Hialeah Park winter meet. "I knew going into this race that he was good and had the confidence to win."

Captain Bd was bred in California by Bruce and Jill Thompson. The black gelding's dam, Brazilian Dasher, is a winning 9-year-old Fishers Dash mare who ran second in the 2010 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Captain Bd has won three of 10 outs, and the $40,480 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his bankroll to $66,560.

"This is a very honest horse," said Victor Gonzalez, who was scoring his first win of this meet with Captain Bd. "We tried him in the trials, and he ran good. He came back tonight and ran good, and we were lucky enough to get the win tonight."

TF Jess A Leader, Beyondthegamewagon, WRS Quick Eagle, Shyne On, The Charmed Ruler, Bp Tres Seis Policy, Mr Fool Me Twice, even-money favorite Who Jack, and Waves Copilot completed the order of finish.

Parti Favor was a prompt 11-10 choice in the 400-yard, $40,000 Bradford Stakes on Saturday.

 
Rolando Pina rode Parti Favor
to a 1 3/4-length win in
Saturday's Bradford Stakes
at Indiana Grand. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

Owned and trained by Joe M. Davis, Parti Favor defeated Pistolpacking Pepsi by a clear 1 3/4 lengths in :19.600 under jockey Rolando Pina. The 4-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding recorded a 102 speed index and his second stakes win.

"I saw (Pistolpacking Pepsi) and was watching him," said Pina. "But I still had plenty of horse and kept my horse pretty snug until late in the race.

"This horse is so little, but he has such a big heart," added the rider.

Parti Favor was bred in Oklahoma by Jesse Miles. The gelding has won six of 18 outs, including last year's QHRAI Derby and all three of his starts during the current Indiana Grand meet.

"This little horse amazes us time after time," said Davis. "And, if it wasn't for everyone involved in our operation, we wouldn't be where we are. It's a team effort."

The $22,000 winner's share of the Bradford Stakes purse pushed Parti Favor's earnings to $104,787.

Stinkin Rich crossed the wire third but was disqualified following a stewards' inquiry and placed tenth. Wh Design By Dash, Rock Crushin Dynasty, A Tempting Task, Hf Dashin Jojo, Finche, Tinys First Pepsi, Style On Speed Dial, and Stinkin Rich completed the official order of finish.

Also on Saturday, the fields were set for the $50,000-added Heartland Futurity and $100,000-added Blue River Derby (R), both of which will be run on July 30.

Vampire Rose, a Louisiana-bred daughter of the Dashin Bye stallion Dashin Mvp, is the fastest qualifier to the Heartland Futurity. Ridden by Smitty Oxendine for owner Cooter Daniel and trainer John McCreary, the filly broke her maiden by a head in the fourth of six 300-yard trials.

Click here for a complete list of Heartland Futurity finalists.

Beach Bum Eddie, a gelded son of Escondido Beach owned and trained by Anthony Cunningham, posted the fastest qualifying time to the Blue River Derby for Indiana-bred sophomores. Ridden by Cesar Esqueda, Beach Bum Eddie won the first of two 400-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :19.734 for his fifth win in nine outs, all at Indiana Grand.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Retama Park
Making his first start since April 30, Red Corona Warrior got up in time under jockey Ignacio "Nacho" Bustamante to win the 350-yard, $20,000 King William Handicap on Saturday.

Red Corona Warrior defeated 17-10 favorite Snipes And Bites by a nose in :17.918 against a 17-mph head wind. Josue Ponce prepped the 4-year-old Coronas Fast Dash gelding for owner Almada Racing.

Red Corona Warrior was stretching out in distance off of a half-length score in the 110-yard, $15,000 Texas Twister Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. Raced in Texas and Florida, he has won four of 17 outs and has earned $133,171, and his record includes second-place finishes in the 2014 TQHA Sires' Cup (RG2) and Gillespie County Fair futurities.

A Kool Secret, Marys Coronitas, Ashotofliquidcourage, Time For Wine, and My Ivory Tower completed the order of finish.

Wyoming Downs
A & C Racing and Roping's Dashin Happy, a homebred gelded son of Winners Version trained by Chancey Spencer, is the fastest qualifier to the July 23, $30,000-est. Utah Bred Futurity (R).

Ridden by Oscar Cervantes, Dashin Happy won the second of five trials by a nose on Saturday. The gelding covered 350 yards in :17.529 while scoring his first win in four starts.

Dashin Happy has banked $4,870, and he was a finalist in the May 20 Beehive Futurity (R) at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Vvr Stormy Cartel broke her maiden in the third of four Wyoming Bred Futurity (R) trials on Sunday, and the Coronas Velvet filly recorded the fastest qualifying time to the $25,000-est. final on July 24.

Racing for Anais Robles from the barn of trainer Chad Giles, Vvr Stormy Cartel went 300 yards in :15.758. Oscar Cervantes rode the filly, who was winning for the first time in two outs.

Vvr Stormy Cartel was bred by Mike Lipp and she is out of the unraced 7-year-old Apollo (TB) mare Apollo Storm.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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