July 29-30 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Tilt James broke his maiden in the second of five 400-yard MIle High Futurity trials at Arapahoe Park on Friday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of July 29-31, listed alphabetically 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 in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Arapahoe Park
The fields have been set for the August 13, $118,200 Mile High Derby and August 14, $145,830 Mile High Futurity.

On Friday, Tilt James, a colt by Ivory James trained by Jay Pitcher for owners Kyle and Kelly Cook, set the fastest qualifying time for the Mile High Futurity when he won the second of five trials by a half of a length. Ridden by Russell Vicchrilli, Tilt James covered 400 yards in :19.797 and earned his first win in five outs.

Click here for a complete list of Mile High Futurity qualifiers.

Also on Friday, Rivera Quarter Horse Racing Inc.'s TLM Streakin Joy scored her first win of the season in the second of five Mile High Derby trials. Ridden by Daniel Valles for trainer Alejandro Chavez, the California-bred daughter of Tac It Like A Man covered 400 yards in :19.596 and posted the fastest qualifying time.

Click here for a complete list of Mile High Futurity finalists.

Canterbury Park
Rodney Von Ohlen's V Os Filo took the measure of seven Minnesota-breds in Sunday's Cash Caravan Stakes.

 
V Os Filo won Sunday's Cash
Caravan Stakes for Minnesota-
breds at Canterbury Park.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Trained by Ed Hardy for his fourth career win in this race, V Os Filo covered 440 yards in :22.175 under jockey Jose Montoya, and the 3-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding's winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Mountain Rake. Von Ohlen, a resident of Alpha, Minnesota, bred V Os Filo from Miss Eyewear, a winning homebred daughter of Mr Eye Opener.

"This is when an owner feels the best," Von Ohlen said in the winner's circle.

"He was fresh, and he was ready," said Hardy of V Os Filo.

V Os Filo earned his first stakes win on June 26, when he scored a 1 3/4-length victory in the 400-yard, $29,500 Bob Morehouse Stakes (R) at this track. Raced in Minnesota and Oklahoma, the gelding has won three of his nine outs, and the winner's share of the $38,200 Cash Caravan Stakes purse pushed his bankroll to $54,010.

Hardy was quick to give credit for V Os Filo's success to his crew.

"My crew has done a great job," he said. "My wife, Kari, runs the show."

Little Bit Brandy ran third and was followed by I Am The Doctor, Fishin In The Brook, Irish Brew, Cokato Cartel, and Gramma Ella.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Dan Nicks' Mr Jo Eagle, a homebred 5-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding trained by R.L. "Rick" Robinson, was a prompt 9-5 favorite in Friday's 350-yard, $15,500 Rocky Heinzig Stakes.

Under jockey Agustin Silva, Mr Jo Eagle defeated 11-1 longshot Streakin Regard by one length in :17.526. In addition to earning the $8,730 winner's share of the purse, the gelding recorded a 95 speed index and scored his third lifetime stakes victory.

Mr Jo Eagle returned a $5.60 win mutuel and teamed with Streakin Regard for a $52.80 ($2) exacta. The gelding nine of 25 outs, including last year's B.F. Phillips Handicap (G3) at Lone Star Park, and he has banked $154,084.

I V Gone, Mamasito Magic, Ting Tang Tac, Totti, Pollitical Scorpion, Bigtime Brady, and Leading Bigtime completed the order of finish.

Also on Friday, Admiral Zoomwalt posted his second stakes win in the $17,500 Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds.

Blazen Panther crossed the wire first, a nose in front of Admiral Zoomwalt, but Blazin Panther was disqualified and placed second following a stewards' inquiry. Ridden by Daniel Torres owner Terry McLean of Claremore, Oklahoma, and trainer Gerry McLean, Admiral Zoomwalt covered 870 yards in :45.983 and pushed his bankroll to $86,413 from 20 outs.

Admiral Zoomwalt was bred by Mike Nobles and Christine Hudson. The 4-year-old gelded son of Shazoom has won seven races, including last year's OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.

Tj Blue Bank, Thespeedprofessor, Droppin Timber, Dublin My Cash, Eye Can Beatum, and Arbeka Raincloud completed the order of finish.

A full field of 10 2-year-olds went to post in Saturday's $15,500 Cherokee Nation Stakes, and Charles M. Vanderford's Ivoryand Oak reached the wire first and earned his first stakes win.

Prepped by Michelle Hurdle and ridden by Jose Vega, Ivoryand Oak covered 350 yards in :18.028 and his winning margin was a head from Country Admiral, who crossed the wire second but was disqualified and placed 10th for crossing over from his outside post and costing several of his rivals a better placing.

A homebred, Ivoryand Oak is by Ivory James out of the winning 9-year-old Oak Tree Special mare Show Me The Oak. The gelding has won two of six starts, and the $8,730 winner's share of the Cherokee Nation purse bumped his earnings to $21,838.

Captain Toodles, Cartel Envy, Jc Lovin You, Can Only Imagine, One Corona Episode, Okies Cc, Tac My Prize, Catmandu, and Country Admiral completed the official order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Hector Garcia's Card Games held on to win the 350-yard, $68,700 Speedhorse Derby.

Ridden by Jesus Salazar for trainer Matthew McCart, Card Games defeated 5-2 choice First Prize Diamonds by a neck in :17.426 on a track officially labeled "good." The $26,106 winner's share of the purse from the Oklahoma-bred gelding's first stakes victory increased his bankroll to $72,621, of which $56,457 has been earned this year.

Card Games, a sorrel son of Apollitical Jess who sold for $12,000 at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, was bred by James and Marilyn Helzer. His dam, Stellar Shay, is a winning daughter of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel.

The second-fastest qualifier, Card Games was coming off of a second-place finish to fastest qualifier Bloomer Ride in the second of three trials on July 16. The gelding has won four of his 10 races, and he was a finalist in the March 26 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park.

Bloomer Ride finished third, one length behind Card Games, and was followed by Diamond For Dan, Volcoms Dash, Surviving Legend, Seis To Temp, Jes Paint Your Wagon, Sr Rumrunner, and Ruby Wagon.

Hazel Park
Making his first start outside Indiana, Craig Zeneberg's Kid Cartel was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Saturday's $15,000 Hazel Park Futurity.

Ridden by Fernando Fonseca-Soto for trainer Anthony Cunningham, Kid Cartel defeated 44-1 longshot Seperate Feature by one length in :15.693 for 300 yards. The homebred son of the Royal Quick Dash stallion Kool Quick Kid was winning for the second time in three starts, and the $5,250 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win increased his bankroll to $46,280.

Kid Cartel was coming off of a second-place finish in the June 18 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-breds at indiana Grand. The gelding's dam, Cartels Glass Sliper, is a winning 9-year-old daughter of Strawflyin Buds.

Saras First Card ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Kid Cartel, and was followed by Promise Of A Man, First Down Money Pop, Steal The Rainbow, Dreamers Hot Topic, Gogo Jangles, Heza Stone Runner, and Zoomen Encounter.

Indiana Grand
Ninth-fastest qualifier Jess A Dollar, a homebred One Sweet Jess gelding racing for Porfirio Carrasco and trained by Victor Gonzalez, broke his maiden with a neck victory in the $98,280 Heartland Futurity on Saturday.

 
Jose Davila rode Jess A Dollar to the
homebred gelding's first win in
Saturday's $98,280 Heartland Futurity.
PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Under jockey Jose Davila and sent to post at odds of 7-1, Jess A Dollar covered 300 yards in :15.668. The $54,054 winner's share of the purse pushed his earnings to $55,444 from three outs, all at this track.

"We've been working as a team," said Gonzalez after the race. "We got the job done; it was not easy, but we worked hard. I'd like to thank everyone who helped get this horse ready for this race tonight."

Jess A Dollar was bred in California. His dam, Lass To Know, is a 15-year-old mare by the Special Efffort stallion Strawfly Special.

Fastest qualifier Vampire Rose finished second, a nose in front of Metaeven-money favorite Wrs Against The Wind. Wrs Whoseyourdaddy, Vf Wheely Famous, Switching Stones, Kiss Me Free, Gran Cup, Rk Lady Corona, and Jess An Oak Tree Lbh completed the order of finish.



North Dakota Horse Park

A field of eight state-bred juveniles faced the starter in Sunday's 350-yard, $20,000 North Dakota QHRA Futurity (R), and when the dust cleared at the wire David L. Wisdom's Mr King Cartel was the clear-cut three-length winner.

Ridden by Rusty Shaw for trainer Ed Hardy, Mr King Cartel tripped the timer in :17.896 for a 98 speed index. The homebred gelded son of champion Carters Cartel and the multiple stakes winning homebred Royal Shake Em mare Shake Em Diva was winning for the second time in four outs and earning his first stakes victory.

The $8,400 winner's share of the purse increased Mr King Cartel's earnings to $9,965.

Giant James, Whiskey Memories, Denim Dust, Ramblin On In Style, Miss Royal Strawfly, Winner Whisper, Miss Ramblin Moon completed the order of finish.

Northlands Park

Sixth-fastest qualifier Ivory Lady League sprinted to a neck victory in Friday's 330-yard, $41,269 Alberta Stallion Futurity (R).

Racing for trainer Kevin Oberholzer and Paige Oberholzer, Ivory Lady League covered her trip in :16.842 and earned a 99 speed index. Tyler Walker rode the bay daughter of the Ivory James stallion Ivory League.

Ivory Lady League was bred by Ralph Danard. Her dam, Rocky Mountain Lady, is a winning 7-year-old daughter of 2001 champion 2-year-old colt Tres Seis.

Ivory Lady League has won two of three outs, and the $18,572 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed her bankroll to $20,792.

Reds On Fire finished second and was followed by Munckin, Streakin Babe, Taylor Meyer, O First Flash, Bringit Like Benny, and fastest qualifier Make Er Out.

Retama Park
Russel Hadley rode The Field Cricket to a wire-to-wire, 2 3/4-length win in the $20,000 Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes on Friday.

Prepped by Jesse Yoakum for owner Claud R. Denson, The Field Cricket went 870 yards in :47.226 against a reported 10-mph head wind in the homestretch. The homebred 8-year-old son of the Special Leader stallion Lead The Field banked $12,000 to bump his earnings to $171,629.

The Field Cricket was bred in Texas. Campaigned exclusively in his home state, the gelding has won 11 of 46 races, and his six stakes scores include last year's San Marcos Handicap at this track.

Stolis Pro, the 7-5 favorite in the field of seven, finished second, three-quarters of a length in front of third-place Kjr Tocaille. Dashers Midnight, Captain Creed, Jess Twice Cash, and Ebw More Whisky completed the order of finish.

Mary Lou Zoeller's My Glory Dash held on to win Friday's $30,000 TQHA 250 Stakes (R) for accredited Texas-breds.

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer J.W. Plunkett and racing against an 8-mph head wind, My Glory Dash defeated Paloma Blanca B by a nose in :13.411 for 250 yards. The 5-year-old mare was sent to post at odds of 9-1 in the nine-horse field and returned a $20.60 win mutuel.

My Glory Dash was bred by Richard Arizpe. The sorrel mare was making her first start since April 30, when she ran second in the 110-yard Texas Twister Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

A winner of eight of her 25 outs, My Glory Dash has banked $96,252.

Red Corona Warrior, the 2-1 favorite, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind My Glory Dash, and was followed by Snipes And Bites, Pursuit Of Duty, Last Man Standin, Honey Ryder B, Bos Big Shamoon, and Executive Rule.

Dawn Ivey's If I Were Famous, a homebred 6-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding, earned his first win in more than three years in the $30,000 TQHA 550 Stakes (R) on Friday.

Prepped by Leon Bard, If I Were Famous covered 550 yards in :27.670 under jockey Gaspar Garcia. The gelding was winning for the first time since June 29, 2013, when he scored a victory in the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs.

If I Were Famous made his season debut with a second-place finish, a head behind winner Bar Struck, in the July 1, 550-yard Tower of the Americas Handicap at this track. All told, he has won three of 20 starts, including two stakes, and the $18,000 winner's share of the TQHA 550 Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $79,102.

The 3-2 favorite, Bar Struck finished second, a head behind If I Were Famous, in the TQHA 550 Stakes. Eyes Your Date, Sophies Special, Classified Red Bull, Classified Superbull, Fasttimeswith Redoak, and Oh Yeah Jolla completed the order of finish.

A stewards' inquiry and the subsequent disqualification of odds-on favorite TLC Dale helped Jess Toast Winner score his third stakes victory in Friday's 400-yard, $35,000 TQHA Classic Stakes (R).

Racing for Maria Guadalupe Araiza, Jess Toast Winner tripped the timer in :20.233 despite being bumped twice at the start when TLC Dale broke in sharply. Cipriano Vidana rode the homebred 4-year-old gelding by champion Toast To Dash for trainer Rodolfo Sanchez.

Jess Toast Winner was returning to Texas off of a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Exquisite Stride, in the 400-yard, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs. The gelding has won eight of his 13 races, including all five of his outs at Retama Park, and the $21,000 winner's share of the TQHA Classic Stakes purse increased his earnings to $154,075, of which $86,736 was banked during a 2-year-old season in which he won the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity (RG2) at this track.

Potus was placed second and was followed officially by TLC Dale, Jumpn Streak, Iknow Heknows Iknow, Blue Duck La Jolla, Sol Go Odie Go, and Darians Famous Eagle.

Ruidoso Downs
La Feliz Montana Ranch's Miss Call Me First broke her maiden in the $20,000 By By JJ Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred juveniles on Saturday.

 
La Feliz Montana Ranch's Miss Call Me First was
the clear winner of Saturday's By By JJ Stakes
at
Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Under jockey Raul Herrera, who rode Miss Call Me First for trainer Joel Valeriano, the sorrel daughter of First Moonflash went 350 yards in :20.070, and her winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths from First Vegas Moon. The $12,00 winner's share of the purse increased her bankroll to $13,810 from four outs, all at this track.

Miss Call Me First was bred by Mike Abraham and was a $22,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Her dam, the 22-year-old Calyx mare Willie Call Me, won three graded stakes from 1996-97 and ran third in world champion Winalota Cash's 1997 Sooner Trailer Derby Challenge Championship (G1).

Miss Call Me First was sent to post at odds of 14-1 and teamed with First Vegas Moon, a 30-1 longshot, for a $678.20 ($2) exacta. Percyjones, the 4-5 favorite, ran third to complete a $1,933.60 ($2) trifecta.

Best Regardz, The Blue Jr, Fairlee Wild, Mr Klee, Mischka James, Rare Moonflash and First To Know Me completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, a fast start from post 8 helped Kingsbury score a wire-to-wire, 3 3/4-length win in the 1,000-yard, $20,000 Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial Stakes for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Racing for Javier Beltran, Tommy Galvez, and trainer Tony Sediillo, Kingsbury made his trip in :53.695 while earning his first stakes victory. Francisco Giles rode the 5-year-old gelded son of champion Fdd Dynasty.

Kingsbury was bred in New Mexico by Rafter W Stables. Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, he has won six of 29 races and has earned $138,809, of which $65,263 has been banked from eight outs this season.

Jess A Hilbily Bone finished second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of third-place First Place. Magnificent Chance, Blue Cres, Mr Marcom, Shug's Hope, and Devious Chuchu completed the order of finish.

Weappear (TB), a 4-year-old Devon Lane (TB) gelding making just his second start at the distance, won the 870-yard, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Ridden by Roimes Chirinos for owner Ruth Summers of Albuquerque and trainer Nancy Summers, Weappear actually crossed the wire second, 1 3/4 lengths behind Coronas Boy. However, a stewards' inquiry resulted in Coronas Boy being disqualified and placed eighth for drifting in at the 5/16 pole.

Weappear covered 870 yards in :46.522. The gelding was bred by Dr. Tony Pickard and is one of two winners from as many starters foaled by Reappear (TB), a 14-year-old daughter of the Clever Trick (TB) stallion Hadif (TB).

All told, Weappear has won four of 14 races and has earned $102,498, of which $37,876 has been banked against Quarter Horses at the 870 distance. He was coming off of a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Infinite Bull (TB), in the 870-yard, $35,800 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R) at SunRay Park on June 17.

Swiss Chris was placed second and was followed officially by Dm Ada Kat, Tag Ur It, Infinite Bull (TB), An Absolut Diamond, El Tormenta Perfecta, and Coronas Boy.

Wyoming Downs
Oscar Cervantes rode Tdm Big Shooter to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $22,400 Wyoming Bred Derby (R).

Trained by Tyson Morgan for owner Steve Morgan, Tdm Big Shooter covered 350 yards in :17.508 while recording a 102 speed index and his second career stakes win.

Tdm Big Shooter was bred Mike Lipp. An earner of $24,454, the sorrel Coronas Velvet gelding has won five of 10 outs, including last year's Wyoming Bred Futurity (R) at this track. He also was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity at Pocatello Downs in Idaho.

Barely A Secret crossed the wire second, a head behind Tdm Big Shooter, but the filly was disqualified and placed seventh for lugging in. CCB First Flyin Fool, Tosty Dash, Cd Jack Daniel Proud, Tempting Futuro, Barely A Secret, Nowshezalady, CJ Cashin Cartel, Jes Zoomin Girl, and Nowtoastthelady completed the official order of finish.

Aron Saenz's Raised Right, a TR Dasher filly trained by Diana Garfias, led at every call in the 350-yard, $22,100 Wyoming Downs Futurity on Sunday.

The third-fastest qualifier, Raised Right defeated fastest qualifier Music For Winners by a half of a length in :17.399 while recording a 105 speed index. Justin Vanderwoude rode the filly.

Raised Right was bred in California by Edward Allred. The filly has won three of four starts and has banked $16,309. She shipped in for her trial from Weber Downs in Ogden, Utah, where she ran fourth in the June 4 Hadley/Giles Futurity.

Raised Right's dam, the winning homebred Raise A Secret mare Perfect Mom, ran second in the 2000 California Sires' Cup Futurity (RG2) at Los Alamitos.

Ar Cajungutee, One Dashing Looker, Riptide Rider, Bf One Sweet Memory, Version Quest, Oh La, and Tac It First completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, A Streakin Tres Seis was a prompt 7-5 favorite in the $16,700 Wyoming Downs Maturity.

Ridden by Uriel Dominguez for owners Daniel and Carol Lee and trainer Uriel Dominguez Sr., A Streakin Tres Seis went 400 yards in :19.682. The Wyoming-bred 5-year-old son of the Tres Seis stallion Slim Fittin Jeans reached the wire three-quarters of a length in front of runner-up Spotmeacorona.

A Streakin Tres Seis was bred by the Broken Leg Trust. The sorrel gelding has won three of 15 starts and has earned $19,025.

James Diva finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Sweet American Honey, Jeans Lee, Fly For McKoy, Vvr Calvin Labeck, Uintas Legendary, Ls Little Sam, and Eyesa Special River.

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