June 3-5 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

JLS Book Of Psalms held on at the wire to win Friday's Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 3-5. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, 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
With the connections of fastest qualifier Three Olives N Smoke opting to run their gelding in the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge, Golondrino James was a prompt even-money favorite in Saturday's Lucille Rowe Derby (R) for Colorado-bred sophomores.

 
Golondrino James earned his
first
stakes win in Saturday's
Lucille
Rowe Derby (R).
PHOTO: Coady
Photography


Golondrino James went 350 yards in :17.770 under jockey Edwin Pena, and the bay son of Ivory James' margin of victory was a half of a length from Checkmyshoesout. Miguel Pena prepped the gelding for owner Margarita Cardenas-Ramirez.

Golondrino James was bred by Francisco J. Cornejo. The gelding's dam, Tahiti Wave, is an unraced 7-year-old daughter of 2006 world champion Wave Carver.

The $24,178 winner's share of the Lucille Rowe Derby purse increased Golondrino James' earnings to $35,598. The gelding has won three of his five starts while racing exclusively at this track.

Thatza Fact Jack finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Golondrino James. Golden Special Pie, Runaway Traffic, Dg Dashin Fury, Your Forever Dashin, El Capo de Campeones, and Keep Kissin Me completed the order of finish.

Eighth-fastest qualifier and longshot In Kuh Hoots scored an upset victory in Sunday's Cherry Creek Futurity (R) for Colorado-bred 2-year-olds.

Racing for Lisa Beauprez, Thomas Bradbury, and Thomas Bradbury Jr., In Kuh Hoots went 330 yards against a 5-mph head wind in :17.074. Alfredo Triana Jr. rode the homebred son of champion One Famous Eagle for trainer John Hammes, who qualified five of the 10 finalists to the $78,505 stakes.

In Kuh Hoots was sent to post at odds of 23-1 and teamed with runner-up Carvers Corona, the 5-1 third choice, for a $281.60 ($2) exacta. Who You Know, the fastest qualifier and 3-5 favorite, ran third to complete a $2 trifecta payoff of $306.60.

"He had a bad cut on his leg back in December, and it took him a long time to get healed up," said Hammes of In Kuh Hoots. "He broke the best and ran the best, and it showed today."

In Kuh Hoots has won both of his outs, including his Cherry Creek Futurity trial on May 20, and he has banked $34,162.

Mariwon Oh, Stir Up Fun, Late N Dirty, Jess Colorado Blue, Kissin Coronas, and Check Your Wagon completed the order of finish. Ima Cutie Patutie was scratched.

Also on Sunday, Alfredo Triana Jr. rode Shurnuf Shimmer to a victory in the 350-yard, $16,000 Dolls Prodigy Stakes (R) for Colorado-bred 3-year-olds.

Saddled by Jose Barron for owner Hugo Sierra Barron, Shurnuf Shimmer defeated Tsunami Jack by a nose in :17.750 for his first career stakes win. The $9,600 winner's share of the purse pushed the homebred son of the Okey Dokey Dale stallion Shurnuf Streakin's bankroll to $20,083.

Shurnuf Shimmer was coming off of a sixth-place finish in a Lucille Rowe Derby (R) trial on May 20. The gelding has won two of his eight outs, and he was a finalist in last year's Cherry Creek Futurity (R).

A Beautiful Flame finished third and was followed by Fighter Gone Wild, Django Fury, Keysas Si, Zoomin In Levis, Hecouldgoalltheway, La Sombra Del Corona, and Rare Valor.

Ajax Downs
Brian Bell rode First Down The Track to the 6-year-old mare's third career stakes win in Sunday's $43,897 Picov Maturity.

Prepped by Don Reid for owners Richard Wincikaby and DK Training Centre, First Down The Track went 300 yards on a muddy track in :15.270, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from odds-on favorite One Famous Glass. The mare earned a 106 speed index and the $17,558 winner's share of the purse.

First Down The Track was bred in Utah by Lance Robinson and Max Anderson. Raced exclusively in the province of Ontario, she has won 11 of her 34 outs, including the 2012 Princess Futurity and '13 Maple Leaf Derby, both at Ajax Downs.

Sign It Down, Fast Man Vic, Pegasos One Underpar, Fiesty Icon, Eyesa Speedy Simon, Mr Act Up, Memories Times Six, and Bold Six Love completed the order of finish.

Delta Downs
JLS Book Of Psalms led at every call en route to a half-length victory in Friday's 870-yard, $36,550 Virgil Bond Stakes.

Ridden by Lucas Constantin, JLS Book Of Psalms covered the distance in :46.156 while earning his second career stakes win. Lanny Keith prepped the homebred 5-year-old First Prize Perry gelding for owner JLS Speed Horse Ranch Inc.

JLS Book Of Psalms has won five of his 16 starts, and the $24,000 winner's share of the Virgil Bond purse pushed his bankroll to $133,379.

EC Cartel, the 3-2 favorite, finished second and was followed by Game Own, Streak Of Music, KJR Tocaille, KR Jess Hopeful, and Downtown Forrest.

Also on Friday, Mr Tee Cos posted the fastest qualifying time to the June 24, $51,450 Alabama Futurity (R) for Alabama-bred 2-year-olds.

Racing for Marcus Tillman and Winston Houston, Mr Tee Cos defeted Red Woody by 1 1/4 lengths in :17.087 in the first of two 330-yard trials. John Hamilton rode the homebred son of Tee Cos for trainer Trey Ellis.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Indiana Grand
My Louisiana Rod, a bay filly by La Jollaroid owned and trained by Randy Smith and the third-fastest qualifier, sprinted to her third career stakes win in Saturday's $89,800 Harley Greene Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Berkley Packer and sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in the full field of 10, My Louisiana Rod defeated fastest qualifier Bella Estrella by a neck in :17.433 on a muddy and sealed track. The filly was winning for the fourth time in seven starts and pushing her bankroll to $177,273.

My Louisiana Rod was bred by Gordon L. Timm. She has been campaigned exclusively at this track, and her resume includes victories in last year's Speed Sale Stakes and QHRAI of Indiana Stallion Service Futurity.

My Louisiana Rod made her season debut with a second-place finish in her Harley Greene Derby trial on May 20.

"In her last race, it was her first race back and she needed it," said Packer. "She is honest and she likes to go to the other end of the track. They ran with her for a while (today), but she was running away from them at the end."

"We felt comfortable with her first start back in the trials," said Smith. "We felt even better when she drew post 10 (in the final). That just helps you stay out of trouble."

Beach Bum Eddie finished third and was followed by Coco Beach, Wrs Kool Bob, Heisasheis, Megatron Harry, Dixie Cup Lou, Absolut Chilled, and Daybreak Dash.

Also on Saturday, two sets of futurity trials were contested. Joe M. Davis' Heisasgoodasheis, a homebred son of Chilled Corona trained by his owner, is the fastest qualifier to the June 18, $150,000-added Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-sired 2-year-olds. Click here for a complete list of finalists.

The $100,000-added Jaguar Rocket Futurity (R) for accredited Indiana-bred juveniles will be topped by Cb Come Fly With Me, a homebred Desirio filly trained by Joe Davis for owner Carolyn Bruce. Click here for a complete list o qualifiers to the June 18 final.

Remington Park
Carlos S. Lozano's Good Captain Pepper led at every call en route to a neck victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Prepped by Eddie Willis, who gave a leg up to jockey Jimmy Dean Brooks, Good Captain Pepper made the distance in :17.436 while recording a 91 speed index and his first career stakes win. The gelded son of Captain Courage banked $29,070 to push his earnings to $90,000.

Good Captain Pepper was bred in Texas by Bullard Farms. The gelding has won three of four outs, and his record includes a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Coronas First Diva, in the 300-yard, $420,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) on March 26.

Pv Eye Desire Candy, El Carretonero G 3, Miss Freigtrain Z, Eagle Stone, Nsm Skydancer, My Painted Wagon, and Eyes A Racin completed the order of finish.

SunRay Park
Cuadra San Juditas LLC's White Russsian won the second of four Four Corners Futurity trials on Friday and is the fastest qualifier to the $30,000-added final on June 19.

Prepped by Javier Roman Jr., White Russsian defeated seventh-fastest qualifier Pee Bee N James by two lengths in :17.604 under jockey Alonso Rivera. The gelded son of Swissle Stick (TB) and champion Alice K White was making his career debut.

White Russsian was bred in New Mexico by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita. A half sister to 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Astica, White Russsian was a $7,500 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Weber Downs
Tony Guymon rode fastest qualifier Cypress Sally to a neck victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $66,282 Sherm Hadley/Ed Giles Memorial Futurity.

Trained by Chancey Spencer for owner A & C Racing and Roping, Cypress Sally tripped the electronic timer in :17.631 to earn a 107 speed index and her third win in four outs. The $23,200 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score increased the homebred Winners Version filly's bankroll to $28,035.

Cypress Sally was bred in New Mexico. The filly's resume includes a fourth-place finish in the April 16 Dixie Downs Futurity.

Oh So Fancy Fancy finished second and was followed by Cir Stylin Mr Jess, Raised Right, Cir Just Perfect, Jr Mahalia, Captain Cruz, I B Valiant, Salome, and Genuine Version.

Also on Saturday, Ralph Young's Jesslfipacoin scored her first stakes win in the $21,912 Jake Kapp Memorial Stakes.

Jessflipacoin covered 350 yards in :17.650, and her margin of victory was a neck from Gone Fast. Jose Figueroa rode the sorrel daughter of Jess My Moon for trainer Mike Taylor.

Jessflipacoin was bred in Montana by Ray and Wendy Norgaard. She has won three of her five starts and has banked $11,959.

Pcr Seperate Stone, Mighty Fline, Jess My Apollo, Kids Can Run, A Good Move, Alma The Younger, Eyes By Corona, and Need A Prize completed the order of finish.

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