June 10-12 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

TLC Dale won the third of four Firecracker Derby trials on Friday. The homebred colt is the fastest qualifier to the July 1 final at Delta Downs.

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 10-12. 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.

Canterbury Park
Eagles Span overcame a less-than-perfect start to win the $29,200 Gopher State Derby on Sunday.

Ridden by Cody Smith for owners Tom Maher and Bill Maher and trainer Jason Olmstead, Eagles Span went 400 yards in :20.242 as the even-money favorite in the full field of 10 3-year-olds. The colt by One Famous Eagle won despite taking a hard bump at the break.

"I've never seen a Quarter Horse get knocked around so bad and go on to win," said Tom Maher.

"He didn't break bad, he just got bumped hard," said Smith. "Then it opened up and worked out. I knew I was sitting on a lot of horse, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little worried."

Eagles Span was bred in Texas. He has won six of his 11 starts, including five of six at this track. Maher said that the sorrel colt, an earner of $171,253 and a three-time stakes winner at this rack, would be pointed to the Canterbury Park Derby trials on June 25.

"We're staying here," he added. "With the success we've had, why wouldn't we."

Iowas Texan Tlp finished second, one length behind Eagles Span. Mystical Styx, Shedazzles, One Ivory Sign, Cartel Dakota, Effortlessly Strut, Spark Eye Jess, Streak N Diamonds, and Give A Wink completed the order of finish.

Delta Downs
Rogelio Guajardo Garza's TLC Dale, a homebred son of The Louisiana Cartel, is the fastest qualifier to the 400-yard, $194,810 Firecracker Derby on July 1.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Adrian Huitron in the third of four trials on Friday, TLC Dale defeated second-fastest qualifier First Fancy Prize by three-quarters of a length in :19.578. The colt's victory was his fourth in seven outs and pushed his earnings to $97,117.

TLC Dale is undefeated in four starts this season, and his current win streak includes a neck victory in the 350-yard, $191,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3) on Aprl 23.

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Caraves Waves, a homebred son of world champion Wave Carver trained by Randy Cunningham for owners Shady Lane Stables and Dale Zukowski, is the fastest qualifier to the June 26 Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3).

Under jockey Ramiro Castillo, Caraves Waves on Saturday won the last of three 300-yard trials by 1 3/4 lengths in :15.739. The gelding was making his career debut.

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On Sunday, ER Cafe broke his maiden with a 1 1/4-length victory in the second of three Alberta Bred Derby (R) trials, and the homebred son of champion Tres Seis is the fastest qualifier to the final on June 26.

Ridden by Ramiro Castillo for owner and trainer Donalda M. Cochrane, ER Cafe went 250 yards in :17.946 and posted a 95 speed index. The colt has banked $9,761 from five outs, all in Alberta.

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Retama Park
Jacquelyn Bobroff rode Speed Bok to a one-length victory in the 870-yard Universal City Handicap on Saturday.

Owned and trained by John Boegner, Speed Bok covered her trip in :47.303 against a 12-mph head wind in the stretch. The $8,850 winner's share of the $15,000 purse pushed the homebred 5-year-old Boknaai mare's earnings to $57,087.

Speed Bok was making her first start since May 13, when the mare finished third, 3 1/2 lengths behind winner Stolis Pro, in an 870-yard, $9,000 open-condition allowance at Sam Houston Race Park. All told, she has won seven of 28 outs, and her two stakes wins inlcude last year's 870-yard Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes at this track.

The Field Cricket, Stolis Pro, Dashers Midnight,CC Carter, Jack Ketel and Corona La Jolla completed the order of finish. 

Ruidoso Downs

Secretzzoom outran his 15-1 odds to win Saturday's 400-yard, $100,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Adrian Ramos, Secretzzoom defeated Rip Tide by a half of a length in :19.877. Juan M. Gonzalez prepped the brown son of No Secrets Here for owner Valle Guadiana Corporation.

Secretzzoom was bred in New Mexico by Gabriel Gomez Barnola. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, the colt has won two of eight starts, and the $42,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed his earnings to $58,745.

Secretzzoom was coming off of a second-place finish to Memphis D Nasty in a Ruidoso Derby (G1) trial on May 29.

Divas First Wagon ran third, a half of a length behind Secretzzoom.  Memphis D Nasty, This Is A Deal, 13-10 favorite Boogies Special Dash, Jm One Hot Boy, Dig This James, and A Priceless Dash completed the order of finish.

Apollitical Scout, a sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess owned by Preston and Karen Cloud, broke her maiden in Sunday's $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Ridden by Ivan Carnero for trainer Clint Crawford, Apollitical Scout covered 350 yards in :17.751 and earned an 85 speed index while racing against a 15-mph head wind. The filly's margin of victory was 1 1/4 lengths from Princess Of Torts.

The $42,000 winner's share of the purse increased Apollitical Scout's bankroll to $47,260 from three starts. The filly was bred in Oklahoma by Dan and Louise Jones, and the Clouds purchased her for $18,000 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

Magical Jess finished third and was followed by JM Billy The Kid, One True Hero, Shenanigans Regard, Famous Runaway, Jess Prize Me, Revengerr, and Eyeonthecartel.

Sandy Downs
The field has been set for this year's Bitterroot Futurity (R), and Ben Peterson's Mahoney N Tacklebery will take the fastest qualifying time into the June 25, $112,000 final.

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Riley Moosman, Mahoney N Tacklebery on Saturday won the eighth of nine trials by a neck in :17.569. The homebred gelding by the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel was winning for the second time in three races.

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Also on Saturday, Magic Moment Blues recorded the fastest qualifying time to the June 25, $40,000 Bitterroot Derby (R).

Prepped by Mark Hanson and ridden by Nakia Ramirez for owners RTM Stables, Larry Chapple, and Robin D. Dunn, Magic Moment Blues won the second of four 400-yard trials by 1 3/4 lengths in :19.474. The multiple stakes placed son of champion Carters Cartel and the graded stakes placed Sixarun mare Run The Dash was winning for the third time in 10 starts and boosting his earnings to $30,799.

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