June 17-19 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Jorge Torres rode Tempting Valor to the gelding's first stakes win in Sunday's Skip Zimmerman Memorial Stakes at Canterbury Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 17-19. 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.

Ajax Downs
Alakazaam, a Maryland-bred son of Mezoomn trained by Greg Watson for owners Full Circle Racing and Cummings Cattle Co., on Sunday posted the fastest qualifying time to the July 3, $55,000-added Ontario Sires Stakes Derby (R).

Under jockey Chelsey Willick, Alakazaam won the last of three 350-yard trials by a nose in :17.720. The gelding has won four of his seven outs, including all three this season, and he has earned $23,816.

Alakazaam was bred by Lucas Racing Inc. He began his sophomore campaign with a pair of allowance wins at this track.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Canterbury Park
Fittingly, a Minnesota-bred is the fastest qualifier to this year's $165,600 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity.

Pyc Jess Bite Mydust, a homebred Apollitical Jess gelding owned by Lunderborg LLC and trained by Jason Olmstead, won the fifth of six trials by one length on Saturday. Brayan Velazquez rode the gelding, who covered 350 yards in :17.677 while recording his first win in two outs.

Pyc Jess Bite Mydust is out of the stakes-winning Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare Paint Or More. His trainer qualified five 2-year-olds to the Northlands Futurity final.

This year's Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity final will be run on July 10 and offer a stakes-record purse.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Sent to post as the 3-1 second choice in a full field of 10, Tempting Valor earned his first stakes victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $24,000 Skip Zimmerman Memorial Stakes.

Ridden by Jorge Torres and facing a 30-mph head wind, Tempting Valor defeated Ricky Separate by one length in :17.870. Sudden Separation, a Grade 1 winner and the 4-5 favorite, finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner.

"He's not the fastest horse," said Stacy Charette-Hill, who trains Tempting Valor for owners Matt Ratliff and Vicki Tebow. "He just doesn't make any mistakes.

"I'll tell you this -- if that mare (Sudden Separation) hadn't drawn toward the inside, we wouldn't have won," she added. "She is one running racehorse."

Tempting Valor was bred Oklahoma by Luis Gerardo Aguirre. The 4-year-old gelded son of champion Tempting Dash has won four of 15 races and has banked $105,278.

Lika Nightmare ran fourth and was followed by Hastabealeader, Fantsy Pants, Fiftyshadezofgrey, Divas Candy Girl, Watch My Wallet Loto, and Racy Casanova.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Making just his second official start of his 6-year-old season, longshot I V Gone scored a three-quarter length win in the $16,500 Golden Driller Stakes on Sunday.

Ridden by Edgar Martinez, I V Gone covered 350 yards in :17.399 while banking the $10,230 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes victory bumped his earnings to $124,250. Juliana Mancillas saddled the Ivory James gelding for owner Celesse Fregoso.

I V Gone was bred in Oklahoma by L.P. Frank. Campaigned primarily in Oklahoma, he has won eight of 32 starts, and his resume includes victories in the 2014 OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes and 2013 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge (G3), both at Will Rogers Downs.

Sent to post at odds of 18-1, I V Gone returned a $38.40 win mutuel.

Secret Courage, Mr Special Cartel, even-money favorite Mr Jo Eagle, Iba Wagon, I Bleed Red, Zoominatjess, Talktomeson, JA Long Gone Gol, and Tempting Secret Dash completed the order of finish.

Jerome County Fair (Idaho)
Fastest qualifier Tacitandrun, a sorrel son of Tac It Like A Man owned and trained by Fredy Olmos, extended his winning streak to three with a victory in Sunday's $16,326 Roche Equine Veterinary Services Futurity.

Tacitandrun went 350 yards in :17.981 under jockey Jesus Virgen, and the Oklahoma-bred gelding's winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Stellur. Tacitandrun was coming off of a 1 3/4-length win in the first of three trials on June 5.

Tacitandrun was bred by Lake and Ledona Newcomb. His sire is a 12-year-old Grade 1-winning son of 1987 world champion and all-time leading sire First Down Dash and champion Jumping Tac Flash. The gelding's dam, Runaway Seis, is a winning daughter of champion Tres Seis.

Campaigned exclusively in Idaho, Tacitandrun has won three of four races and has earned $8,045.

Merrilyn Blu Diamond finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner, and was followed officially by Jess A Lil Fishy, Down N Runnin, Hadtobebasic, This Stars The One, and Questionable Answer.

Los Alamitos
Making the first start of her 3-year-old season, Ed Allred's Nymph sprinted to a neck victory in Friday's 330-yard, $15,000 Emma Bug Handicap for sophomore fillies.

Nymph stopped the timer in :16.762 and earned a 94 speed index under jockey Carlos Huerta. Scott Willoughby prepped the homebred daughter of champion Foose and the winning Separatist mare Elans Last.

Nymph's second dam, the Special Effort mare Elans Special, won the 1987 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Raced exclusively in California, the filly has won three of six races, including last year's Corona Chick Handicap, and she has banked $34,380.

Maggie Durant finished second and was followed by 9-10 favorite Favorite Kiss, Famous Cartel Lady, She Knows Shes Ivory, London Laura, and Give Me Sum Sugar.

On Sunday, Balgo Racing Team Inc.'s Janes Cartel won the 350-yard, $30,000 Ed Burke Juvenile Invitational Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Under jockey Rodolfo Arvizu, who rode Janes Cartel for trainer Guillermo Morales, Janes Cartel defeated School Prez by a neck in :17.592 with a 10-mph tail wind. The homebred Corona Cartel filly was winning for the third time in four races, and the $16,500 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed her bankroll to $23,725.

Janes Cartel's dam, Unusual Jane (TB), is a winning 12-year-old daughter of the Nureyev (TB) stallion Unusual Heat and a half sister to Lindz Winz, the winner of the 2012 Irish O'Brien Stakes (R) for California-breds at Santa Anita Park.

Apollitical Seven ran third, a neck behind Janes Cartel. Staggering Stride, Jess Personal, Fitz, Ask Anna, Perrys Gettin Down, Six Zeroes, and Princess Merida completed the order of finish.

Retama Park
Pete A. Scarmardo's Kid Can Dash is the fastest qualifier to the July 2, $25,000-added TQHA Sires' Cup Derby (R).

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Leon Bard, Kid Can Dash won the second of two 400-yard trials by three-quarters of a length in :20.033. The homebred stakes-winning son of the First Down Dash stallion Down N Dash was winning for the third time in 10 outs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, Paloma Blanca B broke her maiden with a three-quarter length victory in the $20,000 Selma Stakes for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Gaspar Garcia for owner and trainer Scott Hamilton, Paloma Blanca B went 350 yards against a 5-mph head wind in :17.692  and earned a 98 speed index. The sophomore filly by Prospect To The Top banked $11,000 to boost her earnings to $57,855 from seven outs.

Paloma Blanca B was bred in Texas by Bielau Oaks. The filly's resume includes a third-place finish in last year's TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) at this track.

Time For Wine finished second and was followed by Sissy Cartel, Msg Image Of Sixes, Roll Model, Jumpin Diva, Fire The Queen, Dee Dee Do Run Run, Telleritstime, and Fast Dash Chicks.

SunRay Park
Tucumcari Thoroughbreds' Infinite Bull (TB) was a prompt 2-1 favorite in the $35,800 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Stakes (R) for state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds on Friday.

Ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr. for trainer Greg Green, Infinite Bull went 870 yards in :45.126 and earned a 102 speed index while defeating Weappear (TB) by a neck. The homebred 5-year-old King Bull (TB) gelding was making his first-ever start at this track, and the $21,480 winner's share of the purse increased his bankroll to $161,715.

Infinite Bull has won five of 15 starts, and his two lifetime stakes scores include a half-length victory in last year's 4 1/2-furlong, $85,270 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

Swiss Chris, Oly Oly In Free, Beaumont Time (TB), Midnightlowdown (TB), and Sierra Ladron completed the order of finish.

A Fancy La Jolla scored his first stakes win in Sunday's 350-yard, $81,549 Four Corners Futurity.

Prepped by Jaime Aldavaz Jr. for owner Currie J. Maben of Clovis, New Mexico, A Fancy La Jolla defeated fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite White Russsian by a clear 1 3/4 lengths in :17.233. Daniel Amaya rode the Fantastic Corona Jr gelding, who was the fourth-fastest qualifier off of his second-place finish in a Four Corners Futurity trial on June 3.

"I was confident that we had enough horse to win this futurity," said Aldavaz after the race.

A Fancy La Jolla was bred in New Mexico by the late Gianni Franco Samaja, a longtime breeder who died in April 2012. The gelding is one of three winners from as many starters produced by Babydoll La Jolla, a winning 12-year-old daughter of the Streakin Six stallion Streakin La Jolla.

All told, A Fancy La Jolla has won two of three outs, and the $38,328 winner's share of the Four Corners Futurity purse increased his bankroll to $47,613.

Eagleistic ran third and was followed officially by Fdd Ming Dynasty, Wiplash, Robi James, Kinda Hi, Bf Chasing Foose, Pee Bee N James, and Rgr Fastlane Ta Fame.

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