June 24-26 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

John Hamilton rode Mr Tee Cos to a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in Friday's Alabama Futurity at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 24-26. 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
On Friday, the fields were set for the $117,780 Rocky Mountain Futurity and $99,150 Rocky Mountain Derby.

Larry and Michelle Rice's Mini Mink, an Oklahoma-bred daughter of champion Carters Cartel trained by Rudy Ramirez, is the fastest qualifier to the Rocky Mountain Futurity. Ridden by Jose Vega in the first of five 350-yard trials, the filly defeated second-fastest qualifier Bout Tree Fiddy by a nose in :17.617. Mini Mink has won one of three starts and has banked $4,773.

Air Force Won is the fastest qualifier
to the
July 9, $99,150 Rocky Mountain
Derby at
Arapahoe Park. PHOTO:
Coady Photography

Mini Mink was bred by Donald Friesen and was a $5.500 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the July 10 Rocky Mountain Futurity.

Air Force Won, a gelded son of champion Ketel Won racing for Vences Quarter Horses, won the fifth of six Rocky Mountain Derby trials and is the fastest qualifier to the July 9 final.

Ridden by Ramiro Garcia for trainer Alejandro Chavez, Air Force Won defeated Unforgiven B by 1 1/2 lengths in :17.368 for 350 yards. The gelding's win was his third in 10 outs and pushed his earnings to $30,824.

Air Force Won was coming off of a clear two-length victory in the June 4, 400-yard Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge Stakes.

Click here for a complete list of Rocky Mountain Derby finalists.

Canterbury Park
Jess Paint Your Lips won the first of three 400-yard Canterbury Park Derby trials on Saturday, and the sorrel daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue is the fastest qualifier to the $68,250 final on July 10.

Trained by Stacy Charette-Hill and ridden by Jorge Torres for owners Michael A. Pohl and Leann J. Burns, Jess Paint Your Lips reached the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front of third-fastest qualifier Okeyfreight in :20.173. The homebred filly was winning for the third time in four outs and boosting her bankroll to $30,516.

Jess Paint Your Lips was bred in Oklahoma.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

On Sunday, Rodney Von Ohlen's V Os Filo romped to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $29,500 Bob Morehouse Stakes (R) for Minnesota-breds or horses owned by residents of the state as of February 1, 2016.

V Os Filo earned his first stakes win in
Sunday's Bob Morehouse Stakes at
Canterbury Park. PHOTO: Coady

Ridden by Nik Goodwin for trainer Ed Hardy and racing against a reported 40-mph head wind, V Os Filo covered 400 yards in :20.752. The homebred 3-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding earned a 79 speed index and his second win in eight outs.

"He jumped out of there pretty good," said Goodwin of V Os Filo's start. "I knew when he broke like that he'd be very tough to beat."

V Os Filo has banked $34,910, and his resume includes a second-place finish in last year's Minnesota Futurity (R) at this track.

"I can't believe we won this," Von Ohlen said. "We worked hard on him for a long time. There was always something just a little wrong. Finally, it all came together."

Dashing Tee, Little Bit Brandy, Wavin Bye Bye Carver, Fishin In The Brook, Rey D Arranque, Dashing Good Reason, Bee Bee Guns, and Irish Brew completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, two 350-yard trials set the field for the July 10, $20,000-added Minnesota Stallion Breeders' Futurity (R).

Summer Run Inc.'s Vodka At Moonlight, a homebred daughter of the Tres Seis stallion Triple Vodka trained by Jason Olmstead, set the fastest qualifying time. Ridden by Brayan Velazauez, the filly won the first heat by 1 3/4 lengths from second-fastest qualifier Faster Than Hasta in :18.347.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Chippewa Downs
Jeremy Herman rode favorite Your Wagons A Winner to the filly's first stakes win in Saturday's $21,363 Northern Plains Futurity.

Prepped by Jeff Charbonneau for owner Steve Leonard, Your Wagons A Winner covered her 350-yard trip in :18.680, and her winning margin was a nose from Dashing Fullthrottle. The $8,973 winner's share of the purse from her second win in as many outs pushed her bankroll to $10,002.

Your Wagons A Winner was bred in North Dakota by Darrell H. Smith. Her sire, the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Paintyourownwagon, won the 2010 Kansas Jackpot Futurity (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs. Your Wagons A Winner made her debut with a maiden special weight score at the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on May 29.

First Heartbreak finished third and was followed by Dashing Boy, Paint Your Shamrock, Such An Easy Memory, Comes Ajumpn, and Cos I Can.

Delta Downs
Fastest qualifier Mr Tee Cos kept his perfect record intact in Friday's $51,495 Alabama Futurity (R) for Alabama-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by John Hamilton and sent to post as the 7-10 favorite in the field of nine, Mr Tee Cos led at every call en route to a half-length victory from This Dolls Gone. Trey Ellis prepped the homebred Tee Cos colt for owners Marcus Tillman and Winston Houston.

Mr Tee Cos is out of Dashing Danali, a winnning 11-year-old daughter of Dashing Val who raced exclusively in Louisiana from 2007-09. All told, Mr Tee Cos has won three of three outs, and the $25,747 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his earnings to $36,847.

Pops Marlboro Man, Wild Bill, Shady Gray, Flared Up Streaker, I Fly Faasst, Bigtime Dreamer, and Steal My Vodka completed the official order of finish. Red Woody was scratched.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
This track presented a Quarter Horse stakes doubleheader on Saturday. Catmandu, a gelded son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Red Storm Cat racing for Delbert and Leta Moreland, outran his 16-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $17,500 Fair Meadows Juvenile Stakes.

Prepped by Loyd Moreland and ridden by Cody Smith, Catmandu defeated 7-2 second choice Jess A Profit Taker by one length in :17.929. The gelding was winning for the second time in three starts, and the $10,284 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score pushed his bankroll to $22,114.

Catmandu was bred in Oklahoma by Ken and Reba George. He made his debut on April 14, scoring a head victory in a 330-yard, $18,850 maiden-special-weight dash at Remington Park.

Jc Loving You, Kates Wagon, Kates Carter, Eyes Open Return, 5-2 favorite Barue, Temptiing Suspect, and Ivoryand Oak completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, George Carter's Painted Josy was a prompt 3-1 favorite in the $17,500 Expo Square Stakes.

Under jockey Edgar Martinez, who rode Painted Josy for trainer Brian Muse, the 6-year-old bay gelding by Pyc Paint Your Wagon went 870 yards in :46.059 and posted a 94 speed index. His winning margin was 1 1/2 lengths from Blazen Panther.

Painted Josy was bred in Oklahoma by Linda C. Carter. The Grade 1-placed gelding has won seven of 27 outs while racing in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, and he has banked $165,358. The Expo Square marked his first start since May 22, when he ran second, a nose behind winner Fire On The Fly, in the 870-yard, $58,680 AQHA Remington Distance Challenge (G3).

Droppin Timber finished third, a nose behind Blazen Panther, and was followed by Mixed Fantasy, Furyinmypants, Eye Can Beatum, Jesstastic, and Arbeka Raincloud.

Indiana Grand
Mavara Vegas' return to this track was a triumphant one, as the 4-year-old daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty sprinted to a one-length victory in the $49,680 Indiana Grand Classic Stakes for fillies and marres on Saturday.

Alejandro Medina's Mavara Vegas has
won three stakes, all at Indiana Grand,
including Saturday's Indiana Grand
Classic for distaffers. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

Prepped by Sacramento Chavez for owner Alejandro Medina, Mavara Vegas went 400 yards in :19.806 under jockey Alejandro Luna. The mare was sent to post as the 4-5 favorite in the full field of 10 and returned a $3.60 win mutuel.

Mavara Vegas was bred in California by Dunn Ranch Ltd. She has won five of 16 starts, including three stakes, and she has earned $164,973. The Indiana Grand Classic marked her first start at this track since October 24, 2015, when she scored a victory in the QHRA of Indiana Derby.

"After Indiana last fall, we took her to Florida and she got injured," said Chavez. "It took us the whole meet to get her back, and she didn't run well there. But she's one of those types who's born to run. She's very happy when she goes out to the track. In fact, she's mean in the stall and very tough to work with. She just likes to work and loves to run."

Scandalia, A Royal Fling, Dna Dales Quick Cat, Beach Birde, Beach Runner, This Wagon Is Mine, Last Universal Baby, Fyre Fly, and Streaker Bar Special completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Jose M. Chavez's TF Jess A Leader posted the fastest qualifying time for the July 9, $50,000-added Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana Derby.

Ridden by Jose Beltran for trainer Sacramento Chavez in the first of three trials, TF Jess A Leader defeated third-fastest qualifier Captain BD by three-quarters of a length in :19.810 for 400 yards. The Louisiana-bred Mr Jess Perry gelding was winning for the second time in nine outs.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Fourth-fastest qualifier Poutn On The Wagon scored his first stakes win in Sunday's $45,420 Alberta Bred Futurity (R).

Prepped by William Leech for owner Pete Schoeler, Poutn On The Wagon went 300 yards in :15.300 and earned a 108 speed index while aided by a 30-mph tail wind. Ricardo Moreno rode the undefeated homebred son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon.

Poutn On The Wagon made his debut with a half-length victory in an Alberta Bred Futurity trial on June 11, his career debut. The $20,439 winner's share of the purse boosted the gelding's bankroll to $22,098.

Fastest qualifier and post-time favorite Caraves Waves finished second, a half of a length behind Poutn On The Wagon. Zerelda James, Eye On Desirio, Honor The Fast Man, Streakinbabe, Eagle Quay, and Taylor Meyer completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, third-fastest qualier Sheaintawhiskylulaby led at every call en route to a head victory in the 350-yard, $25,034 Alberta Bred Derby (R).

Ridden by Freddy Fuentes, Sheaintawhiskylulaby stopped the timer in :17.994 and recorded a 94 speed index while aided by a 30-mph tail wind. The homebred Sizzlin Red Corona filly is owned and trained by William Leech.

Sheaintawhiskylulaby has been raced exclusively in the province of Alberta. The sorrel filly's dam, Cleats Rockette, is a winning and graded stakes placed daughter of Dashng Cleat.

Sheaintawhiskylulaby has won three of nine outs and has earned $27,929.

Better Knickers finished second and was followed officially by Experimental Rocket, Fly Bye Cruise, Fiscal Fast, fastest qualifier Er Cafe, Northfork Jess, and Go Jessin Beaver.

Los Alamitos
Jesus Rios Ayala rode Jess Ravin to a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's $20,000 Vandy's Flash Handicap for 3-year-olds.

EG High Desert Farms' Jess Ravin wins
Sunday's $20,000 Vandy's Flash Handicap
at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Prepped by Yanet Rodriguez for owner Enrique Gonzalez's EG High Desert Farms, Jess Ravin broke sharply from her rail post and covered 400 yards in :19.644. Rodriguez said that the sorrel daughter of Corona Cartel will be pointed to the 400-yard Golden State Derby (G2) trials on August 7.

Jess Ravin is undefeated in three starts from post 1.

"She like the one hole," said Rodriguez. "She's a very quiet filly. I never have to worry about her. She's calm. I know she won't sweat up or act bad in the gate."

Jess Ravin was bred in Oklahoma by You And Me Partners. A $68,000 buy at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the filly has won four of seven starts, and the $11,000 winner's share of the Vandy's Flash purse increased her earnings to $73,837, of which $70,207 has been banked from five outs this season.

Jess Good Reason finished second and was followed by My Favorite Check, Tough Broad, and Mi Viejo.

Retama Park
My Moment Of Fame broke sharply from his rail post and sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $15,000 Ben E. Keith Stakes (R) for Texas-bred sophomores.

Racing for Holly Hooper from the barn of trainer Angel Sanchez, My Moment Of Fame covered 330 yards against a 3-mph head wind in :16.775 under jockey Luis Vivanco. in addition to earning $9,450, the sorrel son of Jumpn Chic recorded a 105 speed index and his first career stakes win.

My Moment of Fame was bred by Sarah Huskey. The gelding has won five of nine starts and has banked $54,104 while racing exclusively in Texas, and his resume includes a second-place finish in last year's John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge.

Dash Dont Cheat, 6-5 favorite Scarface Cartel, Bos Big Shamoon, Jess Ronas Dash, and Shazooming Episode completed the order of finish.

Ruidoso Downs
Handling a sloppy and sealed track with skill, Triple K Farms' Daring And Dashing splashed to his first career stakes win in Saturday's 870-yard, $20,000 Tricky Dust Stakes.

Daring And Dashing led at every call en route to a 1 1/4-length victory from Cjs Rocksolid in :46.036. Tanner Thedford rode the 5-year-old First Down Dash gelding for trainer Judd Kearrl.

Daring And Dashing was bred in Texas by James G. Markum. The gelding has won four of 17 starts, and the $12,000 winner's share of the Tricky Dust purse pushed his bankroll to $52,068.

Ocean Smoke finished third, two lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Smokn On Bye, Master Time, and Cr Tuckernuck.

Sandy Downs
Fastest qualifier Magic Moment Blues sprinted to a neck victory in the 400-yard, $38,307 Bitterroot Derby (R) on Saturday.

Campaigned by Robin Dunn, Larry Chapple, and RTM Stables, Magic Moment Blues tripped the timer in :19.449 and earned a 109 speed index. Nakia Ramirez rode the bay gelding by champion Carters Cartel for trainer Mark Hanson.

Magic Moment Blues was bred in Oklahoma by Lucky Seven Ranch. He was coming off of a 1 3/4-length victory in the second of four trials on June 11.

A $28,000 buy at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, Magic Moment Blues has won four of 11 starts and has banked $46,122. The gelding's season resume includes a second-place finish in the May 7, 400-yard Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge.

Coronas Fast Game ran second and was followed by Zoomin For Spuds, RTM Moonshine, First Prize Chicks, Love To Reason BR, Wait, DK Rays Runnaway, Sweet Sweet Love, and Bugs Wagon.

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