June 30-July 4 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
June 30, 2016
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 30-July 4. 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.
The field has been set for the July 17, $50,000 Ontario Sires' Stakes Maturity (R).
Racing in the first of two 330-yard trials on Friday, fastest qualifier Jesskissmytexas defeated third-fastest qualifier Im Aquicktrick by a neck in :16.690. The 6-year-old Mr Jess Tex gelding was ridden by Brian Bell for owners Richard Wincikaby and DK Training Center and trainer Don Reid.
Jesskissmytexas was winning for the ninth time in 19 outs, all in the province of Ontario. A multiple stakes winner, the gelding has banked $136,141.
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Alakazaam extended his win streak to five in Sunday's 350-yard, $57,266 Ontario Sires Stakes Derby (R).
The fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite, Alakazaam defeated seventh-fastest qualifier Sugarmans Delight by a nose in :17.750. Chelsey Willick rode the sorrel gelding by Mezoomn for owners Full Circle Racing and Cummings Cattle Co. and trainer Greg Watson.
Alakazaam was bred in Maryland by Lucas Racing Inc. He has won five of eight starts, all at this track, and the $22,907 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes victory increased his bankroll to $46,723.
Speedocracy, Faster Than U, Hope Rambles On, Kinda Likea Lovesong, and Hal Bent completed the official order of finish.
Heasablackmagic sprinted to a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length victory in Thursday's $29,000 Par-A-Dice Stakes (R).
Ridden by David Alvarez, Heasablackmagic covered 300 yards in :15.005 and earned a 105 speed index. Juan Carrillo Jr. prepped the 5-year-old Jet Black Patriot gelding for owner Juan A. Carrillo.
Heasablackmagic was bred in Louisiana by Gerald Paul Vidrine. The gelding has won seven of 22 outs, and the $21,000 winner's share of the Par-A-Dice Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $145,020.
Heasablackmagic's resume includes a second-place finish, a nose behind winner Scooter Prize, in the 2014 Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans.
The Par-A-Dice Stakes was restricted to non-winners of a stakes race. Potus, Fantaztico, Deala Ryon, Wild Tycoon, Firefly Fortune, Cartel Jr, JJs Black Lace, Voncitas Game, and Oak Tree Eye Opener completed the order of finish.
Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Terry McLean's Dazzlin Effort, an 8-year-old daughter of Jumpn trained by Gerry McLean, earned her first stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $16,000 Belles Stakes for fillies and mares.
The 7-5 favorite, Dazzlin Effort defeated Nanny McFeebe by a nose in :17.639 under jockey James Flores. The mare ran fifth in this race last season.
Dazzlin Effort was bred in Oklahoma by Jaime Gomez. She has won 14 of 38 races, and the $8,946 winner's share of the purse boosted her bankroll to $138,554.
Ivory Teaspoon finished third, a half of a length behind the winner, and was Vf Wheely Cute, Shelby C, and Rock Me Momma.
Gillespie County Fair
Jumpn Streak, a 4-year-old son of Jumpn Chic trained by Josue Ponce for owner Ovidio M. Sandoval, earned his second stakes win of the season in the $20,000 Hill County Classic Stakes on Saturday.
Under jockey Santos Carrizales and sent to post as the 9-5 choice in the field of eight, Jumpn Streak covered 440 yards in :21.870 and recorded a 105 speed index against a reported 10-mph head wind. The gelding was winning for the five time in 21 starts and increasing his bankroll to $109,432.
Jumpn Streak was bred in Texas by the Terrazas Family. His season resume includes a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length score in the 400-yard, $25,000 Streakin La Jolla Stakes at Louisiana Downs on March 20.
Im Carvin Waves, Im The Key, Msg Image Of Sixes, Jess Rockn, Quemados Version, Little Man Rockin, and Steel Dust completed the order of finish.
On Sunday, Eloy R. Garcia's Pool Runner posted the fastest qualifying time to the July 17, $20,000-added TQHA Futurity (R).
Racing in the third of four trials, Pool Runner defeated third-fastest qualifier Gianni Que by one length in :18.162 for 350 yards. Eliazar Vera rode the homebred Pool colt for trainer Joel Cantu.
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Grants Pass Downs
Henry Craig kept his perfect record intact in Monday's $31,500 Grants Pass Firecracker Futurity.
Ridden by Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, Henry Craig went 350 yards in :17.877 while defeating L Bar D Genuine Red by a nose. Hector Magallanes trains the homebred son of One Sweet Jess for owner Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch and Racing.
Henry Craig was bred in Oregon. His dam, the winning Corona Cartel mare Copa Show Girl, ran second to world champion Oak Tree Special in the 2003 Retama Park Derby (G1).
Henry Craig has won all four of his outs, including the May 8 Pot O' Gold Futurity at Sun Downs in Kennewick, Washington. The $12,600 winner's share of the Grants Pass Firecracker Futurity purse pushed his earnings to $25,879.
Gabbanelli, the fastest qualifier and 13-10 favorite, finished third and was followed by Win Surfer, Jesses Claim Ta Fame, Mariota Man, Heres Tinas Boy, and Ez Frosty Mom.
Making his first-ever start at this track and his first start in 11 months, George and Judy Weldon's Lotta Dynasty upset Saturday's $25,000 Independence Day Handicap.
|Lotta Dynasty poses in the Los
Alamitos winner's circle after his
victory in Saturday's 300-yard,
$25,000 Independence Day
Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez
Lotta Dynasty covered 300 yards in :15.349, and his margin of victory was a head from Far Niente. Cruz Mendez rode the homebred 4-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty for trainer Jose Flores.
"He had some type of surgery, but he seemed to be doing well," said Flores. "He had a good work (:11.90 for 220 yards on June 14), so we went ahead and ran him in this race.
"It was tough for his first start after being off for so long, but it all worked out," added the trainer. "The 300 yards was the perfect distance. He wasn't fit to go any farther, but we know he can go a longer distance. We expect bigger things from him later in the year."
Lotta Dynasty's Independence Day Handicap win marks the first stakes victory as sole owners for the Weldons at Los Alamitos. The Weldons had previously won three stakes at this track as part of the partnership that campaigned 2015 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner Ynot Walk.
Lotta Dynasty has won four of 12 starts, including the 2014 Mile High Futurity (G3) at Arapahoe Park near Denver, and he has banked $90,955. Sent to post at odds of 15-1, the gelding returned a $33 win mutuel.
Sugardaddy B ran third, a half of a length behind Lotta Dynasty, and was followed by Jake Gold Br, Viento Negro, Bf Farm Boss, and Foosilame.
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Making his first start away from Los Alamitos, Jorge Moya's No Mas Vaquero won Sunday's $15,500 Jack Robinson Handicap.
Ridden by Marcial Ramirez for trainer Ricardo Guillen, No Mas Vaquero defeated Trust Me by a head in :17.921 for 350 yards. The 3-year-old Volcom gelding was winning for the second time in seven outs, and the $8,300 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his earnings to $16,477.
No Mas Vaquero was bred in California by Jay and Char Parsons. His dam, Quiero Mas, is a winning daughter of Chicks Beduino.
Jiffy James, the 9-5 favorite, finished third and was followed by Tio Pepe Balvoa, One More Fire, Eddies Jazzin, Dashett, Paulinas Prayer, Outdashn, and Miss Special Regard.
Julio Ramirez's Bar Struck scored his first official win in more than two years in the 550-yard, $15,000 Tower of the Americas Handicap.
Under jockey Juan Garcia Jr., who rode Bar Struck for trainer Adrian Huitron, the 8-year-old Corona For Me gelding defeated If I were Famous by a head in :27.779 against a 13-mph head wind. Bar Struck has now won two stakes, both at this 550-yard trip.
Bar Struck was bred in Texas by Joe Kirk Fulton. The gelding has won eight of 31 outs, and the $9,450 winner's share of the Tower of the Americas Handicap purse upped his bankroll to $90,593.
Corona La Jolla finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Bar Struck, and was followed by Sophies Special, Sol Mecheemupjess, and The Field Cricket.
On Saturday, longshot and seventh-fastest qualifier Mr Rock Solid Jess rewarded his backers and connections with a nose victory in the $43,646 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby (R).
Racing for Abelardo Castro and sent to post at odds of 13-1, Mr Rock Solid Jess went 400 yards in :20.200. Eddie Sanchez rode the Rock Solid Jess colt for trainer Angel Sanchez.
Mr Rock Solid Jess was bred in Texas by Oscar Canales Ramirez. The colt returned a $29.60 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up and 5-2 second choice Especial Cartel for a $181.40 ($2) exacta.
Campaigned in Texas and Louisiana, Mr Rock Solid Jess has won four of 10 outs and has banked $35,538, of which $22,178 has been earned this season.
Kid Can Dash, Mazzimo, 2-1 favorite Careless Lightning, Jessypaintyourwagon, Jetsie Cartel, Gimmeahifive, Deal A Lady, and JA Sweet Reason completed the order of finish.
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