March 5-6 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
March 4, 2016
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse Stakes for the week of March 5-6. 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 posted in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.
Zoomin For Spuds, a homebred son of Zoomin For Bux trained by Bret Vickery for owner Jim Walker, sprinted to a 1 1/4-length victory in Friday's Fullerton Handicap for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by Cesar DeAlba and sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, Zoomin For Bux went 350 yards in :17.548 and earned a 93 speed index. The $8,250 winner's share of the $15,000 purse from the gelding's third career stakes win pushed his earnings to $80,812.
"He's a professional horse," said DeAlba of Zoomin For Spuds. "He does his job in the gate. He just stands there and waits for the gate to open. He's pretty quick away from the gate and never makes a mistake, which helps me. I felt like he got stronger towards the end (of this race)."
Zoomin For Spuds was coming off of a victory in the February 12 Costa Mesa Handicap at this track. The gelding's 2-year-old campaign included a win in the $126,000 Wild West Futurity on October 25.
"Jim Walker couldn't be happier," said Vickery. "He was facing a tough bunch tonight. To win with these kinds of horses, he really made us proud. He's a nice horse."
Racing in Idaho, New Mexico and California, Zoomin For Spuds has won four of 12 outs, including two of three this year. According to his trainer, he'll now be given some time off.
"Right now, we'll give him a break," Vickery said. "He's had nine pretty tough races now, and he's been very consistent. We'll regroup and see where we go from there."
Obi Juan Kenobi finished second, a half of a length in front of third-place Luv On The Run. Zendaya, Coach Carter, Apollitical Gamble, and She Snows Shes Ivory completed the order of finish.
On Sunday, Ed Allred's Well And Good earned his second stakes victory in the 350-yard, $15,000 Irvine Handicap.
Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves for trainer Scott Willoughby, Well And Good defeated First Down Tiny Man by a half of a length in :17.556. The homebred 5-year-old son of champion Separatist banked $8,250 to increase his earnings to $178,769 from 25 outs, all in California.
Well And Good was shortening in distance off of a second-place finish in the January 10, 550-yard Barbra B Handicap. The gelding has won four races, and his resume includes a second-place finish to Far Niente in last year's 400-yard Vessels Maturity (G1).
Front And Center, Dr Jess, Margaritas N Coronas, Stel Heights completed the order of finish.
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