March 19-20 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
March 19, 2016
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of March 19-20. 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.
Jumpn Streak sprinted to a convincing 1 3/4-length win in the $25,000 Streakin La Jolla Stakes on Sunday.
Under jockey Francisco Ramirez Jr. and aided by a 15-mph tail wind, Jumpn Streak covered 400 yards in :19.658 and earned a 101 speed index. Josue Ponce prepped the 4-year-old Jumpn Chic gelding for owner Ovidio M. Sandoval.
Jumpn Streak was bred in Texas by the Terrazas Family. The gelding has won four of 19 races, and the $15,000 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes win bumped his bankroll to $97,432.
Kool Design, Running Game Patriot, Pop Rocket Jess, The Golden Bowl, Rusty Bloom, and The Lizzard King completed the order of finish.
Also on Sunday, second-fastest qualifier Jess A Saint scored his second career stakes win in the 400-yard, $86,190 Mardi Gras Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores.
Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in the field of nine, Jess A Saint stopped the timer in :19.891, and the brown gelding's margin of victory was a neck from fastest qualifier My Favorite Blue. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode Jess A Saint for owner Julio Rios and trainer Miguel Rodriguez.
Jess A Saint was coming off of a 1 1/2-length win in his Mardi Gras Derby trial on February 21. The gelding was bred by J.E. and Bunny Jumonville, and his resume includes a victory in last year's 400-yard, $1-million Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Futurity (RG1) -- the state's richest race for any breed -- at Evangeline Downs.
Raced exclusively in Louisiana, Jess A Saint has won five of 10 starts -- including two of three this season -- and he has banked $512,202.
Jet Black Zoomer ran third, one length behind Jess A Saint, and was followed by Punctuality, Jetz A Streakin, Heisa Hot Ticket, Grants Game, Streakin Bye, and An American Outlaw.
A sharp break from post 3 helped Oscar Moreno's Dashin For A Prize score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 550-yard, $52,035 SLM Big Daddy Stakes.
Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Javier Contreras, Dashin For A Prize defeated Specials Jess by a half of a length in :26.573 and earned a 110 speed index with the help of a 15-mph tail wind. The 5-year-old gelded son of Heza Fast Dash returned a $4.60 win mutuel as the 13-10 favorite in the full field of 10.
"I rode him before about a year ago at Hialeah, and he didn't get away too sharp for me," Ramirez said. "He's been known for not breaking out of the gate very good.
"The owner and trainer pulled the blinkers off of him, and it seemed to help," added the rider. "He was doing what I wanted and he just stayed in front. I was riding him pretty hard to keep him busy, but he led the whole way from the word go."
Dashin For A Prize was bred in Louisiana by Philip P. Deville. The gelding has won six of 23 races, including two stakes, and the $29,730 winner's share of the SLM Big Daddy Stakes purse increased his bankroll to $274,180.
Admiral Zoomwalt finished third and was followed by Rocketair, Mixed Fantasy, Painted Josy, First Prize Dive, Im The Key, Also A Feature, and CJs Rocksolid.
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