May 6-8 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Oak Hill Streak defeated a field of state-bred sprinters in Friday's $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes action for the week of May 6-8. 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 in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Delta Downs
Vanessa Bartoo's Oak Hill Streak overcame a troubled start to earn her first stakes victory in Friday's $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes (R) for state-bred sprinters.

Ridden by Gilbert Ortiz for trainer John Stinebaugh, Oak Hill Streak went 350 yards in :17.638, and her winning margin was a half of a length from Voncitas Game. The $24,000 winner's share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $86,610 from nine outs.

Oak Hill Streak was bred by Arnold J. Trahan. A $43,000 buy at the 2013 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Yearling Sale, the 4-year-old sorrel mare has won five races, including allowance races at Hialeah Park, Evangeline Downs, and Delta Downs.

Louisiana Legends, Happie Happie Happie, Running Game Patriot, Jess Blueby Lena, B and G Fast Dash, and Hesagoutitwoshoes completed the order of finish.

On Saturday, PYC First Prize Mia extended her win streak to three races with her three-quarter length victory in the $28,900 Mother's Day Stakes for fillies and mares.

Racing for Lester Colomb Jr., PYC First Prize Mia covered the 350-yard distance in :17.617 while scoring her second stakes win of the current meet. J.R. Ramirez rode the 4-year-old daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon for trainer Kenneth Weeks.

PYC First Prize Mia was bred in Louisiana by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma. An $18,500 purchase at the 2013 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the mare has won six of 13 starts and has earned $54,975, and her win streak includes a nose victory in the 250-yard Delta Dash Stakes on April 23.

Patriot Sayin Adios ran second and was followed by First Fancy Prize, Shes A Fast Dash, Not Perry Pretty, Fly By You, Sidney Leigh, Outlook Is Good, and Wheres Mom.

Laurel Brown Racetrack
This track had a stakes tripleheader scheduled for Saturday, but only two of the stakes were contested before inclement weather forced the cancellation of the last four races on the card, including the $69,175 Beehive Futurity (R).

The Beehive Futurity has been rescheduled for May 20 and will be run at Weber Downs in Ogden, Utah.

IB Valiant, a $5,500 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, won the $23,272 SVLAC Futurity for owner Ramon Salvidrez, who also trains the gray son of freshman sire Mighty B Valiant. Ridden by Alan Miramontes, IB Valiant went 330 yards in a hand-timed :17.319 under rainy conditions on a track rated heavy, and his winning margin was 1 1/2 lengths from McAddies Feature.

IB Valiant was bred in Alabama by Walter H. Chaney. The gelding earned $8,145 to push his bankroll to $8,355 from two outs.

RGR Fastlane Ta Fame ran third and was followed by Princess Elsa, Heza Lacey J Jr, FDD Ming Dynasty, Jr Mahalia, and JSG Cartellas Turbo. Apollitical Winga and Jess Gonna Loose Ya were scratched.

Also on Saturday, Jesus Valenzuela rode fastest qualifier JRs Blue Boy to a 1 1/2-length victory in the 350-yard, $20,818 Laurel Brown Open Derby.

Trained by Riley Moosman for owner Sam Allie, JRs Blue Boy made his trip in :17.663 on a track labeled heavy. The homebred gelded son of Fantasic Corona Jr and the winning homebred Dash Ta Fame mare Lil Blue Blitz was winning for the fifth time in five starts and boosting his earnings to $24,650.

JRs Blue Boy's race record includes a neck victory as the odds-on favorite in last year's 350-yard, $33,410 Intermountain Futurity at the Elko County Fair meet in Nevada.

Winners Cool Chick, Love To Reason BR, Sweet Sweet Love, First Prize Chicks, Zoose, RGR First To Fire, A Good Move, Pay The Price, and Favorite Hat completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
A sharp break from post 3 helped Flay score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $25,000 Dillingham Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Racing for Thompson Racing Inc. and trainer Paul Jones, Flay defeated Mi Viejo by three-quarters of a length in :19.786. Oscar Peinado rode the brown son of Favorite Cartel.

Flay was bred in California by Jones, a 14-time AQHA champion trainer. The colt has won three of his six starts, and the $13,750 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes victory pushed his earnings to $47,637, of which $43,457 has been banked this season.

My Favorite Check, Freakish, Los Plan B, and Otta Be A Prize completed the order of finish.

Sam Houston Race Park
Jess Twice Cash, a 6-year-old stallion by champion Jess Louisiana Blue owned and trained by Ty Remington, rallied to win Saturday's 870-yard, $25,000 Governor's Cup Marathon Stakes.

Ridden by Julio Rodriguez, Jess Twice Cash stopped the timer in :45.140 and earned a 106 speed index. His winning margin was a neck from 6-5 favorite EC Cartel.

Rodriguez picked up the mount from Francisco Ramirez Jr., who opted not to ride Jess Twice Cash after his warmup.

 
Ty Remington's Jess Twice
Cash gets up to win
Saturday's Governor's Cup
Marathon. PHOTO: Coady
Photography


"That was difficult, but Julio did a fine job," said Remington. "We didn't get the best distances at Hialeah (660 and 1,000 yards), but 870 is definitely where he belongs."

Jess Twice Cash was bred in Texas by Garlyn O. Shelton. The stallion has won six of 28 races, including two stakes, and the $15,000 winner's share of the Governor's Cup Marathon purse pushed his bankroll to $90,390.

Dashers Midnight finished third, 7 1/4 lengths behind Jess Twice Cash, and was followed by Iknow Heknows Iknow, The Field Cricket, EBW More Whisky, and First Prize Dive.

Santa Cruz County Fair at Sonoita
Making his first official start in six months, Gilberto Jasso's Corona Toast was a prompt 3-2 favorite in Sunday's 350-yard, $16,950 Sonoita Ranchers Bonus Challenge Stakes.

Trained by Heraclio Botello and ridden by Jesus Osuna, Corona Toast defeated Captain On Takeoff by a half of a length in :16.940. The 8-year-old gelded son of champion Toast To Dash earned a 123 speed index and broke the previous track record of :17.010 set by Withers in May 2010.

Corona Toast was bred in Louisiana by Charlie Bordelon. The gelding has won five of 19 outs and has banked $254,181, of which $185,447 was earned during his 2-year-old campaign.

Sarah Sota finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Corona Toast. Majestic Policy, Wyreit, and Endless Speed completed the order of finish.

Sun Downs
Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in a full field of 10 juveniles, fastest qualifier Henry Craig sprinted to a neck victory in the $28,812 Pot O' Gold Futurity on Sunday.

Ridden by Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, Henry Craig covered 300 yards in :15.852. Hector Magallanes prepped the homebred son of One Sweet Jess for owner Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch & Racing.

Henry Craig made his debut with a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length win in the third of four Pot O' Gold Futurity trials on April 24. The gelding earned $11,217 to move his bankroll to $12,042.

Ima Ramblin Eagle, L Bar D Genuine Red, Js Royal 613, Win Surfer, Taylor Meyer, Jessies Claim Ta Fame, Big Texas Cartel, Xiaomi, and Siennas Sassy Boot completed the order of finish.

SunRay Park
Alsono (TB), a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Limehouse (TB) racing for Rachel Marzak, was a prompt 2-5 favorite in the 870-yard Marathon Handicap on Friday.

Prepped by Justin Evans and ridden by Ry Eikleberry, Alsono defeated Caminetto (TB) by four lengths in :44.744. The chestnut stallion earned a 106 speed index and the $20,340 winner's share of the $33,900 purse.

Alsono was bred by Ann Marie Farm. The stallion has won 13 of 26 starts, including all four of his outs against American Quarter Horses at the 870 distance, and he has banked $397,279.

TTY From Mr Pye ran third, 4 1/2 lengths behind Alsono, and was followed by Fire Thorn, Kingsbury, Colosso, and Ocean Smoke.

Porfirio Cano rode longshot Clear Winn to the stallion's first stakes win in Sunday's 300-yard, $35,600 La Plata Stakes.

Trained by Delfino Estrada Jr. for owner Tomas L. Avitia and sent to post at odds of 12-1, Clear Winn defeated 3-1 second choice Stick Shift SC by a nose in :14.886. The stallion's clocking, achieved with the aid of a 14-mph tail wind, broke by 91/1000ths of a second the previous track record set by Call My Hero on June 13, 2014.

Clear Winn was bred in Texas by J Bar 7 Ranch LLC. He has won five of 14 outs, and the $21,360 winner's share of the La Plata Stakes purse increased his earning to $105,303.

Chief Coronas Charm, 5-2 favorite Alis Jumpn, Unfinished Biz, Mango Chick, Cement Flats, Ugo Igo, Pitchin Woo, and DS Blazen Earl completed the order of finish.

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