May 20-22 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Bella Estrella is the fastest qualifier to the June 4 Harley Greene Derby for state-breds at Indiana Downs. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes action for the week of May 20-22. 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.

Ajax Downs
One Famous Glass is the fastest qualifier to the June 5, $50,0000-added Picov Maturity for 4-year-olds and older.

Racing in the second of two trials on Sunday, One Famous Glass covered 300 yards in :15.501 under jockey Helen Vanek. Bryn Robertson trained the 6-year-old gelded son of One Famous Eagle for owners Carol Robertson, Jamie Robertson, and Dr. Charles Hall.

One Famous Glass was bred in Texas by Burnett Ranches. Raced in Oklahoma and the province of Ontario, he has won 13 of 26 starts, including three stakes, and he has banked $157,467.

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Arapahoe Park
Three Olives N Smoke won the first of four 350-yard Lucille Rowe Derby (R) trials on Friday, and the homebred son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue is the fastest qualifier to the June 4, $55,000-added final for Colorado-bred sophomores.

Prepped by John Hammes for owners Margo Schares and Brad Thomas, Three Olives N Smoke defeated fourth-fastest qualifier Golden Special Pie by 1 1/2 lengths in :17.689 under jockey Stormy Smith. The gelding was making his first start since July 30, and he was winning for the sixth time in seven outs and increasing his earnings to $112,132.

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Also on Friday, five 330-yard Cherry Creek Futurity (R) trials were held to set the field for the $75,000-added final for Colorado-bred juveniles on June 5.

Hammes sent out Who You Know, a homebred daughter of champion One Famous Eagle he owns in partnership with Thomas Bradbury, to set the fastest qualifying time. Ridden by Smith, the filly broke her maiden with a victory in the second heat. Who You Know has banked $4,591 from two outs.

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Cochise County Fair at Douglas, Arizona
Jarell James rode Starz Power to a nose victory in Sunday's $40,000 El Moro de Cumpas Futurity.

Racing for Stan Munro from the barn of trainer Umberto Belloc, Starz Power covered 300 yards in :15.640 while scoring his second win in as many outs. The homebred son of Heza Motor Scooter earned $24,000 to bring his bankroll to $25,120.

The Prince Corona, A Chick In A Daze, Cowboys Dynasty, K Kardashian, Zoomin Dasher and Go Seis completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, Carlos Manuel Reyes' Heza Dynasty was a prompt 7-5 favorite in the 400-yard, $50,000 El Moro de Cumpas Stakes.

Ridden by Martin Osuna for trainer Tomas Moreno, Heza Dynasty defeated 4-1 third choice Rum Chat by one length. The 6-year-old Fdd Dynasty gelding's win was his fifth in 17 starts, and the $27,500 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $45,256.

Heza Dynasty was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm. The gelding's resume includes a victory in the 2012 John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge Stakes in Idaho.

Corona The Cat finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Heza Dynasty, and was followed by Magical Righter, Rgr Down N Dirty, Sea Panther Run, Trip To The Jungle, and Dos Tocallos.

Delta Downs
Sent to post at odds of 10-1 in a full field of 10, Jaime Flores' WW Showtime earned a clear 1 3/4-length win in the $40,000 Delta 550 Stakes on Saturday.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Homar Garza, WW Showtime went 550 yards in :26.895 while earning a 98 speed index and his first stakes victory. The 4-year-old First Prize Perry stallion was making his first start since December 19, when he ended his sophomore campaign with a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard Evangeline Downs Derby.

WW Showtime was bred in Louisiana by Darrell Williams. Raced primarily in his home state, he has won four of 10 races and has banked $51,920.

Strong Guns finished second and was followed by SC Divas First Down, 2-1 favorite LD Streakin N Leavin, Secrets Fly, Sir Prize, Iknow Heknows Iknow, Kool Dashing, Mr Worldwide, and Call Me Cajun Pie.

Indiana Grand
Gustavo Almanza Jr.'s Bella Estrella, a daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Way Down Town, sprinted to a half-length victory in the first of two Harley Greene Derby (R) trials for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds on Friday.

Ridden by Cristian Esqueda for trainer Julio Almanza, Bella Estrella covered 350 yards in :17.721 to set the fastest qualifying time, and her margin of victory was a half of a length from third-fastest qualifier My Louisiana Rod. The filly, who was unraced at 2, has won two of four races and has banked $16,100.

Bella Estrella was bred by Rolando Almanza. The filly was making her first start since February 26, when she scored a maiden-special-weight victory at Hialeah Park in Florida.

"My brother (Rolando Almanza) had her at Hialeah this winter and sent her up to us in February," said Julio Almanza. "She's been training well, and Cristian knew her. He wanted the opportunity to ride her, so we gave him a shot and she raced well today."

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Miles City
Jerrys Scooter, a sorrel son of Dashair racing for Marlene Young, scored his first stakes win in the 300-yard, $18,705 Bucking Horse Sale Futurity on Sunday.

Trained by Paul Greene, who gave a leg up to jockey Rick Oliver, Jerrys Scooter was moved up from second to first after the disqualification of Eyesa Special Harper, who crossed the wire a neck in front of Jerrys Scooter. The colt stopped the timer in :16.381 while earning a 74 speed index and his second win in as many outs.

The $9,352 winner's share of the purse from Jerrys Scooter's victory pushed his earnings to $9,792. Jerrys Scooter was bred in Wyoming by his owner and Heinrich. The second-fastest qualifier, he made his career debut with a 4 1/4-length win in one of four Bucking Horse Sale Futurity trials on May 8.

Fastest qualifier Musical Jess was placed second. Ravensheart, Coronas Favorite, Runnin Bear Nay Kid, Eyesa Special Harper, and Eyesa Special Shadow completed the official order of finish.

Pocatello Downs
Long Lost Buddy broke his maiden in Sunday's $23,100 Rocky Mountain Classic Futurity.

Under jockey Uriel Dominguez, Long Lost Buddy defeated A Cartel Hustle by 1 1/4 lengths in :16.982 for 330 yards. Mark Hanson trained the gelded son of Favorite Cartel for owners RTM Stables LLC, Ben McKinney, and Richard Gardner.

Long Lost Buddy was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns. The gelding has won one of his two outs and has banked $9,315.

Pretty Pretty Pleez ran third, 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner, and was followed BC Moon Flight, Queen of the Kartel, This Stars The One, Cartels Jubalee, Crown Pointe, and Echo Creek Canyon.

Weber Downs
Tony Guymon rode Bannister to a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length win in Friday's $69,175 Beehive Futurity (R).

Trained by Monty Arrossa for owners Denny and Sandy Weigt, Bannister covered 300 yards in :15.372 and earned a 106 speed index. The $24,211 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $24,611 from two outs.

Bannister was bred in Oklahoma by J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley. The fourth-fastest qualifier and a $6,200 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale at Oklahoma City, the colt by the First Down Dash stallion Maknmoves made his debut with a two-length score in his Beehive Futurity trial at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City on April 23.

Making Hot Wheels ran second and was followed by fastest qualifier BK Katmandu, AR Cajungutee, Version Quest, Dashin Happy, Tilt James, BF Covert Moves, Separate Moves, and BF One Sweet Memory.

The Beehive Futurity was originally scheduled to be run at Laurel Brown on May 7, but inclement weather forced the stakes to be postponed until Friday.

On Saturday, A & C Racing and Roping's Cypress Sally won the last of 10 Sherm Hadley/Ed Giles Memorial Futurity trials and posted the fastest qualifying time for the June 4, $66,500 final.

Ridden by Jesus Canales for trainer Chancey Spencer, Cypress Sally went 350 yards in :17.464 and won by 3 12 lengths while scoring her second win in three starts. The homebred sorrel daughter of Winners Version has earned $4,835.

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