May 28-30 Stakes Roundup
A roundup of non-graded stakes action.
May 24, 2016
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes action for the week of May 28-30. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America 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.
James Lynn's Design Tobe A Winner, a 5-year-old Winners Version mare trained by Chris Gandarillla, sprinted to a nose victory in Sunday's $20,239 Dash For Speed Bonus Challenge Stakes.
Ridden by Alfredo Triana Jr., Design Tobe A Winner went 330 yards in :17.100. The $9,510 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes victory boosted her bankroll to $103,803.
Design Tobe A Winner was bred in Colorado by Russell Vicchrilli, one of this track's all-time leading Quarter Horse jockeys. The mare has won six of 23 starts, including the 2014 Animas Stakes at SunRay Park.
The Ocean King, Essohess, Graypromise, Famous Wear, Mr Investment Junior, Flying Foose, Swex and Rock That Wagon completed the order of finish.
Christine A. Hovey's Iowas Texan Tlp is the fastest qualifier to the June 12, $29,200 Gopher State Derby.
Racing in the first of two 400-yard trials on Sunday, Iowas Texan Tip defeated One Ivory Sign by three-quarters of a length in :20.173. The Iowa-bred gelding by champion Tempting Dash was ridden by Nik Goodwin for trainer Ed Hardy.
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Sheri Miller's Beach Cartel, a homebred 4-year-old gray son of the Corona Cartel stallion Escondido Beach trained by Randy Smith, rolled to his third career stakes victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $75,000 Born Runner Classic Stakes (R) for Indiana-breds.
Ridden by Rodney Prescott and facing a 14-mph head wind, Beach Cartel led at every call en route to a half-length win from the rail post in :19.969. The $41,250 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $219,483, all of which has been banked from 11 outs at this track.
"We were a little concerned about post 1 because there hadn't been any winners from that post yet this year," said Smith. "But he amazed us out of post 1 and got the win."
Prescott also had high praise for Beach Cartel.
"This horse does everything right," said the rider. "He stands perfect in the gate and doesn't make a move. He's a fast horse."
Last year's top sophomore colt in Indiana, Beach Cartel has won both of his starts this season.
"We haven't made any changes to him this year," said Smith, who led all of this track's Quarter Horse trainers with a meet-record 46 wins last year. "He's come back like the horse he really is. He went to Glen and Sheri Miller's place at the end of this meet last year and was turned out.
"We brought him back in to our farm at the end of February and started getting him ready," added the trainer. "He's getting bigger and better all the time."
WH Design By Dash finished second and was followed officially by Chilled Six Pack, Hand Of Doom, Ldz Special Jess, The Cartel Concept, Beach Birde, Beach Runner, Dna Dales Quick Cat, and Paytons Gone.
In addition to the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes, this track ran four Oklahoma-bred stakes on Sunday.
Terry McLean's Dicecapades remained unbeaten with her 1 1/4-length victory in the 330-yard, $70,000 FL Lady Bug Stakes (R) for 2-year-olds. Ridden by James Flores for trainer Gerry McLean, the brown daughter of Prospect To The Top covered her trip in :16.715 while earning a 92 speed index and her third win in as many races.
Dicecapades was bred by J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley. The $39,000 winner's share of the purse from the filly's second stakes victory pushed her earnings to $91,618.
The 19-10 favorite in the full field of 10, Dicecapades returned a $5.80 win mutuel. Senator Teller, Kates Wagon, Perrys A Hero, Barue, Darker Tint, Bout Tree Fiddy, El Chanconkle, Hailofadasher, and Major Freight completed the order of finish.
Specials Jess was a prompt 2-1 favorite in Sunday's $70,000 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes (R).
Saddled by Kasey Willis for owner Alexia Mehrle of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Specials Jess covered 400 yards in :19.492 under jockey Roberto Valero. The 4-year-old Spit Curl Jess gelding banked $39,000 to increase his earnings to $115,505.
Specials Jess was bred by A.C. Taylor. The gelding has won five of 12 starts, and he ended his sophomore campaign with a second-place finish in the Oklahoma Horsemens' Association Mystery Derby (R) at Will Rogers Downs.
Tempting Valor finished second, 1 1/4 lengths behind Specials Jess, and was followed by Finche, Novas Gold, BP Run Cartel Run, Sexy And I Know It B, Blazin Hero, Rocketair, Load Your Guns, and Admiral Zoomwalt.
Mario Delgado rode 7-1 outsider Pollitical Scorpion to a nose victory in the $70,000 Easy Date Stakes (R) for distaffers on Sunday.
Pollitical Scorpion went 350 yards in :17.330 for her fifth win in 12 outs and first stakes score. Luis Villafranco trained the 3-year-old daughter of Apollitical Jess for owner Jahree Standridge of Coalgate, Oklahoma, who also bred the sorrel filly.
The $39,600 winner's share of the Easy Date purse increased Pollitical Scorpion's earnings to $108,604, of which $57,650 has been banked this season. The filly was coming off of a victory in an allowance race at Remington on April 28.
Odds-on favorite Candy Cartels Cat, Cartel Rosie, Js Abel Dasher, Nanny McFeebe, Boozin And Cruzin, Elegant Okey, Redneck Sis, and Great Grace completed the official order of finish.
A quick start from post 4 helped Mr James Quick roll to a half-length victory at odds of nearly 10-1 in Sunday's $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by Russel Hadley for owner UN Stable of Red Rock, Oklahoma, and trainer Eddie Willis, Mr James Quick covered his 350-yard trip in :17.292 for his fourth win in six outs and first win this season. The Jesse James Jr gelding, a $20,500 buy at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, banked $29,784 from his first career stakes score.
"When we loaded into the gate and they tied him in his flipping rig, he stood there and never moved, and I could tell he was going to break today," said Hadley after the race.
Mr James Quick was bred by Randy McDonald. The gelding has collected earnings of $61,990, and he has won four of his five outs at this track, including a 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial last season.
Streakin PR finished second and was followed by 9-5 favorite Senator Tamale, Send Me Good Candy, Regard With Respect, The Serge Protector, Aventador, Totti, and A Bee C.
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