November 12-13 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

A $52,000 yearling buy, TM Ranch's Heza Louisiana Dash earned his third stakes win in Saturday's $40,000 Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of November 12-13. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing 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.

Evangeline Downs
John Hamilton rode Heza Louisiana Dash to a half-length score in Saturday's $40,000 Opelousas Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds.

Saddled by Kenneth Roberts Sr. for owner TM Ranch, Heza Louisiana Dash covered 400 yards in :19.606 while aided by a slight 4-mph tail wind. The 4-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding earned $24,000 to push his bankroll to $334,115, all of which has been pocketed in Louisiana.

Heza Louisiana Dash was bred by Jumonville Farms and Burnett Ranch, and he was coming off of a victory in the October 1 Amelia Belle Stakes at this track. All told, he has won nine of 19 races, and his three stakes scores include last year's 400-yard, $267,171 Louisiana QHBA Derby (R).

Louisiana Legends ran second and was followed by Icanonlyemagine, Running Game Patriot, Heza Bell Perry, Tm Dees Prize, Mda Game, Open Me A Corona, Oak Hill Streak, and Scooter Prize.

Lone Star Park
Graceful Eagle, a bay daughter of One Famous Eagle campaigned by Florentino Leon, led at every call en route to a half-length win in Saturday's $50,000 Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Adrian Huitron, Graceful Eagle posted a 90 speed index while covering 400 yards in :19.854. The filly was winning for the third time in seven starts and bumping her bankroll to $54,547.

Graceful Eagle was bred in Colorado by Tom Bradbury. Her dam, Duplicate Check, is a winning and stakes-placed 7-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel. Graceful Eagle's second dam, the First Down Dash mare Check Her Twice, won two graded stakes at Los Alamitos in 1992, including the Golden State Futurity (G1).

Graceful Eagle's resume includes an eight-place finish in the April 23, 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity (G2).

One Famous Darling, Illtakeyouforaride, Jayronimo, One Sweet Sign, Leave The Chicks, Mighty Valiantime, Dashing Tempest, Copy My Daddy, and Deala Quick Game completed the order of finish.

Will Rogers Downs
Gary W. Hartstack's First Prize Diamonds was a prompt odds-on favorite in the $64,000 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Mystery Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores on Saturday.

Prepped by Gerry McLean and ridden by James Flores, First Prize Diamonds went 350 yards in :17.278 while recording a 103 speed index. The bay filly, a $21,500 purchase at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, banked $26,100 from her first lifetime stakes win.

First Prize Diamonds was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma. The filly has won six of 11 starts and has earned $68,044, of which $63,787 has been banked this season.

The 7-10 favorite in the full field of 10, First Prize Diamonds returned a $3.40 win mutuel. Bye Byefreighttrain ran second and was followed by My Royal Wagon, Mamasito Magic, Ivory Teaspoon, Painted Garters, Diamonds For Codee, Scouts Pyc Special, Streakin Wagon, and Senator Tamale.

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