October 7-10 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

A private purchase at the beginning of this year, Hector Villalobos' Forget It earned his fourth career stakes win in Friday's Norwalk Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 7-9. 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.

Ajax Downs
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Monday, Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Milena Kwiecien's Denali Teller Off, a brown daughter of Louisiana Senator trained by Jason Pascoe, outran her 23-1 odds to win the $84,637 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Ramiro Castillo and racing against a reported 4-mph head wind, Denali Teller Off covered 400 yards in :20.340. The filly was winning for the third time in six starts, and the $31,328 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory bumped her bankroll to $41,592.

Denali Teller Off was bred in Oklahoma by Charles E. Robinson, the owner of Imperial Eagle, the winner of this year's All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Her dam, Eye Like Beduino, is an 11-year-old daughter of Mr Eye Opener.

Hickerson ran second, a neck behind the winner, and was followed officially One Special Domino, Deception North, Home Ice, Dash To Miami,Lummis First, Flirt With the Boyz, fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite Home To Vegas, and Kona Corona.

Also on Monday, One Famous Glass earned his first stakes win of the season in the 440-yard, $66,847 Alex Picov Memorial Championship Stakes.

Racing for Carol Robertson, Jamie Robertson, and Dr. Charles Hall, One Famous Glass defeated Fiesty Icon by a nose in :21.800. Tony Phillips rode the 6-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding for trainer Bryn Robertson.

The Robertsons purchased One Famous Glass from breeder Burnett Ranches LLC for $10,000 at the 2011 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. Campaigned in Oklahoma and Ontario, he has banked $213,801, and his 14 wins in 31 starts include three stakes scores, all at this track.

First Down The Track, Deal A Fortune, Fast Buck, Rich And On Fire, and Fast Man Vic completed the order of finish.

Belterra Park
American Hustler made his first official start a winning one, as the gelded son of champion Carters Cartel scored a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's $27,535 All American Congress Futurity.

Trained by J. Guadalupe Arevalo for owner Miguel Medrano, American Hustler went 350 yards in a hand-timed :17.906. Samuel Bermudez rode the gelding, who earned $16,521 for his effort.

American Hustler was bred in Oklahoma by Reliance Ranches LLC. The bay gelding is out of Make Us Proud, a winning daughter of Holland Ease and a finalist in the 2001 Albuquerque Spring Derby (G3) at Albuquerque Downs. His second dam, the Special Effort mare Special Phoebe, won four graded stakes from 1993-95, including the 1995 World's Championship Classic (G2) at Ruidoso Downs.

One Fast Effort finished second and was followed by First Down Money Pop, Seperate Feature, Definitely Carter, CC Cool Cash, First Down A Corona, and Rare Achievement.

Also on Sunday,  Rodolfo Rodriguez's Folly N Dash rallied from the outside part of the track to win the All American Congress Maturity.

Ridden by Giovani Vazquez-Gomez for trainer Saul Perez, Folly N Dash covered 440 yards in a hand-timed :22.036, an his margin of victory was a neck from Eye Popping. The $10,890 winner's share of the $18,150 purse pushed the 4-year-old son of champion Tempting Dash's earnings to $32,522.

Folly N Dash was a $15,000 claimer during the 2016 Albuquerque Downs meet in New Mexico. The gelding has won three of 12 outs.

Famous Bank, Skye Fire, Style On Speed Dial, Last Universal Baby, and A First Down Legacy completed the order of finish.

Fresno District Fair
Shipping in from Los Alamitos Racecourse, Adolfo Villegas' One Runaway Jess parlayed a sharp break from his rail post and led all the way to the wire to win the 350-yard, $15,250 Fresno Futurity for 2-year-olds.

One Runaway Jess defeated Legal Storm by a half of a length in a hand-timed :17.980. The One Sweet Jess colt was coming off of a fourth-place finish in his debut, a 300-yard maiden-special-weight dash at Los Alamitos on Sepember 25.

One Runaway Jess was bred in California by Jose de la Torre and Gustavo de la Torre. He banked $8,650 to bump his earnings to $9,175.

Don Juan Junior, Rock The Dreamer and High On A Secret completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
Carolyn Bruce's Cb Come Fly With Me on Saturday kept her win streak alive and posted the fastest qualifying time for the October 22, $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) for state-bred juveniles.

Carolyn Bruce's Cb Come Fly With
Me was an easy winner of her Miss
Little Futurity trial on
Saturday. PHOTO: Linscott

Ridden by Rolando Pina for trainer Joe Davis Cb Come Fly With Me won the first of four 350-yard trials by 1 1/2-lengths in :17.623. The homebred daughter of Desirio has earned $110,188 from six outs, an her current three-race win streak includes a 1 1/4-length victory as the 3-10 favorite in the August 27, $192,739 QHRA of Indiana Stallion Service Auction Futurity (R).

"This filly doesn't take much to a whip," said Pina of Cb Come Fly With Me. "She responds big to a hand ride. When she gets out on the lead, I have to keep tapping slowly on her with my hands to make sure she keeps moving.

"If she doesn't have to stand long in the gate, she actually has really quick speed from the gate," he added. "She's just a nice filly all the way around."

"We've been keeping her fresh and legged up," said Davis. "She actually came into this race better than she did the SSA Futurity."

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, the field was set for the October 22, $100,000-added Governor's Stakes for 2-year-olds, as Tommy The Train won the first of four 350-yard trials to set the fastest qualifying time.

Ridden by David Pinon for owners Brant Barley, Jon Barley, and Brad Sharp, Tommy The Train defeated Shurr Furr by two lengths in :17.503 for his third win in five starts. Larry Sharp prepped the Missouri-bred Freighttrain B gelding, who was making his first career start at this track.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Captain Bd, a gelded son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Captain Courage racing for David Gonzalez, is the fastest qualifier to the October 22, $100,000-added QHRAI Derby.

Prepped by Sacramento Chavez, who gave a leg up to jockey Alejandro Luna, Captain Bd defeated fifth-fastest qualifier Beyondthegamewagon by three-quarters of a length in the first of three 400-yard trials. The gelding made his trip in :19.777 while scoring his fourth win in 11 starts.

Captain Bd was bred in California by Bruce and Jill Thompson. The winner of the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby on July 9, he has earned $69,310, of which $66,580 has been banked this season.

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A sharp break from post 7 helped Carolyn Bruce's Stinkin Rich earn a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in Saturday's $82,300 Hoosier Park Classic Stakes (R).

Rolando Pina rode Stinkin Rich to a one-
length win in Saturday's 400-yard, $82,300
Hoosier Park Classic Stakes. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

Sent to post as the 4-5 favorite in a field of eight Indiana-breds, Stinkin Rich went 400 yards in :19.730 and earned a 98 speed index. Rolando Pina rode the homebred 4-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding for trainer Matt Frazier.

"He kinda wants to slow down and play with the other horses," said Pina of Stinkin Rich. "I have to get his attention back and push through. He always responds, but when he gets in front he wants to wait on the others."

Stinkin Rich has won his last three starts, including the August 27 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes (R) at this track. All told, the gelding has won seven of 14 races, including four stakes, and the $46,911 winner's share of the Hoosier Park Classic purse pushed his bankroll to $335,672, all of which has been earned at Indiana Grand.

"This horse has really matured," said Frazier, who is based out of the Ashwood Training Center in Lexington, Kentucky. "It's been a lot of work and he's come through a couple of knee surgeries, but he's probably the biggest-hearted horse I've ever had.

"He used to have some pre-race jitters, but he goes down the track now, and nothing bothers him," added the trainer. "His confidence has built up."

Frazier said that Stinkin Rich has benefitted from water therapy, theraplates, and cold-laser systems at Oakbridge Equine Fitness and Rehabilitation to get ready for his races.

"He's one of several that we've had come back from multiple surgeries through this type of rehab," Frazier said. "We've been working to get this business off the ground, and this horse has really responded to the treatment.

"When you have a horse that's come off of multiple surgeries, you have to find an alternative way to get them fit," he added. "A horse like Stinkin Rich would not be able to be on a racetrack all the time. He lives in the water."

Beach Birde ran second and was followed by Beach Cartel, Wh Design By Dash, Pistolpacking Pepsi, Beach Runner, Sparky McClone, and Chilled Six Pack.

Lone Star Park
Dan Grube's Desdemona Rambler, a homebred Grade 2-placed colt by champion Tempting Dash, earned his first stakes win in Saturday's 400-yard, $42,735 Dash For Cash Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Prepped by Brian Stroud, Desdemona Rambler defeated Tac My Time by a head in :19.963 under jockey Jose Alvarez. The $10,684 winner's share of the purse bumped the colt's bankroll to $82,766 from seven outs.

Desdemona Rambler is out of Kritters Effort, a winning 9-year-old daughter of champion Fredricksburg. Campaigned exclusively in Texas, he has won three races, and his record includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Just Call Me Carter, in the 330-yard, $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) in April.

Hes A Runnning Perry, Thriving Ivory, Rc The Duke, Gianni Que, Deala Quick Game, Like A Denali, Jess Iam First Royal, and 2-1 favorite Ac Comandito completed the official order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Hector Villalobos' Forget It earned his first stakes win of the season with a convincing three-quarter length victory in Friday's $15,000 Norwalk Handicap.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Moreno, Forget It covered 350 yards in :17.678 and returned a $2.80 win mutuel as the 2-5 favorite in the field of six. The $8,250 winner's share of the purse from his fourth career stakes score increased his earnings to $579,714.

Villalobos purchased Forget It privately at the beginning of this year. Since then, the 4-year-old son of champion Foose has banked $54,590 from five outs, and his season resume includes a third-place finish in the 400-yard Vessels Maturity (G1) on July 3, and a second-place run in the 400-yard Spencer Childers California Breeders' Championship (RG1) on July 30.

"He's more relaxed now than he was at the start of the year," Moreno said. "We're hoping that his next start comes in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials (on November 13), and hopefully he can qualify to the Champion of Champions."

Forget It was bred in California by Ed Allred. Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, the gelding has won 11 of 21 outs, including last year's Southern California (G1), El Primero del Ano (G3), and Governor's Cup (RG3) derbies.

Freakin Runaway, the 4-1 second choice, ran second to complete an $8.80 ($2) exacta. Dr Jess, Walk Around Blues, Walk The Catwalk, and Closing Time completed the order of finish.

On Saturday, One Sweet Jewel sprinted to a nose victory in the $25,000 Autumn Handicap for 2-year-olds.

The connections of One Sweet Jewel,
including owner and breeder Michelle
Crafens, celebrate the filly's victory in
Saturday's Autumn Handicap. PHOTO:
Scott Martinez

Racing for Michelle Cravens of Corona, California, One Sweet Jewel went 350 yards in :17.887 and earned an 83 speed index. Eulices Gomez rode the homebred One Sweet Jess filly for trainer James Glenn Jr.

"She's always had a little trouble out of the gate, but when she leaves she's really talented," said Glenn of One Sweet Jewel. "We were talking about it today and we were handicapping the race. We said if she gets her lick away from there, they might not beat her. We really thought that if she left, she could win."

Michelle Cravens and her husband, Jeff, began racing horses four years ago.

"But I go back many, many years ago with horses," Michelle said. "In fact, I worked at (Los Alamitos) when I was young as a groom.

"I did western pleasure and then got into dressage," she added. "Now I do all the natural horsemanship, and of course the racing with Jimmy Glenn. Joe Muniz has been a good friend of ours for 30 years, and he's the one who introduced us to the racing. We have four yearlings that are coming up next year."

Raced exclusively in California, One Sweet Jewel has won three of her six outs and has banked $25,700.

Apollitical Boogie ran second and was followed by Jess Hawk, Duck Dash N Go, Favorite Aquaholic, Apollitaka, Youth Movement, Jess Mas, and Dashing Runner.

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