October 14-16 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
October 12, 2016
Following is a recap of all non-graded American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 14-16. 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.
Fresno District Fair
Valentin Zamudio's Tsing Tao took the measure of nine opponents to win the $15,500 Fresno Dash Stakes on Sunday.
Prepped by Zamudio and racing against a 20-mph head wind, Tsing Tao covered 350 yards in :18.057 while defeating No Mas Vaquero by a half of a length. The 4-year-old Stel Corona gelding, who competed against claiming company at Los Alamitos earlier this season, banked $8,300 while earning his first career stakes victory.
Tsing Tao was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. His dam, Turner On, is a mutliple graded stakes winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Leaving Memories.
Tsing Tao has won seven of 22 outs and has earned $44,878.
Dominicklala, Stel Heights, 3-2 favorite Snowy Coronitas, You Do The Math, A Real Carteltrigger, Eddies Jazzin, Zendaya, and Mrs Pickens completed the order of finish.
Pete Schoeler's Poutn On The Wagon, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding trained by William Leech, kept his perfect record intact with a half-length win in Sunday's $31,813 Sport of Speed Sale Futurity.
Ridden by Ricardo Moreno, Poutn On The Wagon went 350 yards in :17.659 and posted 105 speed index. The brown gelding's win was his sixth in as many outs and bumped his earnings to $59,910.
Poutn On The Wagon was bred in Alberta and has raced exclusively in his home province. His resume includes victories in the June 26 Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3) and September 18 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3) at this track.
Dashin By All, Ivory Lady League, Munckin, Eye On Desirio, Reds On Fire, Arrow Of Time, and Stupendous 109 completed the order of finish.
Also on Sunday, Neville Stephenson rode Shes Gotta Reason to a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $24,174 All Canadian Derby.
Saddled by Laurie Ferguson for owners Mike and Kathy McNiven, Shes Gotta Reason tripped the timer in :20.028 while scoirng her second win in 12 outs and first stakes score. The $10,879 winner's share of the purse increased the Good Reason SA filly's earnings to $20,858.
Shes Gotta Reason was bred in Oklahoma by Vaughn and Jill Cook. She was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the September 18, $25,266 Canada Cup Derby (R).
Go Jessin Beaver ran second and was followed officially by Er Cafe, Royal Red Corona, Fly Bye Cruise, Gone Fast, and Hrh Tres Royale.
Quarter Focus, a 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Jake Eck, rallied to win Saturday's 870-yard Covered Bridges Stakes.
Ridden by Raul Gutierrez and sent to post as the 7-2 second choice in the field of eight, Quarter Focus defeated 11-10 favorite Mixed Fantasy by two lengths in :46.237. The son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion The Crawfish earned an 89 speed index and the $14,250 winner's share of a $25,000 purse.
Quarter Focus was bred by Gus Barakis' Scarlett Hill Farm at Weatherford, Texas. The gelding has won six of 26 outs and has banked $91,604.
V Os Filo ran third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Quarter Focus, and was followed by No Regrets Here, Sassy Suzze, Furyinmypants, Jess Lika Blair, and Wicked Valentine.
Also on Saturday, Dash For Number One outran his 20-1 odds to win the 400-yard, $60,000 Terrace Hill Stakes (R) for Iowa-breds.
Ridden by David Pinon and racing against a reported 15-mph head wind, Dash For Number One defeated 3-5 favorite One Delightful Eagle by a clear 1 1/2 lengths in :20.395. Manuel Campos saddled the 3-year-old son of champion Tempting Dash for owner Thomas J. Scheckel.
Dash For Number One was moving up in class and stretching out in distance off of a half-length victory in a 300-yard, $12,500 claiming dash for state-bred sprinters on October 9. The gelding was bred by Zule Farms LLC and has won three of 17 starts. The $34,200 winner's share of the Terrace Hill purse pushed his earnings to $56,676, of which $50,668 has been banked this season.
Arthur Guinness, Ivory Smoke, Eyeowa Cyclone, We Be Cattin, Shake Em Streakin, and Man N Black completed the order of finish.
Berkley Packer rode Wrs Quick Eagle to a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length win in Saturday's $60,000 Future Of Iowa Stakes (R) for state-bred distaffers.
Prepped by Randy Smith for owner Williams Racing Stables Inc., Wrs Quick Eagle covered 350 yards against a 20-mph head wind in :18.116. The homebred sophomore daughter of One Famous Eagle was sent to post as the 2-1 second choice in the field of seven and returned a $6 win mutuel.
Wrs Quick Eagle was making her first start at this track this season. All toldl, the filly has won four of her 15 outs and she has earned $72,245. Racing at this track during her 2-year-old campaign, she was a finalist in the Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred juveniles.
My Girls Toasted, the 3-2 choice, ran second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $11.40. Toms Big Time Girl, Trs Amazing Amanda, Bbs Freighttrain, Proud Merrista, and Jezze Belle completed the order of finish.
Norma Reyes' K Kardashian, an Oklahoma-bred daughter of world champion Wave Carver and a $4,500 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, is the fastest qualifier to the October 30, $10,000-added AQRA President's Open Fall Futurity.
Ridden by David Reyes-Frisby for trainer Juan Figueroa, K Kardashian won the first of two 350-yard trials in :17.938 on Saturday. The filly was winning for the first time in three outs and was making her first official start since May 22, when she ran fifth in the El Moro de Cumpas Futurity at the Cochise County Fair in Douglas, Arizona.
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On Sunday, the field was set for two stakes to be run on October 30: the $25,000-est. AQRA Futurity (R) for Arizona-bred juveniles, and the $18,000-est. Desert Classic Derby.
Las Vegas Ranch's Arizona Icon, a homebred Texas Icon gelding, is the fastest qualifier to the AQRA Futurity. Ridden by Vince Guerra for trainer Matt Fales, Arizona Icon won the first of two trials by three-quarters of a length in :17.958.
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The Desert Classic Derby qualifiers are topped by One Sweet Bullet, a homebred son of One Sweet Jess trained by Mario Loza for owner Ugo de la Torre. Ridden by Raul Zapien, the gelding won the first of two heats by three-quarters of a length in :17.780.
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Will Rogers Downs
Apollitical Man, a 4-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding owned by Terry McLean of Claremore, Oklahoma, parlayed a sharp break from post 9 into a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $18,720 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Fall Classic Stakes.
Prepped by Gerry McLean and ridden by James Flores, Apollitical Man went 400 yards in :19.842, and his margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from I V Gone. The gelding's victory extended his current win streak to four races, and the $10,530 winner's share of the purse boosted his earnings to $50,443 from 12 starts.
Apollitical Man was bred in Oklahoma and James and Marilyn Helzer. A $6,500 purchase at the 2016 Heritage Place Mixed Sale, he is out of Tinys Corona Queen, a winning 11-year-old mare by Corona Cartel. The gelding's second dam, the First Down Dash mare Tiny First Effort, was the sport's champion 3-year-old filly in 2001.
Apollitical Man has been campaigned in Texas and Oklahoma and has won five races.
I Cant Help It, I Bleed Red, Gospel Howdy, Heza Chancer, First Sweet Midnite, Petes Favorite, Blazen Panther, and Talktomeson completed the order of finish.
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