October 28-30 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
October 28, 2016
Following is a recap of all non-graded official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 28-30. 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.
Facing stakes competition for the first time, Precious Dominique outran her 32-1 odds to win Friday's $15,000 Bobbys Angel Handicap for 2-year-olds.
Precious Dominique covered 350 yards in :17.670, and her margin of victory was a half of a length from Elicity. Tony Guymon rode the California-bred daughter of champion Foose for owner Adrian Gonzalez and trainer Jose Hernandez Jr.
Precious Dominique was claimed by her current connections for $10,000 on September 17. The filly was coming off of two victories against claiming company.
"We knew this was a tough race, and the filly was coming off of a couple of really good races," said Hernandez. "We knew this was a huge step up for her. We tried to get her into an allowance race, but then we took a shot with her in this race.
"She's a nice filly," the trainer added. "We'll evaluate her and see how she comes off of this race and go from there. Tony Guymon fits her like a glove. She's kind of a tempermental filly, and he's one of the best riders with horses that are kind of on the hot side."
Precious Dominique was bred by Alessio/Brown/Davies LLC. The filly has won three of seven starts and has banked $17,845.
Myfavoritestreaker, the 2-1 favorite, ran third, one length behind Precious Dominique. Sagita, One Sweet Runner, Frenemy, Getting Better, and Perrys Crystal completed the order of finish.
Jim Walker’s homebred Zoomin For Spuds kicked off the big Bank of America Challenge Championship night with a three-quarter length victory in the $25,000 Wrangler Stakes, defeating Katies Easy Moves with a strong late rush. He completed the 400-yards in :19.556.
Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Monty Arrossa, the 3-year-old Zoomin For Bux gelding improves his record to six wins in 16 starts, and pushes his earnings to $107,293.
Katies Easy Moves held gamely for second, and was followed by Timely Delivery, Uno Corona Mas, My Favorite Check, Stel Easy, Fames Jess Sweet, Tres Sea, Fowl Play and Shez A Motor Scooter.
Zoomin For Spuds entered the race off a victory in the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap at this track on September 30. This is the horse’s fifth career stakes win.
Walker bred the horse in Idaho out of the Corona Cocktail mare A Perfect Cocktail, making him a full brother to stakes winner Bux For Cocktail ($50,498) and a half brother to Jesses Perfect One (by Mr Jesse Lee, $28,462).
Prairie Meadows shipper Send Me This Wagon bested the field in the $25,000 AQHA Members Plus Stakes for fillies and mares. The 5-year-old homebred races for Michael Pohl of Montgomery, Texas, and came flying at the finish in the 400-yard race, finishing in :19.748, defeating You Can Fly by a nose. Jorge Torres was in the irons for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill.
First N Final was third, followed by Apolitical Zoom, Run By You, Favorite Bet, Tallulah Moon, Political Chick, Devilwitha Bluedress and Racy Fire.
In her previous out, Send Me This Wagon was fourth in Honeymoon Candy’s Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge. She has now won nine of 18 starts, including three stakes, and has earned $155,710.
Send Me This Wagon is by PYC Paint Your Wagon and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Send Candy, making her a full sister to This Candys Awesome ($434,265) and a half sister to champion Jess Good Candy ($2,014,703).
Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred Grade 1 winner He Looks Hot was a prompt favorite in the $25,000 Nutrena Stakes, winning easily by 1 ½ lengths in the 440-yard test in :21.180.
He Looks Hot was ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Scott Willoughby. He was followed across the line by Freakin Runaway, He Is The Risingstar, Jake Gold BR, Old Six Six and Chicks Fayvorite.
Earlier this summer, He Looks Hot won the Vessels Maturity (G1) at the track and in 2014 won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). The winner of five of 13 starts, he has earned $977,485.
He Looks Hot is by Walk Thru Fire and out of the Check Him Out mare Look Her Over.
Paul Jones sent Whata Corona to a wire-to-wire victory in the $25,000 B&W Stakes for 2-year-olds, defeating Duck Dash N Go by a neck.
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez in :17.635, Whata Corona celebrates his first stakes victory for the partnership Jones/Bailey/Thomas/Cook/Harrel. He has now won four of seven starts and earned $21,620.
Jess Mas was third, followed by Jouet With Fire, Doctor Fantastic, Eagles Nest and Brimmin Corona.
Whata Corona was bred by R.D. Hubbard and is by Corona Cartel and out of the First Down Dash mare Natalie Dash.
Tenth-fastest qualifier Movin The Doe was a prompt 2-1 favorite in Sunday's 350-yard, $41,800 AQRA President's Open Fall Futurity.
Racing for Luis H. Gonzalez, Movin The Doe defeated One Sweet Dasher by a half of a length in :17.953. Emilio Tapia rode the Maknmoves gelding for trainer Angel Dominguez.
Movin The Doe was bred in Utah by Steve Berry. The gelding is out of the 12-year-old Hennessy (TB) mare Bundle Doe.
Movin The Doe has won three of eight races, and the $20,900 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win increased his bankroll to $47,632.
What Up Buttercup finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Movin The Doe, and was followed by Altanero, Cowboys Dynasty, The Prince Corona, Tres N Candy, and Riot Act.
Also on Sunday, Vince Guerra rode Arizona Icon to a half-length victory in the $28,737 AQRA Futurity (R) for state-bred juveniles.
Prepped by Matt Fales for owner Las Vegas Ranch and racing against a reported 6-mph head wind, Arizona Icon covered 350 yards in :17.966. The homebred bay son of the Corona Cartel stallion Texas Icon was winnning for the second time in four starts.
Arizona Icon's dam, Jess Perfect Girl, is a homebred winning 11-year-old Feature Mr Jess mare who ran third in the 2007 Yavapai Downs Futurity. The gelding has banked $17,116 while racing exclusively at this track.
Frozen Icon, Sniper 1, Cotton Brite, Eyeaseagull, El Cementero, Imma Dream, Cozie Icon, La Moneda, and Blown A Way completed the order of finish.
A field of nine sophomores went to post for Sunday's 350-yard, $26,362 Desert Classic Derby, and it was Ugo de la Torre's La China Maluca, the second-fastest qualifier, who earned the $13,181 winner's share of the purse.
Ridden by Eswan Flores for trainer Mario Loza, La China Maluca defeated Likes A Dare by a half of a length in :17.814. The gray filly by One Sweet Jess was recording her first win in nine starts.
La China Maluca was bred in California by Jose de la Torre and Gustavo de la Torre. Raced in New Mexico and Arizona, she has earned $16,781, of which $15,141 has been banked this season.
Extreme Regard finished third and was followed by Rockn Cowboy, Ima Special Reb, Misterio, Sweet Se Puede, Easee Ryder, and Bugatti Veyron.
Will Rogers Downs
James Sills' Aberdonian is the fastest qualifier to the November 12, $303,000 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3).
Ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks for trainer Eddie D. Willis, Aberdonian on Friday won the third of six 440-yard trials in :21.730. The gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon was winning for the second time in four outs.
Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.
Also on Friday, the field was set for the November 12, $64,000 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Mystery Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.
First Prize Diamonds, a filly by champion Carters Cartel racing for Gary W. Hartstack from the barn of trainer Gerry McLean, set the fastest qualifying time with his half-length victory in the first of three trials. Under jockey James Flores, First Prize Diamond covered 350 yards in :17.526 en route to her fifth win in 10 starts.
First Prize Diamonds has earned $41,944, of which $37,687 has been banked this season. She was making her first start since July 28, when she ran second in the Speedhorse Derby at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.
Click here for a complete list of finalists.
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