September 2-5 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Robert C. Williams Jr.'s Straight From Texas handled a wet-fast and sealed track to win Friday's 870-yard Bill Reed Memorial Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 2-5. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual race recaps in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Central Wyoming Fair
The field has been set for the September 18, $15,000-added Wyoming All-Breeds Futurity (R), and Pedro Mena's La Futura Dash is the fastest qualifier to the 350-yard stakes for Wyoming-breds.

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Martha Maldonado, La Futura Dash won the first of four trials by three-quarters of a length on Sunday. The homebred Harems Last Dash filly was winning for the first time in five outs.

The final will be contested at Energy Downs in Gillette, Wyoming. Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Heza Lacey J Jr, a homebred gelding by champion Carters Cartel, earned his first stakes win in the $16,050 Western States Juvenile Stakes on Sunday.

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela, Heza Lacey J Jr covered 350 yards in :17.930, and his margin of victory was a clear two lengths from Dashin Happy. Riley Moosman saddled the gelding for owner Sam Allie Jr.

Heza Lacey J Jr was bred in Utah. His dam, Lacey Jn Me, is an unraced homebred mare by Streakin La Jolla. A finalist in the May 7 South Valley Futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City, he has won four of his five starts and has banked $10,341.

Version Quest finished third and was followed by Saint Hawkeye, Moonlight Rendezvous, Mariwon Oh, Musical Jess, and Cool Bay Chick.

Elko County Fair
Tacitandrun, a Tac It Like A Man gelding owned and trained by Fredy Olmos, parlayed a sharp break from post 2 into a wire-to-wire victory in Monday's 350-yard, $40,000 Elko Intermountain Futurity.

Ridden by Jesus Virgen, Tacitandrun defeated Oh So Fancy Fancy by a half of a length in :17.488. In addition to posting a 110 speed index, the gelding was earning his second stakes win and pushing his bankroll to $30,545.

Tacitandrun was bred in Oklahoma by Lake and Ledona Newcomb. His sire, Tac It And Run, is a 12-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash who won two graded futurities at Los Alamitos in 2006, including the Grade 1, 350-yard PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity.

Tacitandrun's dam, Runaway Seis, is a winning 12-year-old mare by 2001 champion 2-year-old colt Tres Seis. Olmos acquired the gelding for $5,500 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale.

Rgr Fastlane Ta Fame ran third and was followed by Winners Policy, Chester On Fire, Jr Mahalia, Bc Moon Flight, Runninthrutheroses, and Bars N Cars. 

Fair Grounds
Mr Tee Cos kept his perfect record in tact with his victory in Friday's 300-yard, $32,900 De Saix Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by John Hamilton, Mr Tee Cos covered the distance in :15.507 while earning his fourth win in as many outs. Trey Ellis saddled the homebred Tee Cos colt for owner Winston Houston.

Mr Tee Cos was bred in Alabama and was cutting back in distance off of his half-length win in the 330-yard, $51,495 Alabama Futurity (R) at Delta Downs on June 24. His dam, Dashing Danali, is a winning 11-year-old daughter of Dashing Val.

The $18,000 winner's share of the De Saix Stakes purse increased Mr Tee Cos' earnings to $54,847.

Jess A Little Star finished second, a head behind Mr Tee Cos. Sizzlin Stewart, Blue Eyed Cartel, Mps Shake Em N Style, Sassy Chic 3341, Bankin On Bux, Jet Black Chiraq, Dragon N Panther, and Ttt El Vago completed the official order of finish.

Narciso Flores' Swinginstar, a homebred son of Swingin Jess trained by Bobby Martinez, sprinted to a one-length win in Saturday's 350-yard, $35,943 Louisiana QHBA Sale Invitational Stakes.

Under jockey Damian Martinez, Swinginstar stopped the timer in :17.849 against a reported 8-mph head wind. The $13,658 winner's share of the purse from his fourth win in five starts increased the colt's earnings to $53,264.

Swinginstar is out of Lil Rising Star, a homebred winning 12-year-old daughter of champion Tres Seis. The colt's resume includes a sixth-place run in the July 9 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs.

Big Daddy Bux ran second and was followed by Operator On Fire, Racing Kane, Mr Jess Black, Sir Dre, Tee Mata, Royal Quick Patriot, Fast Streakin Nick, and Rf My Special Duck.

Also on Saturday, Barefoot Beach took the measure of seven distaffers in the 330-yard, $33,400 French Quarter Stakes.

Trained by Yoani Abreu for owner Samuel Martinez, Barefoot Beach defeated Toastin With Coronas by a nose in :16.679. Manuel Gutierrez rode the Texas-bred 3-year-old Ivory James filly.

Barefoot Beach was making her first start since July 8, when the filly scored a neck victory in a 300-yard non-winners-of-two allowance sprint at Delta Downs. She was bred by Bobby D. Cox and was a $13,000 purchase at the 2014 Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale in San Antonio.

Barefoot Beach is out of the winning and multiple graded stakes placed Invisible Injun mare Babe On The Beach. Campaigned in Texas and Louisiana, she has won three of 14 outs, and the $18,000 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win bumped her earnings to $57,909.

Miss Mallard Struts, Jls Ms Politicaljess, Punctuality, Tac It Sassy, Fyre Fly and Cartels Fortune completed the order of finish.

Sent to post as the 1-2 favorite, Open Me A Corona responded with a clear 1 1/4-length score in Saturday's $50,000 Lakeview Dash Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds.

Open Me A Corona covered 250 yards in :12.963 while posting 98 speed index under jockey David Alvarez. Bobby Martinez prepped the 6-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion for owners Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays.

The Lakeview Dash marked Open Me A Corona's 12th lifetime stakes win, and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse from his 15th win in 19 outs increased the stallion's bankroll to $882,758, of which $465,033 was earned during a 2-year-old season in which he won all three of his races, including the 400-yard, $1-million Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs, the state's richest race for any breed.

Open Me A Corona was bred by Dr. Natalie Montgomery and sold for $22,000 at the 2011 LQHBA Yearling Sale.

Lets Jess Do It finished second and was followed by Shades Of Buck, Heasablackmagic, Royal Aztec, Game, and Scoopies Leaving You.

Charles G. Stojan's Toughie is the fastest qualifier to the September 18, $20,000-est. Canada Cup Derby.

On Saturday, Toughie won the last of three 400-yard trials by three-quarters of a length in :19.759. Ricardo Moreno rode the Stel Corona filly for trainer William Leech.

Toughie was bred in California by Ed Allred and was a finalist in last year's Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos. The filly has won two stakes and has earned $104,100 from nine outs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Poutn On The Wagon, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding owned by Pete Schoeler, won the last of three Canada Cup Futurity (RG3) trials on Sunday and is the fastest qualifier to the September 18, $70,000-est. final.

Ridden by Ricardo Moreno for trainer William Leech, Poutn On The wagon defeated second-fastest qualifier Caraves Waves by 1 1/2 lengths in :19.668 for 400 yards. The gelding has won all three of his outs, including the June 26 Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3) at this track, and he has earned $23,730.

Prairie Meadows
Fastest qualifier Ferrari James kept his record at this track perfect following his neck victory in the $84,179 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R) on Saturday.

Racing against a 10-mph head wind, Ferrari James went 400 yards in :19.992 while posting an 85 speed index and his third win in as many outs at this track. Oscar Delgado rode the bay Ivory James gelding for owner Alfredo Botello and trainer Manuel Campos.

Ferrari James was bred by Weetona Stanley and W.E. Smith of Madill, Oklahoma. An earner of $104,263, he has won six of 11 starts, and his season record includes a third-place finish, one length behind winner A Tres Of Paint, in the 400-yard, $307,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds on April 23.

The Fiscal Cliff finished second as the 6-5 favorite. Prized Wagon, There Goes My Wallet, Okeyfreight, Freighttrain V, Divas Candy Girl, and Candys Little Wagon completed the order of finish. Fourth-fastest qualifier Kokko Wagon and 10th-fastest qualifier D D Chicks Piloto were scratched.

This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Sunday. Kool Lil Jess, a brown daughter of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Lil Kool Wagon racing for Kevin Neff and trainer Tony Jones, sprinted to a clear 1 3/4-length victory in the $82,540 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R).

Racing against a 10-mph head wind, Kool Lil Jess covered 350 yards in :18.169 while scoring her first win in three starts. Cody Smith rode the filly.

Kool Lil Jess was bred in Iowa by Kevin Heims. The $36,723 winner's share of the purse increased her earnings to $37,338.

Lil Stepper, Mga Lil Kool Wilena, Hail Yez Jess, R Slick Talker, Foxys Lil Wagon, Trs Budumpudump, Mr Special Wagon, Crusin The Lake, and Just Say Gogo completed the order of finish.

Dale Beaty rode 24-1 longshot Trs Amazing Leon to an upset victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $67,905 Iowa Stallion Derby (R).

Prepped by Daniel Miller for Vernon Hammes, Trs Amazing Leon defeated odds-on favorite Shesa Vivian by a half of a length in :20.505, a clocking which was accomplished against a reported 15-mph head wind. The homebred gelded son of the Feature Mr Jess stallion Just Amazing Jess has won one of seven starts, and the $30,212 winner's share of the purse pushed the Iowa-bred's bankroll to $40,591.

Trs Amazing Leon returned a $51.80 win mutuel and teamed with Shesa Vivian for a $2 exacta payoff of $169.40. The 50-cent trifecta, which was completed by 20-1 longshot Lil Puddle Talk, paid $381.50.

Jess Imagine That, Feature Me Leading, Trs Hotshot Hunter, Bullseye Boogie, and Wilena Featured completed the order of finish.

Ruidoso Downs
Straight From Texas, a 3-year-old Fantastic Corona Jr gelding owned and trained by Robert C. Williams Jr., outran his 14-1 odds to win the $20,000 Bill Reed Memorial Stakes.

The lone sophomore in the eight-horse field, Straight From Texas covered 870 yards in :45.413 while earning a 99 speed index and defeating Jessa Little Rusty by a neck. Larry Gamez rode Straight From Texas to the gelding's third win in four outs at the 870 distance and first career stakes victory.

Straight From Texas was bred in Texas by J Bar 7 Ranch LLC. The gelding was coming off of a third-place finish, three lengths behind winner Alsono (TB), in the 870-yard, $30,000 Master Salls Handicap at this track on August 7.

Straight From Texas has won three of 12 outs and has banked $34,893.

Bet I Make U Famous finished third and was followed by even-money favorite Kingsbury, Jess A Hilbily Bone, El Tormenta Perfecta, A Tidal Delight, and Streak Hitter.

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