First Prize Denim is Stylish in Fair Grounds' Mid-City Stakes

The gelding's victory is part of a big weekend for longtime breeder Weetona Stanley.

Q-Racing Journal

Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans ended its 10-day summer Quarter Horse meet with a program on Sunday that included the 400-yard Mid-City Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds.

First Prize Denim, a gelded son of 2003 world champion Oak Tree Special racing for Double H Racing Investment LLC, held on to win Saturday's $50,000 Mid-City Stakes (RG3) for Louisiana-bred sophomores at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans.

Trained by Martin Trejo, who gave a leg up to jockey Manuel Gutierrez, First Prize Denim handled his 400-yard trip in :19.653 while defeating Heza Louisiana Dash by a nose and earning a 103 speed index. The sorrel gelding's win was his sixth in seven starts and third stakes victory, and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse increased his bankroll to $319,256, of which $161,215 has been pocketed this season.

First Prize Denim was bred by Weetona Stanley, a longtime breeder and resident of Madill, Oklahoma. At Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, two horses bred by Mrs. Stanley and fellow Madill resident W.E. Smith -- Ferrari James and Fast Prize Tacita -- won the $84,179 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R) and $152,070 Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R), respectively.

First Prize Denim is out of First Prize Diamond, a homebred and winning 9-year-old mare by the Mr Jess Perry stallion Fly Jess Fly. His stakes resume includes victories in the July 9, 400-yard Delta Downs Louisiana-Bred Derby (RG3), and last year's 330-yard LQHBA Laddie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs.

Tm Dees Prize, Heza Bell Perry, Icanonlyemagine, Ld Streakin N Leavin, Strong Guns, and Heza Fast Wokatee completed the order of finish.

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