September 9-12 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Duke Racing LLC's Fantastic Six Pack is the fastest qualifier to the September 24, $100,000 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 9-11. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see recaps in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Albuquerque Downs
Machismo Moon won the last of three La Fiesta Futurity trials on Saturday, and the homebred gelding is the fastest qualifier to the $100,000-added final on September 25.

Bonifacio Perez rode Machismo
Moon to a three-quarter length
win in the last of three La Fiesta
Futurity trials. PHOTO: Coady

Prepped by first-year trainer Seth Ferguson for owners Ramon Alvarez, Joe Alvarez, and Ysabel Medrano, Machismo Moon covered 400 yards in :19.678 while defeating fourth-fastest qualifier Toretto by three-quarters of a length. Bonifacio Perez rode the gelding, who was winning for the second time in four outs.

Machismo Moon won one of his four starts during the Ruidoso Downs meet and ran second in the 400-yard, $409,110 Zia Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-breds on July 31. A half brother to graded stakes winner Chickaloni, the gelding has banked $81,070.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

On Sunday, Pilota On Fire outran her 18-1 odds to win the $50,000 Balloon City Stakes for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz, Pilota On Fire covered 400 yards in :19.381, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from 19-10 favorite Easily Bono. Gaston Valenzuela trains the 3-year-old filly for owner Alejandro Flores.

Pilota On Fire was bred in Arizona by Desiree Princess Ranch LLC. Her sire, the 8-year-old Mr Jess Perry stallion Mr Piloto, won the 2010 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

One of only two sophomores in the nine-horse field, Pilota On Fire returned a $38 win mutuel and teamed with Easily Bono for a $140.60 ($2) exacta. The filly has won three of 14 outs, with all of her victories coming at this track this season, and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her bankroll to $66,153.

Cartel Rosie, Prospects Smashing, Get Down Bambi, Rum Chata, Jm Onfire, Good Job Honey and La Baby Jacob completed the order of finish.

Ajax Downs
First Down The Track kept his win streak alive in Monday's $33,593 All Canadian Classic Maturity.

Under jockey Brian Bell, First Down The Track defeated One Famous Glass by one length while making his 350-yard trip in :17.580 and posting a 101 speed index. Don Reid trains the 6-year-old sorrel daughter of Corona Cartel for owners Richard Wincikaby and the DM Training Centre.

First Down The Track was bred in Utah by Lance Robinson and Max Anderson. The mare has won 14 of 37 races, including her last three, and the $13,567 winner's share of the purse from her fourth career stakes victory increased her earnings to $245,234.

Fiesty Icon, Fast Man Vic, Sign It Down, The Fdd Map, and Charted by Dm completed the order of finish.

Central Wyoming Fair
Dashin Happy is the fastest qualifier to the September 24, $21,000-est. WHR Futurity.

Ridden by Uriel Dominguez, Dashin Happy won the last of four 300-yard trials by a half of a length in :15.569 for his second win in eight starts. Chancey Spencer trains the homebred Winners Version gelding for A & C Racing and Roping.

Dashin Happy has banked $13,117, and his record includes a second-place finish in the September 4 Western States Breeders' Futurity at this track.

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

Eastern Idaho State Fair
Bigtime Carter, a 4-year-old son of champion Carters Cartel owned and trained by Abel Romero, sprinted to a clear 1 3/4-length victory in Friday's 350-yard, $17,050 Eastern Idaho State Fair AQHA Bonus Challenge Stakes.

Bigtime Carter earned a 115 speed index, as the gelding made his trip in :17.251 under jockey Raphael Romero. The clocking broke by 147/1000ths of a second the previous track record set by Bcr Buds For All in 2010.

Bigtime Carter was bred in Oklahoma by Paris Wixon. His dam, the winning First Down Dash mare Ms Dashin Bigtime, ran second in the 1998 Carmel Handicap at Los Alamitos.

A $37,000 buy at the 2013 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, Bigtime Carter has won five of 21 outs and has banked $37,415.

Pappas In The House, the 7-10 favorite, ran second and was followed by Rtm Mr Caccia, El Rey Buccaneer, The Midnite Caller, and All Guns Firing.

Indiana Grand
The field has been set for the September 24, $100,000-added Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred sophomores.

Racing in the last of two 400-yard trials on Saturday, Fantastic Six Pack defeated second-fastest qualifier Beach Bum Eddie by a neck in :19.769. Shanley Jackson rode the homebred Fantastic Corona Jr gelding for owner Duke Racing LLC and trainer Matt Frazier.

Fantastic Six Pack has won five of nine races, including the July 30 Blue River Derby (R) at this track, and he has earned $129,405.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Sandy Downs
Trainer Mark Hanson and jockey Eddie Aceves pulled off a sweep of Sunday's Idaho Cup races.

Hanson and Aceves teamed up to win the 350-yard, $30,696 Idaho Cup Futurity (R) with odds-on favorite A Cartel Hustle. Racing for RTM Stables LLC, Larry Chapple and Dick Wasia, A Cartel Hustle defeated Js Blaze Away by 1 1/4 lengths in :17.501 while racing against a reported 20-mph head wind. The $12,279 winner's share of the purse from the homebred Favorite Cartel gelding's first stakes win pushed his earnings to $25,196.

A Cartel Hustle is out of the California-bred 7-year-old Feature Mr Jess mare Mothers Gift. The gelding traces back to his fourth dam, Cee Bar Girl, a multiple stakes winning daughter of the Three Bars stallion The Ole Man.

A Cartel Hustle has won three of seven starts, and his record includes a second-place finish to Long Lost Buddy in the May 22, $23,100 Rocky Mountain Spring Classic at Pocatello Downs.

Mick Lovin, Jess Vista, Kipassured, Running Arons, Cm Partners In Crime, George Can Dash, and Hadtoebasic completed the order of finish.

Rtm Moonshine, the odds-on choice in a field of nine, sprinted to a nose victory in Sunday's $15,196 Idaho Cup Derby (R). Owned by RTM Stables LLC and racing against a reported 10-mph head wind, the gray daughter of champion Separatist covered 400 yards in :19.865 while scoring her fifth win in seven starts and first career stakes victory.

Rtm Moonshine was bred by Susan T. Hanson. The filly banked the $6,079 winner's share of the Idaho Cup Derby purse, which pushed her bankroll to $20,472.

Show Me Bofum finished second and was followed by Favoritesixes, Sparklin Cartel, Snow In Carona, T Heart Tripwire, This Is The End, Adda Cab A, and Raise Ur Projection.

Will Rogers Downs
Making her first start in more than three months, Send Me Good Candy earned a wire-to-wire victory in the $19,800 Miss Ellen Stakes for distaffers on Sunday.

Send Me Good Candy went 350 yards in :17.840, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from 2-1 favorite Furr Flyin Floozi. Ivan Carnero rode the homebred 3-year-old daughter of Good Reason SA for owner PV Quarter Horse Farm of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, and trainer Clint Crawford.

Send Me Good Candy was coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which she ran fourth, one length behind winner Mr James Quick, in the 350-yard, $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred sophomores at Remington Park on May 29. All told, the filly has won two of nine outs, and the $11,592 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score increased her earnings to $146,757.

Send Me Good Candy is out of Roll On Candy Wagon, a homebred winniing 8-year-old daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon. Her second dam, the homebred Leaving Memories mare Send Me The Candy, won the '96 Remington Park Futurity (G1).

Just Coronation ran third and was followed by Dreams Of Foose, Ting Ting Tac, First Prize Corina, and Toodles Flies Free. 

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