September 30-October 2 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Manuel Gutierrez rode Barefoot Beach to a three-quarter length win in Friday's 220-yard Evangeline Downs Dash Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 30-October 2. 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.

Evangeline Downs
Samuel Martinez's Barefoot Beach extended her winning streak to three races in Friday's 220-yard, $20,000 Evangeline Downs Dash Stakes.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Yoani Abreu, Barefoot Beach defeated Rbd Jessaswingin by three-quarters of a length in :11.625. In addition to banking the $12,000 winner's share of the purse, the 3-year-old daughter of Ivory James and the Invisible Injun mare Babe On The Beach recorded a 105 speed index and her second stakes victory.

Barefoot Beach was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. A $13,000 buy at the 2015 TQHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio, the filly has won four of 15 outs, including two stakes, and has banked $69,909.

Scoopies Leaving You, Corona And Jewels, Rosouti, T Boy G, Swingin Princess, Bp Holland Cartel, Pyc First Prize Mia, and Cartel Jr completed the official order of finish.

Heza Louisiana Dash earned a 105
speed index in Saturday's Amelia
Belle Stakes. PHOTO: Coady

On Saturday, Gilbert Ortiz rode odds-on favorite Heza Louisiana Dash to a three-quarter length win in the $30,000 Amelia Belle Stakes (R) for state-breds.

Prepped by Kenneth Roberts Sr. for owner TM Ranc, Heza Louisiana Dash covered 350 yards in :17.294 while posting a 105 speed index. The $18,000 winner's share of the purse pushed the 4-year-old gelded son of Heza Fash Dash's earnings to $310,115.

Heza Louisiana Dash was bred by Jumonville Farms and Burnett Ranch. Campaigned exclusively in his home state, he has won eight of 18 starts, and his two lifetime stakes victories include a three-quarter length score in last year's 400-yard, $267,171 Louisiana QHBA Derby (R) at this track.

Lets Jess Do It, Tm Dees Prize, Icanonlyemagine, Scooter Prize, and Philips Streakin completed the order of finish.

Er Cafe, a homebred son of champion Tres Seis owned and trained by Donalda Cochrane, won the first of two All Canadian Derby trials on Saturday, and the colt is the fastest qualifier to the October 16 final.

Ridden by Jose Rocha, Er Cafe covered 400 yards in :19.905 while scoring his second win in 11 outs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Pete Schoeler's Poutn On The Wagon remained undefeated following his one-length victory in the last of three 350-yard Sport Of Speed Sale Futurity (R) trials on Sunday.

Posting the fastest qualifying time to the $40,000-est. final on October 16, Poutn On The Wagon recorded a winning time of 17.990. Ricardo Moreno rode the homebred gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Waon for trainer William Leech.

Poutn On The Wagon has won all five of his outs, including two graded futurities, and he has banked $45,594.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Los Alamitos
Sent to post at odds of 17-1, First Prize Chicks responded with a half-length victory in the 350-yard, $16,000 Kip Didericksen Handicap on Friday.

First Prize Chicks covered her trip in :17.597 and earned a 92 speed index. Cruz Mendez rode the Oklahoma-bred 3-year-old daughter of Spit Curl Jess for owner Five Livestock Company LLC and trainer Monty Arrossa.

First Prize Chicks was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma. The filly has won four of 16 races, and the $8,800 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed her bankroll to $21,988.

Million Dollar Kiss ran second and was followed by 3-5 favorite For Sweet Jess, Time For Jesse Lee, Mf Jesstacit, Volcoms Seperator, A Good Move, and My Friend Cindy.

Also on Friday, Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds kept his winning streak at this track alive with his wire-to-wire, half-length victory in the $20,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer Monty Arrossa, Zoomin For Spuds covered 400 yards in :19.908. The homebred 3-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux has won his last three starts at this track, all against stakes company.

All told, Zoomin For Spuds has won five of his 15 outs and has banked $95,793, of which $62,962 was earned during a 2-year-old campaign during which he won the Wild West Futurity at this track.

Katies Easy Moves, Flyin Lion, Kissin Kate Barlow, Balata Joe Now, Shez A Motor Scooter, and L Bar D Sweet Fantsy completed the order of finish.

On Sunday, Bannister posted the fastest qualifying time to the October 23, $118,200 Wild West Futurity for 2-year-olds who have started in the Intermountain region.

Tony Guymon rode Bannister to a
convincing victory in Sunday's Wild
West Futurity trials. PHOTO: Scott

Racing for Denny and Sandy Weigt from the barn of trainer Monty Arrossa, Bannister won the second of three 350-yard trials by 2 1/4 lengths in :17.599. Tony Guymon rode the Oklahoma-bred gelding by Maknmoves, who was winning for the fifth time in seven starts and pushing his earnings to $43,597.

Racing in Utah last spring, Bannister won the Beehive Futurity at Weber Downs in Ogden.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Cuadra Mariscal's Snowy Coronitas, a lightly raced 4-year-old Count Corona gelding, was a prompt 5-2 favorite in the 350-yard, $15,450 Altamont Dash Stakes on Saturday.

Ridden by Irving Orozco for trainer Mario Loza, Snowy Coronitas defeated Eddies Jazzin by a head in :17.896. The gelding was winning for the second time in three official outs, and the $8,300 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes victory bumped his bankroll to $18,266.

Snowy Coronitas was bred in California by Luis Mariscal. He made his official debut on July 23 and scored a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length victory in the 350-yard, $15,550 Jack Clifford Stakes during the California State Fair meet at Sacramento.

Semper Fi ran third, a neck behind Snowy Coronitas, and was followed by You Do The Math, Rarely Occurs, Ivys Storm, Vuelve El Rojo, Building Wealth, and Paulinas Prayer.

Prairie Meadows
Cr Game Changer on Friday posted the fastest qualifying time for the October 15, $200,000-est. Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred juveniles.

Ridden by Brayan Velazquez, Cr Game Changer won the last of three 350-yard trials by a half of a length in :17.667. Jason Olmstead saddled the homebred Game Patriot filly for owners Dick Tobin and Curt Tobin.

Cr Game Changer was winning for the third time in seven outs and bumping her earnings to $66,922. She was coming off of a second-place finish in the September 17, 350-yard John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge Stakes.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Friday, the field was set for the $100,000-est. Altoona Derby.

Alfredo Botello's Ferrari James, an Oklahoma-bred son of Ivory James trained by Manuel Mojica Campos, won the first of two 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :19.697 to set the fastest qualifying time for the October 15 final.

Ferrari James was coming off of a neck victory in the September 3, $84,179 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R). The gelding has earned $107,263 from 12 races, of which $95,083 has been banked this season.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Leann J. Burns' Mary Paintyourwagon is the fastest qualifier to the October 15, $230,310 Valley Junction Futurity.

Racing in the fourth of five trials on Saturday, Mary Paintyourwagon defeated third-fastest qualifier Kates Wagon by a neck in :17.635 for 350 yards. Jorge Torres rode the Pyc Paint Your Wagon filly for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill.

Mary Paintyourwagon was bred in Oklahoma by Michael A. Pohl. The filly was coming off of a second-place finish in the September 3 Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R) at this track.

Click here for a complete list of Valley Junction Futurity finalists.

Also on Saturday, The Fiscal Cliff posted the fastest qualifying time to the October 15, $126,128 Polk County Derby (R) for Iowa-bred sophomores.

A homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt trained by Kasey Willis for Tom Lepic of Iowa City, The Fiscal Cliff won the last of three 400-yard trials in :19.666 under jockey Cesar Gomez on Saturday.

Click here for a complete list qualifiers. 

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