April 8-9 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Bannister earned his third stakes victory in Saturday's James Smith Memorial Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 8-9. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual race recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Los Alamitos
Making his first start in two months, Denny and Sandy Weigt's Bannister sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday's James Smith Memorial Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Bannister covered 350 yards in :17.778 under jockey Jesus Ayala. Monty Arrossa prepped the chestnut son of Maknmoves.

Bannister was coming off of a seventh-place finish in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) on February 11.

"He is pretty awesome when he is fresh and we run him about once a month,” Arrossa said. "I was disappointed in his Winter Derby final, but I think he didn't like the off track. He just didn’t like the mud.

"I felt he was going into the Winter Derby great," he added. "He'd been training great for that race.”

Bannister was bred in Oklahoma by J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley. The Weights purchased the gelding for $6,200 at the 2015 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, and he has won eight of 12 outs and has banked $116,537, and his three stakes victories include last year's Beehive Futurity in Utah and Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.

On The Go finished second and was followed by American Force, Favorite Aquaholic, All Kinds Of Kind, Dashing Runner, and Western Coast.

Turf Paradise
Cowboys Dynasty, a brown son of Fdd Dynasty owned and trained by Alvaro Montemayor, was a prompt 3-2 favorite in the $41,277 Arizona QRA President's Open Spring Derby on Saturday.

Ridden by Jesus Osuna and racing against a reported 18-mph head wind, Cowboys Dynasty covered 350 yards in :17.664, and the colt's margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from 3-1 second choice Fitz. The $20,639 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed Cowboys Dynasty's earnings to $62,706 from 11 outs, all in Arizona.

Triple Vodka Memorys is the fastest
qualifier to the April 30 Desert Classic
Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Cowboys Dynasty was bred in Arizona by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC. His dam, the On A High mare Mexican Radio, won the 2002 Desert Classic Futurity at the Mohave County Fair in Kingman.

Cowboys Dynasty has won five of his last six races, including the 400-yard, $59,707 AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity on December 11.

Apollitical Boogie finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Cowboys Dynasty. Lt Manup, Sweet Babie James, Mi Favorito, Movin The Doe, Fly First Dash, and Mr Dynasty completed the order of finish. Arizona Icon was scratched.

On Sunday, the field was set for the April 30, $30,000-added Desert Classic Futurity.

Triple Vodka Memorys, making his career debut, won the second of three trials by three-quarters of a length to set the fastest qualifying time. Racing for Daniel Quinonez from the barn of trainer Leonard Espinoza, the daughter of the Tres Seis stallion Triple Vodka went 300 yards in :15.875 under jockey Joseph Bellloc Jr.

Triple Vodka Memorys was bred in Louisiana by Renee E. Spiller, and the filly was a $3,500 buy at last year's LQHBA Yearling Sale. Her dam, Splashed Memories, is a winning 13-year-old daughter of Leaving Memories.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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