April 15-16 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Sent to post at odds of 22-1, Eagles Soar broke his maiden in Saturday's $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Stakes at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 15-16. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Los Alamitos
Gallyn Mitchell rode Well Maybe (TB) to a half-length victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $20,000 Wheatland Stakes for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Racing for Ed Allred, Well Maybe covered 870 yards in :45.068. Art Sherman, who trained two-time Thoroughbred horse of the year California Chrome, prepped the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Yes It's True (TB).

Well Maybe was shortening in distance offf of his wire-to-wire, 3 1/2-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong, $16,000 claiming sprint at Santa Anita Park on March 19.

"Well Maybe has been training great,” Sherman said. “The other day when he won at Santa Anita he went pretty handily and I thought that since he was nominated to this 870-yard stakes and was sharp, we would take a shot. I know they had some really nice horses in here, but I thought that the way he’s training and this being his home track that it was a shot to take."

Well Maybe was bred by Classic Oaks Farrm and sold for $52,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The bay gelding has won six of 12 outs, and the $11,000 winner's share of the Wheatland Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $117,370.

Trickortreat (TB) ran second and was followed by Miss Loujean (TB), Holidayincambodia (TB), Tricky Liz (TB), and Justamitch (TB).

Sunland Park
Jack Manning's Eagles Soar lit up the toteboard with his 22-1 victory in Saturday's 300-yard, $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Stakes.

Ridden by Jose Montoya for trainer John Cooper, Eagles Soar defeated 27-1 longshot Jess Adalida by a neck in :15.345. The California-bred son of One Famous Eagle returned a $47.60 win mutuel and teamed with the runner-up for a $2,058 ($2) exacta.

Eagles Soar was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. An $80,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the gelding is out of Enjoy The Walk, a homebred 9-year-old daughter of Walk Thru Fire and the winner of the 2012 California Breeders' Matron Stakes (RG3) at Los Alamitos.

Eagles Soar's second dam, the Chicks Beduino mare Enjoy The Moment, won three graded stakes in Calfiornia from 2004, including the California Breeders' Matron Stakes (RG3).

Eagles Soar has banked $24,390 from two races.

High Rate Of Motion finished third, a half of a length behind Eagles Soar, and was followed by 7-5 favorite Domynation, House Edge, Seminole Senator, Corona For Tres, Caseys Shadow 21, Significant Red, and Stihl The Won.

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