April 21-23 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Scoopies Leaving You won a three-horse blanket finish in Friday's 250-yard Delta Dash Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 21-23. 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.

Delta Downs
Joel Galindo's Scoopies Leaving You, the 3-1 second choice in a full field of 10, earned his ninth stakes victory in Friday's $27,400 Delta Dash Stakes.

Ridden by Donald Watson for trainer Kevin Broussard, Scoopies Leaving You covered 250 yards in :12.964, and his winning margin was a nose from 2-1 favorite Fancy First Prize. The 6-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion returned an $8.20 win mutuel and teamed with the runner-up for a $2 exacta payoff of $27.

 
Making his first start in five
months, Jmf Dashing won the last
of four Old South Derby trials.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Scoopies Leaving You was bred in Louisiana by Gerald D. Libersat. Campaigned in three states since he began his career in a Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) in February 2013, he has won 16 of 37 races, and the $18,000 winner's share of the Delta Dash purse bumped his bankroll to $310,290.

Voncitas Game finished third and was followed by Dash Dont Cheat, Royal Aztec, Rbd Jessaswingin, Mariachy King, Mps Shake Em N Style, Gt Divalicious, and One Dimple.

Also on Friday, opening-night of this track's 46-night season, the field was set for the May 12, $62,715 Old South Derby.

Jmf Dashing, a gelded son of champion Tempting Dash trained by Josue Ponce for Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, won the last of four 350-yard trials by a head in :17.508. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode Jmf Dashing, who was winning for the second time in four outs and making his first official start since November 25.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

On Saturday, a sharp break from post 3 helped TM Ranch's Heza Louisiana Dash score a wire-to-wire victory in the $50,000 Open Me A Corona Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds.

 
TM Ranch's Heza Louisiana Dash
dominted Saturday's 350-yard
Open Me A Corona Stakes. PHOTO:
Coady Photography

Prepped by Kenneth Roberts Sr., Heza Louisiana Dash defeated Cute Mic Jagger by three-quarters of a length in :17.386 for 350 yards. Gilbert Ortiz rode the 5-year-old son of Heza Fast Dash.

Heza Louisiana Dash was bred by Jumonville Farms/Burnett Ranch. The brown gelding was shortening in distance off of his second-place finish, a neck behind winner Open Me A Corona, in the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse on December 10.

Raced exclusively in his home state, Heza Louisiana Dash has won 10 of 21 starts, including three of his last four, and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse from his fourth career stakes score bumped his earnings to $381,641.

Jes A Fast Dasher finished third, one length behind Heza Louisiana Dash, and was followed by Jethro Almitey, Zoominforgrady, Times A Tickin, Won CC, and Louisiana Legends.

Also on Saturday, Flat Broke Racing's The Cartel Warrior set the fastest qualifying time to the May 13, $81,430 Old South Futurity.

Ridden by Donald Guynes for trainer Brian Stroud, The Cartel Warrior won the fourth of six 330-yard trials by a neck in :16.880. The gelded son of The Louisiana Cartel was earning his first win in two outs.

The Cartel Warrior was bred in Texas by Wanda King and was a $6,500 purchase at last year's Texas QHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Remington Park
Jose Ernesto Guzman's Pyc Fun N Fancy earned his first stakes victory in Saturday's Laico Bird Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Daniel Torres for trainer Luz Chavira, Pyc Fun N Fancy covered 330 yards in :16.941 while aided by a reported 20-mph tail wind. The $34,680 winner's share of the $61,800 purse pushed the Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt's earnings to $129.669.

Pyc Fun N Fancy was coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Ima China Rush, in the 300-yard, $525,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) on March 25. A $32,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the colt was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma, and he is a full brother to graded stakes winners Im A Fancy Pyc and Fast N Fancy.

Pyc Fun N Fancy's second dam, 2006 champion broodmare First Prize Dash, produced Grade 1 winners First Prize Leesa, First Carolina, First Prize Robin, and Fast First Prize.

Ima China Rush, the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine, finished second, a head behind Pyc Fun N Fancy. Black Gold Okie, Apollitical Wagon, Corona Razor, Painted Dynasty, Mighty B Good, Sm Lexis Chick, and Jk Dashing Blue completed the order of finish.

This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Sunday. Weetonas Lafawn, a bay daughter of Valiant Hero owned and trained by Dustin Cox, sprinted to a neck victory in te 330-yard, $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Weetonas Lafawn earned an 87 speed index by covering the distance in :16.870. The $59,730 winner's share of the purse from the filly's first stakes win pushed her earnings to $68,736 frorm three outs.

Weetonas Lafawn was bred by Weetona Stanley, a longtime breeder of racing Quarter Horses and resident of Madill, Oklahoma. The filly is out of First Prize Fancy, a homebred winning daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry, and she is a half sister to graded stakes winners Im A Fancy Pyc and Fast N Fancy.

Streaks Of Ivory finished second and was followed by Vf Zeus, Best Behavior, Makit Snappi, Rmiss Fireball, First Of 15, Heza High Return, High Valley Girl, and Valiant Strawfly.

Also on Sunday, Paragon Farms' Tough To Bee was a prompt 9-10 favorite in the $61,800 Mr Master Bug Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred sophomores.

Prepped by Trey Wood and ridden by Ricky Ramirez, Tough To Bee covered 350 yards in :17.555, and his winning margin was a half of a length from 9-2 second choice Bells Big Hero. The sorrel son of Apollitical Jess returned a $3.80 win mutuel and paired with the runner-up for a $2 exacta payoff of $14.

"He was standing in there a little nervous, but not bad," Ramirez said of Tough To Bee. "He didn't get away too sharp, but he pulled through. I kept him busy. With the big crowd, I didn't want him to look around, so I stayed after him quite a bit and he finished strong."

Tough To Bee was bred by Jim and Marilyn Helzer. Raced in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, the gelding has won three of eight starts and has earned $263,326, of which $228,646 was banked during a 2-year-old campaign during which he third in the Grade 1 Texas Classic and Ruidoso futurities.

B Double U, Bout Tree Fiddy, Carters Thunder, Mary Paintyourwagon, Bp Jess Fast, Jc Wild Rose, and One Corona Episode completed the order of finish.

Sun Downs
San Gregorio Racing Stable's Recking Ball, a homebred filly by champion One Dashing Eagle, is the fastest qualifier to the May 7, $28,000-est. NQHRA Pot O' Gold Futurity.

Making her debut in the first of four 300-yard trials on Sunday, Recking Ball defeated second-fastest qualifier Kool Odds by three-quarters of a length in :15.749. Cesar Franco rode the gray filly for trainer Danny Montes.

Recking Ball was bred in California and is out of Shrug, a 12-year-old daughter of champion Separatist and the Shirley's Champion (TB) mare Oh La Proud.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

SunRay Park
JM Country Man, a sorrel gelding trained by Cynthia Gonzalez for owner J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas,  extended his winning streak to three in Friday's 400-yard, $30,000 Animas Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Mauro Salcedo and sent to post as the 13-10 favorite in the full field of 10, JM Country Man defeated Highest Return by a neck in :19.576. The Arkansas-bred son of champion Mr Jess Perry earned a 94 speed index while aided by a reported 18-mph tail wind.

JM Country Man was bred by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC. He is out of Sumokin, an 8-year-old daughter of champion Country Chicks Man who won the 2011 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, JM Country Man has won three of seven starts, including last year's inaugural La Fiesta Futurity at Albuquerque Downs. The $18,000 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $147,539.

Mahoney N Tacklebery ran third, a half of a length behind JM Country Man. Kick Some Dash, Dash Ta Desirio, Jm Billy The Kid, Attack The Wind, Just A Little Wagon, Sheza Special Girl, and Go Daddy Gone completed the order of finish.

Weber Downs
Giovani Ortiz's Yourdarkestnitemare made her career debut with a one-length victory in the 10th of 13 Sherm Hadley/Ed Giles Memorial Futurity trials on Saturday, and the California-bred Favorite Cartel filly is the fastest qualifier to the May 6, $77,385 final.

Ridden by Jose Guzman for trainer Martha Maldonado, Yourdarkestnitemare covered 300 yards in :15.674. The filly was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California, and she was a $6,200 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

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