April 29-30 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
April 28, 2017
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 29-30. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recaps in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.
Sam Houston Race Park
Gary W. Hartstack's Daddys Blushing, a gelded son of second-year sire Big Daddy Cartel, kept his perfect record in tact with a neck victory in Saturday's $48,360 Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Leon Bard and racing against a reported 18-mph head wind, Daddys Blushing covered 330 yards in :16.843 while scoring his second win in as many outs. The $14,508 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score increased the gelding's bankroll to $16,308.
Daddys Blushing made his debut with a three-quarter length victory in a Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trial on April 7. He was bred by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms of Veguita, New Mexico, and he was a $14,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
Daddys Blushing is out of the unraced 17-year-old Blushing Bug mare Sandy June Bug, and he is a half brother to graded stakes winner Junior June Bug and stakes winner Hedge Fund.
Following the gallop-out, Daddys Blushing was dismounted and unsaddled on the backstretch and did not return to the winner's circle.
"He tries so hard every time he runs, but he bled and had to be vanned off," Calderon said.
Just Another Natural finished second and was followed by Mi Rey Cartel, Krash N Diamonds, Thecartelofmiracle, Eye B Dashing, Mystical Jess, Prison Break Pilsner, Coronarita Blue, and Raise Sweet.
Rigoberto Guillen's My Pistolita outran her 26-1 odds to win the $59,007 Desert Classic Futurity on Sunday.
The ninth-fastest qualifier, My Pistolita defeated eighth-fastest qualifier Higher Icon by a nose in :15.851 for 300 yards. Rick Oliver rode the bay daughter of the Stoli stallion Pistoli for trainer Leonard Espinoza.
My Pistolita was bred in Arizona by Guillen. The filly is out of Tribal Force (TB), an 8-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat (TB) stallion Tribal Rule (TB).
My Pistolita has won one of her three outs and has banked $29,581.
Shakin Cash was third, a neck behind the winner. Nicos Favoritecartel, Texas Tornadoe, Discrete Glory, Pirteville Cartel, fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite Triple Vodka Memorys, Tanyah Tucker, and Olivia First Choice completed the order of finish.
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