August 19-20 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Royal Aztec scored his first stakes win in Saturday's $33,000 Gentilly Dash Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans. PHOTO: Lou Hodges Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 19-20. 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.

Canterbury Park
A rarity occurred at this track on Sunday, as full brothers -- both trained by Jason Olmstead for owner Lunderborg LLC -- won the $51,000 Minnesota Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds and $50,300 Minnesota Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores.

 
Brayan Velazquez rode full brothers
Dickey Bob and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust
(pictured here) to stakes wins at
Canterbury Park on Sunday. PHOTO:
Coady Photography

Dickey Bob, a gelded son of Apollitical Jess, earned his third win in seven races and first stakes victory, in the 350-yard Minnesota Futurity. Ridden by Brayan Velazquez, who has piloted Dickey Bob in all of his outs, the gelding defeated Itinkican Itinkican by three-quarters of a length in :18.032.

Dickey Bob earned a 91 speed index, as well as the $25,500 winner's share of the purse to push his bankroll to $45,550. He was coming off of a fifth-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Eagle Deluxe, in the 350-yard, $53,000 NCQHRA Futurity (R) at this track on August 6.

Polar Express finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Dickey Bob, and was followed by Eos Marie Leveau, Eos Bea Mine, This Trains Rockin, Streaks N Sparks, Chicks An Cash, Jamalie, and Its Big Pappa To You.

Pyc Jess Bite Mydust sprinted to a head victory in the Minnesota Derby. Also ridden by Velazquez, the brown son of Apollitical Jess covered 400 yards in :20.062 and pocketed the $25,150 victor's share of the purse.

Pyc Jess Bite My Dust was just five weeks removed from his second-place run, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Kowboy Jim, in the 400-yard, $81,000 Canterbury Park Derby. All told, the geldng has won three of 10 races and has banked $154,786.

Political Eye Apeal, Vodka At Moonlight, Jess A Chance, Givinitalittleeffort, Wallykazam, Bbs Pyc Luckycharm, and Curious James completed the order of finish.

Both Dickey Bob and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust are out of Paint Or More. An 8-year-old Oklahoma-bred daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, Paint Or More won the NCQHRA Futurity in 2011.

"Dickey Bob came to us a little more mature than Pyc Jess Bite Mydust," said Olmstead. "He's dialed in right now."

Fair Grounds
Facing distaffers for the first time this year, Shez The Bomb scored a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $40,000 Audubon Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares.

Shez The Bomb covered 350 yards in :17.467, and her margin of victory was a head from Runaway Balance. Alfonso Lujan rode the 3-year-old Heza Fast Dash filly for owner Watson Land & Cattle and Live Oak Farms and trainer Eusevio Huitron.

Shez The Bomb was coming off of a fifth-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Jrs Coronas Shadow, in the 400-yard, $257,000 Delta Downs Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores on July 8. The bay filly was bred by Live Oak Farms, and she is out of the 13-year-old Mr Jess Perry mare Mornin Jess. Her second dam, the This Snow Is Royal mare Morning Snow, won two Grade 1 futurities at Los Alamitos in 2002.

Shez The Bomb has won three of 10 starts, and the $24,000 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win increased her earnings to $121,231.

Jet Black Presence finished third and was followed by Ms Beauty Betty, Toast This Mvp, Rbd Jessaswingin, and Jet Black Rogue. The 3-5 favorite, Jet Black Rogue lost all chance when she was pinched back at the start.

Also on Saturday, Floriberto Maldonado rode Royal Aztec to the gelding's first stakes win in the 250-yard, $33,000 Gentilly Dash Stakes.

Prepped by Orlando Orozco for owner Luis Armando Castellanos, Royal Aztec defeated 2-5 favorite Magic Black Jack by a nose in :13.013. In addition to earning a 98 speed index, the homebred 4-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux banked the $21,000 winner's share of the purse.

Royal Aztec was bred in Louisiana. The sorrel gelding has won five of 16 starts, including his last three, and he has earned $105,110.

Pyc First Prize Mia, Ardor, One Dimple, and Fancy Mamacita completed the order of finish.

Northlands Park
Munckin rallied to win Saturday's $20,141 Alberta Stallion Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Jose Rocha and aided by a 10-mph tail wind, Munckin covered 330 yards in :17.149 while defeating Bringit Like Benny by a head. Buckey Stockwell prepped the sorrel son of Special Fly Bye for owner West Wind Oilfield Services.

Munckin was bred in Alberta by William H. Leech. The gelding has won three of his 14 races and has banked $23,200, of which $12,460 has been earned this season.

Pros Ranger, Make Er Out, League Of Ivory Bugs, O First Flash, Ivory Lady League, Brooksbubblincerveza, and Reds On Fire completed the official order of finish.

Prairie Meadows
Streaks Of Ivory broke her maiden with a one-length win in the second of five Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R) trials on Saturday, and the brown daughter of Ivory James is the fastest qualifier to the $175,000-est. final on September 2.

Racing for Jon Barley and Brant Barley and making her first start since May 29, Streaks Of Ivory covered 350 yards in :17.592 while scoring her first win in four starts. The filly was coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which she earned $30,706 from three races and finished second in two Oklahoma-bred stakes.

Streaks Of Ivory was bred by Michael C. Teel.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, the field was set for the September 2, $85,000-est. Iowa Double Gold Derby (R) for 3-year-olds.

Leann Burns' Mary Paintyourwagon, an Oklahoma-bred daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon trained by Stacy Charette-Hill, set the fastest qualifying time with a neck victory in the second of two trials. Stormy Smith rode the filly, who covered 400 yards in :19.772 for her fifth win in 13 outs.

Mary Paintyourwagon was bred by Michael C. Teel. The stakes-placed filly has banked $70,889.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Sweetwater Downs
The field has been set for the Western States Breeders' Futurity, and A & C Racing and Roping's Skinny Kyni is the fastest qualifier to the September 3, $90,000 final.

Ridden by Uriel Dominguez for trainer Chancey Spencer, Skinny Kyni won the second of five 350-yard trials on Saturday. The homebred daughter of Winners Version covered the distance in :17.246, and her margin of victory was 1 1/2 lengths from 10th-fastest qualifier Pf Paddy Dashair.

Skinny Kyni was making her first start since June 24, when she ran second in the 350-yard, $104,000 Bitterroot Futurity at Sandy Downs.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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