August 25-27 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Carolyn Bruce's Stinkin Rich extended his winning streak to five in Friday's Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 25-27. For recaps of non-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.

Elko County Fair
One Sweet Dance, a homebred One Sweet Jess filly campaigned by Ed McNeis and Karla Diaz, is the fastest qualifier to the September 4, $12,500-added Elko Intermountain Futurity.

Ridden by J.L. Torres, One Sweet Dance on Saturday won the last of four 350-yard trials by three-quarters of a length in :17.8111. Farol Cunningham prepped the Idaho-bred filly.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

On Sunday, the field was set for the September 4, $18,000-est. Elko County Derby.

Racing in the second of two 400-yard trials, Joe Ward's Jess A Lil Fishy defeated Oh La by a head in :20.072 to set the fastest qualifying time. Never Marin rode the daughter of Apollitical Jess for trainer Fredy Olmos.

Jess A Lil Fishy was bred in Ontario, Canada, by Dream Chaser Farm.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Fair Grounds
Jagger Horse Racing's Cute Mic Jagger sprinted to a nose victory in Saturday's $31,600 Esplanade Stakes.

Cute Mic Jagger (blue silks), a
Louisiana-bred son of 2003 world
champion Oak Tree Special, won
Saturday's Esplanade Stakes.
PHOTO: Hodges Photography/
Amanda Hodges Weir

Prepped by Miguel Rodriguez, Cute Mic Jagger covered 350 yards in :17.205 and earned a 105 speed index under jockey Damian Martinez. The $21,000 winner's share of the purse from the 4-year-old Oak Tree Special gelding's second career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $174,728.

Cute Mic Jagger was bred in Louisiana by Janelle L. Simon. The gelding has won six of 20 starts, including the February 25 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (RG3) at Louisiana Downs.

Jess Bein The Hero, the 3-5 choice in the five-horse field, ran second and was followed by Cobalt Creek, Jess Blue Intriguing, and Tf Little Bit Rowdy.

Gillespie County Fair
Making her first official start in two months, Florentino Leon's Graceful Eagle broke this track's 330-yard record in Saturday's Simulcast Services Stakes.

Graceful Eagle covered 330 yards in :16.247 on a muddy track while aided by a reported 22-mph tail wind. Eddie Sanchez rode the 3-year-old One Famous Eagle filly for trainer Eusevio Huitron.

Graceful Eagle's clocking broke by 64/1000ths of a second the previous record of :16.311 set by Red Corona Warrior on August 27, 2016. The filly was bred in Colorado by Thomas H. Bradbury, and she was coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Mega Hero, in the 400-yard, $172,580 Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs on June 30.

Campaigned in Louisiana and Texas, Graceful Eagle has won five of 10 starts and has banked $97,085. She ended her 2-year-old season with a victory in the November 12, 400-yard Texas Classic Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Lone Star Park.

Red Corona Warrior finished second, a head behind Graceful Eagle. Tellem Im Pumped, A Kool Secret, Tellereyematthebar, Im A Moon Quest, Cf Humbuckin, and Jo Chrome completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
Stinkin Rich, a 5-year-old gray son of One Famous Eagle racing for Carolyn Bruce of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, successfully defended his crown in Friday's 400-yard, $88,700 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes (R) for state-breds.

Ridden by Rolando Pina for trainer Matt Frazier, Stinkin Rich defeated Wh Design By Dash by a half of a length in :19.781. The homebred gelding earned a 96 speed index and the $48,785 winner's share of the purse.

Stinkin Rich has won nine of 16 outs, and his current five-race win streak includes a one-length score in last year's $90,600 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic. 

“I had some confidence in this horse coming into the race,” said Pina. “He felt real good in the trials and came back real strong. He stood in the gates well today too.

"I looked around in the gate and he broke out real fine, so I didn’t ask too much of him early," the rider added. "I wanted to save him for the distance. He’s a competition horse so when he sees the other horses he kicks it in on his own.”

Raced exclusively at this track, Stinkin Rich has earned $387,207. The gelding is a half brother to another Bruce homebred, the multiple stakes winning Desirio mare Cb Come Fly With Me.

“I have several horses that are home bred," Bruce said. "I raise them from birth and they are all fairly gentle. I knew early this horse was going to be special. He had the looks and the confirmation from the start. He broke his maiden in his first start.

"He’s 5 now but I won’t retire him until he tells me he’s ready to retire," she added. "He’ll retire to our farm.”

Wh Kenny G finished third and was followed by Beach Bum Eddie, Absolut Teller, Beach Cartel, Beach Meter, Pistolpacking Pepsi, Fantastic Six Pack, and Beach Birde.

On Saturday, HH Kentucky Krome rallied on the outside part of the track to win the 400-yard, $83,901 Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana Stallion Service Auction Derby (R).

HH Kentucky Krome earned his first
stakes win in Saturday's $83,901
QHRAI Stallion Service Auction
Derby. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Racing for Larry Carter and John Myers and sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, HH Kentucky Krome defeated 9-5 favorite Gridiron Girl B by a neck in :20.098. Oscar Macias rode the homebred son of La Jollaroid for trainer Paul Martin.

“The outside post was ultra important for this horse tonight,” said Martin, who serves as the president of QHRAI. “He has drawn inside post positions for all of the other finals and just had tough trips. We have been waiting for our luck to change and when he drew outside, it really helped.

HH Kentucky Krome was bred in Indiana and is out of the winning 10-year-old Royal Shake Em mare Shakem Jake. The gelding's second dam, the Sixarun mare Jakes Jockmo, won two stakes in 1999, including the Grade 1, 440-yard Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park.

“He ran a great race tonight,” said Martin. “His owners raised him, and to my knowledge this is their first baby that has made it to the track. I’m very happy for them, and he has a half-brother coming up next year that looks just like him. If he’s half as good as this one, we'll be in great shape.”

Campaigned exclusively at this track, HH Kentucky Krome has won five of 14 races and has banked $91,906.

Dna Dales Prospect finished third and was followed by Trophy Wife B, Izzy Bleu Bayou, American Cowgirl 42, American Purr, Powerfull Stone, Dnachrystalsfighter, and Tru Lee Quick.

Los Alamitos
Kolleen Ledgerwood's Scholarly earned her third career stakes victory in Friday's $15,000 Blue Grass Bounce Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.

Sent to post at odds of 7-1, Scholarly went 330 yards in :16.772, and her winning margin was a head from 11-1 longshot Hootin For Hotlips. Jose Nicasio rode the sorrel daughter of Tr Dasher for trainer Roberto Dominguez.

Scholarly was shortening in distance off of her nose victory in the July 29, 350-yard California Breeders' Debutante Stakes (R).

“She been running great in her recent starts; she's doing everything right,” Dominguez said. “She’s been training well and is running nicely. She’s had her minor issues, but they’re in the past. She’s great now.

"We’ll keep looking for some handicaps, and I’ll keep looking to run her in spots where she can be competitive," the trainer added.

Carlos Huerta rode Stel Easy to a half-
length victory in Saturday's Be A Bono
Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos

Scholarly was bred in California by Ed Allred. Raced exclusively at this track, the filly has won five of 13 starts, and the $8,250 winner's share of the Blue Grass Bounce purse pushed her bankroll to $56,000, of which $27,025 has been earned this season.

Rayshas Pink Sky ran third and was followed by even-money favorite One Sweet Runner, Forty Carat Eagle, Tough To Figure, and A Lil Fire.

Stel Easy, a 4-year-old Stel Corona gelding racing for Ed Allred and Tom Seibly, sprinted to a wire-to-wire, half length win in Saturday's $15,000 Be A Bono Handicap.

Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Scott Willoughby, Stel Easy covered 350 yards in :17.583. The $8,250 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $78,294 from 14 outs, all in California.

Stel Easy was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. The gelding has won seven races, and his two stakes victories include last year's 400-yard, $25,000 Jens L. List Memorial California Breeders' Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds.

Rite Regal, Chicks Fayvorite, Freakin Runaway, and El Remalcable completed the order of finish.

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