August 30-September 4 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Ed Allred's Bound To Bet scored a wire-to-wire victory in Friday's 870-yard, $18,000 Truly A Pleasure Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of August 30-September 4. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual race recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Ajax Downs
Gary McNichol's Ghost Pines, a homebred daughter of the Walk Thru Fire stalion Fire Finder, is the fastest qualifier to the September 18, $70,000 Picov Derby.

Ridden by Cory Spataro for trainer Michelle Woodley, Ghost Pines on Sunday won the first of three 400-yard trials by a neck in :20.190. The stakes-winning filly was posting her third win in five starts.

Ghost Pines was bred in Ontario and has banked $32,345, of which $29,660 has been earned this year.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Elko County Fair
Fastest qualifier One Sweet Dance broke sharply from post 9 and held on to win Monday's $37,000 Elko Intermountain Futurity.

A homebred daughter of One Sweet Jess trained by Farrrol Cunningham for owners Ed McNeils and Karla Diaz, One Sweet Dance covered 350 yards in :17.650 while defeating Girl Like by a neck. J.L. Torres rode the filly to her first career stakes victory.

One Sweet Dance was bred in Idaho, and she made her debut with a second-place finish in a 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trial on April 8. Since then, she qualified to the May 6 Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity at Weber Downs in Utah, and the June 24 Bitterroot Futurity at Sandy Downs in Idaho.

One Sweet Dance has won three of seven races, and the $14,800 winner's share of the Intermountain Futurity purse bumped her bankroll to $25,513.

Juno Jess finished third, a half of a length behind One Sweet Dance, and was followed by Royallittlewagon, Toastdinero, The Right Version, Little Miss Diesel, Dash Off To Jump, First Prize Choice, and High Rate Dash. 

Also on Monday, Joseph L. Ward's Jess A Lil Fishy broke sharply from her rail post and led all the way to win the 400-yard, $21,000 Elko County Derby.

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Fredy Olmos, Jess A Lil Fishy defeated Kono by a half of a length in :19.563 and earned a 109 speed index. The bay Apollitical Jess filly extended her win streak to three and banked the $8,400 winner's share of the purse.

Jess A Lil Fishy was bred in Ontario by Dream Chaser Farm. The filly has won five of her 14 races and has earned $20,959.

Ktmakinataxreturn, Sr Mighty Leader Jet, A Stubby Corona, Numago, Modelo Cartel, and Oh La completed the order of finish.

Fair Grounds
Making his first start in seven weeks, B And G Fast Dash led at every call en route to a two-length victory in Saturday's $33,900 Faubourg St. John Stakes.

Mo Racing's B And G Fast Dash broke
Fair Grounds' 870-yard track record in
Saturday's Faubourg St. John Stakes.
PHOTO: Hodges Photography

B And G Fast Dash covered 870 yards in :44.986, breaking the previous track record of :45.210 set by First Down Toro on August 23, 2008. Donald Watson rode the 5-year-old son of Heza Fast Dash for owner Mo Racing and trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr.

B And G Fast Dash was bred in Louisiana by B & G Group Investments Inc. The gelding was coming off of a victory in the 870-yard, $50,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) for state-bred distance specialists at Delta Downs on July 8.

In addition to recording a 107 speed index, B And G Fast Dash banked the $21,000 winner's share of the purse. He has won eight of 22 races and has earned $201,870.

Game Own, Bet I Make U Famous, Im Mighty Fast, Struttinmyjewelsoff, Dashing With Courage, Streak Of Music, and Jla Platinum Cash completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Eye Am Sizzlin earned his first stakes win in the 300-yard, $33,900 De Saix Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Rolando Cabrera, Eye Am Sizzlin defeated Shesa Diamond Diva by a head in :15.074, earning a 108 speed index and missing by just 24/1000ths of a second the track record of :15.050 set by First Prize copy two years ago. Levi Mays saddled the gray son of Sizzlin Cartel for owner M & D Racing Stables.

Eye Am Sizzlin was bred in Louisiana by Jumonville Farms. A $4,000 buy at last year's LQHBA Yearling Sale, the colt is out of Eye Opening Jess, a homebred winning 6-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry. His second dam, the Mr Eye Opener mare Louisiana Eye Opener, won the 2005 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos and was a finalist in world champion Dm Shicago's All American Derby (G1).

Eye Am Sizzlin has won four of seven races and has earned $93,685, and he was a finalist in the July 8, 350-yard Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs.

Ancient Of Days finished third, a half of a length Eye Am Sizzlin, and was followed by even-money favorite Miss Tee Lajolla, Angiesprizedpatriot, Lennys Cashandchrome, Mr Coco Pilota, Sweet Caliente Royal, and Kerrys Corona.

Hazel Park
Sylvia Tello's Toughdashingangel continued his dominance over the Michigan-bred 2-year-old crop with a three-quarter length victory in the $22,500 Hazel Park Futurity II on Friday.

Ridden by Natasha Fritz for trainer Mallory Norton, Toughdashingangel covered 330 yards in :16.092 for his third win in four outs. The sorrel son of Dashair has won his last three starts, including the 300-yard, $15,000 Hazel Park Futurity I on August 11.

Toughdashingangel was bred by Ronnie Fisk. The $13,500 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes win pushed the colt's bankroll to $27,845.

Toughdashingangel is out of Tuff Ladys, a homebred daughter of Timeto Get Tuff who won the 2003 GLQHA Michigan-Bred Championship (R) at Mt. Pleasant Meadows.

Takin On Cartel finished second and was followed by Clickerslittledasher, Wh Fast Man, King Offthe Mountain, Fishin Feature, and Peggyslittlehustler.

Los Alamitos
Bound To Bet kept his record at the 870-yard distance perfect, as the 3-year-old Snowbound (TB) gelding scored a three-length victory in Friday's $18,000 Truly A Pleasure Handicap.

Ridden by Gary Boag, Bound To Bet covered the distance in :44.900 while earning a 103 speed index and his third win in as many outs at the 870 trip. Scott Willoughby saddled the homebred gelding for owner Ed Allred.

“We needed to break really well and get in front,” Willoughby said. “When he broke and some of the others didn’t, he had pretty easy sailing to get to the rail. He got lucky and got out in front. The horse is coming into himself and being the only 3-year-old he really showed me a lot tonight. He has a lot of talent and a little more left. I think he’ll make a nice 870 horse.

“He’s such a big colt that he wasn’t able to get away from them going short,” added Willoughby, who added Bound To Bet to his barn after the gelding’s 2-year-old campaign. “We decided to stretch him out and that has worked out well.”

Raced exclusively at this track, Bound To Bet has won three of nine starts, and the $9,900 winner's share of the Truly A Pleasure Handicap purse increased his earnings to $26,045.

Miss Loujean, Aiming Straight, Stretch, Kismet, and Prophetinparadise completed the order of finish.

A1A Racing LLC's Tarzanito overcame a stumble out of the gate to win Saturday's $25,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Trained by Yanet Rodriguez and ridden by Eddie Garcia, Tarzanito went 350 yards in :17.619 while scoring his first stakes win. The Favorite Cartel colt was making his first start since November 20, when he won a 400-yard Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) trial.

Tarzanito was bred in California by Patricia Visscher. The colt has won five of seven outs and has earned $196,018 while racing exclusively at this track, and his resume includes a second-place finish in last year's Grade 1, 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity.

Hoose Goose finished second, a head behind Tarzanito, and was followed by Well Good, Katella Deli, Bannister, Threemakesone, and Thats Imperial.

Northlands Park
Dale Zukowski's Bringonthewave is the fastest qualifier to the September 16, $45,000-added Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3).

Racing in the first of two 330-yard trials on Wednesday, Bringonthewave defeated second-fastest qualifier Mr Eleanor by a half of a length in :17.059. Ramiro Castillo rode the gelded son of world champion Wave Carver for trainer James Doolin.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Poutn On The Wagon, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding trained by William Leech for owner Pete Schoeler, is the fastest qualifier to the September 16, $22,350-added Alberta Bred Derby (R).

On Friday, Poutn On The Wagon won the second of two 330-yard trials by a neck in :16.758 under jockey Scott Sterr. The multiple graded stakes winning gelding was winning for the ninth time in ten outs and increasing his bankroll to $73,507.

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Prairie Meadows
Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in a field of seven 3-year-olds, Dicecapades responded with a one-length victory in the $84,526 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R) on Saturday.

Dicecapades covered 400 yards in :19.479 under jockey James Flores. Larry Sharp saddled the brown daughter of Prospect To The Top for owners Jon Barley and Brant Barley.

Dicecapades was bred in Oklahoma by J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley. Campaigned in Oklahoma and Iowa, the filly has won six of 11 races and has earned $227,735, and her three stakes scores include last year's FL Lady Bug stakes and Laico Bird Stakes at Remington Park.

Mary Paintyourwagon, Capshaw Capo, La Mos Pyc, Bout Tree Fiddy, My Radio Flyer, and I Put It On Ya completed the order of finish. Damn Strait, Eyes A Racin, and Get There were scratched.

This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Sunday. Wayne Garner's Rakin In Jo, the fifth-fastest qualifier, broke her maiden with a victory in the 350-yard, $91,852 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R).

Prepped by Jason Olmstead, who gave a leg up to jockey Cody Smith, Rakin In Jo defeated Shake It For Deb by a head in :18.009. In addition to recording an 82 speed index, the homebred Lil Kool Wagon filly pocketed $41,333 for her first win in three outs.

Rakin In Jo was bred in Iowa, and the filly is out of Chargin To The Lead, an 11-year-old daughter of 1991 world champion Special Leader.

Sweet Twisted Tea, fastest qualifier and 13-10 favorite Lil Black Wagon, Levi On The Run, Straight Up Sweet, Im Bittersweet, Jesst A Guy, and Bm Lil Kool Cash completed the order of finish. Fourth-fastest qualifier Aubreys Dream was scratched.

Also on Sunday, Lil Stepper sprinted to a neck victory in the $52,834 Iowa Stallion Derby (R).

Racing for Michael A. Pohl and Bob Urich, Lil Stepper covered 400 yards in :20.081. Jorge Torres rode the Iowa-bred bay gelding for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill.

Lil Stepper was bred by Bob Urich. Campaigned in Iowa and Oklahoma, he has won two of seven starts, and the $21,134 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score increased his earnings to $44,051.

Kool Lil Jess ran second and was followed by Miss Alice Grace, Mga Lil Kool Wilena, Mr Special Wagon, Foxys Lil Wagon, Hail Yez Jess, Crusin The Lake, Trs Just Like Mike, and Las Miss Jessie.

Retama Park
Down N Cruzin outran his 12-1 odds to win Saturday's 350-yard, $20,000 Gillespie County Fair Juvenile Stakes.

A chestnut son of Down N Dash owned by Cruz E. Nava, Down N Cruzin defeated First Lady Eleanor by a neck in :17.706. Eddie Sanchez rode the gelding for trainer Saul Ramirez Jr.

Down N Cruzin was coming off of a wire-to-wire victory in a Gillespie County Fair Futurity trial on August 13. The gelding was bred in Texas by Twin Spires Farm, and he is out of the homebred winning Apollo (TB) mare Cruzin Apollo.

Down N Cruzin was a finalist in the July 1, 350-yard TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity (RG3) at this track. He has won three of seven races and has earned $16,071.

Ss Ontimearrival, 3-1 favorite Pirates Code, Glimpse Of Fire, Z Captain, Louisiana Seis, and Lotharrio completed the order of finish.

Ruidoso Downs
Rockin J Running Horses' Rock A Billy, a homebred 4-year-old Rock Solid Jess gelding, extended his win streak to four with a 3 3/4-length victory in the $20,000 Bill Reed Memorial Stakes on Sunday.

Prepped by Tammy Johnson, Rock A Billy covered 870 yards in :45.579 and returned a $3.40 win mutuel as the 7-10 favorite in the field of five. Benito Baca rode the gelding, whose winning streak includes a victory in the July 23, 870-yard AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3) at Albuquerque Downs.

All told, Rock A Billy has won six of 22 starts, including all four of his outs at the 870 trip, and he has earned $75,770, of which $64,926 has been pocketed this season.

Circustown Flyer (TB) ran second and was followed by D E Wagons Strawfly, Cjs Rocksolid, and The Patriot Game.

Sweetwater Downs
Luis Gonzales' Movin The Doe broke this track's 400-yard speed record in Saturday's $28,250 Western States Breeders' Derby.

Movin The Doe defeated Apollitical Winga by 1 1/2 lengths in :19.411, besting the previous mark of :19.453 set by Josie Bassett on August 17, 2014. Jesus Osuna rode the sorrel Maknmoves gelding for trainer Luis H. Gonzalez.

Movin The Doe was returning to Wyoming after victories in June 24 Bitterroot Derby at Sandy Downs in Idaho and August 12 Arapahoe Park Derby at Arapahoe Park near Denver. The gelding was bred in Utah by Steve Berry, and he has won nine of 16 starts, including four stakes. The $11,300 winner's share of the Western States Breeders' Derby purse bumped his bankroll to $95,606.

Heza Lacey J Jr ran third and was followed by Too Long Kissin, Making Hot Wheels, Musical Jess, One Sweet Fool, and La Reina Del Rancho.

Nakia Ramirez rode 50-1 longshot Fantastic Minion to a one-length win in the $94,313 Western States Breeders' Futurity on Sunday.

Prepped by Jay Pitcher for owners Kirk Woolf and Ralph Hartline, Fantastic Minion went 350 yards in :15.248 and posted a 105 speed index. The buckskin Fantastic Corona Jr gelding banked $37,725 to push his earnings to $44,788 from five outs.

Fantastic Minion was bred in Utah by Kirk Woolf. The ninth-fastest qualifier, he was coming off of a third-place finish in his Western States Breeders' Futurity trial on August 19.

Fantastic Minion is out of Gigarad, a California-bred 14-year-old daughter of Dash To Chivato who won the 2005 Bitterroot Futurity (RG2) at Pocatello Downs and ran third in that season's AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Running Your Wagon finished second and was followed by Just Had To Be, Pf Paddy Dashair, Lt Heza Winner, fastest qualifier and 17-10 favorite Skinny Kyni, Favorite Snowflake, Sp Four Square, Shazzi, and Winners Runaway.

Also on Sunday, Jim Nebeker's Foose Dust led from start to finish to win the $18,500 Sweetwater Wyoming-Bred Futurity (R).

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Riley Moosman, Foose Dust made his 330-yard trip in :16.583. The homebred sorrel son of champion Foose defeated Dust Stone by a nose and banked the $7,400 winner's share of the purse.

Foose Dust is out of Out Of The Dust, a homebred winning 8-year-old mare by the First Down Dash stallion Maknmoves. Raced exclusively in the intermountain region, the two of five starts and has earned $11,910, and his resume includes a third-place finish in the July 8 Wyoming-Bred Futurity (R) at Wyoming Downs.

A Toast To Brindis ran third and was followed by Lane 307, Innosent Cat, Sheza Special Legacy, Eyesa Special Cucouy, Coastin Byes Winner, and Eyesa Special Cirrus.

This track's stakes tripleheader on Sunday concluded with the 350-yard, $15,000 Western States Juvenile Stakes, which was won by K.C. Carden's Kr Fancy Cartel. Ridden by Oscar Cervantes for trainer Dru Hall, Kr Fancy Cartel defeated Kr American Pi by a head in :17.649 and returned a $40.80 win mutuel as a 19-1 longshot.

Kr Fancy Cartel was bred in Wyoming by Mary Kyler. The bay daughter of Favorite Cartel has won two of six starts and has earned $7,041.

Kr Fancy Cartel is out of Kr Montana Cartel, a homebred winning and multiple graded stakes placed mare by Southern Cartel.

Sir Diamond Corona, Coronafordenim, Jess Ta Be A Blurr, Champion Winner, Cm Mark Me Famous, Makn A Twister, Whom, and Sb Hoonigan completed the order of finish.

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