December 8-10 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Duck Dash N Go earned her third stakes win in Friday's A Ransom Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 8-10. 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.

Los Alamitos
Vincent Treyes’ Duck Dash N Go overcame a less-than-perfect start to win Friday's 350-yard, $25,000 A Ransom Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves for trainer Monty Arrossa, Duck Dash N Go defeated Myfavoritestreaker by a half of a length in :17.729. The $13,750 winner's share of the purse pushed the Coronas Fast Dash filly's earnings to $67,442.

Duck Dash N Go was bumped about 25 yards after the start, but Aceves helped the filly regain her stride and she took the lead 100 yards into the race.

"She’s been ultra-consistent her whole life,” Arrossa said. “She likes to win races. This is her ninth win (from 17 starts). From day one when we started her she wanted to be a racehorse. She has a perfect disposition. She’s quiet, she’s good resting, and she is extremely sound. She’s really liking Los Alamitos.”

Duck Dash N Go was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox. Raced in Idaho and California, the filly has won three stakes, including last year's Oneida County Fair Futurity at Malad, Idaho.

Treyes acquired Duck Dash N Go for $18,000 at the 2015 Heritage Place Yearling Sale.

“Vincent Treyes is one of the best clients that I have,” Arrossa said. “He’s raised some horses in the past and in the last couple of years he’s gone to the horse sales and bought some. We’ve had some luck with (Duck Dash N Go), and he’s got a real nice Corona Cartel colt coming on. His family has a real large calf-raising business in Idaho. They’re hard workers and real good people.”

Loud Little Kid, Hold Sway, Remembering Florence, Apollitical Spirit, Tarzanito, One Sweet Runner, and Scholarly completed the official order of finish.

Also on Friday, Fyrefly Jo outran her 11-1 odds to win the $15,000 Way Maker Handicap for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba, Fyrefly Jo covered 350 yards in :17.697, and the Walk Thru Fire filly's margin of victory was one length from Chickakid. Mike Casselman prepped Fyrefly Jo for owner Steve Burns of Menifee, California.

Fyrefly Jo was bred in California by Fredda Draper. The filly is out of Jenuine Joy, a homebred daughter of Genuine Strawfly and a multiple graded stakes winner in New Mexico from 2008-11.

Fyrefly Jo was acquired by Burns ffor $31,000 at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. Campaigned exclusively at this track, the filly has won two of eight starts and has earned $13,175.

 
Katies Easy Moves was a wire-to-wire
winner of Saturday's $30,000 First
Down Dash Handicap. PHOTO: Los
Alamitos Racecourse

Energetic finished third and was followed by 17-10 favorite Hard Headed Chick, Perfect Az Can Be, and California Blossom.

On Saturday, O-So Smart LLC's Katies Easy Moves led at every call en route to a half-length victory in the $30,000 First Down Dash Handicap.

Prepped by Monty Arrossa and ridden by Cesar DeAlba, Katies Easy Moves went 400 yards in :19.777. The 4-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion Maknmoves earned a 92 speed index and the $16,500 winner's share of the purse.

Katies Easy moves was coming off of a fifth-place finish in a 400-yard Z. Wayne Griffin Director's Trial on November 19. The gelding was bred in Utah by Walter L.J. Finder, and he is out of Katie Lane Finder, a homebred daughter of Lanes Leinster.

Katies Easy Moves has won 12 of 33 races, including three stakes, and he has banked $88,355.

Chicks Fayvorite, Viento Negro, Jess Paint Your Lips, and Unclaimed Dividend completed the order of finish.

Turf Paradise
Cowgirl N Up was a prompt 11-10 favorite in Sunday's $40,280 AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity.

Prepped by Matt Fales for owners Ralph and Carolyn Fales, Cowgirl N Up defeated 9-2 third choice Skinny Kyni by 1 1/4 lengths in :20.041 for 400 yards. J. Martin Bourdieu rode the homebred bay daughter of Texas Icon, who earned $20,140 and a 90 speed index for her effort.

Cowgirl N Up was bred in Arizona. Her dam, the Canth mare Secret Return, won two futurities in 1999, including the AQRA Futurity at this track.

Cowgirl N Up has won four of eight starts and has banked $43,884, and her two stakes wins include the April 30, 350-yard John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge.

Dig Deeper finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Cowgirl N Up, and was followed by Dominate This, Haybeautiful, Bp Southern Hero, Baymax, Acadillac, and La Reynita Dash.

Also on Sunday, Joseph Belloc Jr. rode Fitz to a nose victory in the 400-yard, $44,935 AQRA Turf Paradise Open Derby.

Trained by Rigoberto Guillen for owner Yuriana Ramirez, Fitz earned a 102 speed index while stopping the timer in :19.618. The $22,468 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed the Mr Jess Perry gelding's bankroll to $43,237, of which $37,952 has been pocketed this season.

Fitz was bred in California by the Double Bar S Ranch. Raced in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, he has won four of 15 starts. His resume includes a second-place finish in the AQRA Preident's Open Spring Derby at this track in April.

Mr Dynasty, Apollitical Boogie, C You At The Top, Arizona Icon, Cypress Sally, Jess Klas, Kronos, Rock On Dynasty, and Blueist completed the order of finish.

Orlando Guerrero's May Be Fantastic SA took the measure of four aged opponents in Sunday's $18,000 Mike Hastings Memorial Stakes.

Ridden by Emilio Tapia for trainer Ubaldo Guerrero, May Be Fantastic SA covered 400 yards in :19.492 while defeating Captain On Takeoff by three-quarters of a length. The 4-year-old Fantastic Corona Jr stallion was winning for the seventh time in 16 starts, and the $11,160 winner's share of the purse bumped his earnings to $89,096.

May Be Fantastic SA was making his first official start since April 30, when the stallion finished fifth in the 440-yard Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge Stakes. He was bred in Oklahoma by Gianni Franco Samaja, and his season record includes a second-place run in the March 10, 400-yard West Texas Maturity (G2) at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

Fj Blackdiamond finished third and was followed by Justified and One Fast Jess.

Also on Sunday, the field was set for the December 30, $10,000-added AQRA Southwest Futurity.

A & C Racing and Roping's Running Your Wagon, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt trained by Tyler Gibbs, won the first of two 350-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :17.571. Mark Jasso rode the homebred colt, who is out of 2009 champion 2-year-old Running Brook Gal.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.