December 16-17 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

jess Bein The Hero won Saturday's 350-yard, $250,000 Sam's Town Stakes, one of seven stakes contested at Evangeline Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 16-17. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Evangeline Downs
Sent to post at odds of 10-1, Louis Howard's Jessa Little Rusty responded with a come-from-behind victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $21,300 IP 870 Stakes.

Jessa Little Rusty defeated Im Mighty Fast by a half of a length in :46.158. In addition to posting a 93 speed index, the 7-year-old son of champion Mr Jess Perry banked the $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his seventh win in 40 outs and fifth win in 27 starts at the 870 distance.

Gilbert Ortiz rode Jessa Little Rusty for trainer John Stinebaugh. The gelding was bred in Texas by Clyde Wilmott, and he was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the 870-yard, $20,000 AQHA Lone Star Distance Challenge at Lone Star Park on September 29.

All told, Jessa Little Rusty has earned $231,992, and his season resume includes a second-place finish, a head behind winner Bet I Make U Famous, in the 870-yard, $20,000 Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes at Retama Park on July 28.

Stolis Pro finished third and was followed by Struttinmyjewelsoff, Bet I Make U Famous, 11-10 favorite B And G Fast Dash, and Passme Some Joy.

Also on Saturday, Noe Castaneda rode Ho Lotta Game to the gelding's first stakes win in the $40,000 LQHBA Louisiana Million Invitational Stakes (R) for state-bred juveniles.

Prepped by Bruce Bell for owner Juan L. Portillo, Ho Lotta Game covered 400 yards in :19.938 while defeating Sta Rich Runaway by a head. The $24,000 winner's share of the purse bumped the son of Game Patriot's bankroll to $45,720 from seven starts.

Ho Lotta Game was bred by Robert Touchet and Darrell Williams, and he was a $30,000 purchase at lsat year's LQHBA Yearling Sale. The gelding is out of Ho Lotta Speed, a winning daughter of Streakin La Jolla.

Ho Lotta Game has won four races, including his last three, while being campaigned exclusively in Louisiana. The gelding broke his maiden for a $10,000 tag last spring at Delta Downs.

First Down Achilles, Gunna Be Alright, Ds Zoomin With Game, A Blue Beauty, Streaking Ragazzo, TV Toast To Game, and Mr Coco Pilota completed the order of finish.

Making his first start since October 6, Juan F. Martinez-Labastida's Jess Bein The Hero was a prompt favorite in Saturday's $21,000 Sam's Town Stakes.

Jess Bein The Hero went 350 yards in :17.350 while earning a 104 speed index and defeating 12-1 longshot Icanonlyemagine by a head. Manuel Gutierrez rode the 4-year-old Valiant Hero stallion or trainer Miguel Rodriguez.

Jess Bein The Hero returned a $5.40 win mutuel as the 17-10 choice in the field of eight. The gelding was bred in Texas by Curtis Crenwelge, and he was stretching out in distance off of his half-length win as the 4-5 favorite in the 220-yard, $20,000 Evangeline Downs Dash Stakes on October 6.

All told, Jess Bein The Hero has won seven of 10 starts, including four of five at this track, and the $12,000 winner's share off the Sam's Town Stakes purse bumped his bankroll to $110,553. His five stakes victories this season include the Miss Polly Classic (G3) at Delta Downs.

Eye N Capo, Dutcher, Maxx, Kid Can Dash, Graceful Eagle, and Memphis D Nasty completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
A sharp break from her rail post helped A Political Lady score a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $30,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Ridden by Cody Jensen and sent to post as the 17-10 favorite in a field of eight 2-year-olds, A Political Lady went 400 yards in :20.289 while defeating Twenty One Gunz by a nose. Chris O'Dell prepped the homebred daughter of Apollitical Jess.

A Political Lady was bred in California and is out of Another Wise Lady, a winning and multiple stakes-placed daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash. The filly is a half sister to Thrice Wise, the winner of the 2015 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge Stakes.

A Political Lady has won two of nine starts, all at this track, and she has banked $134,907. Her season record includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner J Fire Up, in the 400-yard, $904,850 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) on November 4.

La Rusa finished third and was followed by King Of Appeals MV, Go Cash Stevie B, My Favorite Cartel, Sweet 16, and Just Walk By.

Portland Meadows
CM Boom Shakalaka, the fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite, sprinted to a one-length victory in the $28,350 Baxter Andruss Futurity on Sunday.

Ridden by Luis Gonzalez and sent to post at odds of 9-10, CM Boom Shakalaka covered 400 yards in :20.073. Nick Lowe saddled the homebred bay son of champion Carters Cartel for owner Randy Dickerson.

CM Boom Shakalaka is out of Mi Fames A Dandy, a homebred winning daughter of Dash Ta Fame and a finalist in the '03 Portland Meadows Futurity. Raced in four states, the gelding has won five of seven starts, and the $11,340 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes score pushed his earnings to $34,849.

CM Boom Shakalaka's record includes a victory in the August 20 John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge, and he ran fifth in the 350-yard, $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows on October 14.

CM Once Ina Bluemoon finished second and was followed by Corona B Gone, L Bar D Razle Dazle, L Bar D Classic Trip, Heza Eagle, Diva Has It, Bunnys Best Advise, and Dashing Mystery. Tenth-fastest qualifier Volt was scratched.

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