December 30-31 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Following is a recap of all American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of December 30-31. 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.

Turf Paradise
Andres Osuna rode Texas Tornadoe to a clear 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $28,025 AQRA Southwest Futurity.

Prepped by Raul Valenzuela for owner Angel Valenzuela, Texas Tornadoe went 350 yards in :17.783 while racing against a reported 11-mph head wind. The brown daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Texas Icon earned $14,012 while posting her fourth win in nine starts and second stakes score.

Texas Tornadoe was bred in Arizona by Ralph and Carolyn Fales. The second-fastest qualifier, she was coming off of a second-place finish in the first of two trials on December 10.

Texas Tornadoe has earned $36,799 while racing in California and Arizona, and her race record includes a 1 3/4-length win in the 350-yard, $23,655 AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity on October 29.

Brooksmidnighteagle, fastest qualifier Running Your Wagon, Jazzy Icon, My Pistolita, Corrupt, Pirteville Cartel, Come N Catch Me, and Marshall Valentine completed the order of finish. Tenth-fastest qualifier Tanyah Tucker was scratched.

On Sunday, Orlando Guerrero's Fighter Gone Wild broke sharply from his rail post and let from start to finish to win the $17,500 Turf Paradise Championship.

Ridden by Emilio Tapia for trainer Ubaldo Guerrero, Fighter Gone Wild went 440 yards in :21.474, and is margin of victory was a half of a length from 8-5 favorite Jess A Cowboy. In addition to posting a 106 speed index, the 4-year-old Fighter On Fire gelding banked $10,416 while earning his seventh victory in 21 starts.

Fighter Gone Wild was bred in Colorado by Tom Lichlyter. The sorrel gelding has pocketed $60,020, of which $37,450 has been banked from seven outs this season.

Fitz finished third and was followed by Specials Gold, Frontera Special, AV Zacharys Call, Dos Tocallos, Kismet, and Peaceful Bono.

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