February 10-12 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Jess Ravin handled a wet track with skill, as the homebred 4-year-old Corona Cartel mare won Friday's Flare For Toby Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of February 10-12. 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
Making the second start of her 4-year-old campaign, EG High Desert Farms' Jess Ravin sprinted to a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in Friday's $15,000 Flare For Toby Handicap for distaffers.

Jess Ravin covered 330 yards in :16.685 and earned a 98 speed index while racing on a sealed track officially labeled "wet fast." Jesus Ayala rode the homebred sorrel daughter of Corona Cartel for trainer Yanet Rodriguez.

“She was running a little unsure, probably because of the wet track,” Rios Ayala said. “She didn’t fly out of the gate, but she finished very strongly. Sometimes she’s a little nervous in the starting gate, but she did everything right during warmups and prior to the race.

"She really behaved nicely prior to the start," the rider added. "She’s a tremendous mare when she behaves.”

Jess Ravin was coming off of an eighth-place finish in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) on January 8. Raced exclusively in California, the mare has won seven of 13 starts, and her four stakes wins include last year's Las Damas Handicap (G3).

The $8,250 winner's share of the Flare For Toby purse pushed Jess Ravin's bankroll to $120,441, of which $106,561 was pocketed last year. 

“We’ll point her to the Miss Princess (on May 13) so that’s still a ways out,” Rodriguez said. “We’ll look for some races for her between here and there.

"She’s not paid into a lot of stakes races, and this will probably be her final year of racing," the trainer added. "We’ll just try to win a few more stakes races with her this year. This was her first time running (on a wet track) and she had been acting up in the gate. We had to get after her.”

Summer Dynasty finished second and was followed by All Right Now, First N Final, Deceptive and Bring Me Home.

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