February 25-26 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of February 25-26. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, 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.

Louisiana Downs
Jagger Racing Inc.'s Cute Mic Jagger sprinted to his first career stakes win in Saturday's $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (R) for state-breds.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Miguel Rodriguez, Cute Mic Jagger defeated Scoopies Leaving You by a neck in :17.299 for 350 yards. In addition to posting a 108 speed index, the 4-year-old gelded son of world champion Oak Tree Special banked the $15,000 winner's share of the purse.

Cute Mic Jagger was bred by Janelle L. Simon. The gelding has won five of 16 starts and has earned $137,128, and his resume includes a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Jet Black Rogue, in last year's 400-yard, $257,788 LQHBA Derby (R) at Evangeline Downs.

Cute Mic Jagger sold for $15,000 at the 2015 LQHBA Yearling Sale.

Tm Dees Prize, Running Game Patriot, Zoominforgrady, The Ground Game, Jes A Fast Dasher, Louisiana Legends, and Thisgameisunreal completed the order of finish.

On Sunday, Shatto Stoli recorded the fastest time for the March 18, $93,898 Mardi Gras Derby (R) for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by David Alvarez for owner Rosendo Valdez and trainer Rosendo Valdez Jr., Shatto Stoli won the first of three 400-yard trials by three-quarters of a length in :19.926. The gelded son of champion Stoli was posting his fourth win in 12 outs, and he was making his first start since January 14, when he scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the 350-yard, $25,000 Bill Montgomery Stakes (R) at this track.

Shatto Stoli was bred bby Juan San Miguel Jr., and he has banked $65,925.

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Rillito Park
Kirk M. Goodfellow's Flyingforunclesam, a homebred son of the Feature Mr Jess stallion Flyingwitheagles and the fourth-fastest qualifier, led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory in the Rillito Derby on Sunday.

Ridden by Mauro Salcedo for trainer Cody Reynolds, Flyingforunclesam went 350 yards in :17.263 while recording a 105 speed index and his first lifetime stakes win. The $8,250 winner's share of the $15,000 purse bumped the sorrel gelding's bankroll to $13,250.

Flyingforunclesam is out of Dreams For Lyndsie, a homebred winning and graded stakes placed 16-year-old daughter of champion Takin On The Cash. The gelding's third dam, the Special Effort mare Elans Special, won the 1987 All American Futurity (G1).

Raced in New Mexico and Arizona, Flyingforunclesam has won two of his eight starts, including a 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial in his career debut last season.

Cowboys Dynasty, the fastest qualifier and 7-10 favorite, ran second and was followed by Eyeaseagull, Sniper 1, Discrete, Jessa Music Player, Go Seis, and Little Boom Boom.

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