January 7-8 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 January 7-8. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap stories in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Louisiana Downs
This track opened its 46-date winter Quarter Horse meet with a seven-race program featuring a stakes doubleheader on Saturday.

A field of seven distance specialists faced the starter in the $15,000 Marathon Stakes, and Eyesa Shoofly Dandy was a prompt 3-2 favorite in the 870-yard stakes.

Ridden by Donell Blake, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy led at every call en route to a one-length victory from Bet I Make U Famous, as the 6-year-old sorrel son of Gold Medal Jess stopped the timer in :46.516 and recorded an 89 speed index. Judd Kearl prepped the gelding for owners Curtis Smith and Steve A. Holt.

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy was bred in Oklahoma by Wesley Ann Anglin. He has won nine of his 22 outs and has banked $97,866, and his three stakes victories include last year's 660-yard, $27,500 Moonstone Stakes at Hialeah Park.

Rakin In The Jax finished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Eyesa Shoofly Dandy. Game Own, Snowbound Cowboy, Apollitical Courage, and Tempting Dashforcash completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Hugo Morales' Mister Big came up big with a half-length win in the $15,000 Harrah's Dash Stakes.

Ridden by Damian Martinez for trainer Eusevio Huitron, Mister Big covered 250 yards in :13.228 while posting a 98 speed index. The $9,000 winner's share of the purse from his fifth career stakes victory pushed the 6-year-old Shazoom gelding's bankroll to $239,390.

Mister Big was bred by Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas. The gelding is out of Jess An Illusion, a winning daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry. His second dam, the Beduino (TB) mare Indigo Illusion, was the sport's champion 2-year-old filly in '83.

Raced in four states, Mister Big has won six of 21 starts, including the 2014 Sam Houston Derby (G3). He also was a finalist in Kates Dynasty's '13 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Scoopies Leaving You finished second and was followed by Cartel Arrangement, Jw Divino Comento, One Dimple, Paloma Blanca B, Fly By You, Buxamillion, Coronas In Paradise, and Barefoot Beach. The 9-5 favorite in the full field of 10, Barefoot Beach broke slowly and was no factor.

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.aqharacing.com.