January 20-23 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

He Is The Risingstar earned his fourth stakes victory at the distance in Friday's 550-yard Barbra B Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 20-23. 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.

Los Alamitos
Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches' He Is The Risingstar began his 5-year-old campaign with a wire-to-wire victory in Friday's $20,000 Barbra B Handicap.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer Paul Jones and racing on a track labeled "wet-fast," He Is The Risingstar went 550 yards in a hand-timed :26.700, and his margin of victory was a neck from Miss Loujean. The $11,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his earnings to $118,760.

"He is just a solid horse, and I knew we'd be in good shape if he got a clean break," DeAlba said. "I could see that Miss Loujean was coming on at the end, but my horse finished strong."

He Is The Risingstar was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklin's Horse Farm LLC. The gelded son of Mr Jess Perry has won seven of 19 outs, and all four of his stakes victories have come at the 550-yard distance.

Mickey Ward, Front And Center, Dustys Classy Dash, Getit Quick, and Kismet completed the order of finish.

Also on Friday, Juan Jose Romo Jr.'s First N Final outran her 13-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $25,000 Cypress Handicap.

A $10,000 claim in October 2015, First N
scored her first stakes victory in
Friday's 350-
yard Cypress Handicap.
PHOTO: Los Alamitos

Racing on a track labeled "wet-fast" and aided by a 20-mph tail wind, First N Final defeated Good Looker by a half of a length in :17.469. Luis Yescas rode the sorrel 4-year-old mare by Favorite Cartel for trainer Valentin Zamudio.

First N Final was bred in Oklahoma by Thomas Bradbury and Vaughn Cook. The mare was claimed by her current connections for $10,000 on October 17, 2015.

"She's been a great runner for us," Zamudio said. "She just beat some tough boys. It's tough out here, but she always gives us her all and never lets us down. She has a big, big heart.

"We might send her to the breeding shed next," he added. "I'll talk to her owner and come up with a plan, but it's breeding season right now."

Raced in California and Washington, First N Final has won five of her 18 starts and has earned $67,270. The mare's resume includes a third-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Jess Good Reason, in the 400-yard, $227,000 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3).

Free Swinger ran third and was followed by Snitching, Makin Moments, 6-5 favorite Viento Negro, and Unclaimed Dividend.

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