January 28-29 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Salvador Martinez rode Seeyalateralligator to the gelding's third stakes victory in Sunday's Dona Ana County Handicap for New Mexico-breds. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 28-29. 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.

Louisiana Downs
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Saturday. Making her first start of the season, Jaime Gutierrez's Rbd Jessaswingin sprinted to a nose victory in the 350-yard, $25,000 Party Girl Stakes (R) for state-bred fillies and mares.

Ridden by Alfonso Lujan for trainer Yoani Abreu, Rbd Jessaswingin stopped the timer in :17.774 while racing against a reported 9-mph head wind. The 5-year-old sorrel daughter of Swingin Jess earned $15,000 from her sixth win in 28 starts and first career stakes score.

Rbd Jessaswingin was bred by Rb & Dox Stables. The mare was coming off of a 2016 campaign during which she ran second in the 220-yard, $20,000 Evangeline Downs Dash on September 30, and the 350-yard, $50,000 Audubon Stakes (R) at Fair Grounds Racecourse.

Cajun Diva finished second and was followed by Fast Dash Chicks, Jet Black Presence, Poonies Perfect Jet, Rt Zoomin Bigtime, Be Bop Agouti, and Osceola Patriot.

Also on Saturday, Jess Bein The Hero parlayed a sharp break from post 9 into a neck win in the $15,000 Swift Stakes.

Racing for Juan F. Martinez-Labastida, Jess Bein The Hero went 350 yards in :17.485 and earned a 103 speed index while racing with a 9-mph tail wind. Santiago Mendez rode the 4-year-old Valiant Hero stallion for trainer Miguel Rodriguez.

Jess Bein The Hero was bred in Texas by Curtis Crenwelge. The lightly raced stallion has won three of four starts, and the $9,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $42,553, most of which was banked from his second-place finish in last year's 400-yard, $156,780 Evangeline Downs Derby.

Mariachy King, Specials Jess, Running Game Patriot, Hiclass Vodka, Apollitical Wave, One Dimple, First Prize Bonnie, Soraya Seis, and Fly By You completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Steve D. Burns' Ilikethewayshewalks became a stakes winner for the first time, as the homebred daughter of Walk Thru Fire scored a head victory in Saturday's $15,000 Seal Beach Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Mike Casselman, Ilikethewayshewalks went 330 yards in :16.764. The $8,250 winner's share of the purse bumped the filly's earnings to $16,425.

Ilikethewayshewalks was bred in California. She has won two of eigth starts while racing exclusively at Los Alamitos.

Trippys Royal Jess finished second and was followed by Tough To Figure, Start Somethin Bad, Newport Coaster, Keep It Classy, and Glen Ellyn.

Sunland Park
Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in a full field of 10 New Mexico-breds, Seeyalateralligator responded with a neck victory in the inaugural running of the $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) on Sunday.

Seeyalateralligator covered 440 yards in :21.383 while earning his third career stakes victory. Salvador Martinez rode the 5-year-old Winners Version gelding for owners Ezra Lee and Jason Giles and trainer Wes Giles.

Seeyalateralligator was bred by Carolyn Giles. The gelding's dam, Stars In My Eye, is an unraced 13-year-old daughter of Mr Eye Opener and the winning Lanes Leinster mare Plan A Star.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Seeyalateralligator has won five of 18 outs and has banked $352,347. He was stretching out in distance off of his one-length score in the 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at this track on December 17.

Jess Cruzin On By, a 10-1 longshot, finished second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $75. Teana Fay, Heza Wild Dragon, Klassic Strawfly, Justified By Chicks, Dm Ada Kat, Dungarees Version, Es Meyer, and Sic Em Sixes completed the order of finish.

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