July 15-16 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Indomable Cartel dominated a field of Colorado-bred 2-year-olds in Saturday's Cherry Creek Futurity at Arapahoe Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of July 15-16. 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.

Ajax Downs
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Sunday. Gary McNichol's Ghost Pines, a homebred gray daughter of the Walk Thru Fire stallion Fire Finder, got up in the final strides to win the 350-yard, $49,774 Ontario Sires Derby (R).

Prepped by Michelle Woodley and ridden by Brian Bell, Ghost Pines defeated Later Tater by a nose in :17.860 while aided by a reported 7-mph tail wind. The filly was winning for the second time in four outs, all at this track, and the $19,910 winner's share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $28,783.

Ghost Pines is out of Quick Six Lady, a winning daughter of champion Tres Seis.

Home To Vegas, Home Ice, Arising Miracle, Dash To Miami, Shazamataz, Yawlplayingwithfire, and By Royal Appointment completed the order of finish.

Alakazaam earned his second stakes victory in Sunday's $47,425 Ontario Sires Maturity (R).

Ridden by Julian Serrano, Alakazaam went 330 yards in :16.690, and his margin of victory was a neck from Hope Rambles On. Greg Watson trained the 4-year-old sorrel Mezoomn gelding for owners Full Circle Racing and Cummings Cattle Col.

Alakazaam was bred in Maryland by Lucas Racing Inc. Campaigned exclusively at this track, Alakazaam has won six of 18 races, including last year's Ontario Sires Derby, and he has banked $78,507.

Ice Fishn finished third, one length behind Alakazaam, and was followed by Eyesa Speedy Simon, Dm Aurora, Albertt, Dinahlicious, Cruwysn The Arctic, and Yawl Keep Texting.

Arapahoe Park
Mariano Cornejo's Indomable Cartel, the fastest qualifier, was a prompt 6-5 favorite in the $74,680 Cherry Creek Futurity (R) for Colorado-bred 2-year-olds on Saturday.

Ridden by Fernando Fonseca-Soto for trainer Luz Chavira, Indomable Cartel went 330 yards in :17.006 and earned an 89 speed index. The $29,872 winner's share of the purse pushed the homebred son of The Louisiana Cartel's bankroll to $33,661.

"I was pretty surprised that he broke that fast," said Fonseca-Soto. "But after he broke in front, I was pretty excited that we were going to make it to the finish line like that. That's how he did it."

Iza Captain earned his first stakes
victory in Saturday's Lucille Rowe
Derby (R) for Colorado-bred 3-year-
olds. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Indomable Cartel broke his maiden with a 1 3/4-length win in the first of four trials on June 30. The bay colt has won two of his four outs, and he is out of Tahiti Wave, an unraced 8-year-old daughter of 2006 world champion Wave Carver.

Shinning Bianca finished second, 1 3/4 lengths behind Indomable Cartel. Its A Blackjack, Comandeered, Shine Your Wagon, Whom, Aftershock Shake, Jettin Ben, Yousa Good Girl, and Coronafordenim completed the order of finish.

Jose Ruiz rode Iza Captain to a one-length victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $59,580 Lucille Rowe Derby (R) for Colorado-bred sophomores.

Prepped by Julio Corral for owners Pedro and Lilia Andazola, Iza Captain tripped the timer in :17.840 while scoring his first career stakes win. The Captain Courage gelding was the fourth-fastest qualifier and was sent to post at odds of 6-1.

"He didn't break that fast, but in like 50 yards I started moving him," said Ruiz. "He was coming fast and finishing strong and did everything perfectly."

Iza Captain was bred by Richard and Genevieve Herrman. The gelding has won two of 11 races and has earned $37,952, of which $33,032 has been pocketed this season.

Late N Dirty finished second and was followed by fastest qualifier and 5-2 favorite Shes My Foose, Rarest Ivory, Girl With Guns, Perkin Desire, Run With Courage, Go Streak Lightning, and Too Long Kissin. Fifth-fastest qualifier In My Dust was scratched.

Canterbury Park
A quick break from post 3 helped Lota James earn his first stakes win in Saturday's $17,700 Dash In A Flash Stakes.

Ridden by Nik Goodwin and racing against a reported 15-mph head wind, Lota James covered 110 yards in :6.987, and his margin of victory as a head from Divas Candy Girl. R. Allen Hybsha saddled the 4-year-old Ivory James gelding for owner Whiting Ranch.

Lota James was bred in Oklahoma by Steve A. Holt. Campaigned in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Minnesota, he has won five of 17 starts and has earned $46,044.

Bye Byefreighttrain, Fast Eddys Eyeyinyou, Dash For Number One, Ms Dynasty, Iowas Texan Tip, and Fast Prize Janie completed the order of finish.

Kowboy Jim, a homebred son of champion Fdd Dynasty owned and trained by Dean Frey, led at every call en route to a 1 1/4-length score in the $81,125 Canterbury Park Derby.

Dean Frey's Kowboy Jim has won all
five of his races at Canterbury Park,
including Sunday's $81,125
Canterbury Park Derby. PHOTO: Coady

Ridden by Nik Goodwin and sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, Kowboy Jim covered 400 yards in :19.788. The bay gelding earned a 105 speed index and the $40,563 winner's share of the purse.

Goodwin picked up the mount on Kowboy Jim when his scheduled rider, Berkley Packer, missed his flight to the Twin Cities area.

"Dean asked me if I would ride, and I said 'Of course I would ride,'" Goodwin said. "He's a really nice horse."

Kowboy Jim was bred in California, and he has won all five of his outs at this track, including all three this year.  Raced at Remington Park during the spring, the gelding ran third and fourth in a pair of allowance races.

"He looked good last year," Frey said of Kowboy Jim's 2-year-old campaign, during which he won two of his four starts and banked $17,900. "I gave him some time. His two races at Remington weren't bad, but I figured he'd be good here."

All told, Kowboy Jim has won five of nine races and has earned $74,232.

Pyc Jess Bite My Dust, Bout Tree Fiddy, Ms Haulin Chic, La Mos Pyc, Lithe, Favorite Moment, and Shot Of Southern completed the order of finish.

Crooked River Roundup
Making just her second career start in Oregon, Gone Fast sprinted to a half-length win in Saturday's $17,020 Jack Rhoden Memorial Bonus Challenge Stakes.

Gone Fast went 250 yards in :13.239 and posted a 104 speed index under Jake Samuels. Skyler Greene saddled the homebred 4-year-old Meter Me Lucky mare for owner and Phoenix Farms.

Gone Fast was bred in Idaho. She has won three of 13 races, and the $9,361 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed the mare's bankroll to $29,777.

Lebron 6 finished second and was followed by Sorelli, Tickle Ur Fancy, Chicks R Gone, Sneakin Tr, and Win Surfer.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
The field has been set for the July 29, $66,800 Speedhorse Derby, and Born To B Bad is the fastest qualifier to the 350-yard stakes.

Sent to post as the 8-5 favorite in the first of two trials on Saturday, Born To B Bad responded with a three-quarter length victory in :17.310. Josh Romero rode the homebred bay son of Freighttrain B for owners Melissa Slayton and Cody Bowling and trainer Tammy Johnson.

Born To B Bad was shortening in distance off of his third-place finish, one length behind winner Maxx, in the July 1, 400-yard Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge Stakes. The gelding has won five of 13 starts and has banked $101,297.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Gillespie County Fair
Mario G. Rodriguez's Glimpse Of Fire, the fastest qualifier, led from start to finish in the $34,500 Texas Quarter Horse Association Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds on Sunday.

Ridden by Claudio Aguilar for trainer Martin Rodriguez, Glimpse Of Fire went 350 yards in :17.908, and his winning margin was a half of a length from Alinas War Princess. The homebred gelding by the Relagate (TB) stallion Glimpse Of Greatess recorded his third win in five starts and first stakes victory.

Glimpse of Greatness is out of Pie Opener, a winning 13-year-old daughter of Mr Eye Opener. His third dam, the Thermos (TB) mare Miss Thermolark, was the sport's champion 3-year-old in 1978.

The $12,075 winner's share of the TQHA Futurity purse bumped Glimpse Of Greatness' earnings to $17,475.

Louisiana Fast ran third and was followed by Coronel Corona, Tempting Pink, 8-5 favorite Lone Star Alibi, Secret Aces, Driven By Results, and Nika Sofia. Eighth-fastest qualifier Hoover Valley Slick was scratched.

Retama Park
Pete Scarmardo's Dash Quick Perry was a prompt 9-10 favorite in the second of five Retama Park Derby trials on Saturday, and the the homebred son of Down N Dash is the fastest qualifier to the $75,000-added final on July 29.

Prepped by Leon Bard and ridden by Francisco Calderon, Dash Quick Perry covered 400 yards in :19.644 and earned a 106 speed index while defeating sixth-fastest qualifier As And Js by 1 3/4 lengths and posting his sixth win in 11 outs. The sorrel gelding was coming off of a Sam Houston Race Park spring campaign during which he won two of his three starts, including the 350-yard, $15,000 Sam Houston Stakes on May 19, and placed second in the 350-yard, $198,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3) on April 29.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Wyoming Downs
Bay Max, a son of the First Down Dash stallion Dashair campaigned by Casey Woolstenhulme, broke his maiden in Saturday's Utah Bred Futurity (R).

Ridden by Jose Guzman for trainer Ryan Christensen, Bay Max defeated Letsgetitonmarvin by a nose while covering 350 yards in :17.741. The winner's share of the $34,800 purse from his first win in two outs pushed the bay gelding's bankroll to $16,456.

Bay Max, a homebred and the ninth-fastest qualifier, is out of Weekend Traffic (TB), an unraced 16-year-old daughter of 1991 Hollywood Derby (G1) winner Olympio.

Lt Heza Winner ran third, a neck behind Bay Max, and was followed by Dash Off To Jump, Sb Itty Bitty, Cranky T, and Jerrys Knud Runner. There were three scratches: fastest qualifier Miss Five Bar Maid, sixth-fastest qualifier Jaggersfadedblujeans, and 10th-fastest qualifier Pour Me A Corona.

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