June 2-4 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Bet I Make U Famous sprinted to a one-length victory in Friday's 870-yard Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 2-4. 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.

Ajax Downs
Ruth F. Barbour's Country Boy 123 on Sunday posted the fastest qualifying time to the June 18, $50,000-added Picov Maturity.

Ridden by Cory Spataro for trainer Bryn Robertson, Country Boy 123 won the second of two 300-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :15.270. The 4-year-old son of champion Country Chicks Man was making his first start since October 29, when he ran fourth in the Grade 3, 400-yard Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Country Boy 123 was bred in Michigan by Carolyn C. Bay. The gelding has won seven of 13 starts, including two stakes at this track last summer, and he has banked $84,983.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Delta Downs
Alfonso Lujan rode Bet I Make U Famous to a two-length victory in Friday's $28,000 Virgil Bond Stakes.

Prepped by Trey Ellis for owners Vernon Harman and Robert T. Moudy III, Bet I Make You Famous went 870 yards in :46.062. The $15,000 winner's share of the purse from the 5-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding's first career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $76,429.

Bet I Make U Famous was bred in Texas by James G. Markum and Robert Moudy. The gelding has won five of 22 starts, and his season resume includes a second-place finish, one-length behind winner Eyesa Shoofly Dandy, in the 870-yard, $15,000 Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs on January 7.

Corona La Jolla finished second and was followed by 3-5 favorite B And G Fast Dash, Game Own, Im Mighty Fast, and Agoutis Snowplow

Fastest qualifier Stone Cold
Leader was alone at the wire
in the second of four Gordon
Mobley Futurity trials. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

Indiana Grand
Racing in the second of four 300-yard trials on Saturday, Patrick Richardson's Stone Cold Leader recorded the fastest qualifying time to the $150,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-sired 2-year-olds on June 17

Stone Cold Leader defeated second-fastest qualifier Beach Mercedes by 1 3/4 lengths in :15.506. Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite, the Brookstone Bay gelding earned his second win in three outs and pushed his bankroll to $14,680.

Stone Cold Leader was bred by Mark Michel.

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Be Afraid made his career debut with a three-quarter length victory in the second of three Jaguar Rocket Futurity (R) trials on Saturday, and the gelded son of Tac It Like A Man is the fastest qualifier to the June 17, $100,000 final for Indiana-bred juveniles.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez, Be Afraid covered 300 yards in :15.757. Librado Barraza saddled the gelding for ownerr Leonardo Alcala.

Be Afraid was bred by Bradley D. Lewis, and he is out of the winning and stakes-placed Mr Eye Opener mare Cajun Eye Opener.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Saturday, eighth-fastest qualifier Keen Liaison outran her 21-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $98,200 Harley Greene Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ronald Hisby rode Keen Liaison to an upset
victory in Saturday's Harley Greene Derby.
PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Racing for James Black from the barn of trainer Erin Thompson, Keen Liaison defeated 9-1 longshot Kid Cartel by a nose. Ronald Hisby rode the bay daughter of the Sixes Royal stallion Sixes Liaison.

Keen Liaison has won two of four starts and has banked $65,410, of which $63,810 has been earned this season. The filly was bred by Gary Hess, and she was coming off of a second-place finish in her Harley Greene Derby trial on May 19.

"This is a nice mare who has been training really well," Thompson said. "She tries her hardest every time."

Thompson received Keen Liaison from Black and his wife, Connie, last fall, after the couple purchased her at a sale.

"She always breaks good and finishes strong," said James Black. "She won her first start for us and came back and finished second in her trial. We were just glad to make it to the final. This (the $54,010 winner's share of the Harley Greene Derby purse) is a lot of money."

"It's enough for us to bring another horse here," said Connie Black.

First Cucuy, the fastest qualifier and 5-2 favorite, finished third, a neck behind Keen Liaison. Hh Kentucky Krome, First Special Jess, Dreamers Liaison, Sixes Royal Opener, Powerfull Stone, Hez So Rare, and Sixes Turn completed the order of finish.

Jeffrey S. Wilson's Mighty Lucille, a homebred daughter of the Valiant Hero stallion Mighty B Valiant, is the fastest qualifier to the June 18, $32,090 Sport of Speed Sale Futurity (R).

Ridden by Dwight Lewis for trainer Allen Goodsell, Mighty Lucille on Saturday won the first of three 330-yard trials by one length in :16.418. The filly's victory was her first in two outs.

The Sport of Speed Sale Futurity is restricted to 2-year-olds who passed through the 2016 Sport of Speed Sale Futurity.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Remington Park
Bobby D. Cox's Itsmyivory kept his perfect record intact in Saturday's $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Prepped by Josue Ponce and sent to post as the 3-2 favorite, Itsmyivory went 350 yards in :17.576 under jockey Jose Alvarez, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from 19-1 longshot Aqua Girl. The homebred Ivory James gelding banked $25,000 while earning his third win in as many outs.

Itsmyivory was bred in Texas, and he is out of Itsmybag (TB), a 17-year-old daughter of the Devil's Bag stallion Bag (TB) who won two stakes in Louisiana from 2002-03. The gelding has earned $35,584.

Itsmyivory and Aqua Girl combined for a $2 exacta payoff of $89.80. Lady Eagle 123, a 26-1 longshot, finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $476.80 ($1) trifecta.

Red Midnite Storm, Sweet Fittin Jeans, Mas Pronto Que Alex, Weetonas Lafawn, Jess A Boy, Dash N Capi, and Dynamic Jake completed the order of finish.

SunRay Park
The field has been set for the June 18, $80,000-est. Four Corners Futurity.

Diamond Racing Stables' Beyond 15 made her debut with a 1 1/2-length victory in the last of four trials on Friday. Prepped by Shae Cox and ridden by Jose Luis Enriquez, the Desirio filly covered 350 yards in :17.168 and earned a 99 speed index while aided by a reported 6-mph tail wind.

Beyond 15 was bred in Oklahoma by Walter R. "Dick" Harrison. The filly was purchased for $8,000 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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