June 23-25 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Jess Kool Lady dominated the second of two Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby trials on Saturday. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 24-25. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual reca stories in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughouth the week.

Canterbury Park
Vodka At Moonlight, a homebred 3-year-old filly owned by Paul Luedemann's Summer Run Inc., won the $29,200 Bob Morehouse Stakes (R) on Sunday.

 
Vodka At Moonlight won Sunday's Bob
Morehouse Stakes, marking her second
stakes win at Canterbury Park. PHOTO:
Coady Photography

Ridden by Brayan Velazquez for trainer Jason Olmstead and sent to post as the 3-1 second choice, Vodka At Moonlight defeated 6-5 favorite Blacks Cartel by a head in :20.305 for 400 yards. The daughter of the Tres Seis stallion Triple Vodka scored her fourth win in seven starts and second stakes victory.

"She ran like I thought she would if she gave herself a chance," said Olmstead, who took the blinkers of Vodka At Moonlight after the filly's eighth-place finish in a Gopher State Derby trial on May 27, during which she sat down in the gate before the start. "We thought maybe (removing the blinkers) would help her relax if she could see everything in the gate."

Vodka At Moonlight earned $14,600 to push her bankroll to $63,324. The filly ended her 2-year-old campaign with a wire-to-wire victory in the 350-yard, $49,300 Minnesota Futurity (R) for state-bred juveniles.

The Bob Morehouse Stakes was restricted to 3-year-olds and older who are at least 50 percent owned by a Minnesota resident as of February 1, or Minnesota-breds.

Rey D Arrangue, Gramma Ella, Jess A Chance, Mountain Rake and I Am The Doctor. 

Chippewa Downs
John Bubel's Miss Vals Easy Cash broke her maiden with a halff-length win in the 350-yard Northern Plains Futurity on Sunday.

Saddled by Terry Davis, Miss Vals Easy Cash stopped the timer in :19.540. Damon Leeds rode the homebred sorrel daughter of Such Easy Cash.

Miss Vals Easy Cash has won one of three starts, and the $8,865 winner's share of the $17,729 purse increased his earnings to $9,610.

Special Red Charmer, Little Speed Wagon, Ima Dakota Runner, Eye Hasta Be Fast, and Jennas Easy Victory completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, Dennis Halvorson's Sweet Easy Cash was a prompt 11-10 favorite in the 350-yard, $15,095 North Dakota QHRA Maturity.

Ridden by Jeremy Herman for trainer Leo Herman, Sweet Easy Cash defeated Winning Script by a neck in :18.240. The homebred 9-year-old Such Easy Cash gelding returned a $4.20 win mutuel while earning his 20th win in 55 starts and bumping his bankroll to $58,607.

Sweet Easy Cash was bred in North Dakota by John Bubel.

Chicks Skidoo ran third, one length behind Sweet Easy Cash, and was followed by No Such Tellin, Ss Dynasty, Dynasty Time, and Jennas Easy Eagle.

Delta Downs
Tony Doughtie's Tdz Fast Dasher extended her win streak to four with a one-length victory in Friday's $24,650 Par-A-Dice Stakes (R).

Ridden by Noe Castaneda for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr., Tdz Fast Dasher covered 300 yards in :14.996 while earning a 106 speed index and missing the track record by just 18/1000ths of a second. The $12,000 winner's share of the purse increased the homebred 3-year-old Heza Fast Dash filly's bankroll to $39,770, of which $31,380 has been pocketed this season.

Tdz Fast Dasher has won five of her nine starts, including four of five this season.

The Ground Game finished second and was followed by Tellem Im Pumped, Mariachy King, Tf Little Bit Rowdy, Lil Bro Big Streak, Jess Iam First Royal, Less Effortless, and Di Maria.

The Par-A-Dice Stakes was restricted to horses who have not won a stakes race.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Saturday. Justin L. Robinson's Admiral Zoomwalt outdueled Thespeedprofessor down the stretch to win the 870-yard, $17,500 Expo Square Stakes.

Prepped by John Weghorst, Admiral Zoomwalt defeated Thespeedprofessor by a half of a length in :45.341. Donell Blake rode the 5-year-old sorrel son of Shazoom.

Admiral Zoomwalt was coming off of a third-place finish in the June 3, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Championship (G3). The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Mike Nobles and Christine Hudson, and he has won 10 of 27 starts, including four stakes. The $10,338 winner's share of the purse from his third 870 stakes victory bumped his earnings to $141,451.

Give It To Shaq, Droppin Timber, Blazen Panther, Petes Favorite, J Boy A, and Cyber Cat completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, the Kendrix Brothers' Dean Miracle Ladd scored his first stakes win in the $17,500 Fair Meadows Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Under jockey Mario Delgado, who rode Dean Miracle Ladd for trainer Ed Hardy, the homebred son of Dashair defeated Chasin My Desire by a neck while making his 350-yard trip in :17.939. The one-time $15,000 claimer pocketed $10,230 to push his bankroll to $18,660.

Dean Miracle Ladd's dam, My Miracle Lady, is a homebred 7-year-old winning daughter of champion Dean Miracle. The gelding has won two of three starts.

Candyman Dash ran third, a half of a length behind the winner, and was followed by Ivory Trader, Cy Captain Ed, Jessatacthiscorona, Mighty B Good, 2-1 favorite Dejango, Mr Rushmore, and Streakinonthestrip.

Indiana Grand
Jesus Daniel Padilla's Shes Da One On Fire made her 5-year-old debut with a wire-to-wire victory in the $49,600 Indiana Grand Classic Stakes (R) on Friday.

Prepped by Sacramento Chavez, Shes Da One On Fire covered 400 yards on a sloppy and sealed track in :19.981 under jockey Jose Davila, and her margin of victory was a half of a length from A Tacky Chick.

Shes Da One On Fire was making her first official start since October 22, when the Walk Thru Fire mare was placed third following a double disqualification in the 400-yard, $85,183 Indiana Championship Stakes (R). The mare was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, and she has won four of 17 outs and has earned $68,636.

Hr Chatter Wagon ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Shes Da One On Fire. Mavara Vegas, Jumpn Chick, Beach Birde, and Miss Huerfanita completed the order of finish.

The field has been set for the July 8, $50,000-added Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby.

Jess Kool Lady, a bay daughter of Apollitical Jess owned by Enrique Ibarra, is the fastest qualifier following her 3 3/4-length win in the last of two trials on Saturday. Ridden by Giovani Vazquez-Gomez for trainer Victor Olivo, the Oklahoma-bred filly went 400 yards in :19.551 while posting a 103 speed index and her fifth victory in seven starts.

Jess Kool Lady was bred by Stuart and Streibig and has banked $61,224, of which $42,124 has been earned this season. She was a finalist in the March 25 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Los Alamitos
Trippys Royal Jess, a homebred Apollitical Jess filly owned by Abigail K. Kawananakoa, parlayed a sharp break into a three-quarter length win in Saturday's $15,000 Indigo Illusion Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.

 
Trippys Royal Jess and jockey Cesar
DeAlba pose in the Los Alamitos
winner's circle after the filly's victory
in Saturday's Indigo Illusion Handicap.
PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Trained by Chris O'Dell, Trippys Royal Jess went 350 yards in :17.527 and recorded a 95 speed index. The chestnut filly earned $8,250 and her first stakes win.

"I've always liked this filly," said Cesar DeAlba, who rode Trippys Royal Jess. "She ran a big second in the (La Pacifica Handicap), and she didn't break very sharp. But tonight she broke very sharp and ran up the track.

"When she broke that good I knew I was in good shape," he added. "When she broke, I knew it was game over.”

Trippys Royal Jess was bred in California, and she is out off Trippys Royal Dash, a winning homebred 15-year-old daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash. The filly's third dam, the Scout Leader (TB) mare Trippy Dip (TB), produced champions Calyx, Florentine, and Ive Been Blessed.

Raced exclusively in California, Trippys Royal Jess has won five of 12 starts and has earned $35,400.

Scholarly, Doing Trix, Sweet Aguila, Rayshas Pink Sky, and Staggering Stride completed the order of finish.

On Sunday, Mark and Peggy Brown's Kissed By An Eagle sprinted to a three-quarter length win in the $25,000 Vandy's Flash Handicap for 3-year-olds.

 
Mark and Peggy Brown's Kissed By An
Eagle earned his second stakes win in
Sunday's $25,000 Vandy's Flash
Handicap for 3-year-olds. PHOTO: Los
Alamitos Racecourse

Sent to post as the 7-2 third choice in the field of seven, Kissed By An Eagle went 400 yards in :19.757 ane earned a 92 speed index. Cesar DeAlba rode the homebred gelded son of One Famous Eagle for trainer Dennis Givens.

Kissed By An Eagle was bred in Idaho. His dam, the homebred Legendary Dreamer mare Dreaming Of Kisses, won the 2010 Bitterroot Futurity (RG2) at Pocatello Downs. The gelding's half brother, Jess My Kiss, was a finalist in the June 18 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at this track.

"She's quite a mare," Mark Brown said of Dreaming Of Kisses. "She's given us two nice horses."

Kissed By An Eagle was making his first start since December 11, when the gelding ran sixth in the Grade 1, 400-yard Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity. He's won five of 10 starts, including last year's John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge Stakes, and he has earned $153,781. His resume includes a third-place finish in the 350-yard John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on October 29.

"We turned him out for a rest after the Two-Million," Brown said. "We ran him pretty hard last year. He got into a lot of trouble in the Two-Million. He got bumped and was way back and was really flying back at the end of that.

"We wanted to give him a little bit of time and wait until the later derbies," he added. "We've been aiming him for this race so that it could set him up for the Golden State Derby trials (on August 6) and the Los Alamitos Super Derby later on."

Lotta Blues Man, the 17-10 favorite, ran second and was followed by Bannister, Stelfast, Favorite Aquaholic, Imaqtpie, and Hold Sway.

Retama Park
Sarah Huskey's Fdp Rock Solid rallied to win Saturday's $15,000 Ben E. Keith Stakes (R) for Texas-bred 3-year-olds.

Saddled by Esteban Rubio, Fdp Rock Solid defeated Dm Mighty La Jolla by a neck in :16.742 for 330 yards. Noe Villatoro rode the homebred sorrel son of Rock Solid Jess.

Fdp Rock Solid was making his first start since April 17, when he ran third in a Sam Houston Derby (G3) trial, his first out of the year. All told, the gelding has won five of eight races and has earned $187,047, of which $177,212 was pocketed during a juvenile campaign in which he won the Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs and the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity (RG3 at this track.

Turbo Bok was third, a half of a length behind Fdp Rock Solid, and was followed by 3-5 favorite Thriving Ivory, Ivory, and Rc Money Nuts.

Sandy Downs
Movin The Doe sprinted to a three-quarter length win in Saturday's Bitterroot Derby.

Owned and trained by Luis Gonzales and sent to post as the 5-1 third choice, Movin The Doe covered 400 yards in a hand-timed :19.670. Jesus Valenzuela rode the sorrel son of Maknmoves, who banked the $9,852 winner's share of the $24,630 purse.

Movin The Doe was bred in Utah by Steve Berry. The sorrel gelding is out of Bundle Doe, a 13-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat (TB) stallion Hennessy (TB). He traces back to his third dam, the Special Effort mare and 19888 Rainbow Derby (G1) finalist Genuine Knockout.

Raced at five different tracks in four states, Movin The Doe has won seven of his 14 starts, including last year's AQRA President's Fall Futurity at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, and he has earned $66,306.

Duck Dash N Go ran second and was followed by Jb Corona Heart, 11-10 favorite A Corona Hustle, Nightly Fire, Cm Partners In Crime, Alegendinmytime, and One Sweet Fool. Dashing Executive and My Rambling Eagle were scratched.

Wyoming Downs
Jim Nebeker's Foose Dust broke his maiden with a neck victory in the fifth of six Wyoming Bred Futurity (R) trials on Saturday, and the homebred son of Foose is the fastest qualifier to the $35,000-est. final on July 8.

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Riley Moosman, Foose Dust covered 300 yards in :15.427 while earning a 96 speed index and his first win in two outs. The sorrel gelding is out of Out Of The Dust, a homebred winning daughter of Maknmoves and a finalist in the 2011 Sweetwater Downs Futurity and '12 Bitterroot Derby (R).

Click here for complete list of finalists.

Vvr Dazzling Corona is the fastest qualifier to the July 9, $23,000 Wyoming Bred Derby (R).

Ridden by Jesus Virgen for owner Casey Albert Lipp and trainer Skyler Greene, Vvr Dazzling Corona on Sunday won the first of three trials by a nose for her first victory in nine starts. The homebred daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Coronas Velvet covered 350 yards in :17.564 and recorded a 93 speed index.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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