March 11-12 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
March 11, 2017
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of March 11-12. 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.
Valiant Rogue, a 4-year-old Valiant Hero gelding trained by reigning champion trainer Judd Kearl for owner Wyok Ranch LLC, was a prompt 5-2 favorite in the $61,800 Mighty Deck Three Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds on Sunday.
Under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, Valiant Rogue went 250 yards in :13.167 and posted a 92 speed index while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. The $34,080 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $632,902, of which $525,840 was earned last season.
Valiant Rogue was bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms, and he sold for $20,000 at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico. The gelding has won six of 14 starts, and at Ruidoso Downs last summer he put together a three-race win streak that included a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length victory in the 440-yard, $1,224,488 Rainbow Derby (G1).
Sam Crow finished second, a nose behind Valiant Rogue. Tempting Valor, Bye Byefreighttrain, Win Rabbits Fly, Llano Cartel, Load Your Guns, B Double U, Knockemout Capi, and As and Js completed the order of finish.
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