March 18-19 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Making his first start at the distance, Terry McLean's Apollitical Man won Saturday's 550-yard SLM Big Daddy Stakes at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Following is a recap of official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of March 18-19. For recaps of non-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.

Los Alamitos
EG High Desert Farms' Jess Ravin was a prompt 2-5 favorite in Saturday's 350-yard, $15,000 Corona Kool Handicap for fillies and mares.

Jesus Ayala rode Jess Ravin to a three-
quarter length win in Saturday's Corona
Kool Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO:
Los  Alamitos Racecourse

Jess Ravin defeated 13-1 longshot Unfinished Biz by three-quarters of a length while scoring her fifth career stakes victory. Jesus Ayala rode the homebred 4-year-old Corona Cartel mare for trainer Yanet Rodriguez.

"When she behaves in the gate, things tend to go well for this mare," said Ayala, who also rode Jess Ravin to her half-length win in the February 10, 330-yard Flare For Toby Handicap at this track. "It's a different story when she gets distracted or nervous. That's when we have problems.

"We've been working with her in the morning in the gate, and she's done well," he added. "When she focuses in the gate, she's a lot of fun to ride."

Jess Ravin was bred in Oklahoma by You and Me Partners. Campaigned primarily in California, the mare has won eight of 14 starts, including last year's Grade 3, 400-yard Las Damas Handicap, and she has banked $128,691.

Lady Perry On Fire finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Jess Ravin. All Right Now, Apollitical Dasher, Sorelli, Perky, and Give Me Sum Sugar completed the order of finish.

Louisiana Downs
Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in a field of five, Juan F. Martinez-Labastida's Jess Bein The Hero sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $15,000 Streakin La Jolla Stakes.

Jess Bein The Hero defeated 7-2 second choice A Kool Secret by a neck in :19.499. 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. He has won four of five starts and has earned $51,553, and his two stakes victories during this track's winter meet include the 350-yard, $15,000 Swift Stakes on January 28.

Apollitical Wave, Louisiana Legends, and Rebas Tres Seis completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Zooboo outran his 18-1 odds to win the $93,898 Mardi Gras Derby (R) for Louisiana-bred sophomores.

Ridden by Cipriano Vidana for owner Rosalio Espinosa and trainer Martin Trejo, Zooboo covered 400 yards in :19.593 while posting a 105 speed index. The $42,255 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed the Coronas Leaving You gelding's bankroll to $63,125 from six outs.

Zooboo was bred by Zinglemann and Crenwelge. The gelding's resume includes a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner One Hot Flame, in last year's 350-yard, $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R) at Louisiana Downs.

Zooboo's margin of victory was a neck from Jrs Coronas Shadow, a 20-1 longshot. The pair combined for a $2 exacta dividend of $544.80.

Zooboo was coming off of a third-place finish in his trial on February 26, his first start in more than seven months.

"He needed an out after the layoff," said Saul Romero, Trejo's assistant. "David (Alvarez), who rode him in the trials, chose the fastest qualifier (Shatto Stoli), and we understood. Cipriano broke him for us, so he knows him well and did a good job today."

Fabulously Fast Game finished third and was followed by Tf Eyesa Firefighter, Coronaoro, odds-on favorite Shatto Stoli, No Politics Here, Ivys Best Game, La Mos Corona, and Tee Mata.

Remington Park
Apollitical Man parlayed a sharp break from his rail post into a wire-to-wire, neck victory in the 550-yard SLM Big Daddy Stakes on Saturday.

Ridden by James Flores for owner Terry McLean of Claremore, Oklahoma, and trainer Gerry McLean, Apollitical Man stopped the timer in :26.999 and recorded a 99 speed index while making his first-ever start at the 550 trip. The $29,730 winner's share of the $50,360 purse pushed the 5-year-old gelded son of Apollitical Jess' earnings to $84,268.

"This horse had a really great start; I thought he broke the best," said Flores. "I saw the 4 (He Is The Risingstar) running to me, but my horse saw him and rebroke. He got stronger and held on for the win."

Apollitical Man was bred in Oklahoma by James and Marilyn Helzer. The SLM Big Daddy marked his first start since November 5, when he ran third in the inaugural Jerry Jaggers Memorial Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.

All told, Apollitical Man has won six of 14 races, and his two lifetime stakes victories include a three-quarter length score in last year's 440-yard, $18,720 OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes at Will Rogers.

The 17-10 favorite in the full field of 10, He Is The Risingstar finished second. The 5-year-old Mr Jess Perry gelding was making his first-ever start at this track after he won two stakes at the 550-yard distance at Los Alamitos.

Specials Jess, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy, Rockin Disco, Silver Citizen, Mixed Fantasy, Cjs Rocksolid, First Sweet Midnite, and Cr Tuckernuck completed the order of finish.

Rillito Park
Jfr Moonshine broke this track's 300-yard record in Saturday's $20,000 Piggin String Stakes.

Ridden by Michael Ybarra for owner and trainer Francisco Rodriguez, Jfr Moonshinie defeated Mr Jb Perry by a nose in ;14.997. In addition to breaking the previous track record of :15.031 set by Jess Ta Fied in the Piggin String Stakes trials on March 4, the homebred 4-year-old son of champion First Moonflash recorded a 114 speed index and banked the $11,000 winner's share of the purse.

Jfr Moonshine was bred in Arizona. The brown gelding has won two of his four official starts and has earned $12,177.

Jess Wilson, Jess Ta Fied, Closing Time, Frontera Special, Beer Thirty, and Hezaregal Charmer completed the order of finish.

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