May 5-7 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
May 4, 2017
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of May 5-7. 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.
Sent to post as the 5-2 favorite in a field of seven state-bred sprinters, Pete Scarmardo's Running Game Patriot sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in the $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes (R).
Ridden by Donald Guynes for trainer Brian Stroud, Running Game Patriot covered 350 yards in :17.453, and the 5-year-old Game Patriot gelding's margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from My Favorite Blue. In addition to earning a 95 speed index, Running Game Patriot banked the $24,000 winner's share of the purse.
Running Game Patriot was bred by S Bar S and Ryan Robicheaux. Raced exclusively in his home state, he has won four of 23 starts and has earned $119,584, and his resume includes a third-place finish in last year's 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds.
The Louisiana Purchase Stakes was restricted to Louisiana-breds who had not previously won a stakes.
Heza Fast Wokatee, Lil Bro Big Streak, First Prize Jet, Zoominforgrady, and The Renaissance Man completed the order of finish.
Stelfast, a 3-year-old Stel Corona colt trained by Valentin Zamudio for owner Eva Carrazco, sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday's Dillingham Handicap for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by Cruz Mendez, Stelfast led at every call and reached the wire in 19.740 for 400 yards. The colt was coming off of a victory in the April 2, 400-yard El Primero del Ano Derby (G3) at this track.
Stelfast was bred in California by Paul Jones and Marcello Jorge. The colt has won four of 16 races, and the $13,750 winner's share of the $25,000 purse increased his earnings to $178,332, of which $117,747 has been banked from five starts this year.
Stelfast was a finalist in last year's 350-yard Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) for California-breds and 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3).
Bannister finished second and was followed by That Rico, Favorite Aquaholic, On The Go, Myfavoritestreaker, Hold Sway, and even-money favorite Lotta Blues Man.
Mals First Down earned his third career stakes victory in Saturday's $20,000 Markel Northlands Park Bonus Challenge.
Racing for Charlie Weaselhead and Jim Plume and trained by William Leech, Mals First Down defeated Cruisinfourabruisin by a head under jockey Jose Rocha. No official time was reported to Equibase.
Mals First Down was bred in Oklahoma by Bill T. Robbins and has been campaigned exclusively in the province of Alberta since he broke his maiden in his career debut at Grants Pass Downs in southern Oregon on June 30, 2013. The 6-year-old gelding is by Shazoom out of the winning First Down Dash mare First A Princess.
Mals First Down has won eight of his 27 outs and he has earned $52,272.
Experimental Rocket finished third and was followed by Canadian Timber, Toughie, First Prize Sass, and Fiftys Carbon Copy.
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Stolis Pro, a homebred 6-year-old gelding owned by Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, led at every call en route to a 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $25,000 Governor's Cup Marathon Stakes.
Ridden by Francisco Calderon, Stolis Pro covered 870 yards in :45.676 and earned a 98 speed index. Leon Bard prepped the son of champion Stoli.
"He left great, but about three jumps out of the gate his back end slipped a little," said Calderon. "But he got back into gear and ran perfect."
Stolis Pro was coming off of a wire-to-wire, 2 1/4-length victory in the 870-yard, $19,000 AQHA Texas Distance Challenge Stakes at this track on April 15. All told, the gelding has won eight of 27 outs, including seven of 11 at this distance, and the $15,000 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $86,696.
"He's done really well since we started him at 870 yards," said Windham. "He's a good finishing horse. We'll plan on running him a little bit over the summer and hopefully get to Prairie Meadows (for the October 14, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship [G1])."
Corona La Jolla, The Field Cricket, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy, and God I Am Handsome completed the order of finish.
Rogelio Marquez Jr.'s Wild Tycoon made his 5-year-old debut a winning one, as the son of champion Tempting Dash sprinted to a half-length victory in the 110-yard, $15,000 Texas Twister Stakes on Saturday.
|Rogelio Marquez Jr.'s Wild
Tycoon earned his first stakes
win in Saturday's Texas Twister
Stakes. PHOTO: Coady
Saddled by Carlos Saldivar, Wild Tycoon stopped the electronic timer in :6.920 under jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. The gelding was making his first official start since December 17, when he ran eighth in a 300-yard, $10,500 open-condition allowance dash at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.
"It was a really good race for this horse," said Ramirez. "He broke pretty sharp; everybody else was making so much noise in the gate, but it didn't seem to bother him at all. He beat them pretty easily."
Wild Tycoon was bred in Louisiana by Richard and Janelle Simon, and he was making his first-ever start at this short distance on Saturday. The gelding has won seven of 18 races and has banked $51,511, and he was a finalist in the 2015 Old South Derby at Delta Downs.
"He set a 220-yard track record at Louisiana Downs, so we knew he was a specialist in short distance," said Marquez, a resident of Rosenberg, Texas. "He's been good at other distances as well; he set the fastest time for the Old South Derby."
Katharsis, Red Corona Warrior, Undivided Atemption, Surviving Legend, Shezarealfast, Last Man Standin, On The Wagon, Shakem Valentine, and Shine Rock N Foll completed the order of finish.
Kool Odds broke his maiden in the $28,318 Pot O' Gold Futurity on Sunday.
Prepped by Ryan Hanson for Hanson Racing LLC and Robin D. Dunn, Kool Odds covered his 300-yard trip in :15.673, and his winning margin was a half of a length from fastest qualifier and 3-2 favorite Recking Ball. Eddie Aceves rode the California-bred son of Favorite Cartel.
Kool Odds was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California, and the brown colt made his debut with a second-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind Recking Ball, in his Pot O' Gold Futurity trial on April 23. Kool Odds is out of Kool Kue Chick, a winning homebred 16-year-old daughter of Chicks Beduino and a half sister to champion Kool Kue Baby.
The $11,025 winner's share of the purse pushed Kool Odds' earnings to $11,285.
Sweet Dream Demon ran third and was followed officially by Zoomin For Jas, Corona B Gone, Fdd Dynasty Too, Diva Has It, Pendelton Promenade, My Twisted Sistar, and Dont Hezitate.
Kingsbury was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Friday's $30,000 Marathon Stakes.
Campaigned by Javier V. Beltran and trainer Tony Sedillo, Kingsbury covered 870 yards in :46.597, and his winning margin was a clear 2 3/4 lengths from 4-1 third choice Fire Thorn. The $18,000 winner's share of the purse bumped the 6-year-old brown gelding's earnings to $173,609.
Kingsbury was bred in New Mexico by Rafter W Stables. Raced exclusively in his home state, the gelding has won seven of 34 races, including five of 22 at the 870 distance, and his two stakes victories include last year's 1,000-yard, $20,000 Bobby Dan Crenshaw Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.
Funny Munny ran third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Kingsbury. Bombay Bob (TB), Nmoceanfrontproperty, and Runaway Jeans completed the order of finish.
On Sunday, Orlando Villa's Galion extended his winning streak to five in Sunday's 400-yard, $30,000 La Plata Stakes.
Ridden by Raul Herrera for trainer Michael Megariz III, Galion defeated Major Moonflash by a half of a length in :19.557 while aided by a reported 12-mph tail wind. The 8-year-old Shazoom gelding earned a 94 speed index and the $18,000 winner's share of the purse.
Galion was bred by Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas. He has won eight of 20 outs and has banked $128,593, and his current winning streak began at this track on May 18, 2014.
Cut Loose Taylor finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Galion, and was followed by Easily Bono, Six Episodes, Fire N Dice, Jm Disco Rey, Only Business, Jessa Dashin, and Wahoo Raider.
Jose Figueroa rode One Sweet Fool to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $19,515 Jake Kapp Memorial Stakes on Saturday.
Saddled by Jay Pitcher for owners Kirk Woolf and Ralph Hartline, One Sweet Fool covered 350 yards in :18.219 against a reported 15-mph head wind. The 3-year-old palomino gelding was scoring his second win in 10 outs and first stakes victory.
One Sweet Fool was bred in Idaho by Kirk Woolf. The One Sweet Jess gelding is out of Gigarad, a 14-year-old graded stakes winning daughter of Dash To Chivato who ran third in the 2005 AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.
The $7,809 winner's share of the Jake Kapp Memorial purse increased One Sweet Fool's bankroll to $17,225.
Solid Hitter finished second and was followed by One Hot Dial, Sammi James Smith, Fresno Ca, Confront, Signatures Taxman, Jess Chugger, Broken Spell, and Winners Policy.
Also on Saturday, Steve G. Berry's Sb Hoonigan earned his first stakes victory in the 300-yard, $73,885 Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity.
Ridden by Jesus Canales for trainer Alvaro Torres, Sb Hoonigan defeated Panthers Fast Dash by a head in :15.615. The homebred brown gelding's victory was his second in as many starts and pushed his bankroll to $29,908.
Sb Hoonigan is by Jr Dynasty Mountain, a 7-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty who won the 2013 AQHA Derby Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos. The gelding's dam, Be Bac Later, is an unraced 18-year-old mare by Splash Bac.
The sixth-fastest qualifier, Sb Hoonigan made his debut with a 1 1/2-length win in the fifth of 13 trials on April 22.
Yourdarkestnitemare, the fastest qualifier, ran third, a neck behind the winner. Dust Stone, Running Your Wagon, One Sweet Dance, My Special Fury, Jr McCutchen, Sb Itty Bitty, and Bk Skat Kat completed the order of finish.
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