May 12-14 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Mega Hero won Friday's Old South Derby at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of May 12-14. 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.

Delta Downs
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Friday. Third-fastest qualifier Mega Hero sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in the $62,715 Old South Derby.

Ridden by Manuel Guiterrez for owner Double H Racing Investment LLC and trainer Jose Sanchez, Mega Hero covered 350 yards in :17.611 while earning a 92 speed index and his second win in as many outs this season. The $31,358 winner's share of the purse from his first-ever stakes victory pushed the Jet Black Patriot gelding's bankroll to $43,095.

Mega Hero was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklin's Horse Farm LLC. Campaigned in Texas and Louisiana, the gelding has won four of seven outs, and he was a finalist in last year's Grade 3, 300-yard Harrah's Entertainment Futurity at Louisiana Downs.

Ardor, Tres Seis Sign, Jmf Western Cartel, Td Famous Jes, Jess A Fighter, Tough Too Catch, Sizzlin Stewart, Jmf Dashing, and First Impulse completed the order of finish.

Also on Friday, odds-on favorite Heza Bell Perry outsprinted seven opponents to the wire in the $39,100 Delta 550 Stakes.

Owned and trained by Javier N. Contreras, Heza Bell Perry went 550 yards in :26.947 and recorded a 101 speed index, and his winning margin was a half of a length from 15-1 longshot Coronas Statement. Alfonso Lujan rode the 6-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding.

Heza Bell Perry has won all three of his races this year, including the 550-yard, $20,000 Harris County Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on March 31. The gelding was bred in Louisiana by Mars Racing, and he has won 11 of his 27 starts. The $24,000 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes score bumped his bankroll to $171,106, of which $44,400 has been earned this season.

Dont Temp Me earned his first stakes
win in Saturday's Old South Futurity.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Ww Showtime finished third and was followed by Bar Struck, Super Sonic Patriot, Gone Cartel, Chuys Valcom, and Apollitical Courage.

Rigo and Sally Flores' Dont Temp Me, a homebred son of champion Tempting Dash and the third-fastest qualifier, remained undefeated following his one-length win in Saturday's $81,430 Old South Futurity.

Ridden by Eduardo Luviano, Dont Temp Me covered his 330-yard trip in :16.556 and posted a 101 speed index. Rodolfo Sanchez prepped the sorrel colt.

Dont Temp Me is out of the 10-year-old Mr Jess Perry mare Fast Prize Rose. His second dam, the Heza Fast Man mare Fast First Prize, won the 2002 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.

Dont Temp Me has won both of his outs, including his trial on April 22, and he has banked $43,715

Capitan Jimbob, the 19-10 favorite in the full field of 10, finished second and was followed by Sixes Flas, Lees Dasher, Emnent, Aguila, fastest qualifier The Cartel Warrior, Dezignator, Moon Dash Cartel, and Tres Seis Flare.

First Fancy Prize, a graded stakes placed 4-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare, scored her first stakes win in the $28,450 Mother's Day Stakes for distaffers on Saturday.

Campaigned by Scott D. Jones, Monica Jones, and Raymond Loup, First Fancy Prize led at every call en route to a half-length victory over Fast Dash Chicks, and she covered 350 yards in :17.404. John Hamilton rode the mare for trainer Michael Taylor.

First Fancy Prize was bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley and W.E. Smith, and she was stretching out in distance off of a second-place run in the 250-yard Delta Dash Stakes on April 21. Racing in Oklahoma and Louisiana, the mare has won four of 11 starts and has banked $113,804, and her resume includes a second-place finish in the 2015 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at this track.

Jls Ms Politicaljess, Mary Me Anna, Sheza Streakin Class, San Lorenzo Lady, Jetz A Streakin, Cajun Diva, and Do Not Blink completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Abigail Kawanakoa’s Staggering Stride, the $150,000 sale-topper at the 2015 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, earned her first stakes victory in Friday's 350-yard, $25,000 La Pacifica Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.

Prepped by Chris O'Dell and ridden by Cody Jensen, Staggering Stride defeated stablemate Trippys Royal Jess by a half of a length in :17.577. The California-bred daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry earned $13,750 to bump her bankroll to $76,266.

“It’s nice because this is a stakes race and it gives (her) black type,” said O’Dell. "We’ve been close in a couple of derbies, and Abigail will be happy. This one was for Abigail. She ran first and second so she’ll be very happy.

"Derby trials will be next," he added. "This filly has always been sound so we’ll keep on rolling with the flow.”

Staggering Stride was bred by John Andreini, and she is a daughter of the Grade 1-winning Tolltac mare Dinastia Toll BRZ. The filly is a half sister to champion FDD Dynasty and 2015 All American Derby (G1) winner Apollitical Blood.

Campaigned exclusively at this track, Staggering Stride has won five of 13 races. Her resume includes a third-place finish in the April 1 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) and a fourth-place run in the February 11 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1).

Brimmin Corona, Sweet Aguila, Kiddy Up Cowgirl, Apollititaka, Start Somethin Bad, Jess Mas, and All Kinds Of Kind completed the order of finish.

Miles City
Two sets of trials were contested at this track on Sunday. Steve W. Day's Eyesa Special Cirrus posted the fastest qualifying time to the May 21, $17,500-est. Bucking Horse Sale Futurity.

Ridden by Luis Peralta for trainer Jesse Villegas, Eyesa Special Cirrus won the last of four 300-yard trials by a half of a length in :15.154. The chestnut gelding by the Eyesa Special stallion Eyesa Special Slimi was bred in Wyoming by Broken Bones Cattle Co.,and he was making his first official start.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Sunday, the field was set for the May 21, $15,000-est. Dan Lockie Derby for 3-year-olds. Linford Ranch Horses' Super Coup Counter broke his maiden with a two-length victory in the last of three trials.

Ridden by Juan Ramirez for trainer David Greene, Super Coup Counter went 350 yards in :18.092 while making his season debut and winning for the first time in seven outs. The gelding was bred in Montana and is by the First Down Dash stallion Profit Increase out of the unraced homebred Sir Antonio mare Madam Coup.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Pocatello Downs
Miss Czech, a homebred brown daughter of Ragazzo owned and trained by Fredy Olmos, made her debut with a wire-to-wire, two-length win in the fourth of five Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity trials on Sunday.

Ridden by Santiago Jimenez, Miss Czech earned a 103 speed index and the fastest qualifying time to the May 28, $25,000-added final, as the filly covered 330 yards in :16.858.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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