May 19-22 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Dash Quick Perry earned his first stakes victory in Friday's $15,000 Sam Houston Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of May 19-22. 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
Making his first start in two months, Rosalio Espinosa's Zooboo rallied to win Saturday's $50,000 Vinton Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds.

Zooboo went 400 yards in :19.565 while pinnning a head defeat on Jrs Coronas Shadow. Cipriano Vidana rode the brown Coronas Leaving You gelding for trainer Martin Trejo.

Zooboo was coming off of a neck victory in the 400-yard, $94,000 Mardi Gras Derby (R) at Louisiana Downs on March 18. The gelding was bred by Zingelmann and Crenwelge, and he has won three of seven starts, including two stakes, and he has earned $93,125.

Toasted Runaway finished third, a head behind the winner, and was followed by Hez Kwik, One Hot Flame, Tf Raceee Runaway, Dragon N Panther, and Fired Up Perry.

Indiana Grand
The field has been set for the June 3, $75,000 Harley Greene Derby (R) for Indiana-bred sophomores.

 
Making his first start in seven
months, First Cucuy won the
second of three Harley Greene
Derby trials on Friday. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

First Cucuy, a brown gelding by the Bono Jazz stallion Jazz Be First owned and trained by Sacramento Chavez, won the second of three 350-yard trials on Friday. First Cucuy defeated First Special Jess by three-quarters of a length in :17.784 while making his first start of the season. Jose Davila rode the gelding.

"I trained this horse last year for an owner, and he decided to sell all of his horses," said Chavez. "I wanted to keep this one, so I bought him myself.

"We took him to Oklahoma last winter, and he got a little sore and couldn't race," he added. "But I gave him plenty of time to get well before today's race. My only concern was that he might not be ready, but I was very pleased with him today."

First Cucuy was bred by Roger and Kimberly Beam. Raced in Oklahoma and Indiana, he has won two of 10 starts and has banked $25,270.

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Miles City
This track, located in Montana, presented a stakes doubleheader on Sunday. A full field of eight 2-year-olds went to post in the $25,770 Bucking Horse Sale Futurity, and fifth-fastest qualifier Tanquery Dash reached the wire first and earned the $12,885 winner's share of the purse.

Ridden by Holly Gervais, Tanquery Dash covered 300 yards in :15.847, and the homebred gelding's winning margin was a nose from Eyesa Special Cirrus. Jesse Villegas trains the son of Brindis Por Cayenne for owner Gerald F. Kaul.

Tanquery Dash was bred in Wyoming, and he is out of Dashin Dashetta, a homebred daughter of the Streakin Six stallion Dashin Moon Shadow and winner of the 2003 Yellowstone Derby at Yellowstone Downs in Billings, Montana. The gelding has won one of two starts and he has banked $13,085.

Fastest qualifier Eyesa Special Cirrus finished second and was followed by Over Drive Man, A Toast To Brindis, Super Starr, Jr Kaweahs Mountain, My Little Aleida, and Imma Make U Jealous.

Also on Sunday, Juanita Villegas' Eyesa Special Shadow, the second-fastest qualifier earned his first career stakes victory in the 350-yard, $20,305 Dan Lockie Derby.

Prepped by Jesse Villegas, Eyesa Special Shadow tripped the timer in :17.700 and recorded a 104 speed index under jockey Luis Peralta. The chestnut son of the winning Eyesa Special stallion Eyesa Special Slim won by a half of a length from Eyesa Special Harper and earned the $10,153 winner's share of the purse.

Eyesa Special Shadow was bred in Wyoming by Broken Bones Cattle Co. Campaigned in Wyoming and Montana, the chestnut gelding has won five of eight outs and has earned $22,451. He ended his 2-year-old season with a second-place finish in the Wyoming All-Breeds Futurity (R) at Energy Downs.

Go Roller Coaster, Had To Be Dreaming, fastest qualifier Super Coup Counter, Zebbies Lil Wrangler, Jessa Jet, and Runnin Bear Nay Kid completed the order of finish.

Sam Houston Race Park
Pete Scarmardo's Dash Quick Perry was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Friday's $15,000 Sam Houston Stakes.

Racing against a reported 15-mph head wind, Dash Quick Perry covered 350 yards in :17.668 and earned a 92 speed index, and his margin of victory was 1 1/2 lengths from 4-1 second choice My Moment Of Fame. Francisco Calderon rode the homebred 3-year-old son of Down N Dash for trainer Leon Bard.

Dash Quick Perry was facing aged runners for the first time, and he was coming off of a third-place finish, a neck behind winner So Rapido, in the 350-yard, $197,700 Sam Houston Derby (G3) on April 29. All told, the gelding has won five of 10 starts, and the $9,000 winner's share of the Sam Houston Stakes purse bumped his earnings to $65,754.

 
Agustin Hernandez's Thriving
Ivory scored a half-length win in
Monday's $15,000 Sam Houston
Distaff Stakes. PHOTO: Coady
Photography

Grand Ilusion finished third and was followed by Sizzlin Mr Perry, Cazzadores, Like A Denali, Dash Dont Cheat, and Dm La Jolla.

Making her first-ever start against aged runners, Thriving Ivory sprinted to a half-length victory in Monday's 300-yard Sam Houston Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares.

Campaigned by Agustin Hernandez from the barn of trainer Angel Sanchez, Thriving Ivory clocked the distance in :15.113 and recorded a 111 speed iindex on a track officially labeled "good." Francisco Calderon rode the 3-year-old daughter of Ivory James, who was coming off of a sixth-place finish in the April 29, 350-yard Sam Houston Derby (G3) at this track.

Thriving Ivory was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. The filly has won three of nine starts, and the $9,000 winner's share of the $15,000 purse pushed her bankroll to $127,333. Thriving Ivory's juvenile resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind Miss Alluring Menace, in the $443,050 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) at Retama Park.

Barefoot Beach, the 9-10 favorite in the field of eight, ran third and was followed by Jess Iam First Royal, Apollitical Girl, Hiclass Ms, Ima Dashing Gator, and Wish A Tong.

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