May 27-29 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

WH Design By Dash wins Saturday's Born Runner Classic for state-breds at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of May 27-29. 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.

Canterbury Park
Tom Maher's One Famous Sign is the fastest qualifier to the June 10, $32,750 Gopher State Derby for sophomores.

Ridden by Brayan Velazquez for trainer Jason Olmstead on Saturday, One Famous Sign won the last of three 400-yard trials by a neck in :20.244. The Oklahoma-bred son of One Famous Eagle was winning for the second time in eight outs.

One Famous Sign was bred by The Mixer Ranch.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Indiana Grand
WH Design By Dash, a 6-year-old son of the Brimmerton stallion Brimmstone owned by Julia Rae Martin, sprinted to a three-quarter length win in Saturday's $84,200 Born Runner Classic Stakes (R) for Indiana-breds.

 
Paul and Julia Martin are interviewed by
Indiana Grand's Nancy Holthus after
Saturday's Born Runner Classic Stakes.
PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Prepped by Paul Martin, the owner's husband, WH Design By Dash went 400 yards in :19.913 and earned a 93 speed index under jockey Oscar Macias. The $46,310 winner's share of the purse from the sorrel gelding's third career stakes victory bumped his bankroll to $296,857 from 33 outs, all at this track.

"The difference in this horse between last year and this year is that I think we have the horse in better condition," said Paul Martin. "Julia thought he was a little heavy last year, so we put a little more training in him this year. He will eat anything you put in front of him and still does, but he has more work in him this year.

"We were actually going to retire him at the end of last year,' he added. "Julia and I rode him around last winter justt for pleasure, and he was feeling good and looking good. We had him x-rayed and he came back clean. The vet told us we would be crazy not to put him back in training.

"The game plan was to run him a couple of times this year and see how he did. We will see how he comes out of this race before we decide if we'll run him again."

WH Design By Dash was bred by Greg Morrison. The gelding has won 10 races, including the 2015 Born Runner Classic and Leader Of The Class Stakes.

Heza Beach Bum finished second and was followed by The Cartel Concept, Beach Cartel, Beach Birde, Heisasheis, Dixie Cup Lou, Beach Bum Eddie, Coco Beach, and Dna Dales Quick Cat.

Laurel Brown
Two sets of futurity trials were contested on Saturday. SB Hoonigan, a homebred son of the Fdd Dynasty stallion Jr Dynasty Mountain, posted the fastest qualifying time to the June 17, $80,000-est. Beehive Futurity.

Racing for Steve G. Berry from the barn of trainer Alvaro Torres, SB Hoonigan remained undefeated with a three-length victory in the seventh of eight 350-yard trials. The gelding has won all three of his starts, including the May 6 Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity at Weber Downs, and he has banked $30,308.

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Also on Saturday, Kenia Pinela Marioni's Masons Moon recorded the fastest qualifying time to the South Valley Futurity.

Prepped by Luis H. Gonzalez and ridden by Alan Miramontes, Masons Moon won the first of three 330-yard trials by a neck in :16.859. The First Moonflash filly was making her career debut.

Masons Moon was bred in New Mexico by Mike Abraham.

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Pocatello Downs
Second-fastest qualifier Wagonfullofdividends was first to the wire in Monday's $30,000 Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity.

Ridden by Eddie Aceves and sent to post as the 19-10 favorite in a field of eight, Wagonfullofdividends went 330 yards in :16.652, and his winning margin was two lengths from Royallittlewagon. The bay son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon earned $13,800 from his second win in as many outs.

Mark Hanson prepped Wagonfullofdividends for owners Rtm Stables LLC and Shauna Dunn. The colt is out of Ms Athenas Dividend, a winning and stakes-placed 10-year-old daughter of champion Brimmerton.

Wagonfullofdividends was bred in Texas by Randy and Sandy Coleman, and he was a $25,000 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

Pcr Mad Version, Acadillac, Dashair Special, fastest qualifier Miss Czech, Ms Southern Charm, and Candy Secret completed the order of finish.

Remington Park
This track presented four Quarter Horse stakes, all restricted to Oklahoma-breds, on its Memorial Day holiday program.

Double Down, a 4-year-old son of Valiant Hero campaigned by Wendy See of Lakeside, Montana, led at every call en route to a three-quarter length win in the $61,800 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes (R).

Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. for trainer Judd Kearl, Double Down went 400 yards in :19.566 and posted a career-best 95 speed index. The $35,880 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed the stallion's bankroll to $67,758.

"He's really a big, stout, huge-looking horse and has a lot of power to him," said Carter. "He might have broke in just a little bit, but he was right on the lead. I kind of kept him busy, and he took me right to the front."

Double Down was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma, and he is a half brother to two stakes winners, including Fast Prize Jordan, a two-time stakes winner at this track in 2013 and a finalist in the '11 Texas Classic (G1) and Heritage Place (G1) futurities.

Double Down has won two of nine outs, and his resume includes a second-place finish in last year's 440-yard, $100,000 Corona Cartel Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. He made his season debut with a seventh-place finish in a non-winners-of-two allowance on May 4.

"We started him early, and he had a horrific trip and got banged from both sides and had no chance," said James Lackey, Kearl's assistant at Remington Park. "We still knew he had the ability. He just needed a clean trip, which he got today, and he got the job done."

Valiant Rogue finished second and was followed by Bye Byefreighttrain, Streakin Pr, Hearts Ona Hero, Novas Gold, and Ferrari James.

The Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes honors the memory of the late Boyd Morris, a native of Blanchard, Oklahoma, who rode Decketta to victory in the 1964 All American Futurity. Morris also was a successful trainer at Remington Park prior to his death.

Daniel Torres rode Pv Queen Bee Candy to an upset victory in Monday's 330-yard, $61,800 FL Lady Bug Stakes (R) for state-bred juveniles.

Prepped by Clint Crawford for owner Gordon Pevehouse, Pv Queen Bee Candy defeated Streaks Of Ivory by three-quarters of a length in :16.720. The homebred daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Cartels Candy Man was winning for the second time in three outs, and he returned a $29.20 win mutuel.

"She's a nice filly and always tries," said Torres. "She got a great start, which she really needed, because that (Ima China Rush) can really run. When she got the start she needed I knew we were in good shape. I just kind of got out of her way, and she did a good job."

Pv Queen Bee Candy is out of Ima Lazie Too, a 12-year-old daughter of champion Okey Dokey Dale who won the 2007 Black Gold 330 Futurity (R) at Blue Ribbon Downs. The $34,080 winner's share of the purse from the brown filly's first stakes score bumped her earnings to $46,602.

The Only Knockout, Dee Favorite Girl, 7-5 favorite Ima China Rush, Chasin My Desire, Nota Lota Ear, First Of 15, Black Gold Okie, and First Dutch completed the order of finish.

First Prize Diamonds was a prompt 1-2 favorite in the $61,800 Easy Date Stakes (R) for Okalhoma-bred fillies and mares.

Racing for Gary W. Hartstack from the barn of trainer John Weghorst, First Prize Diamonds covered 350 yards in :17.292 while defeating 5-1 second choice Send Me Good Candy by a head. James Flores rode the 4-year-old bay mare by champion Carters Cartel.

"She's a trying mare, and she gives it all she can every time," said Flores. "We were just a bit shy from the lead, but when you have that much confidence in horse, you just stay calm. She pulled it off."

First Prize Diamonds was bred by Weetona Stanley. A $21,500 purchase by Hartstack at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the mare has won eight of 13 races and has earned $133,534, of whcih $65,490 has been banked this season.

First Prize Diamonds has won four consecutive races, including the 350-yard, $50,000 Decketta Stakes (G3) at this track on April 1, and the November 12 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Mystery Derby (R) at Will Rogers Downs on November 12.

Sudden Separation ran third, 1 1/2 lengths behind First Prize Diamonds, and was followed by Shaken Pappasito, Jess A Diva Chick, Phoebesdynasty, Mia Kine, Another Desire, and Southern Lulu.

Bout Tree Fiddy outran his 14-1 odds to win Monday's 350-yard, $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomores.

Campaigned by Carry "Rusty" Allred and trainer Pat Swan, Bout Tree Fiddy defeated V Power by a half of a length under jockey Larry Payne. The homebred brown son of Ivory James was posting his third win in 11 outs and second stakes score.

Bout Tree Fiddy was coming off of a fourth-place ifnish in the April 23 Mr Master Bug Stakes. The gelding has earned $116,658, and his race record includes a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in last year's 350-yard, $117,780 Rocky Mountain Futurity at Arapahoe Park near Denver.

Carters Thunder, Darker Tint, Dancing Capo Decapi, Barue, Senator Teller, 13-10 favorite As And Js, and B Double U completed the order of finish.

The Jack Brooks Stakes is contested annually at this track and honors Jack Brooks, one of Quarter Horse racing's most successful trainers. A native of Oklahoma, Brooks has won the All American Futurity -- the sport's richest and most prestigious race -- a record eight times. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2004.

Brooks and his wife, Wynona, were on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections of Bout Tree Fiddy.

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