November 18-20 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Lesley Joyner's Jesstacartel was all alone at the wire in Saturday's Corona Chick Stakes. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of November 18-20. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recaps in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Los Alamitos
Jesstacartel, a homebred son of One Sweet Jess racing for Lesley Joyner, extended his win streak to four with his 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $20,000 Corona Chick Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Mark Skeen, Jesstacartel defeated Perfect Az Can Be by a clear 2 1/4 lengths in :19.933. The $11,000 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $37,700, all of which has been earned at this track.

Joyner has enjoyed stakes success in the past, as her Chicks Beduino gelding Memories To Keep won the 2001 Bitterroot Futurity (RG2) at Les Bois Park. Memories To Keep then traveled to Los Alamitos and finished second in that year’s Corona Chick Handicap and third in two stakes, including the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Stakes.

“My wife is a horse lover her whole life and we’re good friends with Mark Skeen and his sister, Fawna Knight,” said former Major League Baseball star Wally Joyner, who was present to accept the Corona Chick trophy. “Fawna has some really nice racehorses, like Worth Doing, who won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last year. Fawna and Lesley are great friends. They’ve been in the business for a long time.

“Jesstacartel is fun to watch,” he added. “This one is special because we own the mom (Stolmecartel), we bred the mom, and Mark raised Jesstacartel. He’s been with us from the day (Jesstacartel) was born. To see him mature and to see him race is definitely exciting.”

A Utah-bred, Jesstacartel has won four of five starts, including the Autumn Handicap on October 14.

Chowchilla Chickadee, the 2-5 favorite in the field of five, ran third and was followed by Hard Headed Chick and California Blossom.

Portland Meadows
Handling a sloppy track with skill, Perrys Gettin Down sprinted to a nose victory in Monday's $19,150 Portland Meadows Fall Derby.

Prepped by Hector Magallanes for owners Adrian Gonzalez and Altiano G. Gonzalez, Perrys Gettin Down went 400 yards in :19.982 to earn a 101 speed index. Armando Cervantes rode the California-bred son of champion Mr Jess Perry.

Perrys Gettin Down was bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC and Gianni Samaja. Campaigned in California and Oregon, the bay gelding has won four of 16 races, including two of his three outs at this track, and he has earned $26,639.

Perrys Gettin Down is out of First Down Toll, a winning daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash who ran fourth in the '05 Governor's Cup Derby (RG1) at Los Alamitos.

L Bar D Bonnie Lee ran second and was followed by Henry Craig, Cm Partners In Crime, Win Surfer, L Bar D Genuine Red, The Cartel Hawk, Ez Frosty Mom, and Absolutely Kool. Leavin My Lover was scratched.

Turf Paradise
Cowgirl N Up, a homebred daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Texas Icon, is the fastest qualifier to the December 10, $17,500-added AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity.

Prepped by Matt Fales for owners Ralph and Carolyn Fales, Cowgirl N Up on Sunday won the first of two 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :19.821. J. Martin Bourdieu rode the filly to her third win in seven outs.

Cowgirl N Up has earned $23,744 while racing in California and Arizona, and her resume includes a victory in the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge Stakes in April.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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