October 6-9 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Carolyn Bruce's Stinkin Rich, a homebred 5-year-old gelding, won Friday's Hoosier Park Classic Stakes at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 6-9. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Ajax Downs
Ruth F. Barbour's Country Boy 123 was a prompt odds-on favorite in Monday's $73,946 Alex Picov Memorial Championship.

Ridden by Cory Spataro for trainer Bryn Robertson on a track officially labeled "heavy," Country Boy 123 defeated Albertt by a neck in :21.710 for 440 yards. The 4-year-old bay son of champion Country Chicks Man returned a $3.80 win mutuel and banked $28,560 for his fifth career stakes victory.

Country Boy 123 was bred in Michigan by Carolyn Bay. The gelding has won 11 of 18 outs and has earned $163,122.

Valiant Stoli Time finished third, a half of a length behind Country Boy 123. Hickerson, Fiesty Icon, One Famous Glass, Steel Patriot, and Alakazaam completed the order of finish.

Also on Monday, fastest qualifier and 3-10 favorite Had To Be Ivory rallied to win the 400-yard, $95,548 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Campaigned by Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson, Had To Be Ivory reached the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Aj Chick In 15 in :19.940 on a track labeled "heavy." Cory Spataro rode the homebred Ivory James gelding for trainer Bryn Robertson.

Had To Be Ivory was bred in Ontario and is out of Had To Be Fandango, a 9-year-old Oklahoma-bred daughter of Hadtobenuts who won the 2011 Maple Leaf Derby at this track. The gelding has won all five of his outs, including the July 9, 350-yard John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge, and he has banked $69,931.

Island Vodka finished third and was followed by Diane Dynamite, Senator Woot, Silky Senator, Express Your Desire, Miss Racy Eagle, and Firing Red Jess. Ninth-fastest qualifier Draggin Wagon was listed as a veterinarian scratch.

Belterra Park
Making his first start in nearly five months, San Ignacio QH Inc.'s One Jess Streakin was a prompt 2-1 favorite in Sunday's $15,000 All American Congress Futurity.

One Jess Streakin went 350 yards on a sloppy and sealed track in :17.337, earning a 105 speed index and his second win in three outs. Oscar Macias rode the sorrel son of One Sweet Jess for trainer Jesus Gonzalez Jr.

One Jess Streakin was bred in Oklahoma by Gerardo Medina Luna, and the colt was coming off of a seventh-place finish in a 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial at Remington Park on May 13. He began his career with a victory in a 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trial on April 7.

The $9,000 winner's share of the All American Congress Futurity purse increased One Jess Streakin's bankroll to $10,800.

Blaines Captain finished second, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Carolina Sizzler, Del Reyes Leaving You, Fooses Chick, Senorita Tough, Toughdashingangel, Diva Baby, and Holding Secrets.

The same connections, including jockey Macias and trainer Gonzalez, won the 440-yard, $15,000 All American Congress Maturity with the 5-year-old Tr Dasher gelding Tuxedo Waitor.

Racing on a sloppy and sealed track, Tuxedo Waitor covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.532 while defeating 9-5 favorite Bp Tres Seis Policy by a nose. The $9,000 winner's share of the purse from his fourth win in five official outs pushed his bankroll to $27,480.

Tuxedo Waitor was coming off of a Hazel Park summer campaign during which the sorrel gelding won a pair of races against claiming company. He was bred in California by Francisco Colorado, and he is out of Moms, a winning daughter of Jazzing Hi.

Bp Im The Man, Seize The Win, Redhotluie, Girdiron Girl B, Absolut Teller, and Dashin For A Train completed the order of finish.

Century Downs
On Saturday, the field was set for the October 21, $60,646 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3).

Charles G. Stojan's True Copy, a California-bred daughter of Tr Dasher, set the fastest qualifying time with her two-length victory in the last of three 400-yard trials on Saturday. Ridden by Ricardo Moreno for trainer Willliam Leech, the filly clocked out in :19.923 while earning her fourth win in five outs.

True Copy was bred by Edward C. Allred. The stakes-placed filly has banked $11,424.

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Evangeline Downs
Jess Bein The Hero was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Friday's $20,000 EVD Dash.

Jess Bein The Hero wins
Friday's EVD Dash. PHOTO:
Coady Photography

Prepped by Miguel Rodriguez for ownerr Juan Martinez-Labastida, Jess Bein The Hero defeated 9-2 second choice Sweet Bru by a half of a length while covering his 220-yard trip in :11.646 and posting a 104 speed index. Manuel Gutierrez rode the 4-year-old Valiant Hero stallion.

Jess Bein The Hero was bred in Texas by Curtis Crenwelge. Raced exclusively in Louisiana, the stallion has won six of nine starts and has earned $98,553, of which $65,000 has been pocketed this season. His four career stakes scores include a neck victory in the 400-yard, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs on June 24.

Jess Bein The Hero paid $3.60 to win and teamed with Sweet Bru for a $2 exacta dividend of $15.80. Teves, the 6-1 third choice, ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $27.80 ($1) trifecta.

Pyc First Prize Mia, Scoopies Leaving You, Miss Eagle Dash, First Prize Jet, and The Ram Cartel completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
Carolyn Bruce's Stinkin Rich successfully defended his Hoosier Park Classic Stakes title, as the homebred 5-year-old son of One Famous Eagle sprinted to a one-length victory in the $83,600 stakes on Friday.

Ridden by Rolando Pina for trainer Matt Frazier, Stinkin Rich went 400 yards in :19.844 while earning a 95 speed index and his sixth consecutive win. The $45,980 winner's share of the purse pushed the gray gelding's earnings to $433,187 from 17 outs, all at this track.

"He's a wonderful horse to ride," said Pina. "He broke out with the others, and I only touched him one time. He likes to be on the lead, and he’s really powerful. Once he gets his eye on the other horses, he takes off.”

Stinkin Rich has won 10 races, and his six stakes victories include last year's Hoosier Park Classic. Frazier has trained the gelding for the last three years.

“He’s just a dream horse,” said Frazier. “He is classy and keeps getting better. He was a little more excited about today’s race than he normally is, but it didn’t affect him. He ran a great race.”

Bruce and her husband, Mickey, have a small breeding operation in southeastern Indiana. Stinkin Rich is out of Miss Scarlet, a winning 11-year-old daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion SC Chiseled In Stone and the 2016 broodmare of the year in Indiana. Miss Scarlet has also foaled multiple stakes winner CB Come Fly With Me, a half sister to Stinkin Rich. 

“I just love this horse; I couldn't be more proud of him,,” said Carolyn Bruce of Stinkin Rich. “He has such a big heart, and every time he races he gives it all he's got.  And, like Rolando (Pina) and Matt (Frazier) said, he likes to be out front, which I like too.”

WH Kenny G ran second and was followed by Beach Cartel, Beach Bum Eddie, Fantastic Six Pack, Beach Birde, The Cartel Concept, Pistolpacking Pepsi, and Beach Meter.

Three sets of trials were contested at this track on Saturday. Tommy The Train, a son of Freighttrain B racing for Jon Barley, Brant Barley, and Brad Sharp, set the fastest qualifying time to the October 21, $100,000 QHRAI Derby for sophomores.

Prepped by Larry Sharp, who gave a leg up to jockey James Flores, Tommy The Train won the first of two 400-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :19.795. The gelding, who was bred in Missouri by Duane Murphy, was winning for the seventh time in 11 outs.

Tommy The Train has won two stakes at this track and was a finalist in the Grade 3, March 25 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

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Sharp and Flores teamed up with La Vencedora in Saturday's Governor's Stakes trials, as the Ivory James filly set the fastest qualifying time in the second of two heats.

Racing for Jon Barley and Brant Barley, La Vencedora covered 350 yards in :17.837, and her margin of victory was a neck from second-fastest qualifier Cappy. The filly was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox, and her resume includes a victory in the April 22, $1.002-million Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for state-bred juveniles.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the October 21, $100,000 final.

Indiana-bred 2-year-olds took center stage in four 350-yard Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) trials on Saturday, and the Escondido Beach gelding Beach Treat posted the fastest qualifying time to the $150,000 final on October 21.

Owned and trained by Ronald G. Brown, Beach Treat won the last heat by one length under jockey Harold Collins. The gelding covered his trip in :17.926 while earning his second victory in six races.

Beach Treat was bred Coronet Farm. He has banked $19,463 while racing exclusively at this track.

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Los Alamitos
Larry Stark's Jess A Cowboy, a homebred 5-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion Dejon, broke sharply from his rail post and sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Friday's 400-yard, $20,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap.

Trained by Matt Fales and ridden by Cruz Mendez, Jess A Cowboy defeated Jess A Lil Fishy by one length in :19.915. The $11,000 winner's share of the purse bumped his earnings to $166,858.

Jess A Cowboy was bred in Arizona, and he was coming off of a half-length win in the 350-yard, $16,000 He Flys Handicap at this track on September 8.

“Jess A Cowboy is in rhythm right now,” Fales said. “He’s adapted well to this track. We’ve been running him in good races where he can be competitive.

"His resume continues to grow," the trainer added. "He’s been a dream to train throughout his whole career, and he has an owner who is really smart and has manages the horse very well. We try to be genuine and kind to the horse, and he repays us every time."

Jess A Cowboy has won nine of 24 starts, including two of seven at this track. The gelding's seven stakes wins include the Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge Stakes on April 30.

Justified finished third and was followed by Wilmas Alright Now and Show Me Bofum.

Also on Friday, Stellur made his return to this track a successful one, as the gray son of Stel Corona won the 350-yard, $16,000 Kip Didericksen Handicap.

Racing for Melinda Roche's and Matt Telford's Five Livestock Company LLC, Stellur defeated Buckshot Cartel by a head in :17.845. Cesar DeAlba rode the gray gelding for trainer Monty Arrossa.

Five Livestock Company won last year's Kip Didericksen Handicap with First Prize Chicks. 

“Last year we were here (in the winner’s circle) with our filly First Prize Chicks,” Roche said. “It was wonderful. She got our stakes win and she’s (now) actually at home pregnant. Stellur was Matt’s pick at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale two years ago. He’s been coming on great and maturing.”

Stellur was bred in Colorado, and the 3-year-old gelding was coming off of a second-place finish in a 220-yard allowance dash at Elko, Nevada, on September 2. Stellur has won six of 17 starts, and his three wins in seven outs at this track include a pair of claiming races on December 16 and January 14.

“We’re from Idaho and we love coming to Los Alamitos,” Roche said. “We are 50/50 partners. I’m a veterinarian in Idaho and Matt is a cattle buyer. We got into racehorses four years ago. I had been doing the vet work for Monty Arrossa, and I fell in love with the racehorses. We decided to get our own four years ago and we’ve had horses every year.”

The $8,800 winner's share of the purse increased Stellur's earnings to $34,109, of which $22,562 has been banked at Los Alamitos.

Youre Gonna Mish Me, Alegendinmytime, Kipassured, and Cypress Sally completed the order of finish.

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