October 13-16 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Lesley Joyner's Jesstacartel (red silks) edged Summertime Favorite (number 8) to win Saturday's Autumn Handicap for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 13-16. 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.

Los Alamitos
Lesley Joyner's Jesstacartel earned his first stakes victory in Saturday's $30,000 Autumn Handicap for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Mark Skeen, Jesstacartel covered 350 yards in :17.571, and his margin of victory was a neck from Summertime Favorite. The homebred One Sweet Jess gelding banked $16,500 from his third win in four outs.

Jesstacartel was bred in Utah and is out of Stolmeacartel, a homebred 7-year-old daughter of champion Stoli.

"Lesley and (former Major League Baseball all-star) Wally Joyner bred their mare, and we raised this baby," said assistant trainer Holly Skeen. "He’s just so gutsy and tries so hard. He's been so much fun.

“He’s not paid into anything, but that’s what’s great about having these handicaps,” she added. “There’s always somewhere to run him.”

Raced exclusively at this track, Jesstacartel has earned $26,700.

Tustin Kid ran third and was followed by Perfect Az Can Be, McFarland Usa, Indios Zactag, Effortless Effort, and Knockout Jess.

Prairie Meadows
A sharp break from her rail post helped Richard L. Tobin's Spooftrain 7 earn a wire-to-wire win in Friday's $60,000 Future of Iowa Stakes (R) for Iowa-registered and foaled fillies and mares.

Ridden by Raul Gutierrez and aided by a reported 5-mph tail wind, Spooftrain 7 went 350 yards in :17.548. Tony Jones saddled the 4-year-old daughter of Freighttrain B.

Spooftrain 7 was bred by Williams Fertilizer Services LLC. Campaigned in Iowa and Oklahoma, the mare has won five of 14 races, including her last three starts, and she has earned $68,539.

Island Gurl, the 1-2 favorite, finished second, a half of a length behind Spooftrain 7. Miss Alice Grace, My Girls Toasted, Shesa Vivian, Storming Red Chickie, and Justa Minyun completed the order of finish.

Also on Friday, Watch My Wallet Loto outran his 9-1 odds to win the 400-yard, $70,200 Terrace Hill Stakes (R) for Iowa-registered and foaled sprinters.

Racing for Thomas J. Scheckel, Watch My Wallet Loto defeated Trs Amazing Leon by a head in :19.836. Cesar Gomez rode the 4-year-old son of Mr Piloto for trainer Manuel Campos.

Watch My Wallet Loto was shortening in distance off of his eighth-place finish in the September 16, 440-yard Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2). The sorrel gelding was bred by Carmina LLC, and he has won five of 23 starts. The $31,590 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed his bankroll to $131,697.

Quick Chick Magnet ran third and was followed by Iowas Texan Tip, Trs Hotshot Hunter, Ins Pilotos Flash, Morning Dash Cartel, 19-10 favorite Watch My Wallet, Dash For Number One, and Eyeowa Cyclone.

Portland Meadows
The field has been set for the October 30, $28,050 Far West Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Diva Has It, the fastest qualifier, on Monday won the last of three 350-yard trials by a half of a length in :18.245. Lorenzo Lopez rode the Oregon-bred daughter of One Sweet Jess for owner and trainer Adrian Quinones.

Diva Has It was bred by Michael McKay and Shannon McKay. The filly has banked $5,937 from five outs, and she was a finalist in the May 7 Pot O' Gold Futurity at Sun Downs in Kennewick, Washington.

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Turf Paradise
Two sets of trials on Sunday determined the fields for the AQRA President's Open Fall Futurity and AQRA Futurity (R).

Dominate This, a gelded son of Dominyun owned by Angel Hernandez and Jorge Herrera, is the fastest qualifier to the October 29, $10,000-added AQRA President's Open Fall Futurity. Ridden by Martin Osuna for trainer Jose Badilla Sr., Dominate This won the last of three 350-yard trials in :17.742.

Dominate This was bred in Oklahoma by Brenda Reiswig. He has won both of his outs and has earned $10,126.

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Angel Valenzuela's Texas Tornadoe is the fastest qualifier to the $10,250-added AQRA Futurity for Arizona-breds. Prepped by Raul Valenzuela and ridden by Andres Osuna, the Texas Icon filly went 350 yards in :17.980 and won the first of two heats by a neck.

Texas Tornadoe was bred by Ralph and Carolyn Fales. The filly has won two of six outs, including a maiden-claiming dash at Los Alamitos on Auust 25, and she has banked $10,377.

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