October 21-23 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

James Flores and Apollitical Man return to the Indiana Grand winner's circle after the gelding's convincing victory in Saturday's Indiana Championship Stakes. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 21-23. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America 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.

Century Downs
Honor The Fast Man, a homebred gelding owned and trained by Tom Kenway, was a prompt odds-on favorite in the $19,784 Canada Cup Derby (R) on Sunday.

Ridden by Martin Ortiz and sent to post as the 1-2 choice in a field of seven 3-year-olds, Honor The Fast Man went 400 yards in :20.067, and his margin of victory was a head from Dashin For All. The bay son of the Mr Jess Perry stalion Honor The Perry earned a 103 speed index and the $9,892 winner's share of the purse.

Honor The Fast Man was bred in Alberta, and he is out of Buckle High, a California-bred daughter of Heza Fast Man who won the 2003 Manitoba Speed Sale Futurty at Assiniboia Downs. Raced exclusively in his home province, the gelding has won six of 13 starts and has earned $54,681, and all three of his stakes victories have come this season.

North Pine Special was third, a half of a length behind Honor The Fast Man. Bringit Like Benny, Tac It Perry, and Make Er Out completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
A sharp break from post 6 helped Apollitical Man score a wire-to-wire win in Saturday's 400-yard, $85,480 Indiana Championship Stakes.

Ridden by James Flores against a reported 13-mph head wind, Apollitical Man defeated 3-1 favorite Country Boy 123 by 1 3/4 lengths in :19.641. Larry Sharp saddled the 5-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding for owners Jon Barley and Brant Barley.

Apollitical Man was making his first-ever start at this track, and he was coming off of a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the 400-yard, $18,220 OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.

"He really repeated what he did in his last out," said Flores. "When he runs his race, he is hard to beat."

Flores also rode Apollitical Man in the gelding's OQHRA Fall Classic victory. Flores has been riding for seven years and has had a long and successful working relationship with Sharp.

"He's ridden for me for a few years now," said Sharp. "He's done very well for us. We hit it off almost immediately. Of course, you can't complain when you're winning races, and he's ridden a lot of winners for us."

Apollitical Man was bred in Oklahoma by James and Marilyn Helzer. Raced in three states, including Oklahoma and Texas, the gelding has won eight of 18 outs, including the last two runnings of the OQHRA Fall Classic, and he has banked $143,406.

 
Bono Rhythm, a homebred daughter of
Bono Jazz and Canadian champion
Dashs Rhythm, broke her maiden in
Saturday's Speed Sale Futurity. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

Stinkin Rich finished third, a head behind Country Boy 123. Woop Dee Doo, Sicario, A Tacky Chick, TF Jess A Leader, Seize The Win, and Time To Get Rough completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, C.W. Mullenix's Bono Rhythm broke her maiden in the $44,080 Speed Sale Futurity (R).

Ridden by Rodney Prescott for trainer Randy Haffner and racing against a reported 14-mph head wind, Bono Rhythm went 330 yards in :17.201, and her margin of victory was a head from Speranza Di Capi. The homebred daughter of Bono Jazz was sent to post at odds of 17-1 and returned a $37 win mutuel in the field of nine.

Bono Rhythm was winning for the first time in four outs, and the $24,293 winner's share of the purse brought her bankroll to $25,893. The filly is out of Dashs Rhythm, a graded stakes winning mare by Terribly Wicked and the 2002 Canadian champion.

“You aren't going to believe this, but all we used this year for was training; getting a win was unexpected,” said Mullenix. “This is like a bonus. Her momma is a pet. She was a Canadian champion and won nine races, four of which were stakes races, so we'd hoped this filly would be a Derby winner, but we weren’t expecting anything from her this year.”

The Speed Sale Futurity was restricted to 2-year-olds who passed through the Speed Sale either as weanlings or yearlings.

"We ran this filly through the sale last year, but she was hip number 1, and you know what that meant,” said Mullenix. “She didn’t bring very much so we bought her back. She’s pretty small but she can run."

Jessalilsecret, the 1-2 favorite, finished third and was followed by Countrytyme Diner, Atempting Love, Wh Shez Jazzy, The Ebony Hare, Running Brook Pal, and Sixes On Jaime.

Also on Saturday, there were three stakes with six-figure purses run at this track. Click here for a recap of those races.

Portland Meadows
Hayden Brothers Ranch's Tickle Ur Fancy sprinted to a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $23,535 Portland Meadows Championship Bonus Challenge Stakes.

Tickle Ur Fancy covered 440 yards in :22.344 and earned a 92 speed index while competing against a reported 10-mph head wind. Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa rode the Oklahoma-bred 4-year-old Dominyun mare for trainer Hector Magallanes.

Tickle Ur Fancy was bred by Bobby D. Cox. The mare is out of Sizzling Lola, an unraced daughter of First Down Dash. Her second dam, the the late Sizzle Te mare Sizzling Lil, produced champions Corona Chick and Corona Kool.

Tickle Ur Fancy has won 10 of 18 starts, including five of seven this season, and she has banked $74,080. Her resume includes a victory in the 2015 Pot O' Gold Futurity at Sun Downs, and she ran second in that season's Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.

Sneakin Tr, Perrys Gettin Down, Lebron 6, Shez Sneakin Fast, Sorelli, Rare Ed, and Flyin Rocks completed the order of finish.

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