September 8-10 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Martha Wells' Yanque scored his first stakes victory in Friday's $15,000 The Plan Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 9-10. 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.

Albuquerque Downs
Making her first-ever start in New Mexico, Ramon Trejo’s Mamasito Magic sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday’s $50,000 Balloon City Stakes for distaffers.

Mamasito Magic went 400 yards in :19.188 while earning her first career stakes win and a 101 speed index. Agustin Silva rode the 4-year-old daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Pappasito for trainer Jesus Carrete, the meet’s leading Quarter Horse trainer through its first 46 days.

Mamasito Magic was bred in Oklahoma by Fourteen Ranch Inc., and she shipped in from her home state, where she won two races against claiming company during the 2016 Remington Park meet and was a finalist in last year’s $64,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Derby (R) at Will Rogers Downs..

“I’ve known Jesus for a long time, and he’s a good trainer,” said Trejo. “I was confident that this mare would do well here.”

Mamasito Magic has won four of 16 starts, and the $30,000 winner’s share of the Balloon City Stakes purse pushed her bankroll to $73,189.

The complexion of the Balloon City Stakes changed a bit when Alis Jumpn, the 6-5 favorite at the time, broke through the gate prior to the start and was scratched by track stewards on advice of the track veterinarian.

BF Fooserageous finished second and was followed by Easily Bono, Wild Mares Milk, Ratifys Egyptianking, Memphis D Nasty, Pilota On Fire, and Daddy Queen Cartel.

Fair Grounds
Royal Aztec, a homebred son of Zoomin For Bux owned by Luis Armando Castellanos, extended his win streak to four in Saturday's $40,000 Lakeview Dash Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds.

Floriberto Maldonado rode Royal Aztec
to a three-quarter length win in the
250-yard Lakeview Dash Stakes on
Saturday. PHOTO: Lou Hodges

Ridden by Floriberto Maldonado against a reported 15-mph head wind, Royal Aztec went 250 yards in :12.982, and he led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory from Sweet Bru. Orlando Orozco prepped the 4-year-old sorrel gelding.

Royal Aztec's current streak includes a nose win over 2-5 favorite Magic Black Jack in the August 19, 250-yard Gentilly Dash Stakes at this track. All told, he has won six of 17 starts and has banked $129,110, of which $85,500 has been pocketed this season.

Magic Black Jack finished third, a head behind Sweet Bru, in the Lakeview Dash. Bjs Magic Wings, Swinginstar, and Scoopies Leaving You completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Dwayne J. Saucier's Runaway Balance took the measure of eight distaffers in the 330-yard, $32,100 French Quarter Stakes.

Prepped by Bruce Bell, Runaway Balance defeated Pyc First Prize Mia by a clear 1 1/4 lengths in :16.446 under jockey Donald Watson. The 3-year-old Louisiana-bred filly was coming off of a second-place finish in the August 19 Audubon Stakes at this track.

Runaway Balance was bred by the partnership of La Fleur, Primeau, and Brown. Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, the filly has won four of nine outs, and the $21,000 winner's share of the French Quarter Stakes purse pushed her bankroll to $81,420.

Shez The Bomb ran third and was followed by Tdz Fast Dasher, Peyton Sawyer, Punctuality, Rcv Sheza Classydash, Jls Ms Politicaljess, and Rbd Jessaswingin.

Private First Prize broke her maiden in the $33,024 LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds on Saturday.

Ridden by Noe Castaneda for owner Dewey Kendrick III, Private First Prize went 350 yards in :17.814 while defeating 19-10 favorite All Blinged Up by a head. The $12,550 winner's share of the purse from the filly's first win in three outs pushed her earnings to $13,870.

Private First Prize was bred by Dsk Ltd. The filly's dam, Private Oak, is a winning 11-year-old daughter of 2003 world champion Oak Tree Special.

Heza Jess Cuervo, Triple Vodka Adios, Eyesa Game, Rf Shez Leaving You, Jezz Chick, and Fpj Blazen Fast Ryon completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Larry Stark's Jess A Cowboy scored a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in Friday's 350-yard, $16,000 He Flys Handicap.

Prepped by Matt Fales, who was celebrating his first-ever stakes win at this track, Jess A Cowboy tripped the timer in :17.729 and earned an 89 speed index. Cruz Mendez rode the homebred 5-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion Dejon.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m on cloud nine,” said Fales of his first stakes win at Los Alamitos. “I’m very proud of my horse. He’s done really good for us his entire career. I’m thankful to Larry Stark for letting me train him and I’m thankful to Los Alamitos Race Course. It’s a dream come true (to train here).”

Fales, the leading Quarter Horse trainer at Turf Paradise in Arizona, said that Jess A Cowboy will be pointed to the October 6 Blane Schvaneveldt Stakes, which, like the He Flys Handicap, is restricted to horses who have competed in the Intermountain, Northwest, Arizona and Nevada regions.

“Los Alamitos has integrated a really nice Intermountain program, and being that I run a lot of my horses in Arizona it fits me like a glove,” Fales said. “Hopefully we can continue on. Tonight I have a few really nice babies running here and (owner) Martha Wells has let me run a few of my horses in Arizona. I have a couple of in tonight. Jess A Cowboy will come back and I may have a couple of more horses here.”

Jess A Cowboy has won eight of 23 starts, including six stakes, and has earned $155,858.

Justified finished second and was followed by Genuine Version, Buckshot Cartel, Cypress Sally, and Mr First Dash.

Also on Friday, Martha Wells' Yanque earned his first stakes victory in the $15,000 The Plan Handicap for 2-year-olds who have competed in the Intermountain, Northwest, Arizona, and Nevada regions.

Trained by Matt Fales and ridden by Cruz Mendez, Yanque went 350 yards in :17.974, and his margin of victory was a neck from Higher Icon. The homebred son of Favorite Cartel was sent to post as the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine and banked the $8,250 winner's share of the purse.

Yanque was bred in California and is out of the homebred winning and graded stakes placed Hawkinson mare Red Hawk Chick.  The gelding was coming off of an eighth-place finish in the July 29, 350-yard Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) at this track.

“We had our expectations high for that night, but he had a rough trip,” Fales said. “We took our lumps and knew we had a good schedule of races with this horse coming up. He still didn’t get to run a perfect race for us (tonight), but he’s talented enough that he was able to get there first to the wire.

"He has some bigger races coming up, and he’ll have to run better in order to step his game up," the trainer added. "He’s in the Wild West Futurity coming up in about a month, and that’s a good race for him.”

Fales’ had the good fortune of having his father, long-time horseman Ralph Fales, on hand to watch him score his first two stakes victories at the Orange County oval.

Yanque has won two of seven starts and has earned $26,574.

Krash Your Party, R Sturdy Boy, Cowgirl N Up, The Bossgirl, Dynasty Darlin, Recking Ball, and Mr Soul completed the order of finish.

Will Rogers Downs
Victory Farms' Vf Wheely Cute made her return to Oklahoma a winning one, as the homebred 4-year-old Ivory James mare captured Sunday's 350-yard, $19,440 Miss Ellen Stakes for fillies an mares.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Kasey Willis, Vf Wheely Cute defeated 9-10 favorite Hardtoget by a neck in :17.522. The mare was sent to post at odds of 14-1 in the field of 10 and returned a $30.40 win mutuel.

Vf Wheely Cute was coming off of a third-place finish in an allowance-optional claiming race at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa, on August 25. All told, she was won four of 19 starts and has banked $68,676, and she was a finalist in last year's Black Gold 350 Futurity (R) at this track.

Jessie Marie ran third and was followed by Furr Flyin Floozi, Can Only Imagine, Yourtheoneinmyheart, Kool Jess, Toodles Flies Free, Time For Big Feet, and Chromed Out.

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