September 23-24 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
September 23, 2017
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 23-24. 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.
Lone Star Park
Making his first start in two months, RC Me Leaving You rallied along the rail to win Saturday's $20,000 Nevill Stakes (R) for Texas-breds.
RC Me Leaving You covered 350 yards in :17.621 while racing againstt a reported 11-mph head wind, and his winning margin was a neck from Kid Can Dash. Rodrigo Vallejo rode the 5-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You for owners Bennie and Terri Jeter and trainer Jimmy Padgett.
RC Me Leaving You was bred by RC Running Horses, and the stallion was coming off of a third-place finish in the July 28, 400-yard TQHA Classic Stakes (RG3) at Retama Park. Raced in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Florida, he has won six of 23 starts, including three stakes, and he has banked $173,462. During his sophomore campaign, RC Me Leaving You ran third, one length behind winner Bodacious Eagle, in the Grade 1, 440-yard Texas Classic Derby at this track.
Kraken Black finished third and was followed by JRC Callas First, Classified Bulls Eye, Dash Dont Cheat, SR Esmeralda, and Mighty Corona Jr.
That Rico, a bay son of champion Carters Cartel owned by Thompson Racing Inc. and trainer Paul Jones, led at every call en route to a half-length victory in Saturday's $15,000 Old Habits Handicap for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by Jesus Ayala, the meet's leading jockey, That Rico went 350 yards in :17.456. In addition to posting a 97 speed index, the gelding banked the $8,250 winner's share of the purse to boost his earnings to $197,055.
That Rico was bred in California by the List family's Double Bar S Ranch LLC at Moreno Valley. The gelding has won his last four outs, including the August 20, 400-yard Golden State Derby (G1).
“The Super Derby is on schedule next,” said Terry Thompson. “We wanted to get him an out. We didn’t want to go over 60 days without having an out, so this fit in our plans."
That Rico has earned $179,130 from eight races this season. Raced exclusively this track, he has won eight of 14 starts, including three stakes.
Chazaq finished second and was followed by Mr Apollitical Dash, Jouet With Fire, Katella Deli, and Apollitical Spirit.
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