September 29-October 1 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Mr Bay Legs was a prompt favorite in Saturday's Dash For Cash Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 29-October 1. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap stories in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Energy Downs
Tyson Morgan's TDM Big Shooter was a prompt 8-5 favorite in the $16,200 Wyoming All-Breeds Racing Association Maturity (R) on Sunday.

Ridden by Oscar Cervantes for trainer Steve Morgan, TDM Big Shooter defeated CCB First Flyin Fool by a neck in :20.060 for 400 yards. The homebred 4-year-old Coronas Velvet gelding banked $5,753 for his fourth career stakes win.

TDM Big Shooter has made all 20 of his starts in either Wyoming or Idaho. The gelding has won 11 races and has earned $49,635.

Fly For McKoy ran third, three-quarters of a length behind TDM Big Shooter. A Streakin Tres Seis, Tosty Dash, Tempting Futuro, Barely A Secret, and Spotmeacorona completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, this track, which is located in Gillette, Wyoming, contested four divisions of the 350-yard, $15,000 Wyoming All-Breeds Racing Association Futurity (R), and two divisions of the 400-yard, $15,000 Wyoming All-Breeds Racing Association Derby (R). The divisions of these two stakes was necessary when the trials, which were scheduled for September 16-17 at Casper, were forced to be cancelled.

The four divisions of the Wyoming All-Breeds Racing Association Futurity were won by Cente Version (owner, Robert Fox; trainer, Chancey Spencer; jockey, Uriel Dominguez), Foose Dust (owner, Jim Nebeker; trainer, Ron Moosman; jockey, Jesus Valenzuela), Switching To 307 (owner, Ron and Laurie Moosman; trainer, Ron Moosman; jockey, Jesus Valenzuela), and Eyesa Special Cirrus (owner, Steve Day; trainer, Jesse Villegas; jockey, Uriel Dominguez).

The divisions of the Wyoming All-Breeds Racing Association Derby were won by VVR Dazzling Corona (owner, Casey Lipp; trainer, Skyler Greene; jockey, Nakia Ramirez), and Pro Paige (owner and trainer, Rick Hillstead; jockey, Zack Bacon).

This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Sunday, closing day of its meet. UD Goldenboy, a homebred son of JR Dynasty Mountain owned and trained by Uriel Dominguez Sr., earned his first stakes win in the $15,000 Horse Palace Futurity.

Ridden by Uriel Dominguez and racing on a track officially labeled "heavy," UD Goldenboy went 350 yards in :17.787. The Utah-bred gelding's winning margin was one length from Speedy Elvis, and he returned an $8 win mutuel as the 3-1 favorite in a field of eight 2-year-olds.

UD Goldenboy has won two of three starts and has banked $9,475. The gelding is out of Bvlgari B, a winning 7-year-old daughter of Tac It Like A Man who was multiple stakes placed in Utah in 2013.

Jess Gone Streaking, Mountain Vista, Letsgetitonmarvin, Shazzi, Pasobility, Corrupt, and Shake Em Up Pancho completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, Jesus Valenzuela rode 11-10 favorite Heza Lacey J Jr to a nose victory in the 350-yard, $15,000 Exacta Systems Derby for 3-year-olds.

Saddled by Riley Moosman for owner Sam Allie Jr., Heza Lacey J Jr covered his trip in :17.904 on a surface officially labeled "heavy." The $6,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $20,920, all of which has been earned in the Intermountain region.

Heza Lacey J Jr was coming off of a third-place finish in the September 2 Western States Breeders' Derby at Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs, Wyoming. All told, he has won five of 11 races, includin two stakes.

Too Long Kissin finished second and was followed by Passtheflower, Ramblin On In Style, Super Coup Counter, Cir Just Perfect, Jess Dizzy Lizzy, and Musical Jess.

Lone Star Park
Mr Bay Legs, the 5-2 favorite in a field of 10 2-year-olds, sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $39,300 Dash For Cash Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, Mr Bay Legs went 400 yards in :19.806 while earning his fourth consecutive win and first stakes score. Jimmy Padgett prepped the bay son of the Corona Cartel stallion Mr Ottyes for owners Ace, Buddy, and Ralph Walker.

Mr Bay Legs was bred in Texas by Leonard and Betty Lyne. The gelding's dam, Lovely Legs, is an unraced 14-year-old daughter of Strawflyin Buds. His second dam, the Victory Dash mare Love A Victory, won the 1997 Gillespie County Fair Futurity (G3).

Mr Bay Legs has raced exclusively in Texas and has won four of five starts. The $9,825 winner's share of the purse bumped his bankroll to $20,235.

Black Onyx finished second and was followed by Indomable Cartel, Liberte, Goldline, Ok Ok Ok, Feature Me Gorgeous, Favored One Sweet, Jess A Corona Baby, and Classy Seis.

Prairie Meadows

Rogelio Carbajal Santos' Dauns First Desirio is the fastest qualifier to the October 14, $100,000-est. Altoona Derby.

Racing in the third of four 400-yard trials on Friday, Dauns First Desirio defeated fourth-fastest qualifier Corona Springs by two lengths in :19.549. Cesar Gomez rode the Desirio gelding for trainer Julio Corral.

Dauns First Desirio was bred in Texas by Dan and Jolene Urschel. The gelding has won four of 11 races and has earned $39.735.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Friday, the field was set for the October 14, $175,000-est. Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred 2-year-olds.

CR Lota Girl, a homebred daughter of Lota Pyc and the fastest qualifier, scored a head victory in the first of four 350-yard trials. Ridden by Brayan Velazquez for owners Curt Tobin and Dick Tobin and trainer Jason Olmstead, the filly tripped the timer in :17.560 to earn her second win in seven outs.

CR Lota Girl has banked $40,033, and her resume includes a third-place run in the September 2 Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R).

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

On Saturday, two sets of trials were contested to set the fields for the October 14, $225,000-est. Valley Junction Futurity, and the October 14, $125,000-est. Polk County Derby (R).

A Jordon Reed, a homebred gray son of Jumpn Chic racing for the Kendrix Brothers, is the fastest qualifier to the Valley Junction Futurity, as the gelding won the first of seven 350-yard trials by a half of a length in :17.753. Oscar Delgado rode A Jordon Reed for trainer Ed Hardy.

A Jordon Reed has won three of five starts, including the June 2 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity at Canterbury Park, and he has earned $99,796.

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CR Game Changer set the fastest qualifying time to the Polk County Derby, as the homebred Game Patriot filly won the second of two 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :19.943. Brayan Velazquez rode CR Game Changer for owners Curt Tobin and Dick Tobin and trainer Jason Olmstead.

Raced in five states, CR Game Changer has banked $126,937 from 16 outs, and her five wins include a head victory in last year's $157,288 Jim Bader Futurity (R) at this track.

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Sandy Downs
Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, this track ended its 2017 season on Saturday with two divisions of the 350-yard, $15,000 Hawthorne/ Futurity for 2-year-olds. The division were necessitated after the trials scheduled for September 16 were cancelled.

Candy Secret, a Colorado-bred son of No Secrets Here, won the first division by 2 1/2 lengths in :18.145. Nikeela Black rode the gelding for owners RTM Stables LLC and Shauna Dunn and trainer Mark Hanson.

Bay Max, a homebred Utah-bred Dashair gelding owned by Casey Woolstenhulme and trained by Ryan Christensen, won the second division by one length in :18.018. Jesus Virgen rode Bay Max.

Will Rogers Downs
James Flores rode Apollitical Man to a one-length victory in the 400-yard, $18,220 OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes on Friday.

Racing for Jon Barley and Brant Barley, Apollitical Man tripped the timer in :19.613 while posting a 99 speed index. John Weghorst saddled the 5-year-old gelded son of Apollitical Jess.

Apollitical Man was bred in Oklahoma by James and Marilyn Helzer and was a $6,500 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City. Campaigned in Oklahoma and Texas, the gelding has won seven of 17 outs, and the $10,338 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $96,297.

Apollitical Man was sent to post as the 9-5 second choice and returned a $5.60 win mutuel. Llano Senator, the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field, ran second to complete a $2 exacta dividend of $12.60.

Bout Tree Fiddy, I Bleed Red, Cashgar, Corona Senator, Bp Run Cartel Run, and Ting Tang Tac completed the order of finish.

Zia Park
Fire Thorn broke sharply from his rail post and scored a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length win in Sunday's 870-yard, $50,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes.

Racing for Danisia Guzman Contreras of Phoenix, Arizona, and trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Fire Thorn earned an 84 speed index while stopping the electronic timer in :46.546. Duane "Lefty" Sterling rode the sorrel 6-year-old Shazoom gelding.

Fire Thorn was bred in Oklahoma by Danny Joe Miller of Farmington, Missouri. The gelding was coming off of an Albuquerque Downs summer campaign during which he ran second in the 870-yard, $50,000-added AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3) on July 23.

All told, Fire Thorn has won six of 36 races, including six of 20 at the 870 distance, and he has banked $157,110.

Linda Tee Fire was second and was followed by The Patriot Game, Streaks Famous Eagle, Streakin Zoomer, Dashing For Jewel, and Billy Big Rock.

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