April 7-8 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Strawfinders Jessee (number 4) wins Saturday's Mini Rock Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 7-8. 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 throughouth the week.

Los Alamitos
Sent to post as the 2-1 second choice in a field of six distaffers, C.K. and Laurel Allen's Strawfinders Jessee responded with a victory in Saturday's $18,000 Mini Rock Handicap.

Strawfinders Jesse covered 350 yards in :17.440, and her winning margin was a nose from 4-1 third choice Jess Hawk. Cesar DeAlba rode the homebred 5-year-old One Sweet Jess mare for trainer John Cooper.

“She’s coming to herself with age,” Cooper said. “She’s gotten better with age. She looks like she really wants to run farther. That’s as good as I’ve seen her leave the starting gate.”

Strawfinders Jessee was bred in California, and she was coming off of a fourth-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Designs By Dynasty, in the 350-yard, $18,000 Terrific Energy Handicap on March 3. Raced exclusively in California, the mare has won eight of 25 starts, and the $9,900 winner's share of the Mini Rock purse pushed her earnings to $118,267.

Designs By Dynasty, the 11-10 favorite, ran third, one length behind Strawfinders Jessee. Hootin For Hotlips, Zendaya, and Tough To Figure completed the order of finish.

CM Boom Shakalaka, a gelded son of champion Carters Cartel owned by Randy Dickerson and trainer Nick Lowe, won Sunday's $18,000 James S. Smith Memorial Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Nick Lowe (left) and Randy
Dickerson pose in the winner's
circle after Sunday's James S. Smith
Memorial Handicap. PHOTO: Los
Alamitos Racecourse

Ridden by Jose Nicasio, CM Boom Shakalaka went 350 yards in :17.714. In addition to banking the $9,900 winner's share of the purse, the gelding earned a 91 speed index and his third career stakes victory.

CM Boom Shakalaka was coming off of a fifth-place finish in the February 10, 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). The gelding was bred in Oregon by Randy Dickerson and is out of Mi Fames A Dandy, a winning homebred daughter of Dash Ta Fame and a finalist in the 2003 Portland Meadows Futurity.

“Nick took over the training of CM Boom Shakalaka’s mother when she was two," Dickerson said. "When we got done (racing) her, Nick asked what I was going to do with her. I told him that I was going to breed her and he said ‘I would like to be a part of it.’ We’ve gotten a couple of pretty nice runners out of her now. We now have some nice broodmares and we are here (at Los Alamitos) to stay.”

One of the leading trainers in the Pacific Northwest, Lowe has won 707 Thoroughbred races and 70 Quarter Horse races since his career began in 1983.

“Our racing stock has gotten better,” Lowe said. “I think they deserve to be here. (CM Boom Shakalaka) has been training well. He got a little hot tonight. He’s super hyper and he trains that well too in the morning, but he’s all racehorse and wants to run.”

CM Boom Shakalaka has won seven of 10 starts, including last year's Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge and Baxter Andruss Oregon-Bred Futurity (R), and he has banked $60,976.

Dont Foose With Me was second, a nose behind CM Boom Shakalaka, and was followed by On Our Way, Apollitical Stone, and Corona Thru Fire.

Turf Paradise
On Saturday, the field was set for the April 21, $10,000 Arizona QRA Spring Fling Futurity.

Yoffi, a homebred Stel Corona filly owned by Martha F. "Mimi" Wells, posted the fastest qualifying time with a one-length win in the second of two trials. Ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu for trainer Ralph Fales, Yoffi covered 300 yards in :15.615 while making her career debut.

Yoffi is out of Walking On Sunshine, a homebred winning daughter of Walk Thru Fire.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, Unregulated Cash remained undefeated at this track with a half-length victory in the $37,050 AQRA President's Open Spring Derby.

Owned and trained by Jose Botello, Unregulated Cash covered 350 yards in :17.913 and recorded an 89 speed index while racing against a reported 15-mph head wind. Martin Osuna rode the Oklahoma-bred son of Favorite Cartel.

Unregulated Cash was bred by Vince Genco and Paul Jones. A $10,000 claimer last fall at Los Alamitos, the brown gelding has won four of 11 outs and has banked $30,888.

Famous Joker finished second and was followed by Rose Dynasty, Jazzy Icon, Favorite Hot Cartel, Cowgirl N Up, Cd Mighty Handsome, Feature Money, Nicos Favoritecartel, and Redd Shirt.

Jess Pure Class on Sunday recorded the fastest qualifying time to the April 29, $30,000-added Desert Classic Futurity (R).

Ridden by Kevin Carbajal for owner and trainer Guillermo Morales, Jess Pure Class won the first of three trials by a neck from third-fastest qualifier Sassy Krystal. The gelded son of Jesse James Jr covered 300 yards in :15.702 while making his career debut.

Jess Pure Class was bred in New Mexico by MJ Farms, and he was a $10,000 yearling buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding is out of 2003 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner A Chick Of Class, and he is a half brother to Grade 1 winner First In Class DBS. 

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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