April 20-22 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

DM La Jolla (blue cap) scored his first stakes win in Friday's 250-yard Delta Dash, the opening night feature at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes and trials for the week of April 20-22. For recaps of graded stakes and trials, 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.

Delta Downs
Making his 4-year-old season debut, Horses of Fire Inc.'s DM La Jolla outan his 11-1 odds to win Friday's $23,850 Delta Dash Stakes.

DM La Jolla covered 250 yards in :13.067 and posted a 96 speed index while defeating 5-2 favorite MPS Shake Em N Style by a neck. Rolando Cabrera rode the brown son of Hiclass La Jolla for trainer Porfirio Fierro.

DM La Jolla was making his first start since November 4, when the gelding ran second in the B.F. Phillips Jr. Stakes (RG3) at Lone Star Park. He was bred in Texas by Donna Mushinski, and he has won four of 17 outs. The $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $70,379.

DM La Jolla's resume includes a third-place finish in last year's Retama Park Derby.

Heasablackmagic finished third, a half of a length behind DM La Jolla, and was followed by Mr Coco Pilota, Scoopies Leaving You, The Golden Bowl, Sassy Chic 3341, and Dash Dont Cheat.

Also on Friday, the field was set for the May 11, $69,552 Old South Derby for 3-year-olds.

Jorge Haddad's Droff, a homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty, posted the fastest qualifying time with a head victory in the third of five trials. Ridden by Luis Vivanco for trainer Salvador G. Flores, the Texas-bred gelding covered 350 yards in :17.425 while scoring his second win in eight races.

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Lightemupwithcharm made his first start in four months a winnning one, as the 4-year-old Sizzlin Cartel gelding earned a half-length victory in Saturday's $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes (R) for state-breds who had not previously won a stakes race.

Prepped by Willie Simien Jr. for owner Saul Dorado, Lightemupwithcharm earned a 103 speed index while covering 350 yards in :17.232. Antonio Alberto rode the gelding.

Lightemupwithcharm was bred by Jumonville Farms, and he was coming off of a third-place finish in the LQHBA Breeders' Derby (R) at Evangeline Downs on December 16. Campaigned exclusively in his home state, the brown gelding has won five of 15 outs and has earned $122,820, of which $79,712 was pocketed during his sophomore season.

BJs Magic Wings, Punctuality, Bubba Mallard, Royal Quick Patriot, Toasted Runaway, Sizzlin On Da Bayou, Bankin On Bux, JRs Natural Runaway, and Heza Truckin completed the order of finish.

Dixie Downs
Jesus Valenzuela rode fastest qualifier Dust A Tac to a neck victory in Saturday's 300-yard, $35,907 Dixie Downs Futurity.

Prepped by Luis Gonzalez for owner Abelardo Gonzalez, Dust A Tac stopped the timer in :15.889 while posting an 87 speed index. The Tac It Like A Man colt banked $14,363 from his second win in as many outs.

Dust A Tac was bred in Texas by County Line Runners, and he made his debut with a one-length victory in the second of six trials on April 7. The colt was a $6,500 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, and he is out of Deans Dusty Bunny, a New Mexico-bred daughter of champion Dean Miracle.

Kis My Bit ran second and was followed by Sir Trump, CIR Kingzless Queen, Winners Blu Bayou, Anas Hope, Senator Cash, Prearranged Wedding, and Eyesa Rite. Third-fastest qualifier Mischevious Bay was scratched.

Also on Saturday, fourth-fastest qualifier Tiny Capitana broke her maiden in the $21,285 Dixie Downs Derby.

Under jockey Alex Carrillo, Tiny Capitano went 350 yards in :17.768 and recorded a 99 speed index, and her winning margin was a neck from fastest qualifier Bay Max. Josh Taylor trained the Captain Courage filly for owner Pedro Mena.

Tiny Capitana was bred in Wyoming by Keith A. Hildabrand. The filly has earned $11,481 from eight starts, and she was a finalist in last year's Wyoming Downs Futurity.

Krash Your Party, Juno Jess, Tempting Finale, UD Goldenboy, Thats Amore La Blue, Acadillac, One Hot Party, and Corrupt completed the order of finish.

Remington Park
Sent to post at odds of 10-1, Js History Lesson avoided the trouble caused by Apollitical Pence near the wire to win Saturday's $65,500 Laico Bird Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds.

Js History Lesson went 330 yards in :16.779 on a sloppy and sealed track, and his margin of victory was a nose from Apollitical Pence, who was disqualified and placed third for bolting hard right and impeding Ivory By Choice, who crossed the wire third. Jimmy Dean Brooks rode the FDD Dynasty gelding for owner James Sills and trainer Eddie Willis.

Js History Lesson was bred by Sills, and he is out of Tel A Story, a homebred winning and multiple stakes placed 9-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel. The $36,900 winner's share of the purse from his second win in three starts pushed his bankroll to $52,858.

Ivory By Choice, Apollitical Pence, Reggies Bailbond, CR Smoke, Shez A Cartel Chick, Peves Iba Racy Gracy, Scary Spice, and Igotta Gotta Go completed the official order of finish.

Eagles Fly Higher, a homebred son of One Famous Eagle owned by Vernon Harman and Robert T. Moudy III, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez, Eagles Fly Higher covered 330 yards in :16.393 and earned a 103 speed index on a sloppy and sealed track. Trey Ellis prepped the colt, who was posting his third win in as many starts and first stakes score.

Eagles Fly Higher is out of Lone Bet, a winning 13-year-old daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash. His second dam, the Easy Jet mare RR Le Mistral, won the 1990 West Texas Derby (G2) at Sunland Park.

The $40,000 winner's share of the Remington Park Juvenile Stakes purse pushed Eagles Fly Higher's bankroll to $61,778.

VF Jedi Returns ran second and was followed by Saratoga Return, Sunlight Seven, Cappafeyin, Lota Streakin Wagon, Jess Proved Youwrong, Santander, Royal Cash Corona, and Dynasty Leader.

Donald Cavenaugh's Weetonas Lafawn, a bay daughter of Valiant Hero trained by Clint Crawford and 28-1 longshot, led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $65,500 Mr Master Bug Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred sophomores.

Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Weetonas Lafawn stopped the timer in :17.151 and posted a 102 speed index on a sloppy and sealed track. The $36,300 winner's share of the purse from the filly's second stakes win pushed her bankroll to $101,126 from eight outs.

Weetonas Lafawn was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma. The filly has won four races, including last year's Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R).

La Vencedora, the even-money favorite in the field of 10, ran second. Painted Wine Wagon, A Jordon Reed, SC Vapor Trail, Double Eagle, Apollitical Approach, Streaks Of Ivory, Ima China Rush, and PV Queen Bee Candy completed the order of finish.

Sun Downs
Making her career debut on Sunday, Jorge L. Carmona's Ladys A Cartel set the fastest qualifying time to the May 6, $10,000-added Pot O' Gold Futurity.

Prepped by Danny Montes and ridden by Ruben Lozano, Ladys A Cartel won the last of seven 300-yard trials by 1 3/4 lengths in :15.572. The Five Bar Cartel filly was bred in California by A Regal Choice Inc.

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SunRay Park
Jess Move You, a sorrel son of Apollitical Jess campaigned by Ricardo A. Bernal and Reymundo F. Resendez, led at every call en route to a clear 1 1/4-length victory in the $25,000 Animas Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday.

Prepped by Jesus Carrete, Jess Move You covered 400 yards in :19.458 under jockey Jose Luis Enriquez. The gelding banked $15,000 from his first career stakes win.

Jess Move You was bred in Oklahoma by Debbie Strebig. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, he has won two of eight starts and has earned $38,688, and he was a finalist in the March 31, 400-yard West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park.

Woodacoodadid ran second and was followed by Masons Moon, Ramble It On, Dominate This, Brujito Nueve, Nicos Favoritecartel, Moneys A Maker, Lethal Folly, and Centers Ivory Hart.

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