April 28-29 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Q-Racing Journal

Eleazar Hernandez rode Jet Black King (red cap and silks) to the gelding's first stakes win in Saturday's Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of April 28-29. 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.

Remington Park
A field of eight Oklahoma-bred distaffers went to the post in Saturday's Easy Date Stakes (R), and odds-on favorite As And Js held on at the wire to win the 350-yard, $80,500 race.

Owned and trained by Leonardo Alcala, As And Js defeated Apollitical Scout by a head in :17.329. Agustin Silva rode the 4-year-old bay daughter of Apollitical Jess, who returned a $2.80 win mutuel as the 2-5 choice.

As And Js was bred by Five Puig Racing LLC, and she was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the March 31 Decketta Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares at this track. Raced in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, the mare has won six of 16 starts and has banked $375,404, and her three career stakes victories include last year's Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Mystery Derby (R), and the 2016 Black Gold 350 Futurity (R), both at Will Rogers Downs.

Mia Kine finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind As And Js. Effortless Chic Desi, Hr Chatter Wagon, Dashing Sashay, VF Floosie, and Ting Ting Tac completed the order of finish.

Sam Houston Race Park
Filemon Saucedo's Jet Black King kept his record perfect with a neck victory in Saturday's $44,060 Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes.

Ridden by Eleazar Hernandez for trainer Juan Saucedo, Jet Black King covered 330 yards in :16.968 and earned a 91 speed index while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. The $13,218 winner's share of the purse from his third win in as many outs pushed the Jet Black Patriot gelding's bankroll to $18,618.

Jet Black King was bred in Louisiana by R.K. McGehee. The gelding is out of Billyjeanthequeen, a stakes-winning daughter of champion Royal Quick Dash.

Elite Connection finished second and was followed by Dashingwithnorate, Fmcanttemptthisrock, Mosco Fly With Me, Kinekt, Monza, Baller, White Hot Poker, and Moons First Cd.

Turf Paradise
Third-fastest qualifier Sassy Krystal broke her maiden in Sunday's $55,290 Desert Classic Futurity.

Ridden by Emilio Tapia against a reported 13-mph head wind, Sassy Krystal went 300 yards in :15.902, and her margin of victory was a half of a length from Redneck Woman. The sorrel daughter of Heza Fast Dash was prepped by Ricardo Ramirez, who also owns Sassy Krystal.

Sassy Krystal was bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms LP, and she was an $18,000 yearling purchase at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The filly is out of Sassy Corona, a homebred daughter of Corona Cartel who won the 2006 Miss Princess Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Sassy Krystal's second dam, the homebred winning Bully Bullion mare Wallstreet Darlin, ran second in the 2000 Red Earth Handicap (G3) at Remington Park.

Sassy Krystal has earned $28,233 from two outs.

Bonoforbernal ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Sassy Krystal. Curious George Jr, Shez Ifs, Whiskeys Quicker, Nicos First Cartel, First Shining Chick, and Jus Cuz completed the order of finish. Fastest qualifier Jess Pure Class was listed as a stewards' scratch.

Also on Sunday, Jose Castellanos' Tyson Gay sprinted to a half-length score in the $31,825 AQRA Spring Fling Futurity.

Prepped by Roy Ronquillo, Tyson Gay went 300 yards in :15.540 while racing against a reported 6-mph head wind. Emilio Tapia rode the brown son of champion Foose, who was winning for the second time in as many starts.

Tyson Gay, the fourth-fastest qualifier, made his debut with a victory in the first of two trials on April 7. The gelding was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California, and he was a $10,000 yearling buy at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. His dam, Hawk Kue Pie, is a homebred 13-year-old daughter of champion Hawkinson who won the 2010 Las Damas Handicap (G2) at Los Alamitos.

The $15,913 winner's share of the Spring Fling Futurity purse pushed Tyson Gay's bankroll to $17,699.

One Famous Icon finished second and was followed by Babe Watchin, fastest qualifier Yoffi, WL Big Tasty, Moonflash Deluxe, Stel A Secret and A Dash Of Salty. There were two scratches: ninth-fastest qualifier One Sweet Boogie and 10th-fastest qualifier Check This Wagon.

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