August 10-12 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

HTR Miamor Tequilla earned his first stakes win in Friday's Skip Zimmerman Stakes at Canterbury Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 10-12. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes and trials, 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.

Ajax Downs
Stephanie Keeble's Smoakn Gun on Sunday posted the fastest qualifying time to the September 2, $55,000-added Ontario Sires Derby (R).

Ridden by Cory Spataro for trainer Greg Watson, Smoakn Gun won the second of two trials by a head in :17.950 for 350 yards. The homebred son of the Oak Tree Special stallion Iced N Oak was winning for the second time in nine starts, all at this track.

Smoakn Gun has earned $21,025, and his resume includes a fourth-place run in last year's Ontario Sires Futurity (R).

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Arapahoe Park
This track ended its 2018 meet with a Quarter Horse stakes tripleheader on Sunday. (Click here for a recap of the $113,400 Mile High Futurity, won by odds-on favorite Tyson Gay.)

Mauro Salcedo rode sixth-fastest qualifier Walcott to a half-length win in the $65,235 Mile High Derby. Prepped by Alejandro Chavez for owner Pedro Gutierrez Marquez, the bay son of Tee Cos covered 400 yards in :19.909 while facing a reported 10-mph head wind.

Walcott was bred in Oklahoma by Lyle Guillory. The colt has won three of seven starts and has earned $41,229, of which $36,169 has been banked from three wins in six outs this season.

Captain Force, Shine Your Wagon, E S Keepingthedream, fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite Fantastic Minion, Ramble It On, DG Tempter, Heza Poppin Dynasty, and Dee Favorite Girl completed the order of finish. Fourth-fastest qualifier TF Carters Pick was scratched.

John G. Johnson's Faster Than Hasta won Sunday's RMQHA Bonus Challenge Stakes.

Ridden by Alfredo Triana Jr. for trainer Robert Johnson, Faster Than Hasta covered 400 yards in :19.969, and his margin of victory was a neck from Paint Your Eagle. The 4-year-old son of Hasta Be Fast earned the $13,740 winner's share of the $22,900 purse.

Faster Than Hasta was bred in Wyoming by Wardell Quarter Horses, and he was making his first-ever start at this track. The bay gelding has won six of 17 starts and has banked $155,823. His three stakes scores include the 2016 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge, and last year's Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge.

Hearts On A Hero ran third, one length behind Faster Than Hasta, and was followed by Stilldontneednobody, Unforgiven B, Okeyfreight, Air Force Won, and Pirate Coves Hero.

Shes My Foose, a 4-year-old daughter of champion Foose owned by Daisy Martinez, was a prompt 2-1 favorite in Saturday's $15,000 Arapahoe Express Stakes.

Prepped by Manuel Orozco and ridden by Jose Lopez, Shes My Foose defeated Apollitical Seven by a head whild covering 300 yards in :15.597 and posting a 98 speed index. The mare was winning for the fourth time in 11 outs and scoring her first stakes victory.

Shes My Foose was bred in Colorado by Hugo Barron Sierra. Raced in Colorado and Iowa, the mare has banked $31,114, and her resumeincludes a third-place finish in last year's Lucille Rowe Derby (R) for Colorado-bred sophomores.

Wonce In A Blue Moon finished third and was followed by Too Long Kissin, Timepaintyourwagondw, Our Miss Dyna, Perkin Desire, The Designer, VW Spittin Zevi, and Dcgoldenhawk.

Canterbury Park
HTR Miamor Tequlla sprinted to a half-length victory in the $25,000 Skip Zimmerman Stakes, one of two official Quarter Horse stakes contested at this track on Friday.

Ridden by Berkley Packer, HTR Miamor Tequilla covered 350 yards in :17.593 while earning a 105 speed index. Ed Hardy prepped the homebred 3-year-old son of Heart Of The Cartel for owner HTR Stables LLC.

"Those were good horses," Hardy said of the field HTR Miamor Tequilla defeated. The trainer added that HTR Miamor Tequilla would make his next start at Prairie Meadows.

HTR Miamor Tequilla has won six of 11 starts and has earned $65,550, of which $44,275 has been banked this year. He was a finalist in the March 24 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park.

Corona Springs finished second and was followed by Bye Byefreighttrain, Painted Dynasty, Bout Tree Fiddy, Gold Diggin Queen, Olivias Jett, First Of 15, JR Rock Star, and La Mos PYC.

Packer also rode Blue Eyed Andy to a 1 1/2-length win in Friday's 870-yard, $23,750 Mean Competitor Stakes. Racing for the Aspen Partnership and trained by R. Allen Hybsha, the 6-year-old black son of Furrtreeous stopped the timer in :47.042 while earning his seventh win in 37 outs and first stakes victory.

Blue Eyed Andy was bred in Oklahoma by Richard Joneson. The $11,875 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $82,702.

Streakin In The City, Hiclass Man, Lota Legacy, Haynes Blue Boy, No Such Tellin, and Toast On Fire completed the order of finish.

Trainer Jason Olmstead had a successful day on Saturday, as the conditioner won both Quarter Horse stakes on this track's 11-race program.

Dickey Bob, a homebred 3-year-old son of Apollitical Jess owned by Lunderborg LLC, won the $39,500 Cash Caravan Stakes (R) for Minnesota-breds. Ridden by Denny Velazquez, Dickey Bob defeated Pyc Jess Bite Mydust by a head while covering his 400-yard trip in :20.039. In addition to posting a 98 speed index, the brown gelding banked the $19,750 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes victory.

Dickey Bob has won his last three starts, including the July 8 Bob Morehouse Stakes (R). Campaigned in Minnesota, Iowa, and Oklahoma, he has won six of 13 races.

Rey D Arranque finished third and was followed by Gramma Ella, Curious James, Polar Xpress, and Blacks Cartel.

Ridden by Cristian Esqueda, Jess Doin
Time earned her second career stakes
win in Saturday's NCQHRA Futurity.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Olmstead also won the 350-yard, $45,000 North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity (R) with fourth-fastest qualifier Jess Doin Time. Ridden by Cristian Esqueda for owner Tom Pouliot, the homebred Apollitical Jess filly defeated Apollitical Mogul by a half of a length in :17.667.

Jess Doin Time earned a 103 speed index and the $22,500 winner's share of the purse from her fourth win in five starts and second stakes victory.

"I was really nervous before the race, but I sure was relieved when it was over," said Pouliot, who indicated that Jess Doin Time would be pointed to the September 2 Minnesota Futurity (R).

Jess Doin Time has earned $101,288 while racing exclusively at this track. The filly's resume includes a victory in the July 8, 350-yard Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity.

Fastest qualifier Zoes Sassy Miracle, Sunlight Seven, Thisbetterwork, Ive Got This, Ima JJ Junior, CR Lil Bro, and BHR Flashing Effort completed the order of finish. Frenemies was scratched.

Ruidoso Downs
Rock About It had no trouble with the rainy conditions, as the 4-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess splashed to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $20,000 Brigand Stakes.

Handling the wet conditions with skill,
Rock About It broke Ruidoso Downs'
550-yard track record in Saturday's
$20,000 Brigand Stakes. PHOTO: Gay

Ridden by Jaime Leos for owner Rockin J Running Horses and trainer Tammy Kay Johnson, Rock About It covered 550 yards in :26.327 on a track labeled "wet fast" while aided by a 17-mph tail wind. The gelding earned a 111 speed index and broke by 13/1000ths of a second the previous track record set by Take The Mountain on August 5, 2010.

Rock About It was bred in New Mexico by Sarah Donaldson-Rioux of Deming. The gelding was making his first start since June 2, when he finished sixth in the 440-yard, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1). All told, Rock About It has won seven of 18 starts, and the $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes score increased his earnings to $137,851.

Earlier this year, Rock About It scored a wire-to-wire, neck victory in the 550-yard, $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes (G3) at Remington Park.

In Class finished second and was followed by Cobalt Creek, Tang, Bars N Cars, Jess A Satin Flash, Check It To Em Dale, and Streicher.

Wyoming Downs
Fourth-fastest qualifier SP Four Square outran his 11-1 odds to win Saturday's $18,200 Wyoming Downs/Renegade Sports Derby.

Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela, SP Four Square went 400 yards in :19.784, and the Favorite Cartel gelding's winning margin was a half of a length from 13-10 favorite and second-fastest qualifier Lt Heza Winner. Riley Moosman trained SP Four Square for owner Jess H. Udy.

SP Four Square was bred in Utah by Spencer Peterson. Raced in California, Wyoming, and Utah, the gelding has won four of 13 outs and has banked $23,575.

Just Had To Be ran third, two lengths behind the winner, and was followed by fastest qualifier Champion Winner, JV Power Wagon, CD Seperate Dynasty, Mr Soul, Acadillac, and Mountain Vista. Mr Sam Bojangles was scratched.

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