August 15-19 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Q-Racing Journal

On Our Way (number 10, black silks) was placed first in Friday's Four Forty Blast Handicap for sophomores. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 15-19. 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.

Fair Grounds
Breaking sharply from his rail post, Rosalio Espinosa's JRS Taylors Runnaway was a prompt 2-1 favorite in Saturday's 250-yard, $34,100 Gentilly Dash Stakes.

JRS Taylors Runnaway defeated Lil Bro Big Streak by a neck in :13.018 on a sloppy and sealed track. Everardo Rodriguez rode the 3-year-old son of Sir Runaway Dash for trainer Martin Trejo.

JRS Taylors Runnaway was bred in Louisiana by Julien R. Stevens III. Raced exclusively in Louisiana, the sorrel gelding has won five of 13 races, including the 2017 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) at this track, and he has earned $301,320.

BJs Magic Wings finished third and was followed by DM La Jolla and Fast N Famous Eagle.

Los Alamitos
A disqualification following a stewards' inquiry helped On Our Way score her first stakes victory in Friday's $15,000 Four Forty Blast Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Racing for owners Lazy Creek Ranch and Jerry McAlevey, On Our Way covered 350 yards in :17.583. Eduardo Nicasio rode the bay daughter of One Sweet Jess for trainer Jose Flores.

CM Boom Shakalaka crossed the wire first, but the gelding was disqualified and placed fifth for lugging out and bothering rival Fyrefly Jo at the eighth pole. On Our Way was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California, and she was a $16,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

"She’s had some bad luck before,” McAlevey said. “She was bumped in (last year's) Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (final) and had similar trouble in the Governors’ Cup Derby trials. She has the ability. She likes 400 yards.”

“Tonight she got the win in another way, but we’ll take it,” said Flores. “Like Jerry said, she’s deserved something to go her way because she’s had bad luck before. She’s always tried hard for us before. I feel for the connections of CM Boom Shakalaka because I’ve been on the other side many times before and it hurts. They have a very nice horse.”

Raced exclusively at this track, On Our Way has won three of 10 starts and has banked $62,969.

Unblemished was placed second after the inquiry and was followed officially by Just Walk By, Fyrefly Jo, CM Boom Shakalaka, Yanque, Delight Won, La Candiata, Power Thinker, and Effortless Effort.

Northlands Park
Knotty Knita, a homebred daughter of First Timber owned and trained by Wesley Oulton, earned her first stakes victory in Wednesday's $21,368 Alberta Stallion Derby (R).

Ridden by Ceasar Cervantes, Knotty Knita defeated 7-2 favorite The Western Special by a head in :17.128 for 330 yards. The sorrel filly banked $9,616 while posting her third win in 17 starts.

Knotty Knita was bred in Oklahoma. The filly has earned $26,915 while racing in Alberta and Oklahoma, and her resume includes a third-place finish in last year's Canada Cup Futurity (RG3) at Century Downs near Calgary.

Machete, Atomic Blondie, SS Sunny Days, Thisbudsforyou, Alberta Krome, O Shiver Me Timbers, Miracle Candy Girl, and Mr Eleanor completed the order of finish.

Prairie Meadows
Two sets of trials were contested at this track on Sunday. Lil Quick Wagon, a homebred son of Lil Kool Wagon owned by Michael A. Pohl and Bob Urich, posted the fastest qualifying time for the September 2, $83,715 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R).

Ridden by Jorge Torres for trainer Stacy Charette-Hilll, Lil Quick Wagon kept his perfect record intact with a head victory from second-fastest qualifier Lil Iza Baby in the second of two trials. The gelding covered 350 yards in :17.983 while scoring his second win in as many outs.

Lil Quick Wagon made his debut with a victory in a maiden-special-weight race at Remington Park on April 29. He is out of RU Special, a homebred 10-year-old daughter of Special Legend.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Sunday, the field was set for the September 2, $65,624 Iowa Stallion Derby (R). Rakin In Jo, a homebred daughter of Lil Kool Wagon and the fastest qualifier, won the first of two trials by a clear 3 1/2 lengths while covering 400 yards in :19.883. Cody Smith rode the filly for owner and trainer Wayne Garner.

Rakin In Jo has won two of five starts and has banked $49,722. His resume includes a victory in last year's Iowa Stallion Futurity (R).

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Retama Park
On Saturday, the field was set for the September 1, $25,000-added TQHA Sires' Cup Derby (R).

Louisiana Seis, a gelding by The Louisiana Cartel owned by Jose R. Espinosa, Kenneth Blouch, and Christine Blouch, set the fastest qualifying time with a three-quarter length victory in the last of three trials. Ridden by J.R. Ramirez for trainer Jose U. Lopez, the Texas-bred gelding covered 400 yards in :20.069 while scoring his third win in 10 starts and second victory in four outs this season.

Louisiana Seis was bred by Richard Arizpe. The gelding has banked $24,646, of which $20,020 has been earned this season.

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Wyoming Downs
Eighth-fastest qualifier and 14-1 longshot Stolin Train broke his maiden in Sunday's $34,900 Wyoming Downs Futurity.

Ridden by Francisco Linan, Stolin Train went 350 yards in :17.747, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from fastest qualifier and 8-5 favorite Femme Fatalia. Scott Goodrich prepped the bay Desirio gelding for owner Albert Sacco.

Stolin Train was bred in Utah by The Running A LLC. He is out of Stoli Girl, an 8-year-old daughter of champion Stoli.

Stolin Train has won one of two starts and has earned $16,763.

Louisiana Ez finished third and was followed by Mighty B Royal, Heztwoforthedough, Cir Home Run Kyz, Sheza Vital Secret, Bk Talazar, and Locomotion Girl.

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