February 2-4 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Precious Dominique earned her second career stakes win in Friday's 100-yard, $15,000 Blink of an Eye Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of February 2-4. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Los Alamitos
A sharp break from post 4 helped Precious Dominique score a wire-to-wire victory in Friday's 100-yard, $15,000 Blink of an Eye Handicap.

Ridden by Jose Nicasio and sent to post at odds of 17-1, Precious Dominique defeated Im Leonidas by a neck in :6.577. Jose Hernandez Jr. prepped the 4-year-old daughter of champion Foose for owners Adrian Gonzalez and Atilano G. Gonzalez.

Precious Dominique was bred in California by Alessio, Brown and Davies LLC. An $8,000 claimer during her 2-year-old campaign, the mare was coming off of a sophomore season during which she earned $3,375 from three outs.

“It’s the break,” said Hernandez. “We know that she’s a real quick breaker. We had to scratch her a couple of weeks ago (because) she got sick. We thought the 100 yards would be a good race for her, especially as quick as she is out of the gate.

Making his second career start at
870 yards, JW Who Dat won the
$25,000 Magnolia Stakes on
Saturday. PHOTO: Hodges

"You might not be the best horse, but if you are a quick horse you can get the job done," the trainer added. "She had not run in almost seven weeks so we knew she needed a race. This is the perfect tune-up.”

Raced exclusively in California, Precious Dominque has won four of 12 starts, and the $8,250 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes victory bumped her earnings to $32,170.

Maggie Durant, the 7-5 favorite, ran third and was followed by Renewed, I Wont Give Up, Loud Little Kid, BF Captain Caveman, and Snowy Coronitas.

Louisiana Downs
Renato Contreras' JW Who Dat led at every call en route to a one-length victory in Saturday's $25,000 Magnolia Stakes (R) for state-breds.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto for trainer Javier Noel Contreras, the owner's son, JW Who Dat went 870 yards in :46.514. The 6-year-old Agouti gelding scored his second stakes win of this track's winter Quarter Horse meet, as he was coming off of a wire-to-wire, one-length win in the 870-yard, $15,000 Marathon Stakes on January 13.

"He looked really good today, and we felt our horse was going to run another big race,” said Javier Contreras. “As we saw from his last race, he loves to get out and take the lead, and today, he handled the turn really well.”

JW Who Dat was bred by J.W. Owens. The gelding has won six of 24 starts, including both of his outs at the 870 distance, and the $15,000 winner's share of the Magnolia Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $62,192.

“There are no more 870 stakes at Louisiana Downs,” said Contreras. “We’ll give him a break and bring him back at Delta.”

Im Mighty Fast finished second and was followed by Struttinmyjewelsoff, odds-on favorite and reigning champion distance horse B And G Fast Dash, and Streakin Holland.

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