January 13-14 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Antonio Alberto rode JW Who Dat to a one-length victory in Saturday's $15,000 Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs. PHOTO: Hodges Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 13-14. 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
Making his first start against aged runners, Racy High Roller led at every call en route to a half-length victory in Sunday's $20,000 Barbra B Handicap.

Racy High Roller scored a half-length
win in Sunday's 550-yard Barbra B
Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos

Racy High Roller went 550 yards in a hand-timed :26.900 under jockey Eduardo Nicasio. Chris O'Dell prepped the 4-year-old sorrel son of One Famous Eagle for owner Abigail K. Kawananakoa.

Racy High Roller was bred in Missouri by Sunflower Supply Co. A $125,000 purchase at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the gelding has won four of 14 starts while racing exclusively in California, and the $11,000 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $276,200.

Racy High Roller's resume includes a neck victory in the 2016 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2).

He Is The Risingstar, Miss Loujean, Chicks Fayvorite, Run Raging Rhino Run, Apollitical Gamble, and Newport Coaster completed the official order of finish.

Louisiana Downs
JW Who Dat, a 6-year-old son of Agouti racing for Renato Contreras, broke sharply from his far outside post and sprinted to a one-length victory in the $15,000 Marathon Stakes on Saturday.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto for trainer Javier Contreras, JW Who Dat covered 870 yards in :46.142. In addition to earning a 93 speed index, the gelding banked the $9,000 winner's share of the purse while making his first-ever start at the distance.

The Contrerases claimed JW Who Dat for $3,500 at Evangeline Downs on October 25. The gelding ended his 2017 campaign with a fourth-place finish in a 440-yard for $7,500 claimers at Evangeline on December 1.

"Antonio told me that the horse wanted to go further, so my dad and I said, 'Let's get him ready for the 870 stakes at Louisiana Downs,'" Javier Contreras said. "The outside post never worried us as he had never gone 870. We expected him to go to the lead, and Antonio gave him a great ride.”

Alberto, the current leading rider at this meet, rode JW Who Dat in his final race of 2017, and he said he had a good feeling about the gelding's chances in this race.

"When you can't pull a horse up after the wire, and even the outrider couldn’t slow him down after the turn, you know he wants to go further," said Alberto of JW Who Dat's December 1 out. "Javier and I are friends and have great communication. This was a special win."

JW Who Dat was bred in Louisiana by J.W. Owens. The gelding has won five of 22 starts and has earned $47,192.

Big Boy Agouti ran second and was followed by 3-5 favorite Im Mighty Fast, Streak Of Music, Hez Toast, and Agoutis Snowplow.

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