July 4-8 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of July 4-8. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, 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.

Canterbury Park
Stacy Charette-Hill saddled her own Disco Wagon to win the $78,450 Canterbury Park Derby held on Sunday, July 8.

She owns the brown gelding with husband Randy, who bred the horse in partnership with VWP Jr. Inc. The horse has now won three of eight starts and earned $70,873. This is his first stakes win.

Disco Wagon, ridden by Jorge Torres, provided a steady bid in the 400-yard race to take a three-quarter length win and a finish time of :19.913.

DF Apollitical Sign was second, followed by Eagle Deluxe, A Jordan Reed, First Of 15, Marfilmio, California Blossom, Minuscule Monster, Olivias Jett and Painted Dynasty.

On the same card, Dickey Bob drew clear in the $40,400 Bob Morehouse Stakes (R) for breeder and owner Lunderborg LLC. The 3-year-old gelding was trained by Jason Olmstead and ridden by Denny Velazquez, and he completed the 400 yards in :19.879.

Rey D Arranque was second, followed by PYC Jess Bite Mydust, Curious James, Gramma Ella, Streak N Sparks, Itinkican Itinkican and Blacks Cartel.

Dickey Bob has won five of 12 starts and has earned $76,825. The gelding is by Apollitical Jess and out of the PYC Paint Your Wagon mare Paint Or More.

Also on Sunday, Zoes Sassy Miracle broke her maiden in the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile Stakes.

Ridden by Julian Serrano and sent to post as the 5-2 favorite, Zoes Sassy Miracle covered 350 yards in :18.094 while racing against a reported 28-mph head wind, and her winning margin was a neck from 3-1 second choice Chocolatepaintedkiss. Mark Barnes saddled the homebred bay daughter of Capo de Capi for owners Lowell Husman, Becky Husman, and Lynn Husman.

Zoes Sassy Miracle was bred in South Dakota. The filly's dam, Homemade Miracle, is a 17-year-old daughter of champion Dean Miracle.

Dashing Fajita, Sunlight Seven, Uptown Girl, Diamalou, Corona My Prize, Wonderland, High Dollar Return, and Kool Energy completed the order of finish.

Delta Downs
Ms Leaving You outran her 30-1 odds to win Thursday's $35,000 Par-A-Dice Stakes for non-winners of a stakes race.

Racing for McGehee Horse and Cattle LLC and trained by Kenneth Weeks, Ms Leaving You covered 300 yards on a sloppy and sealed track in :15.125. Luciano Duenez rode the 4-year-old daughter of Coronas Leaving You, who returned a $63 win mutuel while scoring her third win in 10 starts.

Ms Leaving You was bred in Louisiana by Grant Farms LLC. The $21,000 winner's share of the Par-A-Dice Stakes purse pushed the mare's earnings to $52,632.

A Canadian Chill ran second and was followed by Lil Bro Big Streak, Heza Truckin, Game Angeles, 2-1 favorite Dutcher, Sassy Chic 3341, Going Hot, MPS Shake Em N Style, and Capital Ice.

Jonathan Goss' Look To Monte Cristo lit up the toteboard with a 28-1 victory in the $50,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds on Saturday.

Trained by Claude Walters, Look To Monte Cristo covered 870 yards in :45.986 under jockey Ubaldo Luna, and her winning margin was a clear 7 1/4 lengths from 9-10 favorite JW Who Dat. The 5-year-old sorrel daughter of First Comment returned a $58.80 win mutuel and paired with JW Who Dat for a $232.60 ($2) exacta.

Look To Monte Cristo was bred by John R. Martin. A $5,000 claming winner during the Louisiana Downs winter meet, the mare has won five of 23 starts, including five of 19 at the 870-yard trip, and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her bankroll to $66,210.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Darling Farms' Walk Off ran off with Saturday's 350-yard, $16,000 Fair Meadows Maturity.

Prepped by R.L. "Rick" Robinson, who gave a leg up to jockey Cody Smith, Walk Off defeated Shaky Hero by a half of a length in :17.603. The two-time claiming winner during the Remington Park spring meet banked the $8,892 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes victory.

Walk Off was bred in California by Fredda Draper. A 4-year-old gelded son of Walk Thru Fire and multiple graded stakes winner Jenuine Joy, he has won four of 11 starts and has earned $42,694, of which $29,454 has been pocketed this year.

Way To Go, LD American Ivory, Ting Ting Tac, Veto, and A Royal Country Man completed the order of finish.

Grants Pass Downs
Ruben Lozano rode Harem Bar Cartel to a three-quarter length win in the $33,400 Grants Pass Firecracker Futurity on Wednesday.

Prepped by Danny Montes for owner Jorge L. Carmona, Harem Bar Cartel covered 350 yards in :17.515 while posting a 105 speed index. The $13,360 winner's share of the purse from the gelding's second win in as many outs increased his bankroll to $14,845.

Harem Bar Cartel is by Five Bar Cartel out of the unraced 10-year-old Wave Carver mare Harem Carver. The gelding was bred in California by A Regal Choice Inc. His second dam, the Strawfly Special mare Special Queen SA, ran second in the 2002 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Reginas Royal Choice finished second and was followed by L Bar D Top Prospect, Arizona Favorite, One Special Dynasty, Willy B Gone, Lucky Ned, and Jesstafiably Jess.

Indiana Grand
Quarter Horse racing dominated the eight-race program at this track on Saturday.

Woop Dee Doo, a 5-year-old Good Reason SA gelding owned and trained by Ricardo Martinez, was a prompt 7-10 favorite in the $38,600 Bradford Stakes.

Ridden by Sergio Ramirez, Woop Dee Doo covered 400 yards in :19.885, and his winning margin was a clear 1 1/2 lengths from 30-1 longshot Encore. The gelding earned a 91 speed index and the $22,000 winner's share of the purse.

“We raced him here as a two-year-old and then as a three-year-old, we sent him to Oklahoma and he was second in the (2016) Heritage Place Derby,” said Martinez. “Last year, he battled sickness and didn’t really race very well for us, but he seems to have bounced back.

"He’s a very sound horse," he added. "We just have trouble finding races for him. We will pay him into the Championships and see how he does.”

Woop Dee Doo was bred in California by John Andreini and Vince Genco. He has won eight of 20 starts, including three stakes, and he has banked $243,289.

Tommy The Train, Hardheaded, Tip It Bac, WH Kenny G, and Sicario completed the order of finish.

Sent to post at odds of 9-1, Maria Stephany Chaparro's Tres My Heart responded with a neck victory in Saturday's $49,500 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby.

Ridden by Giovani Vazquez-Gomez for trainer Hector Sanchez, Tres My Heart covered 400 yards in :20.020. The Heart Of The Cartel filly earned $27,500 while scoring her first win in two outs.

"I had faith in her,” said Vazquez-Gomez. “She made many mistakes in her first start. She started in post 3 last time and ended up moving down and running in the one path. I saw that she had more in her that night. I’m not surprised she won.”

Tres My Heart made her debut with a fourth-place run in her Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby trial on June 23. 

“She had a lot of complications in her first start,” said Sanchez. “I knew she had potential to do something. I told Giovani she had the class, she can go the distance and she had the potential. She showed that tonight.”

Tres My Heart was bred in Oklahoma by Canadian River QH LLC. The filly has earned $27,750.

Flight To La Jolla finished second and was followed by odds-on favorite BS Special, Fast Prize Karen, Twisted Lil Secret, Cappy, Cant Paint This, My Cousin Perry, and BP First Down Fling.

Two sets of trials were also contested at this track on Saturday. Pritty, a daughter of Coronado Cartel trained by Ricardo Martinez for owner Miguel A. Lechuga, recorded the fastest qualifying time to the July 28, $50,000-added Heartland Futurity.

Ridden by Juan Galvan, Pritty won the first of two 300-yard trials by two lengths in :15.301. The chestnut filly was winning for the second time in two outs.

Pritty was bred in Texas by Saucer Five LP.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, the field was set for the July 21, $100,000-added Blue River Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Beach Treat, a gelded son of Escondido Beach owned and trained by Ronald Brown, set the fastest qualifying time with his head victory from second-fastest qualifier Kitty Sixup in the second of three trials. Ridden bby Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, Beach Treat went 400 yards in :19.939 while earning his third victory in 11 starts.

Beach Treat was bred by Coronet Farm. The gelding has earned $28,066.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Retama Park
This track opened its 2018 on Friday with a program topped by the 350-yard, $15,000 Selma Stakes (R) for Texas-bred fillies and mares.

Froylan Ramirez rode Jess Iam First Royal to a clear 2 1/4-length victory in the race, as the 4-year-old daughter of MJB Corona stopped the timer in :17.435 and earned a 107 speed index while racing against a reported 7-mph head wind. Felipe Garza prepped the homebred mare for owner Simon Escamilla.

Campaigned in Texas and Louisiana, Jess Iam First Royal has won five of 18 races. The $8,250 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory increased her earnings to $35,239.

First Prize Friend, Together To The End, Sugars First Love, Marfilous, Tempting Feefee, Easy Gold Pop, Shez Just Courageous, Moneypenny, and Red Stem completed the order of finish.

This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Saturday. Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches' He Is The Risingstar was a prompt 2-5 favorite in the 550-yard, $15,000 Tower of the Americas Handicap. Ridden by Jerry Lee Yoakum for trainer L.R. "Tooter" Jordan, the 6-year-old son of champion Mr Jess Perry defeated Dealmfast by a neck in :27.055 on a sloppy track.

He Is The Risingstar was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklins Horse Farm LLC. The sorrel gelding has won 10 of 26 starts, and he has won six stakes, all at the 550 distance. The $8,550 winner's share of the Tower of the Americas Handicap purse pushed his earnings to $169,370.

Grand Illusioni finished third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, and was followed by Classified Bulls Eye, Love Ta Zoom, TH Thomas Leo, Rio Special Jr, JRC Callas First, and First Impulse.

Deala Quick Game, a homebred 4-year-old son of Dealagame owned by Pete Scarmardo of Caldwell, Texas, rallied on a sloppy surface to win the $15,000 Live Oak Handicap (R) for Texas-breds.

Saddled by Leon Bard, Deala Quick Game went 350 yards in :17.532, and his winning margin was a neck from odds-on favorite RC Me Leaving You. Jose Martinez rode the gray gelding.

Deala Quick Game was making his first start since April 16, when he ran sixth in an allowance race at Sam Houston Race Park. Raced exclusively in Texas, he has won five of 19 outs and has earned $43,241.

Tellereyematthebar, Glimpse Of Fire, Desdemona Rambler, and Kraken Black completed the official order of finish.

Sandy Downs
He Looks Royal, a gelded son of Royal Shake Em owned by RTM Stables LLC, Larry Chapple, and Dick Wasia, is the fastest qualifier to the July 20, $30,000-est. Idaho Cup Futurity (R) for state-bred juveniles.

Ridden by Jesus Canales for trainer Mark Hanson, He Looks Royal on Wednesday won the second of three 350-yard trials by one length in :17.593. The homebred gelding was winning for the first time in five outs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Wednesday, Larry Chapple's Dashair Special set the fastest qualifying time to the July 20, $20,000-est. Idaho Cup Derby (R).

Trained by Mark Hanson and ridden by Jesus Canales, Dashair Special on Wednesday won the first of two 400-yard trials by 1 3/4 lengths in :19.435. The homebred Dashair gelding was winning for the third time in as many starts this season.

All told, Dashair Special has won three of eight outs and has earned $15,652.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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