July 27-29 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Q-Racing Journal

Racing in the second of four 400-yard Mile High Derby trials, Fantastic Minion set the fastest qualifying time to the August 12, $90,000-est. final at Arapahoe Park near Denver. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of July 27-29. 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.

Arapahoe Park
On Friday, two sets of 400-yard trials determined the qualifiers for the $100,000-est. Mile High Futurity and $90,000-est. Mile High Derby, both of which will be contested on August 12.

Midnite Dash, a gelded son of Bodacious Dash owned by Pedro and Lilia Andazola, set the fastest qualifying time to the Mile High Futurity with his 2 1/4 length victory in the second of five trials. Ridden by Jhaciel Soto for trainer Hipolito Michel-Valverde, Midnite Dash stopped the timer in :19.538 while scoring his second win in as many races.

Midnite Dash was bred in Colorado by Richard and Genevieve Herrman. He has earned $5,700 from his two outs, both at this track.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Fantastic Minion set the fastest qualifying time to the Mile High Derby, as the Fantastic Corona Jr gelding won the second of four trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :19.647. Nakia Ramirez rode Fantastic Minion for owners Kirk Woolf and Ralph Hartline and trainer Jay Pitcher.

Fantastic Minion was bred in Utah by Kirk Woolf. The winner of last year's Western States Breeders' Futurity at Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the gelding has won four of 10 starts and has banked $52,248.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Evergreen Park
Barry and Janice Sather's Singles Cruise earned her first stakes victory in the $15,313 Jerry Stojan Memorial Futurity on Friday.

Ridden by Alejandro Hernandez for trainer Janice Sather, Singles Cruise defeated Special Corona Wave by a half of a length while covering 300 yards in :15.680 and earning a 94 speed index. The California-bred daughter of Favorite Cartel was winning for the second time in three outs and pushing her bankroll to $8,934.

Singles Cruise was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. The filly is out of Going Single, a 16-year-old daughter of Mr Eye Opener.

Ifarm finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Singles Cruise, and was followed by Timbersknightryder, Mals Sweet Jess, O Kingsley, and Zoomn Wave. Hortons Kid Dynamite was scratched.

Charles G. Stojan's Stripsteak, a California-bred son of One Sweet Jess, sprinted to a three-quarter length win in Sunday's $20,092 Peace Country Derby.

Prepped by William Leech and ridden by Alejandro Hernandez, Stripsteak went 400 yards in :19.779. The bay gelding earned a 107 speed index and the $9,041 winner's share of the purse.

Stripsteak was bred by Dr. Steve Burns. Raced in California and Canada, he has won six of 10 starts and has banked $25,032.

True Copy, JD Wagon Boss, Atomic Blondie, First Prize Cruise, Dont Hezitate, Shawnee Cartel, and Gone To Be Bright completed the order of finish.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
RF Corona Flash outran his 28-1 odds to win Friday's $17,500 Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds.

Racing for Joel Rod Pierce and Kyle M. McGovern, RF Corona Flash defeated even-money favorite Blazen Panther by a neck while making his 870-yard trip in :45.825 and earning a 95 speed index. Gonzalo Gutierrez rode the 7-year-old Cartel Success gelding.

RF Corona Flash was bred by Marvin and Pam Wilcox. Raced exclusively in Oklahoma, the sorrel gelding has won five of 21 starts, and the $10,338 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score pushed his bankroll to $48,202.

Admiral Zoomwalt, Marker Down Brown, PB Classy Royal Snow, SRD American Achara, Eye Opening Legacy, and SRD Red Bobcat completed the order of finish.

Also on Friday, Juan F. Martinez-Labastida's Jess Bein The Hero ran to his even-money odds in the $15,925 Rocky Heinzig Stakes.

Ridden by Jorge Linares for trainer Josue Ponce, Jess Bein The Hero went 350 yards in :17.547 and posted a 96 speed index. The 5-year-old Valiant Hero stallion's margin of victory was a neck from Eye Eye Captain, and he returned a $4 win mutuel for his effort.

Jess Bein The Hero was bred in Texas by Curtis Crenwelge. The stallion was making his first start since April 21, when he scored a half-length victory in the Grade 2, 440-yard Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park.

Jess Bein The Hero has won 10 of 13 races, and he currently boasts a five-race win streak that includes four stakes victories. The $8,784 winner's share of the purse from his sixth career stakes score pushed his bankroll to $152,870.

SR Fly Baby ran third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Jess Bein The Hero, and was followed by Mighty Tamale, Whosgonegirl, Shaky Hero, JC Wild Rose, Jessie Marie, and Justonemore Martini.

This track presented a stakes tripleheader on Saturday. Click here for a recap of the Grade 3, $222,000 Speedhorse Futurity (G3).

Pedro Martinez's Oltigbitties, the fourth-fastest qualifier, parlayed a fast break from post 6 into a wire-to-wire victory in the $75,300 Speedhorse Derby.

Prepped by Martinez, Oltigbitties covered 350 yards in :17.635. Cody Smith rode the Okalhoma-bred daughter of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Lota Pyc.

Oltigbitties was bred by Shelly Coldwell Goodnight. The bay filly has won five of 10 starts and has earned $58,764, of which $37,422 has been banked from five outs this season.

Martinez claimed Oltigbitties for $20,000 at Remington Park on May 25.

Lotta Cac finished second, three-quarters of a length behind Oltigbitties. Hooked On A Win, the fastest qualifier and 9-10 favorite, ran third and was followed by Dashing Vickie, Moon Dash Cartel, Tempting Annee GL, Lil Bit Corona, Rolling Along, Miss Racy Cartel, and World Class Jess.

A $10,000 claim at Delta Downs on May 31, Mr Coronado Cash paid immediate dividends for his connections, as the Coronado Cartel gelding won Saturday's $16,000 Cherokee Nation Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Mr Coronado Cash covered 350 yards in :17.828 under jockey Paul Nieto. Manuel Mata saddled the gelding for owner Oscar Macias.

Mr Coronado Cash was bred in Louisiana by Todd Antonuk. Raced in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, he has won three of five starts, and the $8,730 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score pushed his earnings to $23,748.

Docs Kansas Rep ran second, one length behind Mr Coronado Cash. SR Shegone, James On The Fly, First Prize Shawn, Pops Tempting Wagon, Dynamite Lips, VF Tempting A Wheely, Louisiana Time, and Dreamin Of Success completed the order of finish.

Great Falls
Shaunda Larsen rode fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite Brindis Cruz to a clear 1 1/2-length victory in the $18,925 Big Sky Select Breeders' Futurity (R) on Saturday.

Prepped by Jess Matt for owner Lana Matt, Brindis Cruz covered his 300-yard trip in :15.848 on a sloppy track. The sorrel son of Brindis Por Cayenne was winning for the second time in four outs and scoring his first stakes win, and he returned a $3 win mutuel as the 1-2 choice in the field of six.

Brindis Cruz was bred in Wyoming by the late K.C. Carden. His dam, GM Check Her Out, is a winning 11-year-old daughter of the Hennessy (TB) stallion Check Him Out. The gelding has earned $21,010.

Runnin J finished second and was followed by Thischicksgoteffort, This Chicks Packin, Kay Cross Conman, and High On The Night. Seventh-fastest qualifier My Wicked Corona was scratched.

Indiana Grand
Fourth-fastest qualifier Packin Secrets kept his perfect record intact with a neck victory in Saturday's 300-yard, $81,600 Heartland Futurity.

The connections of Packin Secrets, including
owner and trainer Ricardo Martinez (center),
pose in the winner's circle after Saturday's
Heartland Futurity. PHOTO: Linscott

Owned and trained by Ricardo Martinez, Packin Secrets stopped the timer in :15.590 while posting a 93 speed index and his third win in as many starts. Sergio Ramirez rode the bay son of Habits Secret.

"He felt a lot better this time," said Ramirez. "He had a clean start this time. He didn't (in his trial) and he had a lot of problems. That made all the difference tonight."

Packin Secrets was bred in Kentucky by John A. Wolpert. The gelding's dam, C U Tamale, is a 7-year-old daughter of Ivory James. His second dam, the Packin Sixes mare El Streaker, won the 1998 Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans.

"For him to win an open race by an Indiana sire is great," said Martinez. "He was born accidentally and was just over the border of Indiana in Kentucky, so the timing just wasn't right and he's not a registered Indiana-bred."

The $44,880 winner's share of the Heartland Futurity purse boosted Packin Secrets' bankroll to $54,780.

Filthy Rich ran second and was followed by Chickazum, fastest qualifier and 3-10 favorite Pritty, Little Haywood, Qwik Trick, BV Bobbie Sue, AKA Falsely Accused, Afraid Of Nothing, and Myplaceinheaven.

North Dakota Horse Park
A disqualification following a stewards' inquiry helped Texas Eye score his first career stakes victory in Friday's 400-yard, $15,720 North Dakota QHRA Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Marmolly crossed the wire first, a nose in front of Texas Eye, but the filly was disquallfied and placed eighth for breaking inward and drifting in and impeding several rivals. Ridden by Francisco Estrada, Texas Eye made his trip in :20.182 and finished 2 3/4 lengths in front of official runner-up Ms Veronica. Amanda Haar saddled the bay son of Tac It Like A Man for owner William J. Geditz.

Texas Eye was bred by Randal E. Schwartz. Campaigned in four states, the gelding has won two of 11 races and has earned $19,170.

Dashing Company, Little Speed Wagon, Cowboywannab, Cat And Company, Miss Vals Easy Cash and Marmolly completed the official order of finish.

Leon A. Glasser's Dawsons Affair ran his win streak to three with a 1 1/2-length score in the $20,145 NDQHRA Futurity (R) for North Dakota-bred 2-year-olds on Saturday.

Under jockey Zack Ziegler, Dawsons Affair went 350 yards in :18.467. Jim Fleming saddled the bay Prospect To The Top gelding.

Dawsons Affair was bred by Karen Glasser. The gelding is out of Little Love Affair, a multiple stakes winning homebred daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Rare News. He has won three of six starts and has earned $14,061.

Hasta Be Kwik ran second and was followed by Hesa Mr Moonflash, Looks Like A Rambler, Sucha Easy Memory, Strawfly Style, Corona Company, and Jet Mocha.

Retama Park
This track presented four official stakes on its 10-race program on Friday. Click here for a complete recap of all four stakes, two of which were graded.

Ruidoso Downs
Eagles First Prey rallied to win Saturday's 1,000-yard, $20,000 Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial Stakes.

Ridden by Benito Baca and racing on a track labeled "good," Eagles First Prey defeated Caminetto by one length in :53.026. Isaac Martinez trained the 6-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding for owner Michael A. Martinez.

Eagles First Prey was bred in Texas by Burnett Ranches LLC. The sorrel gelding has won five of 29 starts and has earned $97,162.

Jess Versiontino earned his first
stakes win in Saturday's $50,000
By By JJ Stakes. PHOTO: Gay

First Place finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Eagles First Prey, and was followed by K P Creed, Jess Excessive, and Southern Mojo.

Also on Saturday, Jess Versiontino led at every call en route to a half-length win in the $50,000 By By JJ Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred juveniles.

Ridden by Federico Martinez, Jess Versiontino went 400 yards in :19.836 on a track labeled "good." Gaston Valenzuela saddled the sorrel Winners Version colt for owner Orona Racing LLC, which purchased Jess Versiontino as a yearling for $4,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Sale.

Jess Versiontino was bred by Dan Newby and is out of Cmon Jesses Girl, a winning homebred 8-year-old Jesse James Jr mare who ran third in the 2013 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. His second dam, the unraced Corona Caliente mare Hot Baby Indy Suds, produced 2016 Zia Futurity (RG1) winner Hot Indy Chick, a half sister to Cmon Jesses Girl.

"I saw his momma (Cmon Jesses Girl) run, and I liked her, so for $4,000 I took a shot and now we are running with the big boys," said owner Missael Orona.

Jess Versiontino has won two of five starts and has banked $57,640. The colt ran second in the May 13, 350-yard New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Wood Be A Superstar, Daddys Wine, Jessa Whistlin Dixie, Igotmybiggirljeanson, Cartel Mister, Cristobell Fame, Jess Shaker Runaway, and Sugar Momma Blue completed the order of finish.

Wyoming Downs
A Toast To Brindis, a homebred son of Brindis Por Cayenne owned by Gerald F. Kaul and the fastest qualifier, bested a full field of state-bred 3-year-olds in Saturday's $21,250 K.C. Carden Wyoming-Bred Derby (R).

A Toast To Brindis covered 350 yards in :17.575 and returned a $5.60 win mutuel as the 9-5 favorite. Cordarelton Benn rode the sorrel gelding for trainer Jesse Villegas.

Campaigned in Wyoming and Montna, A Toast To Brindis has won seven of 12 starts, including four of five this season. The $9,987 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes victory pushed his earnings to $41,006.

KR American Pi ran second, a half of a length behind A Toast To Brindis, and was followed by Dust Stone, Innosent Cat, Favorite Fire Boy, Foose Dust, Little AMG, Cente Version, Switching To 307, and Tanquery Dash.

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