June 1-3 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Q-Racing Journal

JW Who Dat earned his third stakes win in Friday's 870-yard Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 1-3. 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.

Ajax Downs
Ruth F. Barbour's Country Boy 123 sprinted to a head victory in Sunday's $42,923 Picov Maturity.

Saddled by Bryn Robertson and aided by a reported 12-mph tail wind, Country Boy 123 went 300 yards in :15.280. Cory Spataro rode the 5-year-old son of champion Country Chicks Man.

Country Boy 123 was bred in Michigan by Carolyn C. Bay. The fastest qualifier, the gelding made his season debut with a neck victory in the second of two Picov Maturity trials on May 20.

Country Boy 123 has banked $201,264 from 21 starts, and his 13 wins include six stakes victories.

One Famous Glass ran second and was followed by Ls Prince, Fiesty Icon, Countrys Comin Bac, Alakazaam, Hickerson, Albertt, and Ms First Prize Pearl.

Arapahoe Park
Two sets of trials were contested at this track on Friday.

Margarito Montalvo's One Two, a daughter of One Sweet Jess, is the fastest qualifier to the June 16, $90,000-est. Rocky Mountain Futurity.

Ridden by Cerapio Figueroa for trainer Jose Cruz Villafranco, One Two won the first of three 330-yard trials by a head from second-fastest qualifier Logans Favorite. The filly stopped the timer in :16.768 while earning her first win in two starts.

One Two was bred in Colorado by Bill and Marsha Drake. The filly's dam, Im Hayley Two, is a homebred winning 8-year-old daughter of Ivory James.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Friday, Captain Force set the fastest qualifying time to the June 16, $55,000-est. Rocky Mountain Derby.

Prepped by Hipolito Michel-Valverde for owner Pedro Andazola, Captain Force won the fourth of five trials by a half of a length from second-fastest qualifier Dominate This. Edwuin Lujan rode the son of Captain Courage and champion Deelish, who covered 350 yards in :17.689 while recording his third win in six starts.

Captain Force was bred in Kentucky by Gentry Farms. The colt has banked $87,432, and his resume includes a victory in last year's 440-yard Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Canterbury Park
Broken Heart Ranch's BHR Flashing Effort, a homebred son of the Royal Quick Dash stallion Cs Flashlight, won Sunday's $30,305 Minnesota Stallion Breeders' Futurity (R).

Ridden by Chase Clark for trainer Bob Johnson, BHR Flashing Effort defeated odds-on favorite Haute Wagon by a head while covering 350 yards in :18.466. The gray colt was scoring his first win in two starts and increasing his earnings to $14,687.

BHR Flashing Effort is out of BHR Missy Special, a homebred winning daughter of Shake It Special.

Just Plain Fast, DB Quick Sam, Holy Storm, Rckhastobeasouthern, The Sizzleizer, TRS Boy Named Sue, Rockem Grace, EOS Tyrone, and Knu Ya completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust was a prompt 3-10 favorite in the 300-yard, $23,750 North Star Stakes (R) for Minnesota-breds.

Prepped by Bob Johnson and ridden by Christian Esqueda for owner Lunderborg LLC, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust defeated 15-1 longshot Jess A Rumor by a neck in :15.732. The homebred 4-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding earned $11,875 from his third career stakes victory.

Pyc Jess Bite Mydust has won four of 14 starts, including last year's Minnesota Derby and the 2016 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, and he has banked $167,516.

Jess A Chance finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Pyc Jess Bite Mydust, and was followed by Blacks Cartel, Gramma Ella, Shakemupbayb, and Rey D Arranque.

Delta Downs
Fernando Ramirez's JW Who Dat led at every call en route to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $36,100 Virgil Bond Stakes on Friday.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto for trainer Eric Palacio, JW Who Dat covered 870 yards in :46.094. The $24,000 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes win pushed the 6-year-old Agouti gelding's bankroll to $91,392, of which $53,200 has been pocketed this season.

JW Who Dat was bred in Louisiana by J.W. Owens. The gelding has won seven of 27 starts, and all of his stakes victories have come at the 870-yard trip this season.

Dark Bark finished second and was followed by Rakin In The Jax, Jes A Spitfire, Im Mighty Fast, 2-1 favorite Jack Ketel, Absolute Shot, and God I Am Handsome.

Indiana Grand
Two sets of futurity trials were contested at this track on Saturday. Patricia Del Rocio Lopez's Nachito Coronel set the fastest time to the June 16, $150,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-sired 2-year-olds, as the gelded son of Habits Secret won the last of four trials by 1 3/4 lengths.

Fastest qualifier Nachito Coronel
kept his record perfect in the
last of four Gordon Mobley Futurity
trials. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Ridden by Sergio Ramirez for trainer Ricardo Martinez, Nachito Coronel went 300 yards in :15.497 while scoring his second win in as many starts.

Nachito Coronel was bred in Indiana by his trainer. The gelding has banked $11,550.

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Also on Saturday, Rose Bode's Daddys Moe posted the fastest qualifiying to the June 16, $100,000 Jaguar Rocket Futurity (R) for Indiana-bred juveniles.

Prepped by Randy Smith and ridden by Jose Beltran, Daddys Moe won the second of three 300-yard trials by a neck in :15.500. The homebred son of champion Carters Cartel was winning for the first time in two outs.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Saturday, fourth-fastest qualifier Beach Mercedes earned her first stakes win in the 350-yard, $90,100 Harley Greene Derby (R) for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds.

Racing for Sheri Miller, who also bred the daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Escondido Beach, Beach Mercedes defeated fastest qualifier Kitty Sixup by an neck in :17.774. Jose Beltran rode the filly for trainer Randy Smith.

"From the first day I came to work for Randy, I liked Beach Mercedes," said Beltran of the filly. "She's a nice filly. She wasn't standing well in the gate tonight, but (in the trials) she was very good.

Jockey Jose Beltran and Beach
Mercedes return to the winner's
circle after the filly's victory in
Saturday's Harley Greene Derby.
PHOTO: Linscott Photography

"But when they loaded that last horse, she settled down," the rider added. "She likes to run and was ready to go. She broke well tonight."

Beach Mercedes was coming off of a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length win in her Harley Greene Derby trial. Raced exclusively at this track, the filly has won four of nine starts and has banked $79,195, of which $52,860 has been earned this season.

A three-time leading Quarter Horse trainer at Indiana Grand, Smith was impressed with Beach Mercedes' ability from the start.

"We thought she was a standout early on, but she had some soundness problems last year, and it took her until late in the year to get going," Smith said. "She's a lot better this year. She's just a late bloomer, and she's carrying on now."

Sixes Loaded To Fly ran third, one length behind Beach Mercedes. Dna Dalesblackbeauty, Mpt Visions Of Mars, Beach Treat, LF Curly, Dna Bells Bay, Eyem Sixes, and Bv Running Bear completed the order of finish.

Laurel Brown
On Friday, the field was set for the June 16, $15,070 SVLAC Futurity.

Staubauch broke his maiden with a neck victory in the second of three trials. Ridden by Jesus Canales, the bay Texas Icon gelding covered 330 yards in :16.995. Staubauch races for Gabriel Caballo and trainer Jere Brinkerhoff.

Staubauch was bred in Arizona by Ralph and Carolyn Fales. His dam, Girls Rock, is an unraced homebred daughter of the Moon Lark stallion Rocky Jones.

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On Saturday, Melody A. Olsen's Femme Fatalia won the last of eight Beehive Futurity (R) trials to set the fastest qualifying time to the June 16, $92,233 final.

Prepped by Glade W. Van Tassel and ridden by Cordarelton Benn, Femme Fatalia covered 350 yards in :17.722 while making her career debut. The brown filly was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns, and she is out of Kool Kue Chick, a homebred winning daughter of Chicks Beduino.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Remington Park
Juan Pulido rode 39-1 longshot Fly N Tell to the bay filly's first stakes win in Saturday's $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds.

Owned and trained by Robert Esqueda of Canyon, Texas, Fly N Tell went 350 yards in :17.471 while defeating 19-1 longshot Priceless by a clear length. Fly N Tell returned an $80.40 win mutuel and teamed with Priceless for a $2 exacta dividend of $842.60.

Fly N Tell was bred by Esqueda. The fllly's dam, Strawfly Sister, is a winning and mulitiple graded stakes placed daughter of the Strawfly Special stallion Strawflyin Buds.

Fly N Tell has won two of four starts and has earned $45,721.

Apollitical Desire, the 2-1 third choice, ran third to complete a $1,782.95 (50-cent) trifecta. Eagles Fly Higher, the 4-5 favorite in the field of nine, ran fourth and was followed by Miss Perry Tres, Reggies Bailbond, Passin The Cap, Kaleidoskope, and CR A Stormin Heaven.

Ruidoso Downs
Randy Smith's C Twister Seis, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of champion Tres Seis, won Saturday's inaugural running of the Dash For Speed Stakes for fillies and mares.

C Twister Seis earned her first
stakes win in Saturday's Dash
For Speed Stakes at Ruidoso
Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Ridden by Felipe Garcia-Luna for trainer Mike Joiner, C Twister Seis covered 350 yards in :17.470 and earned a 96 speed index while aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind. The $15,000 winner's share of the $25,000 purse pushed the sorrel mare's earnings to $147,400.

"She stumbled a little bit (at the start)," said Garcia-Luna. "Then she got up and went on running."

C Twister Seis was making her first start since March 31, when the mare ran 10th in the Grade 3, 350-yard Decketta Stakes at Remington Park. The mare has won five of 17 starts, and she was a finalist in two graded derbies last year, including the Rainbow Derby (G1) at this track.

Carris Cartel finished second, three-quarters of a length behind C Twister Seis, and was followed by American Girl Rocks, Stella Lou, Rvaliant Chick, Sinsational Tacha, Ms Fast Prize Tracy, Day Drink In, Desire Astoli, and Denim Wizzard.

SunRay Park
Shes Got Fire, a Corona Cartel filly trained by Justin Joiner for owner Wallace Johnson, is the fastest qualifier to the June 17, $25,000-added Four Corners Futurity.

Ridden by Felipe Garcia-Luna, Shes Got Fire on Friday defeated fifth-fastest qualifier Corona Louisiana Blu by 1 1/4 lengths in the last of four trials. The filly covered 350 yards in :17.543 while making her career debut.

Shes Got Fire was bred in Utah by McColee Land and Livestock LLC. Her dam, the Walk Thru Fire mare Separate Fire, won two Grade 1 futurities at Los Alamitos in 2011, including the 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity, and was that season's champion 2-year-old filly.

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