June 16-17 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
June 15, 2018
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 16-17. 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.
Had To Be Ivory kept his record perfect on Sunday, as the homebred Ivory James gelding sprinted to a half-length victory in the 300-yard, $17,285 Ajax Downs AQHA Bonus Challenge Derby for 3-year-olds.
Racing for Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson and aided by a reported 12-mph tail wind, Had To Be Ivory stopped the timer in :15.200 and earned a 107 speed index while under a hand ride. Tony Phillips rode the Ontario-bred bay gelding for trainer Bryn Robertson.
Campaigned exclusively at this track Had To Be Ivory has won all six of his starts, including last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity and John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge. The $8,134 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes score bumped his bankroll to $78,065.
Carneros, Silky Senator, Hardtostopatrain, and Island Vodka completed the order of finish.
Making just his second official start of his 3-year-old campaign, fastest qualifier Captain Force was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Saturday's 350-yard, $63,364 Rocky Mountain Derby.
Ridden by Edwuin Lujan, Captain Force defeated 7-2 second choice Dominate This by a half of a length in :17.820. Hipolito Michel-Valverded prepped the sorrel Captain Courage colt for owner Pedro Andazola.
Captain Force was bred in Kentucky by Gentry Farms, and he was coming off of a half-length win over Dominate This in the fourth of five Rocky Mountain Derby trials on June 1. Raced in Colorado and Oklahoma, the colt has won four of seven starts, including last year's Black Gold 440 Futurity Championship (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs, and the $25,346 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $112,778.
DG Tempter, Shinning Bianca, Just Chic It, Thorium, Dee Favorite Girl, Mighty Men Of Valor, and Bringonthewave completed the official order of finish. Fifth-fastest qualifier Icy Devon was scratched.
Also on Saturday, Margarito Montalvo's Invite A Favor scored a wire-to-wire win in the $59,200 Rocky Mountain Futurity.
Ridden by Roberto Valero for trainer Jose Villafranco, Invite A Favor went 330 yards in :16.922 while aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind. The sorrel filly's winning margin was one length from fastest qualifier One Two, and the $23,680 winner's share of the purse from her second win in three starts incrased her earnings to $25,690.
Invite A Favor was bred in Colorado by Bill and Marsha Drake. The Favorite Cartel filly is out of Inviting A Snow, a winning 10-year-old daughter of Mighty Invictus.
The third-fastest qualifier, Invite A Favor was coming off of a 1 1/2-length victory in her Rocky Mountain Futurity trial on June 1.
I Did It Like A Man ran third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Invite A Favor, and was followed by Cold Stone Cartel, Beyond Speed, Makeitrain, Denali Snowflake, RCJ Dotitnow, Logans Favorite, and James Foose.
Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Fresh off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which he won two allowance races, Regina Laymon's Hooked On A Win earned his first stakes victory in Sunday's $16,850 Golden Driller Stakes.
Hooked On A Win covered 350 yards in :17.805 while racing against a reported 14-mph head wind. Daniel Torres rode the 3-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding for trainer Kenny Laymon.
Hooked On A Win was bred in Oklahoma by JK Running Horses LLC. All told, the gelding has won four of 10 starts and has banked $51,884, of which $44,373 has been earned this season.
Ihaveallthecontrol ran second, a neck behind Hooked On A Win, and was followed by JC Wild Rose, She Looks Racy, Captain Trick, Bad Neighbor, Corona Senator, and VF Eyebaman.
Grants Pass Downs
Jorge L. Carmona's Harem Bar Cartel, a gelded son of the Corona Cartel stallion Five Bar Cartel, is the fastest qualifier to the July 4, $25,000-est. Firecracker Futurity.
On Sunday, Harem Bar Cartel won the last of three 350-yard trials by a neck in :17.605. Rubel Lozano rode the gelding, who was making his career debut, for trainer Danny Montes.
Harem Bar Cartel was bred in California by A Regal Choice Inc.
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This track near Salt Lake City presented a stakes doubleheader on Saturday. Sixth-fastest qualifier JR Tinkup, a homebred son of First Prize Stone owned by JR Stables, kept his record perfect with a neck victory in the $92,233 Beehive Futurity.
Ridden by Raymundo Torres for trainer Riley Moosman, JR Tinkup went 350 yards in :17.775 and earned a 92 speed index. The $36,893 winner's share of the purse from his second win in as many starts bumped the brown gelding's bankroll to $37,243.
JR Tinkup was bred in Utah. The gelding's dam, JR Dash Of Shania, is a winning 7-year-old daughter of champion Foose.
Fastest qualifier Femme Fatalia ran second and was followed by JR Dynasty Czech, Loyal Soldier, Firebaugh Jess, Pistol The Kid, Showmethedoe, Jazzing Moves, and Mischievous Bay. Ninth-fastest qualifier Cir Kingzlees Queen was scratched.
Also on Saturday, fastest qualifier Staubauch sprinted to a three-quarter length win in the $15,070 SVLAC Futurity.
Racing for Gabriel Caballo and trainer Jere Brinkerhoff, Staubauch went 330 yards in :16.924 while posting a 99 speed index and scoring his second win in three starts. Jesus Canales rode the Arizona-bred bay son of Texas Icon.
Staubauch was bred by Ralph and Carolyn Fales of Coolidge, Arizona. The gelding is out of Girls Rock, an unraced homebred daughter of the Moon Lark stallion Rock Jones.
The $6,028 winner's share of the SVLAC Futurity purse bumped Staubauch's bankroll to $6,588.
Scooter 777, Chasin Harm, Jumpin Jeter, Class Black Diamond, Flare Up Baby, Jsgacartellainheels, R Brown Charmer, and Party With A Purpose completed the official order of finish. Misty B Magic was scratched.
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