June 22-24 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

A Tacky Chick on Friday successfully defended her title in the 400-yard Indiana Grand Classic Stakes for distaffers. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of June 22-24. 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
Jess A Sweet Suprize is the fastest qualifier to the July 15, $15,000-added AQHA Ajax Bonus Challenge Futurity.

Ridden by Chelsey Willick for owner and trainer Craig Spada, Jess A Sweet Suprize on Sunday won the first of two 300-yard trials by one length in :15.690. The Sweet First Down filly was winning for the first time in two starts.

Jess A Sweet Suprize was bred in Iowa by Pattie Marshall and Erin Goings. The bay filly is out of Jess Curl My Prize, a multiple stakes winning 6-year-old daughter of Spit Curl Jess.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Canterbury Park
The field has been set for the July 8, $78,450 Canterbury Park Derby.

Racing in the second of three trials on Sunday, First Of 15 set the fastest qualifying time. First Of 15 covered 400 yards in :19.924, and her margin of victory was a neck from fourth-fastest qualifier Disco Wagon. Cristian Esqueda rode the Apollitical Jess filly for owner Richard L. Tobin and trainer Jason Olmstead.

First Of 15 was bred in Oklahoma by Jim and Marilyn Helzer. The filly has won five of 15 starts and has earned $109,283, and her resume includes a victory in the June 9 Gopher State Derby at this track.

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Chippewa Downs
Ramblin V Eight broke her maiden in Sunday's22,500 Northern Plains Futurity.

Ridden by Marcus Delorme, Ramblin V Eight actually crossed the wire second, a half of a length behind Hasta Be Kwik, but the bay daughter of Ima Ramblin On was moved up to first after Hasta Be Kwik was disqualified and placed seventh for lugging out and bothering several rivals. Cole Wilson prepped Ramblin V Eight fr owner Bryton Dewald.

Ramblin V Eight covered her 350-yard trip in :19.310 on a track labeled "muddy." The filly was bred in North Dakota by Randal E. Schwartz, and she is out of Two Thirty Eight, a homebred 10-year-old daughter of the Special Leader stallion Lead The Field.

Ramblin V Eight has won one of two starts and has earned $9,825.

Sucha Salty Val was placed second and was followed officially by Looks Like A Rambler, Strawfly Style, Gamble On Toshky, Such A Silk Dasher, and Hasta Be Quik.

Also on Sunday, Jeramie Fennell rode Mr King Cartel to a two-length victory in the 350-yard, $15,000 NDQHRA Maturity.

Trained by Billy Buchholz for owner David L. Wisdom, the homebred 4-year-old son of champion Carters Cartel was posting his fourth win in 10 starts, and the $6,300 winner's share of the purse from the bay gelding's second stakes win increased his bankroll to $19,179.

No official winning time was listed by Equibase.

Denim Dust and Jennas Easy Eagle finished in a dead heat for second. Ramblin On In Style, Winning Script, and Shakiri completed the order of finish.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Sent to post as the 3-10 favorite in a field of six distance specialists, Blazen Panther extended is win streak to three races in Saturday's 870-yard, $17,000 Expo Square Stakes.

Blazen Panther defeated 4-1 second choice Admiral Zoomwalt by 1 1/4 lengths in :46.050. Daniel Torres rode the 7-year-old son of champion Panther Mountain for owner and trainer Luz Chavira.

Blazen Panther was bred in Oklahoma by B. Cockrell and L. Vanhoozer. The bay gelding has won 10 of 38 starts, including eight of 19 at the 870 trip, and he has earned $177,362. His current win streak includes a victory in the 870-yard, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Championship (G2) on June 2.

Blow Fly Crank finished third, nine lengths behind Blazen Panther, and was followed by Your Linus, Bazoooka, and Pbclassydiamondblanc.

Also on Saturday, James Flores rode Redneckedness to a half-length victory in the $15,500 Fair Meadows Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Prepped by Amanda Tongay for owner Good Memories LLC, Redneckedness went 350 yards in :17.938 while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. The bay daughter of Apollitical Jess was winning for the second time in four starts, and the $8,730 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed the filly's earnings to $22,482.

Redneckedness was bred in Arkansas by Belinda Shaw, and she was a $10,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. The filly is out of And Poof Shes Gone, a winning 8-year-old daughter of champion Stoli.

Bodaciouscandywagon, the 2-1 favorite in the full field of 10, ran second and was followed by Jesse Joe, Fly N Tell, Lexi Star, Shaunda N Prizes, Jakes Baby Wagon, Ivory Will Do, Snow Prize, and Fddapache.

Indiana Grand
Making just her second start of the season, A Tacky Chick was a prompt 3-1 favorite in Friday's $46,785 Indiana Grand Classic Stakes for fillies and mares.

A Tacky Chick went 400 yards in :20.059 and posted an 87 speed index while racing against a reported 8-mph head wind. Jesus Salazar rode the 5-year-old daughter of Tac It Like A Man for owner 3 Colts Racing Corp. and trainer Claudio Barraza.

"I just let her do her job," said Salazar. "Sometimes when you override them, you just get in their way. She did everything perfect today."

A Tacky Chick was bred in New Mexico by Double Bar S Ranch LLC. The mare has won four of 12 starts and she has earned $90,207. Her resume includes a victory in last year's Indiana Grand Classic.

Duane Murphy's BS Special, a two-time
stakes winner, on Saturday set the
fastest qualifying time to the July 7 Indiana
Grand QHRAI Derby. PHOTO: Linscott

"I've had this mare about three months," said Barraza, who is based at Grant Park in Chicago. "My cousin (Gilberto Barraza) owns her. They sent her out to New Mexico to run and found out that she's not accredited there, so they brought her back here.

"She was having trouble at the gate," the trainer added. 'She kept trying to flip and climb out. We put a flipping halter on her, and that seems to have corrected the problem."

Keen Liaison finished second, a neck behind A Tacky Chick, and was followed by Apollitical Regard, One Fantastic Gal, BP Tres Seis Policy, CB Come Fly With Me, and Prudish Cartel.

On Saturday, BS Special, a Missouri-bred daughter of Freighttrain B owned by Duane Murphy, posted the fastest qualifying time to the July 7, $50,000-added Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby.

Ridden by Berkley Packer for trainer Larry Sharp, BS Special won the first of three 400-yard trials by a half of a length from third-fastest qualifier Fast Prize Karen. The brown filly was posting her sixth win in nine starts and increasing her bankroll to $117,795.

BS Special was bred by Barley and Sharp Farm. She has won two stakes, including last year's Governor's Stakes at this track in her final 2-year-old start.

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Los Alamitos
Thermonuclear Energy finished strong to win Saturday's $35,000 Ivan Ashment Handicap for fillies and mares.

Trained by Chris O'Dell for the Parsons Family Limited Partnership, Thermonuclear Energy covered 400 yards in :19.821 under jockey Eduardo Nicasio, and her winning margin was a half of a length from Jess Mas. The homebred 5-year-old Walk Thru Fire mare was making her first start since January 7, when she ran second, a neck behind winner Kiddy Up Cowgirl, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1).

"She's gained weight since the Charger Bar and now looks much more seasoned," Nicasio said. "She's been training great. Now that she's an older mare, there are no more stakes trials, and that should help. She runs well fresh."

Raced exclusively at this track, Thermonuclear Energy has won eight of 22 starts. The $19,250 winner's share of the purse from her third career stakes victory pushed the mare's bankroll to $295,257.

Tough To Figure, Strawfinders Jessee, Designs By Dynasty, One Hot Habit, One Sweet Runner, and Zendaya completed the order of finish.

Cesar J. Dabdoub's Ali Babe Foose scored a head victory in Sunday's $30,000 Ed Burke Juvenile Stakes.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Jaime Gomez, Ali Babe Foose covered 350 yards in :17.732 while earning his second win in three starts. The $16,500 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win bumped the bay Foose colt's earnings to $22,030.

Ali Babe Foose was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns. The colt is out of Babe On The Fly, a winning and multiple graded stakes placed daughter of Strawfly Special.

Corona By Corona, Sheza Dashing Pyc, Dg Favorite, Anas Image, Corona Krush, Bf Farmhand, New Girl, Tres Delight, and Kates Bowtie completed the order of finish.

Sandy Downs
Wagonfullofdividends kept his perfect record intact with a convincing 2 1/2-length victory in Friday's $23,100 Bitterroot Derby (R).

Ridden by Jesus Canales and sent to post as the 1-5 favorite in a field of five sophomores, Wagonfullofdividends went 400 yards in :19.568 while scoring his eighth win in as many starts. Mark Hanson prepped the bay son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon for owners RTM Stables LLC and Shauna Dunn.

Wagonfullofdividends was bred in Texas by Randy and Sandy Coleman. The colt has won four stakes, including last year's $104,000 Bitterroot Futurity (R), and he has banked $75,280.

Jt Easy Bug finished second and was followed by O Dee, Just Had To Be, Royallittlewagon, and T Heart Felony. The following finalists were scratched: Candy Secret, Kool Odds, Shez Our Secret, and STR Dash For Whiskey.

Also on Friday, third-fastest qualifier Rob That Wagon sprinted to a three-quarter length win in the $92,602 Bitterroot Futurity (R).

Prepped by Mark Hanson for owners Robin D. Dunn and RTM Stables LLC, Rob That Wagon covered 350 yards in :17.493 while earning his first stakes victory. Nikeela Black rode the gelded son of PYC Paint Yourr Wagon.

Rob That Wagon was bred in Texas by Bob and Jerry Gaston. A $30,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, the gelding has won two of his four starts, and the $37,040 winner's share of the Bitterroot Futurity purse pushed his bankroll to $38,192.

Silver Jet Dash, the fastest qualifier and 8-5 favorite, ran second. Fames Prize Stone, RTM Why Not Me, Sheza Vital Secret, Jess Too Pretty, E Gmail, Favorite Insannafy, Ynot Dash, and Unwavering Patriot completed the order of finish.

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