June 29-July 1 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Nadine Maben's CM Rowdy James (orange cap) sprung a 15-1 upset in Sunday's Four Corners Futurity at Albuquerque Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse Stakes for the week of June 29-July 1. 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.

Albuquerque Downs
CM Rowdy James, a gelded son of Jesse James Jr racing for Nadine Maben of Clovis, New Mexico, outran his 15-1 odds to win Sunday’s $96,590 Four Corners Futurity.

Trained by Gaston Valenzuela, CM Rowdy James went 350 yards in :17.579, and his winning margin was a head from Delightful Moon Flash. Jaime Leos rode the gelding, who was making just his second career start.

CM Rowdy James was bred in New Mexico by the Currie J. Maben Estate. The third-fastest qualifier, he made his debut with a second-place finish in one of four Four Corners Futurity trials at SunRay Park on June 2.

“He broke slow today, but he came on strong at the end,” said Valenzuela of CM Rowdy James’ effort. “At about the 250-yard mark, I was pretty confident he might win it.

“He broke faster in his trial than he did today, and he was closer to the front all the way in his trial,” he added.

The $45,397 winner’ share of the Four Corners Futurity purse increased CM Rowdy James’ earnings to $45,997. Valenzuela said that the gelding might make his next start at Ruidoso Downs.

The Four Corners Futurity was originally scheduled to be run on June 17, closing day of the 33-day spring meet at SunRay Park near Farmington, New Mexico. However, unsteady track conditions caused by a morning rain storm forced track management to cancel the last seven races on its closing day program, including the Four Corners Futurity.

FS Athomesinmystoli ran third and was followed by Miss Ongoin Senator, Corona Louisiana Blu, Little Party Wagon, fastest qualifier and 9-5 favorite Shes Got Fire, JMF Dasher, Woodys Copy Cat, and Leap Year Teller.

Arapahoe Park
Two sets of trials for Colorado-breds were contested at this track on Friday.

Margarito Montalvo's Shine Your Wagon, a bay son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, set the fastest qualifying time for the July 14, $55,000-est. Lucille Rowe Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds. Ridden by Alfredo Triana Jr. for trainer Hipilito Michel-Valverde, the gelding won the first of two 350-yard trials by one length in :18.061 while scoring his first win in seven starts.

Shine Your Wagon was bred by Bill and Marsha Drake. The gelding has earned $10,387.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Friday, the field was set for the July 14, $70,000-est. Cherry Creek Futurity (R) for Colorado-bred 2-year-olds.

Hugo Barron Sierra's Jess Un Sies Mas won the last of four trials by one length while covering 330 yards in :17.184. Malouly Rodriguez rode the Apollitical Jess colt for trainer Jose Manuel Barron.

Jess Un Sies Mas was bred by his owner and is out of Seis Star Glitter, a homebred winning and multiple graded stakes placed daughter of champion Tres Seis. The colt has won one of three starts and has banked $4,352.

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On Saturday, Perkin Desire took the measure of five Colorado-breds to win the $15,000 Leo Beaudash Stakes (R).

Ridden by Cerapio Figueroa for owner and trainer Roberto Gomez, Perkin Desire defeated SK Duck Dynasty by a neck while going 400 yards in :19.852. The $9,000 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory increased the 4-year-old Desirio filly's earnings to $29,810.

Perkin Desire was bred by Randall and Kasey Hund. Raced in Colorado, Iowa, and Oklahoma, the mare has won four of 14 outs.

Too Long Kissin finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Perkin Desire. A Tac Man, Go Streak Lightning, and Toshi Yoshi completed the order of finish.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
A sharp break from post 10 helped David Clonts' Eye Eye Captain sprint to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $17,500 Belles Stakes for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Rolando Raudales for trainer Guillermo Valdivia, Eye Eye Captain covered 350 yards in :17.551 on a wet-fast and sealed track, and her margin of victory was one length from Whosgonegirl. The homebred 4-year-old daughter of Captain Courage banked $10,230 from her first career stakes win.

Eye Eye Captain has won three of 21 starts and has earned $79,486.

Diamonds For Codee finished third, a nose behind Whosgonegirl, and was followed by Effortless Chic Desi, Double Eagle, JC Wild Rose, Splash A Tac, Get There, Eurapollitical Girl, and A Mine Of Our Own.

Los Alamitos
Parsons Ranch's A Political Lady earned her sixth consecutive victory, as the homebred daughter of Apollitical Jess was a prompt 3-5 favorite in Sunday's $25,000 Vandy's Flash Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Chris O'Dell, A Political Lady covered 400 yards in :19.636 while posting a 96 speed index. The filly earned $13,750 for her fourth career stakes win.

“I had a little bit of trouble tonight during the first 100 yards,” Nicasio said. “She finished very strong. She’s very good. She’s one of the best fillies right now.”

“It’s not that she got bumped or anything; it was more about just getting on top of the track and getting it going,,” O’Dell said about the trouble that A Political Lady encountered. “You have to get them out of the gate and get them on top of the ground. It took her a few jumps to get going.

"She’s a very dependable horse," the trainer added. "It’s funny that in the mornings when we stand her she doesn’t stand very well in the gate, but at night she’s pretty good. We like that.”

Raced exclusively at this track, A Political Lady has won seven of 14 starts and has earned $251,703. The filly's current win streak includes a victory in the March 30, 400-yard La Primera del Ano Derby (G3).

“We’re debating on whether to spend some money and go in the (Grade 1) Los Alamitos Super Derby, but we have to make a decision tonight,” O’Dell added. “Then she’s in the Golden State Derby.”

Jesstacartel finished second, a half of a length behind A Political Lady. Twisted Sifter, CM Boom Shakalaka, Jess My Kiss, Mcfarland USA, and Luxor Of Appeals MV completed the order of finish.

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