March 3-4 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Jockey Eduardo Nicasio and trainer Yanet Rodriguez pose in the winner's circle after Designs By Dynasty's victory in Saturday's Terrific Energy Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of March 3-4. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, 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.

Los Alamitos
Carlos Avalos' Designs By Dynasty earned her first stakes victory in Saturday's $18,000 Terrific Energy Handicap for distaffers.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Yanet Rodriguez, Designs By Dynasty led at every call en route to a 1 1/4-length win from Jess Hawk. The 4-year-old daughter of champion FDD Dynasty and the multiple graded stakes winning Mr Jess Perry mare Terrific Energy covered 350 yards in :17.401 while posting a 102 speed index.

Avalos purchased Designs By Dynasty privately in February.

"Mr. Avalos is from Nothern California and I’ve trained some other horses from him before," Rodriguez said. "I’m very fortunate to have this mare in my barn.”

After Designs By Dynasty arrived at her barn, Rodriguez concentrated in improving her behavior in the gates.

“School her in the gate,” she said. “She moves around the gate. We try our best to improve the horse. I just wanted her to have a clean break, no excuses. We wanted to see what we had. I can’t thank Eduardo (Nicasio) enough. I can’t ask for more. He’s helped me out. We’ll see how she pulls up and we’ll go from there."

Raced exclusively at this track, Designs By Dynasty has won four of 19 starts, and she was a finalist in last year's 400-yard, $260,000 Golden State Derby (G2). The $9,900 winner's share of the purse pushed the mare's bankroll to $43,398.

Hootin For Hotlips finished third, a head behind Jess Hawk. Strawfinders Jessee, Threemakesone, Newport Coaster, Crooked Path, Gold Diggin Queen, and Staggering Stride completed the order of finish.

Rillito Park
The field has been set for the March 17, $30,000-est. El Moro de Cumpas Derby.

Hector M. Pinedo's Pirteville Cartel set the fastest qualifying time with a two-length victory in the second of two trials on Saturday. Ridden by Carlos W. Marquez for trainer Phil Pinedo, the Flair For Dancing colt went 350 yards in :17.520 while scoring his third win in eight starts.

Pirteville Cartel was bred in Arizona by Alex Megariz. The colt has banked $9,405, and he was a finalist in three futurities at Turf Paradise last season.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Saturday, Caracortada recorded the fastest qualifying time to the March 17, $20,000-est. El Moro de Cumpas Sprint Stakes.

Ridden by Carlos W. Marquez, Caracortada won the second of two 220-yard heats by a half of a length in :11.820. Vanessa Fuentes prepped the homebred 7-year-old Azoom stallion for owner Jose Ramon O. Vejar.

Caracortada has won six of 19 races and has earned $73,483. The stallion's resume includes a victory in the 2013 AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity and he was a finalist in the 2014 Southern California Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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