March 17-18 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Rockin J Running Horses' Rock About You was all alone at the wire in Saturday's 550-yard SLM Big Daddy Stakes. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of March 17-18. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with pursres of $100,000 or more, see the individual recaps in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Louisiana Downs
John Hamilton rode fastest qualifier The Cazador to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $77,755 Mardi Gras Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores.

Saddled by Mike Zingelmann for owner Rayne Knight, The Cazador defeated Featuring Fast Jess by three-quarters of a length in :19.439 and posted a 107 speed index. The sorrel son of Sir Runaway Dash pocketed the $38,378 winner's share of the purse while recording his third win in six outs.

"When you're mounted like this, it's hard to get beat," said Hamilton. "He makes your confident, and he might be the fastest gate horse I've ever ridden."

The Cazador was bred by Mike Zingelmann and Curtis Crenwelge, and he was coming off of a head victory in the second of four trials on February 25. Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, the sorrel colt has earned $57,006.

Gunna Be Alright, Cos I Get It, JRS Taylors Runnaway, and Jet Black Secret completed the order of finish. Four qualifiers were listed by Equibase as stewards' scratches: A Canadian Chill, Heza Jess Cuervo, Storm Patriot, and TF El Whiskey.

Also on Saturday, Tate Farms' TF Racee Runaway sprinted to victory in the $15,000 Streakin La Jolla Stakes for 3-year-olds and older.

Prepped by Lanny Keith, TF Racee Runaway covered 400 yards in :19.562 under jockey Everardo Rodriguez and earned a 104 speed index. The $9,000 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes win pushed the 4-year-old Sir Runaway Dash gelding's bankroll to $541,896 from 18 races, all in Louisiana.

TF Racee Runaway was bred in Louisiana by Teddy L. Berry. The gelding resume includes a neck victory in the 400-yard Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs in 2016.

Pop Rocket Jess ran second, a neck behind the winner, and was followed by Zenergetic, Jes A Spitfire, Sunset Run, Beyondthecos, Sixes Flash, Heza Beach Bum, and MPS Jewels Fantasy.

Remington Park
Making his first-ever start at the distance, Rock About It won Saturday's 550-yard, $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes.

Ridden by Benito Baca, Rock About It defeated Pitchin Woo by a neck in :26.557. Tammy Johnson prepped the 4-year-old sorrel Rock Solid Jess gelding for owner Rockin J Running Horses.

"He got away; it was about one of the best starts he's able to have," said Baca. "I knew we had something on the end, and I knew (Pitchin Woo) was coming, but I wasn't going to stop riding."

Rock About It was bred in New Mexico by Sarah E. Donaldson Rioux of Deming, and he is out of Not Sable Shes Rose, a homebred unraced 8-year-old daughter of the Count Corona stallion Coronas Blackdiamond. He was making his first start since October 14, when he ran eighth in the 400-yard AQHA Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Prairie Meadows.

"This horse really loves 440, and 550 apparently," Johnson said of Rock About It. "Everyone keeps asking me if I'm going to go to 870 with him, and I say, 'No, I want to keep him down the lane,' so I'd like to keep him at 440 or 550.

"He just really has a good kick about 350 yards into a race," she added. "He just eats it up."

All told, Rock About It has won five of 14 races and has earned $104,975. His sophomore campaign was highlighted by a third-place finish in the Grade 3, 440-yard Dash For Cash Derby at Lone Star Park. He also was a finalist in the Heritage Place Derby (G2) at this track.

Big Spurs finished third, one length behind Rock About It, and was followed by Cobalt Creek, Yudes Jess Dashin, Rock A Billy, Fast N Famous Jeans, DNA Dales Prospect, Silver Citizen and Trubador Dan.

Rillito Park
This track presented a stakes tripleheader on Saturday. Cynthia Rodriguez's Red Beer, a brown son of Coronas Leaving You trained by Charles Acosta and the seventh-fastest qualifier, broke his maiden in the $20,500 El Moro de Cumpas Derby.

Ridden by Luis Yescas Jr., Red Beer went 350 yards in :17.649 while defeating Miss First N Wild by a head and posting a 92 speed index. The $11,275 winner's share of the purse pushed the colt's earnings to $13,698 from seven starts.

Red Beer was bred in Oklahoma by Dream Walkin Farms Inc. The seventh-fastest qualifier, he was coming off of a fourth-place finish in one of two trials on March 3.

Cartel Bad Boy ran third, a neck behind Red Beer, and was followed by fastest qualifier and 7-10 favorite Pirteville Cartel, Jay Collins, Mr Chicks Magnet, and Krash The Cash. Third-fastest qualifier La Reynita Dash was scratched.

Also on Saturday, Jesus Osuna rode third-fastest qualifier Dashing Brooks to a half-length win in the 400-yard, $20,500 El Moro de Cumpas Maturity.

Prepped by Tyler Gibbs for owner A & C Racing and Roping, Dashing Brooks stopped the timer in :19.717 for a 107 speed index. The 4-year-old son of One Dashing Eagle banked $11,275 from his fourth win in 13 outs and second victory in three starts this season.

Dashing Brooks was bred in Utah by Chad Richard. The gelding has earned $36,731, and his resume includes a victory in a 2016 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial at Remington Park.

Forrest Smoke, Frontera Special, Kiss The Tears Away, Go Seis, Stockton Six, Dos Tocallos, and One Fast Jess completed the order of finish. Fastest qualifier I V Gone was listed by Equibase as a stewards' scratch.

Caracortada, a 7-year-old Azoom stallion trained by Vanessa Fuentes for owner Socorro Vejar, was a prompt 11-10 favorite in Saturday's $15,500 El Moro de Cumpas Sprint Stakes.

Caracortada defeated Rebs A Rippin by a half of a length in :11.785 for 220 yards. Carlos W. Marquez rode the stallion, who earned $8,525 for his victory.

Caracortada was bred in Arizona by Ramon O. Vejar. Raced in California and Arizona, he has won seven of 20 starts and has banked $82,008. He was a finalist in champion Quirky's 2014 Southern California Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Askin For Trouble finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Caracortada, and was followed by W R Cartel, El Remmy, Bright Eyed Vision, Valiant Meltdown, and Red Storm Memories.

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