March 24-25 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes.
March 23, 2018
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse graded stakes and trials for the week of March 24-25. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America 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.
Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds, the sport's champion 3-year-old gelding in 2016, parlayed a sharp break from post 3 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $27,500 Moonist Handicap.
|Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds
scored a one-length win in Sunday's
Moonist Handicap. PHOTO: Los
Ridden by Jesus Ayala for trainer Monty Arrossa, Zoomin For Spuds covered 400 yards in :19.587, and his winning margin was one length from 6-5 favorite and mutliple Grade 1 winner BH Lisas Boy. The $15,125 winner's share of the purse from his eighth career stakes win increased the homebred 5-year-old gelding's bankroll to $573,281, of which $352,581 was earned during his championship campaign.
Zoomin For Spuds was bred in Idaho. The gelding was coming off of a second-place finish, a neck behind BH Lisas Boy, in the 400-yard, $157,000 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) on February 11.
“The horse is coming along real well,” Arrossa said. “We turned him out last year and we were bringing him back and I didn’t think we had him that fit. He ran a good race (third in the 2017) Champion of Champions and ran a good race in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship, but we didn’t think that we had him quite fit to where we wanted him.
He’s doing great right now. We kind of sat down and had a meeting with our rider. We all talked that we can’t keep doing the same thing. We made a few changes with him and the way we were training him. He’s responded well.
“It was a heartbreaker in the Winter Championship, but we got outrun by a great horse," he added. "BH Lisas Boy is total class. This was a rerun of the Winter Championship (in the Moonist) and it was a Champion of Champions (type of a) field and fitting for the Moonist Handicap, who was a great horse. It’s an honor to win this one.”
Arrossa said that Zoomin For Spuds would be pointed to the Vessels Maturity (G1) in June.
“We are looking to get back to the Champion of Champions,” he added.
Raced in California, New Mexico and Idaho, Zoomin For Spuds has won 10 of 28 starts, and his resume includes a head victory in the 2016 Champion of Champions (G1).
LD Is Back finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Zoomin For Spuds, and was followed by One Proud Eagle, Mr Apollitical Dash, and Racy High Roller.
Peves Iba Racy Gracy broke her maiden in Saturday's $50,000 Oklahoma Juvenile Invitational Stakes.
Campaigned by Gordon Pevehouse and sent to post at odds of 6-1, Peves Iba Racy Gracy defeated 7-5 favorite Hey Seis by a neck in :15.584 for 300 yards. Omar Reyes rode the homebred daughter of Iba Bad Boy for trainer Clint Crawford.
Peves Iba Racy Gracy made her career debut with a third-place finish in an Oklahoma Futurity (G3) trial on March 10. The filly is out of Peves Lookin Royal, an unraced 7-year-old daughter of the This Snow Is Royal stallion Looks Royal.
The $20,000 winner's share of the purse pushed Peves Iba Racy Gracy's earnings to $21,061 from two outs.
Ivory Runnin, Mirabeau, James On The Fly, Harry Bosch, Mary Janes Hero, Ms Perry Cartel, JM This Budz For U, and Secret Gems completed the order of finish.
Jose Botello's Unregulated Cash, a gelded son of Favorite Cartel, on Saturday won the last of three AQRA President's Open Spring Derby trials and posted the fastest qualifying time to the April 7, $10,000-added final.
Prepped by Botello and ridden by Martin Osuna, Unregulated Cash defeated third-fastest qualifier Jazzy Icon by 1 3/4 lengths while covering 350 yards in :17.674. The gelding was winning for the third time in 10 outs and pushing his earnings to $12,363.
Unregulated Cash was bred in Oklahoma by Vince Genco and Paul Jones, and he sold for $11,000 at the 2016 Heritage Place Yealring Sale.
Click here for a complete list of finalists.