March 31-April 1 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Southern Temptation made his first start outside New Mexico a successful one, as the 6-year-old son of champion Tempting Dash won Saturday's Harris County Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of March 31-April 1. For recaps of graded stakes and trials, Bank of America Challenge stakes and trials, 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.

Sam Houston Race Park
Making his debut at this track, P and J Racing Ltd.'s Southern Temptation sprinted to a neck victory in Saturday's 550-yard, $20,000 Harris County Stakes.

Southern Temptation stopped the timer in :28.015 and posted a 91 speed index while racing against a reported 12-mph head wind. Francisco Calderon rode the 6-year-old Tempting Dash gelding for trainer Leon Bard.

"He's a true 550 horse," said Bard of Southern Temptation.

Southern Temptation was bred in Texas by Karen Cummings. All told, the gelding has won four of 23 starts, including three of four at the 550 trip, and the $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed Southern Temptation's earnings to $91,286.

The recent death in a plane crash of jockey Cesar Gomez was on the mind and in the heart of Calderon during this race.

"I want to dedicate this victory to Cesar," Calderon said. "He was a great rider and a true friend."

First Impulse finished second and was followed by JW Who Dat, Desdemona Rambler, and Im Your Queen.

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