May 4-6 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Mt Veeder scored his fourth win in as many outs at the 870-yard distance in Friday's $24,250 Marathon Stakes at SunRay Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of May 4-6. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Delta Downs
John Hamilton rode Bubba Mallard to a one-length victory in Saturday's Open Me A Corona Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred aged sprinters.

Saddled by Michael Taylor for owner Salvador Marquez, Bubba Mallard covered 350 yards in :17.329. In addition to banking the $30,000 winner's share of the $50,000 purse, the 4-year-old Sir Runaway Dash gelding recorded a 99 speed index and his fourth win in 14 outs.

Bubba Mallard was bred by Gerald Patin. Raced exclusively in Louisiana, the gelding has banked $77,577.

La Mos Corona, JRs Coronas Shadow, JW Who Dat, One Hot Flame, Ho Lotta Game, and TF Racee Runaway completed the order of finish.

Sam Houston Race Park
Sent to post as the 7-10 favorite in a field of eight, Mauro Luciano Villarreal's Thecartelofmiracle sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in the $20,000 Sam Houston Stakes on Friday.

Thecartelofmiracle led at every
call in Friday's Sam Houston
Stakes. PHOTO: Coady

Thecartelofmiracle covered 350 yards in :17.567 and earned a 96 speed index while defeating 19-1 longshot Desdemona Rambler by one length. Manuel Gutierrez rode the 3-year-old son of Tough And Good for trainer Abelardo Flores Jr.

Thecartelofmiracle was coming off of a second-place finish in a Sam Houston Derby trial on April 13, a race which marked his first start in five months. The gelding was bred in Texas by Jose L. Estrada, and he has won five of 11 starts while racing exclusively in Texas, including last year's Grade 1, 400-yard Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park. The $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed Thecartelofmiracle's earnings to $432,059.

Thecartelofmiracle returned a $3.40 win mutuel and teamed with Desdemona Rambler for a $2 exacta payoff of $37.60. Get There, the 5-1 third choice, ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $66.90 ($1) trifecta.

Mighty Corona Jr, One Sweet Picky, Sir Edward L Perry, Flash Of Love, and Bellissima Chocolata completed the order of finish.

Sun Downs
Fastest qualifier Ladys A Cartel led at every call en route to a clear 1 1/4-length victory in the $32,993 Pot O' Gold Futurity on Sunday.

Campaigned by Jorge L. Carmona and trained by Danny Montes, Ladys A Cartel went 300 yards in :15.390. Ruben Lozano rode the sorrel Five Bar Cartel filly.

Ladys A Cartel was bred in California by A Regal Choice Inc., and she is out of Significant Lady, a 13-year-old daughter of the Elkman (TB) stallion Relagate (TB). Her second dam, champion Significant Speed, was a multiple graded stakes winner from 1999-2003.

Ladys A Cartel made her debut with a 1 3/4-length score in the last of seven Pot O' Gold Futurity trials on April 22. The $12,845 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed the filly's earnings to $13,505.

Arizona Favorite finished second and was followed officially by Estelline, Guys Storm Cloud, Willy B Gone, Feature Ms Bo, Jesstifiably Jess, L Bar D Top Prospect, and Loosin My Lover. Seventh-fastest qualifier Lucky Ned was scratched.

SunRay Park
One of two Thoroughbreds in the seven-horse field, Mt Veeder (TB) was a prompt 3-10 favorite in Friday's 870-yard, $24,250 Marathon Stakes.

Mt Veeder stopped the timer in :45.601, and the Ghostzapper (TB) gelding's margin of victory was 1 1/2 lengths from 5-1 second choice Funny Munny. Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode Mt Veeder for owners Bill and Sue Tomasic and trainer Justin Evans.

Mt Veeder was bred in Kentucky by Hans Poetsch. The gelding has won 12 of 21 starts, including all four of his outs at the 870 distance, and he has banked $344,182. His season resume includes a neck victory in the 6 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes at Sunland Park on March 25.

First Place (TB) ran third, 4 1/4 lengths behind Mt Veeder, and was followed by Cool Cash 123, DM Nate Dog, Fire Thorn, and Linda Tee Fire.

On Sunday, Everardo Hernandez's Don Quixote unleashed a strong outside rally to win the 400-yard, $24,500 La Plata Stakes.

Ridden by Esgar Ramirez and sent to post as the 7-5 favorite, Don Quixote defeated 14-1 longshot Teves by three-quarters of a length in :19.613. Hernandez prepped the 7-year-old Stel Corona gelding, who was making just his second official start of the season.

Don Quixote was bred in California by Dr. Ed Allred. Raced in New Mexico, Arizona, and California, Don Quixote has won 10 of 46 starts, including two stakes, and he has banked $197,504.

Mighty B Cartel, Comin to Your Town, Lotta Dynasty, Apollitical Kitten, Cash Preview, and A Spring Snow.

Weber Downs
Keith Nielson's Jess Send It is the fastest qualifier to the May 19, $80,000-est. Hadley-Giles Futurity.

Racing in the fourth of 11 300-yard trials on Saturday, Jess Send It defeated non-qualifier Jeez Lou Eeze by a clear three lengths in :15.391. Jesus Valenzuela rode the bay daughter of Corona Cartel for trainer Riley Moosman.

Jess Send It was bred in Utah by Turner Farms. Her dam, Jess Send Me, is a winning and graded stakes placed 9-year-old daughter of Feature Mr Jess.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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