May 11-13 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Tempting Star Gazer (yellow cap) sprinted to a longshot victory in Friday's New Mexico Breeders' Stakes for state-bred 3-year-olds. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of May 11-13. 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
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Friday, topped by the 350-yard, $69,552 Old South Derby. Sr Shambles, a gelded son of Desirio owned by Ruben Garcia Montemayor and the second-fastest qualifier, was a prompt 5-2 favoite in the Old South Derby, as he scored a half-length victory from fastest qualifier Droff in :17.253. Jorge Linares rode Sr Shambles for trainer Josue Ponce.

In addition to recording a 102 speed index, Sr Shambles banked the $34,776 winner's share of the purse from his sixth win in 16 outs and second stakes score. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Jovetta Meredith, and his resume includes a win in last year's Heartland Futurity at Indiana Grand.

Sr Shambles bankroll totals $135,053, of which $99,077 was pocketed during his 2-year-old season.

Stone Cold Leader finished third, a head behind runner-up Droff. The Carter II, Down N Cruzin, Mighty B Grateful, Sunset Run, Jess Adalida, Vella Buena and Mystical Jess completed the order of finish.

Also on Friday, Francisco Calderon rode Southern Temptation to a half-length win in the $30,550 Delta 550 Stakes.

Prepped by Larry Kopycinski for owner P & J Racing Ltd., Southern Temptation went 550 yards in :26.893. The 6-year-old sorrel son of champion Tempting Dash posted a 103 speed index and banked the $15,000 winner's share of the purse.

Southern Temptation was coming off of a neck victory in the 550-yard, $20,000 Harris County Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on March 31. The gelding was bred in Texas by Karen Cummings, and he has won five of 24 starts and has earned $106,286.

Southern Temptation was sent to post at odds of nearly 10-1 and returned a $21.80 win mutuel. Gone Cartel, the 7-5 favorite in the field of 10, ran second to complete a $62.40 ($2) exacta.

Ldn Jessasaltydog ran third and was followed by Super Sonic Patriot, Sixes Flash, Buds World, No Politics Here, Let Em Fly, Whosgonegirl, and Agoutis Snowplow.

On Saturday, Zenergetic was successful in her first-ever start at this track, as the 5-year-old Dominyun mare sprinted to a one-length victory in the 350-yard, $28,000 Mother's Day Stakes for fillies and mares.

Racing for the Zenergetic Group partnership, Zenergetic made her trip in :17.375 and earned a 98 speed index under jockey Luis Vivanco. Trey Ellis prepped the Texas-bred mare.

Zenergetic was bred by Bobby D. Cox. All told, she has won five of 23 starts, including two stakes, and she has banked $72,528.

Marfilous, Eyesa Game, RF A Faster Chick, Jess Toastem, Cajun Diva, VFGO Max Go, Okey Dokey Diamond, and Shes A Tourist completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
A Political Lady kept her perfect 2018 record intact with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $30,000 La Pacifica Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, A Political Lady went 350 yards in :17.500. Chris O'Dell prepped the homebred daughter of Apollitical Jess for owner Parsons Ranch.

A Political Lady has won six of her 13 outs, including all four this season.

"I’m speechless; she's blossomed into a really good filly,” O’Dell said. “Cody Jensen rode her last year and she did really well. He kept telling me how good she was. (Cody) went to Ruidoso Downs to ride and Eduardo Nicasio ended up picking up the mount. He’s fit her like a glove. They’ve done really well.

"Eduardo thought this race was pretty easy, but it was a bonus being on the outside," the trainer added, referring to A Political Lady's outside post. "We don’t get bumped and it’s like being in the fast lane. She likes being out there. She doesn’t like being (by the rail). When we drew the outside, I knew she had a good chance.

A Political Lady was coming off of a 1 1/4-length win in the 400-yard, $184,000 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) on March 30. The $16,500 winner's share of the La Pacifica purse pushed the filly's earnings to $237,953, of which $103,046 has been banked this season.

“We got some derbies coming up for her and if things keep going well, we might even supplement her into the Los Alamitos Super Derby," O'Dell said. "I think she’s better the farther she goes. She needed this race. It came in the right time. She’s been ready for two to three weeks for something. I was either going to work her or run her and it just happens that this stakes race came up. It was really good timing for us.”

On Our Way finished second and was followed by Hard Headed Chick, Yashira Vista, Chowchilla Chickadee, La Sierran, Madam Of Fire MV, and Terrific Temptation.

Sam Houston Race Park
This track presented a stakes tripleheader on Saturday, closing night of its 2018 American Quarter Horse meet.

Jack Ketel was all alone at the
wire in Saturday's 870-yard
Governor's Cup Marathon Stakes.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Click here for a recap of Saturday's Sam Houston Classic Stakes.

Diamond L Racing's Jack Ketel, a 6-year-old bay gelding by champion Ketel Won, earned a clear four-length victory in Saturday's $25,000 Governor's Cup Marathon Stakes.

Covering 870 yards in :45.856, Jack Ketel posted a 96 speed index and banked the $15,000 winner's share of the purse. Eliazar Vera rode Jack Ketel for trainer Arnold Lewis.

Jack Ketel was bred in Texas by Joe and Elaine McAnally. The gelding has won six of 16 starts, including both of his outs during the Sam Houston season, and he has earned $39,289.

Tars Tarkus, Fire On The Fly, Streakin Tenaya, Jess Killistos, and Shake Rattle N Soar completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Jesse Levario rode odds-on favorite Three Bar Cartel to a half-length win in the 110-yard, $15,000 Texas Twister Stakes.

"In a (110-yard) race, you really cant' do much except hold on until you cross the wire," Levario said. "He always breaks in front and is a really nice horse."

Prepped by Abelardo Flores Jr. for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor, Three Bar Cartel stopped the timer in :6.957. The $9,000 winner's share of the purse pushed the 3-year-old Capo de Capi gelding's earnings to $156,565 from just five official outs.

Three Bar Cartel was bred in Oklahoma by Dr. Curtis Smith. He has won four races, including last year's Grade 2, 400-yard Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park.

Whos Tempting Who finished second and was followed by Shake Em Rocks, Jazzin Corona, Petes Logo, DM La Jolla, JP In Heavenly Glory, Barbie Cartel, Bellas Swingin, and Dash Dont Cheat.

SunRay Park
Making just his second start of the season, Tempting Star Gazer outran his 18-1 odds to win Friday's $39,600 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Tempting Star Gazer covered 400 yards in :19.553, and his winning margin was a head from 3-1 second choice Jessa Diva. Adrian Ramos rode the bay son of champion First Moonflash for owners Jose R. Espinosa and Jill B. Giles and trainer Wes Giles.

Tempting Star Gazer was bred by Mike Abraham, and his resume includes a third-place run in last year's 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park. A $23,000 yearling buy at the 2016 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the gelding has won three of eight starts and has earned $101,671, and he was a finalist in last year's 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) and 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity (RG3), both for state-bred juveniles at Ruidoso.

Hollywoodcrown, Cadilac Flash, Jessies Gone, Flashin Cartel, Osbaldo Blue Diamond, Daddys Copy, and 17-10 favorite A Passion For Flashn completed the order of finish.

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