May 26-28 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Q-Racing Journal

WH Design By Dash on Saturday scored his third victory in the Born Runner Classic Stakes for state-breds at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of May 26-28. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, 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.

Arapahoe Park
Making her first-ever start outside California, Alberto Duenas' Scholarly sprinted to a neck victory in Sunday's $15,000 Dash For Speed Stakes, the first Quarter Horse stakes of this track's 2018 season.

Scholarly covered 330 yards in :16.662 while posting a 102 speed index. Malouly Rodriguez rode the 4-year-old daughter of TR Dasher for trainer Jose Moreno.

Scholarly was making her first start since February 24, when the sorrel mare ran fifth in an allowance race at Los Alamitos. Scholarly was bred in California by Dr. Ed Allred, and she has won six of her 18 outs. The $9,000 winner's share of the purse from her fourth stakes victory pushed her bankroll to $65,600.

Dauns First Desirio, the 9-10 favorite in the field of five, ran second and was followed by Stormy Red Morning, Hearts Ona Hero, and Im Beau Brown.

Canterbury Park
Thomas J. Scheckel's Painted Dynasty is the fastest qualifier to the June 9, $34,150 Gopher State Derby.

Ridden by Ry Eikleberry for trainer Jason Olmstead, Painted Dynasty on Saturday won the second of three 400-yard trials in :20.180. The daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty was winning for the third time in 13 starts and second time in three outs this season.

Painted Dynasty was bred in Oklahoma by Michael C. Teal. A finalist in last year's John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge Stakes, the filly has earned $42,586.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Indiana Grand
WH Design By Dash successfully defended his title in Saturday's $84,800 Born Runner Classic Stakes (R) for Indiana-breds.

Ridden by Gerardo Garrido, WH Design By Dash went 400 yards in a stakes-record :19.666, beating the stakes mark he set when he won the 2017 Born Runner Classic in :19.913. Paul Martin prepped the 6-year-old Brimmstone gelding for owner Julia Rae Martin, the trainer's wife.

"I never touched him," said Garrido, who was riding WH Design By Dash for the first time in a race. "I just had a good hold on him. I didn't say a word to him, and later on I did smooch to him a little. I just let the old man run. He's a fun horse to ride."

WH Design By Dash was bred by Greg Morrison. Raced exclusively at this track, the sorrel gelding has won 12 of 39 starts, and the $46,640 winner's share of the purse from his fourth stakes win pushed his bankroll to $375,873. WH Design By Dash also won the 2015 Born Runner Classic.

“I’ve learned with these older horses with that many starts, they only have so many good races in them,” said Paul Martin. “We made the decision to keep him out of the (Born Runner Classic) prep to keep him fresh. It was a gamble but it paid off. We will probably just keep him in stakes at this point. We may look at the Bob Woodard as his next start.”

Martin indicated that WH Design By Dash would be pointed to the August 11 Bob Woodward Memorial Stakes (R) trials. The Martins have recently talked about retiring WH Design By Dash, as the gelding has become a family pet. When he's ready, WH Design By Dash will live out his life at the Martin family farm, and he already has practice being the grandkids riding horse.

“He loves his job,” said Martin. “We will see how he pulls out of this race and then decide from there about his next start. We will let him tell us what he wants to do. We will let him go until he wants to quit.”

Odds-on favorite Beach Cartel finished second and was followed by DHD Nunzio, Beach Bum Eddie, Izzy Bleu Bayou, Tru Lee Quick, HH Kentucky Krome, Dreamers Liaison, Keen Liaison, and Jesstotuff.

Remington Park
Four stakes restricted to Oklahoma-breds were contested on this track's Memorial Day Monday program.

Jermaine Jackson's Mary Janes Hero, a sorrel daughter of Valiant Hero, won the first division of the $78,748 FL Lady Bug Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds. Ridden by Jesus Salazar for trainer Ramon Mendoza, Mary Janes Hero covered 330 yards in :16.947 while racing against a reported 15-mph head wind, and the filly's margin of victory was a nose from Roseist.

Mary Janes Hero was bred by Carol S. Smith. The filly is out of CR Isabella, a homebred winning 10-year-old daughter of the Strawfly Special stallion Fit To Fly. The FL Lady Bug Stakes marked her first win in four starts, and the $40,050 winner's share of the purse pushed her earnings to $46,740.

"We've just been working with her all year," said Jackson, a resident of Wichita, Kansas. "She's been having some problems in the paddock but today she pulled it off for us. We kept faith in her, and today she came out and gave us her all."

Ivory By Choice finished third and was followed by Dynamite Lips, Creedance, Easier To Lie, Cindys Easy Train, and HR Desirable.

The second division of the FL Lady Bug Stakes, also worth $78,748, was won by Saratoga Return, a homebred High Rate Of Return filly owned by Marili Mendez of Garland, Texas. Trained by R.L. "Rick"Robinson and racing against a reported 15-mph head wind, Saratoga Return covered 330 yards in :16.965 under jockey Edwuin Lujan.

"She an honest filly, and she tried her heart out from the start," said Lujan. "She came out of there running good the whole way."

Saratoga Return was bred by Efrain Mendez. Her dam, Johns Party Girl, is a winning and graded stakes placed daughter of Mr Eye Opener.

Saratoga Return was winning for the first time in four starts. The gray filly has banked $54,068.

Shez A Cartel finished second, a neck behind Saratoga Return. Jess Proved Youwrong, Tyebane, JS History Lesson, Karamia, Fly N Tell, and Reggies Bailbond completed the order of finish.

Also on Monday, James Flores rode Political Attraction to a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $69,500 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes (R).

Political Attraction earned his third
stakes win in Monday's Boyd
Morris Memorial Stakes. PHOTO:
Dustin Orona Photography/
Remington Park

Prepped by Amanda Tongay for owners Rogelio Marquez Jr. and Kathy Robinson, Political Attraction earned a 96 speed index while covering 400 yards in :19.541 against a reported 15-mph head wind. The $39,900 winner's share of the purse bumped the 3-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding's earnings to $335,106.

"He's always shown talent," said Flores of Political Attraction. "He had a couple of bad trips, (but) I never lost faith in him and neither did the owners.

"We knew he'd be tough in this race," the rider added. "It got a little rough at the start, but the horse has a lot of heart and didn't let that stop him. He just kept running."

Political Attraction was bred by Ron Lyles and was a $10,000 purchase at the 2016 Heritage Place Yearling Sale. Raced exclusively in Oklahoma, the sorrel gelding has won six of 11 starts, including last year's Black Gold 350 Futurity (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs and Speedhorse Futurity (G3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.

Political Attraction was sent to post as the 3-1 third choice in the field of eight and returned an $8.80 win mutuel. Valiant Rogue, the 2-1 favorite, ran second and was followed by Ferrari James, Knockemout Capi, Flyingforunclesam, Llano Senator, Double Down, and Bye Byefreigttrain.

Sherry Gilmore's Ima China Rush and Donald Cavenaugh's Weetonas Lafawn finished in a dead heat for the win in Monday's 350-yard, $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred sophomores.

Racing against a reported 15-mph head wind, both Ima China Rush and Weetonas Lafawn reached the wire in :17.525. Larry Payne rode Ima China Rush for trainer Guillermo Valdivia, and G.R. Carter rode Weetonas Lafawn for trainer Clint Crawford.

Ima China Rush was bred by Gilmore, a resident of Sallisaw, Oklahoma. A daughter of the Agouti stallion Rushago, the filly has won three of nine races, including last year's Oklahoma Futuritty (G3) at this track, and she has banked $250,104.

Weetonas Lafawn was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma. The bay filly has won five of 10 races, including three stakes, and she has earned $121,530.

Hot Dam Bam A Lam ran third, a head behind the winners, and was followed by Admiral Sting, Streaks Of Ivory, A Jordon Reed, Olivias Jett, Bad Neighbor, Apollitical Approach, and Express Train No 9.

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