October 5-8 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

On Friday, Carolyn Bruce's Stinkin Rich won Indiana Grand's Hoosier Park Classic Stakes for the third consecutive season. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 5-7. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing 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.

Ajax Downs
Two stakes were contested at this track on Monday. Milena Kwiecien's Spy For The Senate, a bay son of Louisiana Senator trained by Jason Pascoe, was a prompt 9-5 favorite in the $77,039 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Ridden by Cerapio Figueroa and aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind, Spy For The Senate covered 400 yards on a muddy track in :20.100. The colt defeated Stripper Dust by a head while earning a 96 speed index and the $30,815 winner's share of the purse.

Spy For The Senate was bred in Oklahoma by Mary L. Hainline. Campaigned in Oklahoma and Ontario, he has won three of seven outs and has banked $42,456.

Shes Sizzling, Chicksdigmymoneybags, Jess A Sweet Suprize, Teller Im High, Rey Of The Night, Five Bar Fandango, and Code Name Valor completed the order of finish.

Also on Monday, County Boy 123 scored a half-length victory in the 440-yard, $65,216 Alex Picov Memorial Championship.

Racing for Ruth F. Barbour and trained by his owner, Country Boy 123 made his quarter-mile trip in :21.670 while helped by a reported 8-mph tail wind. Cory Spataro rode the 5-year-old gelded son of champion Country Chicks Man.

Country Boy 123 was bred in Michigan by Carolyn C. Bay. He has won all seven of his races this season, including three stakes, all at this track.

All told, Country Boy 123 has won 18 of his 26 races, and the $27,752 winner's share of the purse from his eighth lifetime stakes victory increased his bankroll to $257,522.

Albertt finished second and was followed by Countrys Comin Bac, Maryland Magic, Fiesty Icon, Denali Teller Off, and One Famous Glass.

Century Downs
Singles Cruise on Saturday set the fastest qualifying time to the October 21, $75,000-est. Canada Cup Futurity (R).

Racing for Barry and Janice Sather and ridden by Alejandro Hernandez, Singles Cruise won the first of two 400-yard trials by a neck in :20.286. Janice Sather prepped the California-bred daughter of Favorite Cartel.

Singles Cruise was bred by Dr. Steve Burns, and she was a $16,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale. Campaigned exclusively in Alberta, the filly has won four of six starts, including two stakes, and she has earned $26,672.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

On Sunday, the field was set for the October 21, $35,000-est. Canada Cup Derby (R).

Dale Zukowski's Bringonthewave set the fastest qualifying time with his head victory in the second of two 400-yard trials. Ridden by Ramiro Castillo for trainer James Doolin, the gelded son of world champion Wave Carver stopped the timer in :20.209 while posting his eighth win in 14 starts and third win in eight outs this season.

Bringonthewave was bred in Alberta by Shady Lane Stables. Raced in four states and provinces, the gelding has won three stakes and has banked $63,320.

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Evangeline Downs
Isabel Huitron's Globito extended his win streak to three in Friday's 220-yard, $20,000 EVD Dash.

Ridden by Luis Vivanco for trainer Josue Huitron, Globito defeated 2-1 favorite JRS Taylors Runnaway by three-quarters of a length in :11.570. The homebred 3-year-old Pappasito colt earned a 107 speed index and the $12,000 winner's share of the purse.

Globito has won six of nine starts while racing in Texas and Louisiana. The colt has banked $42,518, and he was a finalist in last year's TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) at Retama Park.

Ms Leaving You finished third and was followed by Mariachy King, DM La Jolla, Memphis D Nasty, Lil Bro Big Streak, Straw Bux, and Lil Gal Pal.

On Saturday, Jess Political sprinted to a neck victory in the $30,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred distaffers who had not won a stakes race.

Racing for Aymond Bates LLC, Jess Political went 330 yards in :16.489 while posting a 103 speed index and earning the $18,000 winner's share of the purse. Donald Watson rode the 3-year-old daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr.

Jess Political was bred by J.E. Jumonville Jr. The filly has raced exclusively in Louisiana and has won four of nine starts while banking $89,461. She was a finalist in last year's Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs.

Shez Dead Serious, Eying Louisiana Game, Di Maria, Patriots Leaving You, Fastdashing Lassie, Non Stop Patriot, Jess A Corona Baby, RF Shez Leaving You, and TK Zoomaway completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Making her debut at this track, Mario V. Hurtado's Love To Reason BR won Friday's $25,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap.

Love To Reason BR covered 400 yards in :19.985, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from SP Four Square. Jose Nicasio rode the 5-year-old daughter of Good Reason SA for trainer Monty Arrossa.

Love To Reason BR was bred in California by Benny Rosset. Campaigned in Idaho during her 2-year-old season, the mare won one of seven starts and was a finalist in the Hawthorne Futurity at Sandy Downs.

“I trained her as a 2-year-old,” Arrossa said. “She was turned out, then ran a little bit as a 3-year-old and then was turned out again. They brought her back this year and had done well in the Northwest. She actually dominated.

"She had a little bit of bad luck," he added. "They sent her down here and we worked her once, (and) she worked great. When I saw the nominations I was worried about even getting in (this) race. There were some really nice horses. I knew we had an uphill climb. This was her first out under the lights and I wasn’t sure how she would run. I knew she has a lot of class. Jose Nicasio has worked her in the mornings and he had a lot of confidence in her.”

All told, Love To Reason BR has won four of 16 starts, including the May 6, 400-yard AQHA Sun Downs Distaff Challenge at Kennewick, Washington. The $13,750 winner's share of the purse from her second stakes victory pushed the mare's earnings to $39,249.

“I don’t know where we’ll go with Love To Reason BR next,” Arrossa said. “We’ll see how she comes back, but we’ll definitely keep her at Los Alamitos.”

Joe Legacy, Jess A Cowboy, Koris Knud Chick, VVR Dazzling Corona, Corona B Gone, Poutn On The Wagon, and Oh La completed the official order of finish.

Indiana Grand
Stinkin Rich, a homebred 6-year-old son of One Famous Eagle owned by Carolyn Bruce of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, broke sharply and led at every call en route to a neck victory in Friday's $84,400 Hoosier Park Classic Stakes (R) for state-bred aged runners.

Ridden by Shanley Jackson for trainer Matt Frazier, Stinkin Rich covered 400 yards in :19.988 and returned a $6 win mutuel as the 2-1 second choice in the field of 10. He posted an 88 speed index while scoring his third consecutive victory in this stakes.

“He broke well, he had a clean trip and he kicked into another gear about halfway down the stretch,” said Jackson. “You couldn’t have asked for a better trip."

Stinkin Rich was making just his third start of the season, and he was coming off of a neck victory in a 400-yard, $20,000 open-condition allowance for Indiana-breds on September 15. 

“He spiked a little fever yesterday morning and gave us a little concern,” said Frazier after the Hoosier Park Classic. “But it came back down and he went right to his feed tub. I think he likes to keep us on our toes. You couldn’t ask for a more professional race that what he gave us today.”

Although Frazier has a string stabled at Indiana Grand, he keeps Stinkin Rich with him full time at Ashwood Training Center. Frazier keeps him off the track as much as possible, which keeps him sound and ready to go at race time.

“He does all underwater training,” added Frazier. “He goes in the underwater treadmill and then one or two times a week, we take him to the pool for some extra training. The only time he’s on the track is with the pony. It’s easier to keep him sound that way.”

Bruce indicated that Stinkin Rich would keep racing "as long as he loves his job." Raced exclusively at this track, the gelding has won 12 of 21 starts and has banked $502,595.

Beach Cartel, WH Design By Dash, Sicario, American Purr, WH Kenny G, Im The Captain Now, HH Kentucky Krome, Fantastic Six Pack, and First Cucuy completed the order of finish.

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