October 27-28 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes

Q-Racing Journal

A sharp break from his outside post helped Joe Legacy score a victory in Saturday's John Ward Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official Quarter Horse stakes for the week of October 28-29. 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.

Los Alamitos
Greg Torgerson's Joe Legacy led at every call en route to a neck victory in Saturday's $16,000 John Ward Handicap.

Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Jose Hernandez Jr., Joe Legacy covered 400 yards in :19.888. In addition to earning a 90 speed index, the bay son of Brookstone Bay banked the $8,800 winner's share of the purse from his fifth career stakes score.

Joe Legacy was coming off of a third-place finish in the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap at this track on October 5.

“The last couple of times we’ve had a little trouble getting him to leave the gate,” said Hernandez, Jr. “He threw his head a couple of times, especially the last time, and it cost him a better placing. He ran a nice third (in the Schvaneveldt), but when he threw his head we knew that the inside horses would be tough to beat.

"Tonight, he drew the outside and we made a couple of changes with him," he added. "It really worked out. Once he left, he really showed his talent at the end.”

Joe Legacy was bred in Utah by The Running A LLC. The gelding has won nine of 35 starts and has earned $104,076.

Jess A Cowboy, Corona B Gone, Love To Reason BR, Oh La, Sp Four Square, Tickle Ur Fancy, and Vvr Dazzling Corona completed the order of finish.

Turf Paradise
This track presented a Quarter Horse stakes doubleheader on Sunday. Stel A Secret, a sorrel daughter of Stel Corona owned by Ruben Jimenez and the third-fastest qualifier, broke sharply from post 4 and held on for a nose victory in the $41,758 AQRA President's Open Fall Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Kevin Carbajal and sent to post at odds of 10-1, Stel A Secret covered 350 yards in :17.669. The filly was prepped by Guillermo Morales, and she returned a $22.80 win mutuel.

Stel A Secret was bred in California by E.J. Thompson and Mark C. Thompson, and she was a $6,000 yearling purchase at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The filly is out of Secret Forest, a winning 12-year-old daughter of Check Him Out who ran third in the 2008 Yavapai Downs Futurity (G3).

Stel A Secret has won one of four outs and has earned $22,616.

Ls Power ran second and was followed by fastest qualifier and 3-5 favorite Showmethedoe, Whiskeys Quicker, Fabulous Daze, Captain Mazurk, Nicos First Cartel, Shez Ifs, and Check This Wagon.

Also on Sunday, Jus Cuz broke her maiden with a wire-to-wire victory under jockey Luis Yescas Jr. in the $16,007 AQRA Futurity (R).

Prepped by Matt Fales for owners Osvaldo Venegas and David Guzman, Jus Cuz covered 350 yards in :17.772, and her margin of victory was one length from Babe Watchin. The bay daughter of Texas Icon earned $8,004 to bring her bankroll to $13,387 from six starts.

Jus Cuz was bred in Arizona by Elaine Cota Robles, and she is out of Cuz I Say So, an 8-year-old daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash who won the 2013 AQRA President's Open Spring Derby at this track.

Redneck Woman, Nochebonita, and Rv Pete completed the order of finish.

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