August 31-September 3 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Q-Racing Journal

One of five Thoroughbreds in the seven-horse field, Rule He Will ralled to win Friday's 870-yard Truly a Pleasure Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of August 31-September 3. 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.

Ajax Downs
A 22-1 longshot, Mary Schrama's Night Fishn won Sunday's $43,861 Ontario Sires' Maturity (R).

Night Fishn covered 330 yards in :16.690 and earned a 101 speed index while aided by a reported 26-mph tail wind. Corrine Andros rode the homebred 4-year-old Sugarman Perry mare for trainer Greg Watson.

Night Fishn's margin of victory was a head from Fiesty Icon. Raced exclusively at this track, the mare has won four of seven starts, and she ended her sophomore season with a three-race win streak. The $17,722 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed Night Fishn's earnings to $35,812.

Albertt finished third and was followed by Ice Witch, 1-2 favorite Ghost Pines, Sugarmans Delight, Home To Vegas, Ice N Snow, and Sweet Pagrana.

Also on Sunday, Elenorr broke sharply from her rail post and sped to a 1 1/4-length win in the 350-yard, $51,760 Ontario Sires' Derby (R).

Owned and trained by Scott Reid, Elenorr stopped the timer in :17.710 and posted a 97 speed index while helped by a reported 26-mph tail wind. Cassandra Jesschke rode the homebred gray daughter of Mr Jess Tex.

Elenorr has won four of her eight starts, including two of four this season, while racing exclusively at this track. The mare has earned $46,557. She was a finalist in last year's Ontario Sires' Futurity (R).

Chase This Yawl, Smoakn Gun, Junoimzoomin, Zoomin Special Angel, Firing Red Jess, Hellfires Mistress, Hanover Hill Sugar, Chilleh Pepper, and Too Much White completed the order of finish.

Canterbury Park
Two state-bred Quarter Horse stakes were run at this track as part of Sunday's 12-race Minnesota Festival of Champions program.

Lunderborg LLC's Dickey Bob dominated his opposition in Sunday's $55,200 Minnesota Derby (R). Ridden by Denny Velazquez for trainer Jason Olmstead and racing against a reported 10-mph head wind, Dickey Bob defeated Itinkican Itinkican by a clear 2 1/2 lengths while covering 400 yards in :20.307. The homebred Apollitical Jess gelding returned a $2.40 win mutuel as the 1-5 favorite in the field of seven.

"This horse just flies out of the gate like a bullet,"said Bob Lunderborg. "Denny has been riding him really well."

Dickey Bob, with Denny Velazquez up,
won Sunday's Minnesota Derby (R) for
state-bred 3-year-olds. PHOTO: Coady

Raced in three states, Dickey Bob has won seven of 14 starts, including four of six this year. The $27,600 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes victory of the meet increased his bankroll to $124,025. The gelding was coming off of wins in the July 8 Bob Morehouse Stakes (R) and August 11 Cash Caravan Stakes (R), both for Minnesota-breds.

Eos Marie Leveau ran third, a nose behind Itinkican Itinkican, and was followed by Polar Xpress, Streak N Sparks, This Trains Rockin, and Calamady Jane.

Also on Sunday, Fantastic Feelyn won the 350-yard, $55,900 Minnesota Futurity (R). Racing for Rodney Von Ohlen and trained by Ed Hardy, Fantastic Feelyn crossed the wire second, one length behind 19-10 favorite Fly With A Buzz, but the homebred gelding was moved up to first when Fly With A Buzz was disqualified and placed fourth for bothering Runnoft at the break, costing that rival a better placing.

Nik Goodwin rode Fantastic Feelyn, a brown son of Fantastic Corona Jr and the homebred stakes-winning 8-year-old Fly Jess Fly mare Fly Eyeann. The gelding was clocked in :18.904 and earned a 67 speed index while racing against a reported 20-mph head wind.

Fantastic Feelyn has won one of two starts and has banked $30,650.

Ali Returns, Runnoft, Fly With A Buzz, Haute Wagon, Lil Miss Hott Pants, Holy Storm, and Trs Boy Named Sue completed the official order of finish behind Fantastic Feelyn.

Elko County Fair
Silver Jet Dash, a Bodacious Dash colt owned and trained by Freddy Olmos and the fastest qualifier, earned his first stakes win in Monday's $37,000 Elko Intermountain Futurity.

Ridden by Pedro Gonzalez and sent to post as the 13-10 favorite, Silver Jet Dash went 350 yards in :17.650. The colt defeated Jr Dynasty Czech by a neck, and he banked $14,800 from his fourth win in eight starts.

Silver Jet Dash was bred in Texas by Irwin Wall, and he was a $4,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale at Oklahoma City. The colt is out of Fancy Smoking Jet, a winning 14-year-old daughter of A Royal Jet.

Silver Jet Dash's has earned $39,144, and his resume includes a second-place finish in the June 22 Bitterroot Futurity at Sandy Downs. In addition, he was a finalist in the May 20 Rocky Mountain Spring Futurity at Pocatello Downs, and the July 20 John Deere Sandy Downs Juvenile Challenge.

Jr Tinkup ran third and was followed by Shesa Dashair, First Won Down, Sirshezarunaway, Classy At It Dude, Dk First Frost, and Dust A Tac. Sixth-fastest qualifier Hot Lil Leesa was scratched.

Also on Monday, Leonardo Gonzalez rode fastest qualifier Dahteste to a half-length victory in the $22,500 Elko Derby.

Prepped by Riley Moosman for owner Christine Hudson, Dahteste earned a 92 speed index while making her 400-yard trip in :20.119. The homebred One Famous Eagle filly earned her third win in eight starts.

Dahteste was bred in Texas. Raced in four states, including Oklahoma and California, the bay filly has banked $17,292, of which $16,267 has been earned from six starts this year.

Striven, Krash Your Party, Lil Red Wave, Senor Call, Easy Blue Vodka, Chasin Carter, The Right Version, Juno Jess, and Little Miss Diesel completed the order of finish.

Fair Grounds
Rene Amaro's FDP Rock Solid, a 4-year-old sorrel son of Rock Solid Jess, parlayed a quick start from his rail post into a half-length victory in Saturday's $26,100 Esplanade Stakes.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto, FDP Rock Solid earned an 88 speed index while going 350 yards in :17.769 on a sloppy and sealed track. The gelding also earned the $15,000 winner's share of the purse from his fourth career stakes score pushed his bankroll to $243,061.

FDP Rock Solid was bred in Texas by Sarah Huskey, and he was making his first-ever start at this track off of a second-place finish in the July 27, 400-yard TQHA Classic Stakes (RG3) at Retama Park.

Raced in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, FDP Rock Solid has won seven of 17 starts, and his race record includes victories in the 2016 TQHA Sires' Cup (RG3) and Black Gold 440 Championship (RG3) futurities.

Sunset Run finished second and was followed by DLJ Imma B Famous, Stone Cold Leader, Famouseagletime, and Classified Bulls Eye.

Los Alamitos
Kellie McDaid rode Rule He Will (TB) to a 1 1/2-length victory in Friday's 870-yard, $20,000 Truly a Pleasure Handicap.

Trained by Jerry Wallace II for owner William Branch, Rule He Will stopped the timer in :45.062 while scoring his seventh win in 14 starts and third win in five outs at the 870 distance. The $11,000 winner's share of the purse increased the 7-year-old bay gelding's earnings to $141,665.

“The horse broke the way he usually breaks, he was gone, gone, gone,” McDaid said. “He was in a little bit of trouble on that turn, but I knew that we could keep going out of the turn and then he would take off. That’s exactly what he did."

Rule He Will was bred in California by Kjell H. Qvale. He was claimed for $5,000 on July 30, 2017, but the claim was voided so the gelding remained a member of Branch's stable.

“He had an issue with one of his tendons,” Branch said. “We decided to give him some time off after that race. It’s been a long road. The horse is extremely talented and we decided to just get him right. We thought it would be just six months, but it ended up being a year.

"He’s come back super strong," he added. "All the credit in the world goes to Mark Glatt, who had in at San Luis Rey Downs, before handing him over to Jerry Wallace down here. The horse is immensely talented, but it’s taken a while for us to get him here.”

A $16,000 claimer earlier this year,
Ronnie Brooks'Keller's Twisted Sifter
won Saturday's Sgt Pepper Feature
Handicap . (PHOTO: Los Alamitos

Towards The Light (TB) finished second and was followed by Bound To Bet, Newport Coaster, Mason B (TB), Dream On Brother (TB), and Handful Of Pearls (TB).

Ronnie Brooks Keller’s Twisted Sifter scored his sixth win of the year in Saturday's 350-yard, $25,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Jonathan Roman and sent to post as the even-money favorite in the field of seven, Twisted Sifter defeated Chowchilla Chickadee by a head in :17.526. Roman Figueroa trained the bay son of champion Fdd Dynasty, who is tied with multiple futurity winner Rob That Wagon for the most number of wins this year.

Twisted Sifter was bred in Arkansas by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC. He's won six of nine starts this year, including four against claiming company, and his season resume includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner A Political Lady, in the 400-yard, $25,000 Vandys Flash Handicap on July 1.

“He is the most improved horse; from claimer all the way to (stakes) winner,,” Figueroa said of Twisted Sifter. “He got bumped around in the Vandy’s Flash. He’s not a real big horse. He got away clean tonight and I loved the outside post.

"We don’t know what’s next for this horse," the trainer added. "We were going to send him home before he began winning. We’ll keep rolling with him. We’ll keep him here.”  

Twisted Sifter has won six of 16 starts, and he earned $13,750 from the Sgt Pepper Feature to take his lifetime earnings to $46,427.

Famous N Hot, Hard Headed Chick, Quite Up, Walk It Man, and McFarland Usa completed the order of finish.

Prairie Meadows
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Saturday. (Click here for a recap of the $150,565 Iowa Double Gold Futurity [R]).

Roberto Valero rode 11-1 longshot California Blossom to an upset win in Saturday's 400-yard, $80,144 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R).

Prepped by Robert Johnson for owner George L. Seward, California Blossom defeated Estrella de Noche by a half of a length in :19.924. The chestnut daughter of Desirio was winning for the fifth time in 14 starts and earning her first stakes victory.

California Blossom was bred in California by the Parsons Family Limited Partnership, and she made her local debut with a third-place finish in her Iowa Double Gold Derby trial on August 18. The filly is out of Quiero Dinero, a winning 11-year-old daughter of 1993 champion 2-year-old A Classic Dash.

The $33,642 winner's share of the purse boosted California Blossom's earnings to $59,,035, of which $48,730 has been banked this season.

The Polar Vortex, the 3-2 favorite, ran third and was followed by Cr Lota Girl, Agent Carter, Sfs Silver Lining, Who Rah, Rb Confection Rose, Okey Wind, and Cant Take Time.

On Sunday, fastest qualifier and 3-2 favorite Rakin In Jo sped from gate to wire from her rail post to take the $65,624 Iowa Stallion Derby (R).

A bay daughter of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Lil Kool Wagon trained by Wayne Garner for owner Lisa M. Baumeister, Rakin In Jo defeated Boogie Wagon by a clear two lengths in :19.885 for 400 yards. Cody Smith rode the filly.

Rakin In Jo has won her last two outs, including the first of two Iowa Stallion Derby trials on August 19. Raced in Iowa and Oklahoma, the filly has won three of six starts and has banked $79,253. All three of her victories were earned at this track and include last year's Iowa Stallion Futurity (R).

Lil Black Wagon, Sweet Twisted Tea, Let Bull Fly, Aubreys Dream, Shake It For Deb, Sweet Little Brother, Bm Lil Kool Cash, and Levi On The Run completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, second-fastest qualifier and 7-2 second choice Lil Iza Baby broke her maiden in the $83,715 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R).

Owned by Bob Urich and trained by Alex Wessels, Lil Iza Baby went 350 yards in :17.946, and the bay filly's winning margin was a half of a length from 2-5 favorite and fastest qualifier Lil Quick Wagon. Bonifacio Quiroz rode Lil Iza Baby, who has banked $40,467 from two outs.

Lil Iza Baby was bred in Iowa, and she is out of Iza Cruisin, a homebred stakes-placed daughter of the Special Effort stallion Special Legend.

Iris Royal Dash finished third, one length behind Lil Iza Baby, and was followed by Jessa Sweet Pistol, Jessaspecial, Nadiafterdawn, TRS Lz Jess, Lil Upity, and Day Of Favor. Third-fastest qualifier Brins Koollilokey was scratched.

Retama Park
Ebrima, the second-fastest qualifier and 3-1 second choice in the field of 10 sophomores, sprinted to a nose victory in the $63,300 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby (R) on Saturday.

Under jockey Jesse Levario, Ebrima went 400 yards in :19.915 and posted a 96 speed index while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. Alonso Neri saddled the brown daughter of Captain Courage for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor.

Ebrima was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. The filly's dam, McM Dont Look Back, is a 13-year-old daughter of First To Shine who won two graded stakes in '08, including the Louisiana Derby (G3) at Evangeline Downs.

Ebrima has won four of 11 starts, and her resume includes a second-place run in last year's TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) at this track. The $25,320 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her bankroll to $138,076.

Louisiana Seis, the fastest qualifier and even-money favorite, finished second and was followed by Poise N Courage, Coronarita Blue, Shake Em Rocks, First Lady Eleanor, He Win It, Dee Giorgino Dee, The New Assasin, and Bush Tempo.

During a special Labor Day holiday program on Monday on which only two races were contested due to weather conditions, Financial Top won the 350-yard, $15,000 King William Handicap.

Ridden by Luis Vivanco and racing on a sloppy and sealed track, Financial Top defeated One Sweet Merlot by 1 1/2 lengths. No official time was recorded by Equibase. Adrian Huitron trained the 4-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding for owners Gerardo Prado and Karla Diaz.

Financial Top was bred in Arizona by H & E Ranch Inc. The chestnut gelding has won four of 10 starts and has earned $29,295.

Ivory Noche ran third and was followed by Dash Quick Perry, Dash Dont Cheat, and Audacious Fire.

Ruidoso Downs
Sent to post as the 11-10 favorite in a field of eight New Mexico-breds, Cartels Star Daddy responded with a 1 1/2-length win in Saturday's $25,000 First Moonflash Stakes (R).

Cartels Star Daddy went 350 yards in :17.365 while earning a 99 speed index and the $15,000 winner's share of the purse. Raul Herrera rode the 4-year-old gray son of Big Daddy Cartel for owner and trainer Martin Orona Sr.

Cartels Star Daddy was cutting back in distance off of his wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the July 29, 400-yard Zia Handicap (RG2) at this track. The gelding was bred by Jimmy Negrete, and he has won seven of 17 starts, all in New Mexico, and he has banked $151,044.

You And Eye ran second and was followed by Eyesawagon, Nolans Theory, Arandanos, First Moon Fire, Mystic Daddy, and Dream Bigg.

Three Quarter Horse undercard stakes supported this track's All American Derby/Gold Cup program on Sunday.

Omar Reyes rode Intense Fire to a neck victory in Sunday's $100,000 First Down Dash Stakes for 3-year-olds. Trained by Clint Crawford for owners Raymond Merrill, Bobby Jack Merrill, and Gregory Cullum, Intense Fire went 440 yards in :21.429 on a sealed track officially labeled "wet-fast."

A 16-1 longshot in the full field of 10, Intense Fire returned a $34.60 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up Hierarchy, a 10-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $407.40. The sorrel Walk Thru Fire colt was bred in California by James Markum and Steve Burns, and he was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the third of 11 All American Derby (G1) trials on August 19.

Intense Fire was a $70,000 purchase at the 2016 Ruidoso Select Sale. He has won three of eight starts and has earned $61,528.

Believe Me Irene, the 2-1 favorite, ran third and was followed by One Famous Fdd, Ruler Of The Realm, Mi Amor Secreto, Jacky Martin 21, Scoopie Jess, Overhauling, and Fooze Jr.

Boogies Special Dash was a prompt 8-5 favorite in Sunday's $25,000 John Andreini Memorial Stakes.

Under jockey Adrian Ramos and against a reported 12-mph head wind, Boogies Special Dash covered 440 yards in :21.629. Wes Giles prepped the 5-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding for owner Kenneth Ruthardt.

Boogies Special Dash was bred in California by Jaime Gomez. He has won eight of 24 starts and he was the runner-up in the March 10, 400-yard West Texas Maturity (G3) at Sunland Park, as well as the 2016 Rainbow Derby (G1). The $15,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score increased his bankroll to $392,572.

Kowboy Jim ran second, one length behind Boogies Special Dash. Llano Senator, Favored One Sweet, Time To Jazz, Born To B Bad, and Don Quixote completed the order of finish.

Let There Be Sound drew off in the stretch to score a clear four-length victory in Sunday's 870-yard Bill Reed Memorial Stakes for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Trained by John Stinebaugh for owners Louis Howard and Corrine Howard, Let There Be Sound tripped the timer in :44.644 under jockey Benito Baca. The $12,000 winner's share of the $20,000 purse boosted the 4-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding's earnings to $68,750, of which $45,494 has been pocketed this year.

Let There Be Sound was bred in Iowa by Black Oak Farm. A $30,000 claimer during the 2018 Remington Park meet, he has won four of 19 starts, including four of seven at the 870 trip. He ran fifth, four lengths behind winner Zoomin Racer, in the July 29, 870-yard AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge (G3) at Albuquerque Downs.

Billy Big Rock finished second and was followed by odds-on favorite Mahoney N Tacklebery, D E Wagons Strawfly, Tag Yur It, First Place (TB), Ranger The Stranger, and DM Nate Dog.

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