January 12-13 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Jes A Spitfire (blue silks, black cap) earned her first stakes victory in Saturday's Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs. PHOTO: Hodges Photography

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of January 12-13. 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.

Louisiana Downs
Handling a muddy and sealed track with skill, Vickie Davis' Jes A Spitfire earned her first stakes victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $15,000 Marathon Stakes.

Jes A Spitfire stopped the timer in :46.310 while defeating Rakin In The Jax in wire-to-wire fashion by a neck. Jose Rodriguez rode the 5-year-old chestnut daughter of Walk Thru Fire for trainer Joe Davis, the trainer's husband.

"I told Jose to get her out in front," said Joe Davis. "She's a long, lanky mare. I figured she would get home."

Jes A Spitfire was bred in Indiana by Jaime Gomez. Raced in three states, including Indiana, the mare has won six of 22 starts, and the $9,000 winner's share of the purse pushed her earnings to $62,573.

"She's in my wife's name because I had an offer to sell her," Davis said. "That didn't sit well, as we raised this mare and brought her here from Indiana. She's pretty special to Vickie."

JW Who Dat finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Jes A Spitfire. Mr Desert Streak, Zoomins Jewel, Dwaynes First Perry, Jessa Little Rusty, and Agoutis Snowplow completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Run Raging Rhino Run gave his owner, Dan J. Wilson, his first stakes victory, as the 6-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty was a prompt 7-5 favorite in Sunday's 550-yard, $20,000 Barbra B Stakes.

Run Raging Rhino Run earned
his first stakes win in Sunday's
Barbra B Stakes. PHOTO: Los
Alamitos Racecourse

Ridden by Minor Arana for trainer Felix Gonzalez, Run Raging Rhino Run defeated Mickey Ward by 1 1/4 lengths in a hand-timed :26.900. The $11,000 winner's share of the purse from his eighth win in 22 outs pushed the chestnut gelding's earnings to $58,779.

Run Raging Rhino Run was bred in Californai by W G Racing. The gelding is out of Love That Six, a winning and stakes-placed daughter of champion Tres Seis.

"Thirty five years as an owner and this is my first stakes win,” Wilson said. “This is a special horse. We bought him with some partners up in Idaho, the Giltners. We raced his mom. (Run Raging Rhino Run), was an orphan and my mom, Esther, actually raised him since he was a couple of weeks old. Every four hours she was getting up to give him his milk and to make sure he was taken care of. 

“We are really excited that we have a nice horse and he’s done a good job,” added Wilson, who works in the banking industry. “We like the horses a lot, (and) Felix has been our trainer really since we started. Before he was a trainer he was breaking our horses. We’ve been doing this for a long time. We had a track-record holder (at Fairplex Park) and had one that tied a track record.

 "Rhino is a special horse to us. He started in a claiming race and then just worked his way up. We’ve found that the FDD Dynasty babies mature as they get a little bit older. He likes to run and likes to run a long way. He used to be a hard horse to handle, partly because he thought he’s a human.”

Joe Legacy finished third and was followed by Newport Coaster, Go Cash Stevie B, A Mere Icon, Dustys Classy Dash, and GT Runaway Dale.

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