January 25-27 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes

Q-Racing Journal

Well Good (yellow blinkers) holds off favorite Twisted Sifter to win Friday's Cypress Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of January 25-27. 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
Jose Ortiz's Sweet Bru, the 13-10 favorite in a field of seven state-bred distaffers, led at every call en route to a neck victory in Saturday's $25,000 Party Girl Stakes (R).

Making her 6-year-old debut,
Sweet Bru earned her third stakes
win in the Party Girl Stakes.
PHOTO: Hodges Photography

Under jockey Floriberto Maldonado, Sweet Bru went 350 yards in :17.676 while posting a 96 speed index. Gary Mason saddled the 6-year-old daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Embrujo Fg.

Sweet Bru was bred by Ceburn L. Baker Jr., and the sorrel mare was coming off of an Evangeline Downs fall meet during which she finished second, one length behind winner San Lorenzo Corona, in the 400-yard, $40,000 Opelousas Stakes (RG2) on November 10. Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, she has won nine of 22 starts, including three of four at this track, and the $15,000 winner's share of the purse from her third stakes score pushed her earnings to $151,505.

"We were a little concerned when she pulled the ground from under her in her last start," said Mason, referring to Sweet Bru's ninth-place finish in a 220-yard, $22,000 allowance dash for state-breds at Evangeline Downs on December 15. "But today, she left on the button and never looked back."

Monees Fast Cash finished second and was followed by TF Ms Perrys Runaway, Leaving At Six, Jess A Corona Baby, Spit In My Corona, and Fastdashing Lassie.

Also on Saturday, Bileve led at every call en route to a neck victory in the 350-yard, $15,000 Swift Stakes.

Prepped by Xavier Alonso for owner Fernando Beltran Rodriguez, Bileve stopped the timer in :17.671 while recording a 96 speed index. Edgar Ibarra rode the 5-year-old daughter of Stel Corona, who was the lone distaffer in the seven-horse field.

Bileve was bred in Oklahoma by Brad J. Hart, and the Swift Stakes represented her first-ever start at this track and her first out since November 2, when she scored a half-length win in a 300-yard non-winners-of-four allowance at Lone Star Park. A $7,500 claimer during the 2018 Remington Park meet, the mare has won five of 20 races, including four of five at the 350-yard trip, and she has banked $48,063.

Fast N Famous Eagle, Sunset Run, Sixes Flash, Wrs Quick Jess, Mariachy King, and One Sweet Merlot completed the order of finish.

Los Alamitos
Vinnie Bednar rode Well Good to victory in Friday's $25,000 Cypress Handicap.

Prepped by Scott Willoughby for owner Ed Allred, Well Good covered 350 yards in :17.568, and his margin of victory was a head from Twisted Sifter. The homebred 5-year-old Kiddy Up gelding earned a 96 speed index and the $13,750 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win.

On Thursday, Bednar was presented with the Val Tonks Award, given to the top up-and-coming rider at Los Alamitos. He rode 14 Quarter Horse winners in 2017, but last year he increased that number to 38 wins from just 201 mounts, with 29 of those victories coming after August 9.

“If you look at (Well Good’s) past results, he’s almost always first or second; he's always right there," said Bednar. "He always gives you everything he’s got.

”As far as the (Val Tonks) award goes, I wouldn’t be here without Ed Allred and Scott Willoughby," he added. "I appreciate them keep giving me the opportunity to keep doing what I’m doing. Hopefully it’s just the beginning.”

Raced exclusively at this track, Well Good has won four of 26 starts and has earned $85,579. He was a finalist in the 2017 Southern California Derby (G2), and he ran second in last year's 550-yard California Breeders' 550 Sophomore Stakes (R).

Scoopie Jess ran third, one length behind Twisted Sifter. Apollitical Wagon, Jd Wagon Boss, and Jazzy Icon completed the order of finish.

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