Aug. 30 - Sep. 1 Stakes Recap
A look at the non-graded stakes from this weekend.
August 30, 2014
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the weekend of August 8-10, listed by track. For recaps of graded stakes and Bank of America Racing Challenge events, see the individual race recap stories posted in the Previews and Recaps section. This recap page will be updated throughout the weekend.
Favored Jumping Guitar came through with the victory in Monday’s $131,450 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity at Ajax Downs near Toronto. Ridden by Chelsey Willick for owner and trainer Nadia Marcoux, the Oklahoma-bred filly by Tac It Like A Man prevailed by a neck in a time of :20.29 for 400 yards. Earlier in the meet Jumping Guitar won the John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge, and this victory improved her bankroll to $60,592 with four wins in seven starts. She was bred by A. Roche and M. and S. Kreins out of the Corona Cartel mare Shine My Guitar.
Full Circle Racing’s homebred Arizona Bennie, an Ontario-bred gelding by Iced N Oak, took second with Waving Sandy Home in third.
Furys Folly, owned by Rodney Von Ohlen of Alpha, Minnesota, and trained by Edward Ross Hardy won the $38,150 Minnesota Quarter Horse Derby (R) on Minnesota Festival of Champions Day Sunday at Canterbury Park. The 3-year-old filly broke cleanly from post three and was ridden by Nik Goodwin to a three-quarter-length win over favored Dirt Road Queen.
“She’s been training really well,” said Goodwin. “I knew if there was a horse that could beat Dirt Road Queen I thought it could be Furys Folly.”
Bred by Von Ohlen, Furys Folly was the second wagering choice and paid $8.80 to win. She finished the 400-yard dash in a time of :20.410.
When asked about his winning filly, Von Ohlen stated, “Last year she was just another horse. This year she is putting out a little extra.” So what made the difference from last year to this year? “Just luck,” said Von Ohlen.
Festival Day was extra special for Hardy, Von Ohlen and Goodwin, as the trio teamed up again to win the $39,850 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity (R). Tty From Mr Pye went off as the heavy favorite and beat out Bee Bee Guns by 1 1/4 lengths, paying $2.80 to win. The 2-year-old gelding by PYC Paint Your Wagon out of Miss Eyewear broke from post position seven and covered the 350 yards in a time of :18.294.
“He ran like a champion,” said Goodwin. “He broke good and I just had to sit on him.”
The consecutive wins lifted trainer Ed Hardy to the top of the Quarter Horse trainer standings, securing his 12th training title at the Shakopee, Minnesota, racetrack with 17 wins for the season. Hardy has now 19 Festival wins, 15 more than the second-leading trainer, and Von Ohlen has six wins.
The Downs at Albuquerque
In Monday’s $50,000 Manuel Lujan Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque, favorite Go And Get did just that and scored by a length under Jose Enriquez. Owned by Alberto Villanueva and trained by Umberto Belloc, the gelding by Foose got the 350-yard distance in :17.232. Go And Get, who was bred by Ed Allred in California, came into the race off a third-place effort in the West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. His lifetime record now stands at 9-5-0-2 with earnings of $73,244.
SA Royal Six Dash finished second in his stakes debut Jo Jo Hot Legs got up for third.
Elko County Fair
The Elko County Fair in Nevada on Monday held two official American Quarter Horse stakes topped by the $27,500 Red Lion Casino Futurity. The race went to Five Barkers Inc.’s homebred Five Bar Sassy, who scored a one-length victory with Justin Vanderwoude in the irons for trainer Riley Moosman. The Utah-bred, who was clocked in :17.805 for 350 yards, had finished second in three straight races at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City before shipping to Wyoming Downs for a maiden win. The daughter of Hard Hitting won again in her futurity trial, and her earnings now stand at $19,739. Bettin On Fame closed well to take second with Pass In A Flash in third.
In the $17,550 Barrick Derby, Greg Torgerson’s Joe Legacy earned a neck victory over favorite Got Inked. Trained by Alvaro Torres and ridden by Uriel Dominguez to a 400-yard time of :19.942, Joe Legacy picked up his third career win and boosted his lifetime earnings to $26,994. The gelding by Brookstone Bay was bred in Utah by The Running A LLC. Got Inked prevailed in a photo over Desired Chick to finish second.
The Iowa track on Saturday night held two stakes, starting with the $72,750 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R) and the completion of a Double Gold sweep by Marty and Shalia Powers’ Heza Fast Invictus. After winning last year’s Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R) as the favorite, the Oklahoma-bred gelding came through as the favorite in the Derby with a neck victory at odds of 7-10. Cesar Gomez rode for trainer Kasey Willis and got the 400-yard trip in :19.713. Bred by John Paul and Lois Gee, Heza Fast Invictus has won seven of nine career starts with earnings of $147,796. Best On The Planet got up for second with CR Strawflyn Bux in third.
In the $109,193 Iowa Double Gold Futurity, John Lawless’ BP Cartels Policy prevailed by a length with Stormy Smith in the irons for trainer Brent Clay. The Oklahoma-bred gelding by Cartel Success earned a 104 speed index for a 350-yard dash in :17.294. Bred by Bill Price, BP Cartels Policy finished third in his career debut before earning a maiden win at Canterbury Park and cruising to a 1 ¼-length win in his Double Gold trial. He has earned $52,350 in his young career. Specials Jamie, the slight favorite over BP Cartels Policy in the wagering, rallied to finish second with The Big Time crossing the wire third.
Prairie Meadows on Sunday presented the $65,435 Iowa Stallion Derby (R) and $92,046 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R). In the Derby, Ricky Neff and Tony Jones’ Bulleader cruised to an easy four-length victory as the 1-2 favorite. Piloted by Stormy Smith for trainer Jones, the Iowa-bred gelding by Talkalota Bull sprinted 400 yards in :20.100 to earn his maiden victory. Bulleader just missed breaking his maiden in last year’s Iowa Stallion Futurity but came up a nose short. His record now stands at 5-1-2-1 with earnings of $50,374. Leonard Reed bred the him out of the Special Leader mare Special Bold Chick.
Jessgowithit got up to take second with TRS Dash Of Cinnamon in third.
In the Futurity, Williams Racing Stables Inc.’s homebred WRS Big Tom just got up with a late rally to prevail by a nose in :18.103 for 350 yards. Cesar Gomez rode the Cartels Feature gelding for trainer Kasey Willis. WRS Big Tom finished second in the trials behind Quickie Rickie but was able to reverse that order in the final to earn his maiden win. The Iowa-bred has now earned $42,750 in four starts.
Quickie Rickie, a gelding by First Dinastia, put in a game effort to finish second. Buyin Jess crossed the wire third but was disqualified for interference, which put TRS Just Like Jase in third.
In the $24,800 Sweetwater Derby at Sweetwater Downs on Saturday, Utah-bred Josie Bassett scored an impressive 2 ¼-length victory after setting a 400-yard track record in the trials. The daughter of Maknmoves, who runs for breeder Jim Nebeker, put up a time of :19.453 in her trial and came back with a :19.631 clocking in the final that was more than enough to score an easy win. The Ron Moosman trainee improved her record to 14-5-2-1 with earnings of $30,612. Dreams Of Winning prevailed in a blanket finish for second with Luvly Jet in third.
On Sunday at Sweetwater Downs, Eyesa Special River scored by a nose in the $24,580 Wyoming Bred Futurity (R). A homebred for Broken Bones Cattle Company, the Eyesa Special Slim filly was ridden by Luis Peralta for trainer Jesse Villegas. Eyesa Special River finished second in four of her first five starts and since then has reeled off three straight wins to push her bankroll to $15,746.
Lil Shameless Sage just missed the victory with a second-place finish and Jeans Lee got third.
In the $67,425 Western States Breeders’ Futurity (R) for horses foaled in the region, Korry Trapp’s homebred KT Turtle Moves drew clear to a one-length victory in :17.313 for 350 yards. Justin Vanderwoude rode the Utah-bred gelding by Maknmoves for trainer Ron Moosman. This was the first stakes win for KT Turtle Moves, who is now a perfect 4-for-4 in her career with earnings of $30,570.
BF Apoliticalfanatic, also trained by Moosman, took second with Cash N Perry in third.