August 23-24 Stakes Recap

A look at the non-graded stakes from this weekend.

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.

Fair Grounds
Open Me A Corona set a 250-yard track record on Saturday at Fair Grounds as the 4-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion took the $40,000 Gentilly Dash with a :12.840 clocking. David Alvarez rode the Louisiana-bred for trainer Bobby Martinez and owners Tommy Hays and Charles Forbes Jr. Bred by Natalie Montgomery, DVM, Open Me A Corona has won six of seven starts with earnings of $523,198. His biggest career win came in last year’s $1 million LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs.

FDD Going Grand, who has only finished off the board once in 14 career starts, finished a close second. Lets Jess Do It crossed the wire third.

Gillespie County Fairgrounds
Sparrow Contender scored an impressive victory on Saturday at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds as the Texas-bred drew clear to a 1 ¼-length victory in the $17,000 Simulcast Services Stakes. The 5-year-old son of Contend dashed 330 yards in :16.832 with Jose Montoya in the irons for trainer Adrian Huitron and owner Israel Soliz Jr. This marked the fourth career stakes win for Sparrow Contender, who was bred by Irma Trevino. His record now stands at 24-7-2-4 with earnings of $74,944. There was a deadheat for second between Cristata and Bar Struck.

The richest and final race of the eight-day meet at the Gillespie went to Victor Perez’s Levian, who scored by a neck with a 350-yard clocking of :17.814 in the $128,250 Gillespie County Fair Futurity. Piloted by Ivan Carnero for trainer Fidel Perez, the filly by First Prize Perry bred in Oklahoma by Bobby Cox earned a payday of $44,888. Levian could have been claimed for $10,000 in either of her first two starts, a third-place effort and a win against maidens at Fair Meadows. She shipped to Gillespie for the trials and won with the fourth-fastest time. Red Corona Warrior had an early lead and held on for second with Sweet Okey Dokey in third.

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