Jan. 17-18 Weekend Stakes Recap

A review of the non-graded stakes from this weekend.

Q-Racing Journal

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the weekend of January 17-18, 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.

Hialeah Park
Saturday’s nine-race program at Hialeah Park featured a pair of stakes races, the $30,000 Hialeah Junior Maturity and the $40,000 Hialeah El Niño Stakes, consolation events for horses who did not qualify for Sunday’s $204,715 Hialeah Maturity and the $417,575 Hialeah Derby.

In the Hialeah Junior Maturity, the 4-year-old gelding Eye Get The Blues, ridden by Oscar Delgado and trained by Eduardo Morales for owner Elianny Estupinan, broke sharply, took command immediately and was never threatened on his way to victory. Eye Get The Blues hit the wire 1 ½ lengths in front of runner-up Fire Burning, stopping the timer in :21.666 seconds for the race distance of 440 yards.

The winner, bred in Louisiana by Kathleen and Steve Billings, scored only the second win of his 16-race career and his first victory since a maiden-breaking tally on the Fourth of July 2014 at Delta Downs. Eye Get The Blues, by Jess Louisiana Blue out of Kdwantsafastone, earned the winner’s share of $18,000.

The order of finish in the 2015 Hialeah Junior Maturity Stakes was: Eye Get The Blues, Fire Burning, Portugee, My Famous Romance, Eagles Prey, Wyoming Hero, Guess Who Drew, Surfins Easy and LS One Wild Eagle.

In the Hialeah El Niño Stakes, the 3-year-old gelding Politicaly Correct–one of five Judd Kearl-trained horses in the nine-horse field–dueled early with eventual runner-up WRS Quick Regards in the early stages, drew clear late and recorded a half-length victory in a time of :19.602 seconds for 400 yards.

Veteran jockey Rodrigo Vallejo rode Politicaly Correct for owners Walter R. Harrison and James E. Helzer. Harrison bred the gelding by Apollitical Jess out of the Tres Seis mare Senorita Tres in Texas.

Politicaly Correct registered his second win in his sixth lifetime outing and his first victory since late September 2014, earning the winner’s share of $24,000.

The order of finish in the 2015 Hialeah El Niño Stakes was: Politicaly Correct, WRS Quick Regards, Gospel Howdy, Honey Ryder B, Cameo Won, Iba Wagon, JMF Shazoomer, Go On Dy Nasty and Bah Zinga.

Los Alamitos
Lucky Seven Ranch’s Walk Around Blues posted her second impressive victory in a row after defeating a sharp field of fillies in Saturday’s $15,000 Garden Grove Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez, who won three races on the night, Walk Around Blues won the Garden Grove for 3-year-old fillies in wire-to-wire fashion while finishing a half-length ahead of runner-up One More Card. Trained by Mike Casselman, Walk Around Blues covered the 330 yards in :16.775. This was her third victory in seven starts. She had previously scored a 1 ¼ length allowance victory on December 19.

“We’ve always liked her a lot,” Casselman said. “Cruz has done a nice job with her and fits her nicely. She’ll go to Burns Ranch now and they’ll get an embryo out of her. She’ll come back to the track from there and compete in a couple of derby trials.”

Bred by her owners, the Walk Thru Fire filly is out of the Shazoom mare Queens R Blue. A six-time winner in her racing career, Queens R Blue was second to champion Check N Fetch in the 2013 Miss Princess Handicap (G3) and also raced in that year’s Vessels Maturity (G1) and Merial California Distaff Challenge and in the 2012 Las Damas Handicap (G3). Walk Around Blues’s granddam is the 2002 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) winner First Place Queen. Walk Around Blues earned $8,250 in the Garden Grove to take her career earnings to $19,687.

Howard Nichols’ One More Card came into this race after posting a second-place finish in the Holiday Handicap. The daughter of Carters Cartel was fifth at the start of the Holiday before finishing nicely for second. She was fifth at the start of this race before flying late for second-place. One More Card earned $3,375. Nancy Scane’s Skinny Jeans ran third and was followed by The Perfect Love, Who Is Sylvia, Its Tempting, Pink Berreta and Laters Baby.

Louisiana Downs
In the $25,000 Louisiana Stakes (R) for 3-year-old state-breds at Louisiana Downs, J and Y Racing’s JLS Dashn and Zoomn rolled to a 1 ½-length victory. Trained by Brenda Foster and ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr., the gelded son of Sir Runaway Dash hit the wire in :17.452 to earn a 103 speed index at 350 yards. He paid $5 to win as the 3-2 favorite.

This marked the first start for JLS Dashn And Zoomn since he won last year’s $1 million LQHBA Breeders Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs. The $7,500 purchase at the 2013 LQHBA Yearling Sale earned $445,000 for that effort and his latest victory pushed his bankroll to $482,710 with a record of 9-5-1-0. He was bred by JLS Speed Horse Ranch Inc. out of the Shazoom mare Shaken Thru Zoom.

Dashacrossyourmind, a colt by Heza Fash Dash and the second-longest price in the field at odds of 26-1, took second for owners Brock Broussard and Jacque Bourque. Jose Flores’ Buzzinga, by Jet Black Patriot, took third.

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