April 19-21 Stakes Recap

April 19-21 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes and trials for the week of April 19-21. For recaps of most graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes and trials, and most 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.

SunRay Park
Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in a full field of 10 aged sprinters, Aurelio Juarez's FDD Cloud won Friday's $75,000 La Plata Stakes.

FDD Cloud covered 400 yards in :19.184 under jockey Alfredo Sigala, and his margin of victory was a neck from 10-1 longshot Easy Perry Cartel. Omar Vargas prepped the sorrel 4-year-old son of the FDD Dynasty stallion FDD Going Grand.

FDD Cloud was extending his winning streak to three races, a streak which began with a victory in the December 17, 400-yard Lovington Stakes (G2) at Zia Park. The gelding was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklin's Horse Farm LLC, and he is out of A Noble Jess Elie, a homebred winning daughter of Jess Elie who ran second in the 2013 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs.

FDD Cloud was making his first career start at this track. The gelding has won five of 15 starts, and the $45,000 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $248,693.

Weber Downs
Three official stakes were contested at this track on Sunday.

Scott Peterson's Kue Tiz Due, a homebred daughter of champion KVN Corona and the ninth-fastest qualifier, won the $82,446 Beehive Futuriy (R) for 2-year-olds sired by participating stallions.

Ridden by Ricardo Del Cid, Kue Tiz Due covered 300 yards in :15.471 and earned a 102 speed index while defeating sixth-fastest qualifier JG Special Dynasty. Kylie Valenzuela trained the brown filly.

Kue Tiz Due was bred in Utah, and she made her debut with a second-place finish in one of six Beehive Futurity trials on April 6. The filly is out of Suzie Kue, an unraced homebred daughter of Dash Ta Fame. Her second dam, the winning homebred Runaway Winner mare Runaway Little Susie, ran second in the 1999 Dixie Downs Futurity at St. George, Utah.

Kue Tiz Due was winning for the first time in two starts and increasing her bankroll to $35,527.

Promontory, the fastest qualifier, was listed by the Equibase chart as a trainer scratch.

Also at this track on Sunday, JR Cowboy Cadillac sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in the 330-yard, $23,415 Weber Downs Colts & Geldings Derby.

Trained by Kylie Valenzuela for owner JR Stables, JR Cowboy Cadillac defeated Dr B by a clear 1 1/2 lengths in :16.520. The homebred son of Flying Cowboy 123 earned a 105 speed index while banking $9,834 from his second lifetime stakes score.

JR Cowboy Cadillac was bred in Nevada, and he was making his first official start since August 6. Campaigned in two states, including Wyoming, the gelding has won four of five races -- including last year's Hadley/Giles Futurity at this track, and he has earned $44,121.

Jesus Valenzuela rode Kaseys Spirit to a 1 3/4-length win in Sunday's $15,161 Beehive Juvenile Stakes (R).

Trained by Kylie Valenzuela for owner CG Racing LLC, Kaseys Spirit went 300 yards in :15.241 while recording a 109 speed index. The homebred daughter of champion KVN Corona was winning for the second time in two races and increasing her earnings to $8,322.

Kaseys Spirit made her debut with a victory in a Beehive Futurity (R) trial on April 6. The filly was bred in Idaho, and she is out of High Spirited Jess, an unraced California-bred daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry.

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