March 18-19 Stakes Recap
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of March 18-19. 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.
Bobby D. Cox's Shott Gun was successful in his first-ever race at this track, as the homebred son of Valiant Hero scored a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $40,000 Moonist Stakes.
Ridden by Jose Nicasio for trainer Heath Taylor, Shott Gun covered 400 yards in :19.608 and his winning margin was a half of a length from Cattail Cove. The 5-year-old gelding earned a 94 speed index while making his first start in four months.
Shott Gun was bred in Texas. The gray gelding is out of Eye Popping, a homebred winning and multiple stakes placed Mr Eye Opener mare. His second dam, the stakes-winning Mr Jess Perry mare Shes Jess Special, ran second in the 2003 Delta Downs Derby (RG3) for Louisiana-bred sophomores.
Shott Gun has won nine of 19 races, and the $22,000 winner's share of the purse from his fourth lifetime stakes victory increased his earnings to $602,619, most of which was banked from his win in the $826,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park during his 2-year-old season.
All Ways finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Shott Gun. London Toby, Dasha Good Reason, Stuck In Probate, Famous Cartel Jess, Up And Atem, and Dasha Dynasty completed the order of finish.
Looke N At Me, a 5-year-old mare racing for Jose Ignacio Vazquez and Joseph Riesgo, won Saturday's 350-yard, $18,500 StallionEsearch.com Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares.
Ridden by Martin Osuna and racing against a reported 10-mph head wind, Looke N At Me defeated Rockin Jo Kool by a head in :17.766. Monica Ortega prepped the Arizona-bred mare, who earned a 98 speed index and $10,175 from her first lifetime stakes victory.
Looke N At Me was bred by Elaine Cota Robles, and the mare was coming off of a fourth-place finish, a head behind winner Turbulent Kisses, in the January 28, 300-yard Allred Brothers Stakes at Turf Paradise. Raced in two states, including California, Looke N At Me has won three of seven starts and has banked $36,037.
Five Bars Happy ran third, a half of a length behind Looke N At Me, and was followed by Hot Girl Summer B, DF Fabulous Zanbo, Yn MIra Linda, and Run Away And Hide.
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