March 18-19 Stakes Recap

March 18-19 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Looke N At Me wins the Stallionesearch Stakes at Rillito.

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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.

Los Alamitos
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.

Rillito Park
Looke N At Me, a 5-year-old mare racing for Jose Ignacio Vazquez and Joseph Riesgo, won Saturday's 350-yard, $18,500 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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