September 6-8 Stakes Recap
DOWNS AT ALBUQUERQUE
Blas Duran Castillo’s Flashy Jess, an Oklahoma-bred colt by world champion Apollitical Jess, on Friday set the fastest qualifying time to the September 22, $200,000-est. La Fiesta Quarter Horse Derby.
Sent to post as the 7-5 favorite in the first of two 400-yard trials at Albuquerque Downs, Flashy Jess defeated second-fastest qualifier Sweet Temptation by a half of a length in :19.431. Edgar Martinez rode the colt for trainer Arnoldo Carrillo.
Flashy Jess was bred by Duane Harrel. Raced in New Mexico and Oklahoma, the colt has won three of nine starts and has earned $39,664.
Other prominent finalists include seventh-fastest qualifier Faster Then U, a gelded son of Ivory James trained by Jimmy Padgett for a partnership. Faster Then U won last year’s La Fiesta Futurity at Albuquerque Downs.
The complete list of La Fiesta Derby finalists, with their qualifying times: Flashy Jess (:19.431), Sweet Temptation (:19.520), Jess Saying (:19.538), Big Gray Lets Dance (:19.642), Taking The Stage (:19.672), Whole Lota Cheyenne (:19.737), Faster Then U (:19.744), Lethal Moon (:19.812), Showmethedoe (:19.872), and Koolnfabulous (:19.874).
A quick start from post 10 helped Apolliperfection score a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length win in Saturday’s $50,000 Balloon City Stakes for Quarter Horse fillies and mares at Albuquerque Downs.
Ridden by Esgar Ramirez, Apolliperfection covered 400 yards in :19.403. Jesus Carrete trained the 4-year-old daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess for owner Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico.
Apolliperfection was bred in Oklahoma by Rancho el Cabresto Inc., and the mare has won three consecutive races, all at Albuquerque Downs. Raced in New Mexico and California, Apolliperfection has won four of 17 starts, and the $30,000 winner’s share of the purse from her first stakes victory increased her earnings to $69,503, of which $53,220 has been banked this season.
Coronas Dashin Injun finished second and was followed by Trace Dynasty, Black Shadow, Dee Favorite Girl, C Twister Seis, Apollitical Scout, Frost Dalena, R Valiant Chick, and Keep It Classy.
Gary and Jeralyn Messenger’s homebred gelding Zoom On Jess scored his third consecutive victory following a strong finish to win the $15,000 The Plan Handicap for 2-year-olds at 350 yards Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Monty Arrossa, Zoom on Jess was third at the start, but quickly began to shorten the early lead held by Cowboy State Futurity winner JR Prissys Blood. By the halfway mark, Zoom On Jess had taken command and from there he cruised to his fifth career win in seven starts. Sired by Jess Zoomin and out of the Messenger-bred mare Feature Miss Fame, Zoom On Jess has now won back-to-back stakes races. He entered this event after winning the Idaho Cup Futurity on July 24.
“He’s a homebred and we’ve been running him in Idaho,” Gary Messenger said. “He won four out of six down there with one of them being the Idaho Cup Futurity. He’s been at Los Alamitos for about a month now. We would have liked him here sooner, but he wasn’t in anything down here. This was a good race for him because we have him in the Wild West Futurity trials (on October 6). I was a little nervous because all the horses looked on paper like they had been running faster than he had. It was terrific bunch of horses.”
But none were better on this night than Zoom On Jess, the win being the cherry on the top of a nice visit to California for the Messenger.
“We just came down here for this race and we have to buggy on home in the morning,” the owner said. “We hadn’t done anything all summer so we thought, “hey let’s go down for the race” We love it down here. We’ve been coming to the sales since the days they had he sales in Pomona then Andreini/Schvaneveldt Sale and now the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. We are looking forward to the Wild West trials.”
The Messengers have owned and bred some nice horses over the year. The couple has enjoyed 86 wins and earnings of over $730,000. Zoom On Jess earned $7,920 for his victory in The Plan, a figure that takes his career record to $24,556. For the Messengers, they’ve several quality Quarter Horse performers. Their richest runner ever is their homebred Sold On Special, who earned $136,000 while winning the Dixie Downs Derby and Idaho Cup Derby. Go For Fame, a half-sister to Sold On Special is another Messenger-homebred. She won the Grade 2 Bank of America Northwest Championship Challenge while earning $122,228 in her career. On the breeding shed, Go For Fame has produced Feature Miss Zoom, who is Zoom On Jess’ dam, and stakes finalist Lajolla Famosa, who earned $104,461 on the track. Now that family appears to have produced another top runners in Zoom On Jess.
“We love it down here,” the owner added. “We’ve been coming to the sales since the days they had he sales in Pomona then Andreini/Schvaneveldt Sale and now the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.”
Martha Wells’ Old School Icon earned $3,240 after also flying late to finish second in The Plan. Erasmo Gasca piloted him for trainer Matt Fales. JR Stable’s JR Prissys Blood after bumping at the start. KVN Little Sister, Makn, Risky Moves, Goldie Hocks, and Chance To Be Valiant completed the field.
Martha Nevarez's Krash Course took the $15,000 King William Stakes on Friday night at Retama Park.
The gray colt by Krash Cartel, foaled in 2015, was ridden by Eleazar Hernandez and trained by Santiago Riojas Jr, and took the 350-yard race in :17.778, winning by a head over Kas Tempting. Woulda was third.
Krash Course was bred by Bennie and Terri Jeter and is out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Rare Eye Opener. He has now won five of 12 career starts and earned $51,928.
On Saturday, Stolis Pro, the younger brother of one of the sport's all-time leading earners, Stolis Winner, won the $15,000 San Marcos Stakes for breeder and owner Jerry Windham, an AQHA Past President.
Stolis Pro is a 2011 gelding by Stoli and out of Veva Jean, by Runaway Winner. Trained by Leon Bard and ridden by Francisco Calderon, the bay gelding loped to a 4-length victory in the 870-yard race and a time of :47.302. KW Cowboy was second, followed by Frisco Jess, Jack Ketel,Eyesa Shoofly, No Habits Here and Aces Over Five.
Stolis Pro has now won 14 of 36 career starts and earned $138,556 in his career.
Pitchforks Panther was a handy winner in the $25,000 WHR Open Futurity on Saturday, sailing 350-yards in :17.451 to take the race by a commanding 1 1/2 lengths.
Carlos Guillen-Chacon guided the horse to the unheaded victory for trainer Roberto Treto and owner Victor Ortiz. CD Tres Ace was second, followed by Wagonfullofdarlings,Winter Brook,Liquid Courage B, VF Silverback, Myokeytimes, Findersrunnindynasty, Steppen Mr Perry and Je Suis Leprix.
Pitchforks Panther is a gelding by Dominyun out of the Panther Mountain mare Special Lady Panther, and was bred by The Painted Pitchfork. He has now earned a victory in half of his six career starts and earned $29,735.
In the WHR Open Derby on the same card, Shady Stables' homebred Sheebe A Banshee held on for a head win to take the $17,500 race.
Ridden by Uriel Dominguez, the Sir Runaway Dash filly battled to the victory, covering the 400 yards in :19.716, and defeating Stolin Train. R Valiant Hero was third, followed by Patron,Shmack Daddy Acklam, Hard To Get Out, Ella Diabla, One Dashing Dream, Imafirstprizetimber and Lota Hadley.
Jordan Hadley trained the filly, who is out of the Chicks A Blazin mare Sheebe Blazin. Sheebe A Banshee has won five of 13 career starts and earned $35,380.
On Sunday afternoon, Sweetwater Downs hosted the $25,000 Wyoming-bred Futurity.
Elliot Bachicha Jr. guided Rays Lane to a nose win in the 350-yard race over Gotta Lotta Papa and La Pistola 03. The Conn Creek gelding out of the A Dash Of Beduino mare A Dash Of Steffi added his third career win and boosts his earnings to $17,691 for owner Renegade Racing.
Trained by Josh Taylor, the horse was bred by Ron and Laurie Moosman
Eyesa Special Snoopi was fourth, followed by A Lucky Thunder Cat, Steffies Dashn Moves, Reagal Eagle Revenge, Eyesa Special Kaycee, Cathouse Affair and Brash And Sassy.
In the previous race on the card, Brindis Cruz proved best in the $15,000 Wyoming-bred Derby.
Racing for Lana Matt, the gelding made a strong late rush to take the 400-yard race by a neck over Mr Downtown Zip. Ridden by Uriel Dominguez, they covered the distance in :19.810, and boosted the horse’s lifetime earnings to $41,631 after winning four of 12 starts.
Brindis Cruz was trained by Jess Matt; he was bred by the late K.C. Carden and is by Brindis Por Cayenne and out of the Check Him Out mare GM Check Her Out.
CD Proud Flyin D Kas was third, followed by VVR No Refunds, CD Okie Dokie Proud, SS Happy Dance, A Dash Of Dynasty, VVR Im Alright, Jewel Diamond Girl and VVR Im Special Now.
WILL ROGERS DOWNS
Will Rogers Downs hosted the trials for the Black Gold 350 Championship Futurity on Saturday. Abel Flores’ homebred Cajun King topped the qualifiers with a :17.632 time. The gelding was ridden confidently to his 1 ¼ length trial win by Jimmy Brooks for trainer Eddie Willis. The gelding is by The Louisiana Cartel and out of the Scrutinizer mare Easydoesitcindy.
The remaining qualifiers include Lakshmi J (:17.704), Mr Dillard (:17.709), Shaunda Got A Prize (:17.713), Lota Shakin Goin On (:17.762), Hot PYC Chic (:17.771) Uncle Eds Idea (:17.783, Relentless Doll (:17.807), Wagons Dash (:17.825), BP Apollitical South (:17.828).
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