July 28-August 3 Stakes Recap

July 28-August 3 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Countryfried Chicken. PHOTO: New Image Media

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of July 28-August 3. 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.

Ajax Downs
Countryfried Chicken, a homebred son of champion Country Chicks Man racing for Milena Kwiecien, on Wednesday set the fastest qualifying time to the August 11, $50,000 Ontario-Bred Derby (R).

Ridden by Helen Vanek and aided by a reported 13-mph tail wind, Countryfried Chicken won the second of two 300-yard trials by a neck in :15.384. Jason Pascoe prepped the bay gelding, who earned a 95 speed index and his third win in 14 outs.

Countryfried Chicken has banked $38,078, of which $18,124 has been pocketed this season, and he ran second in last year's Ontario-Bred Futurity (R) at this track.

Click here for a complete list of Ontario-Bred Derby finalists.

Arizona Downs
A 35-1 longshot in a field of 10 2-year-olds, Jose M. Mena's Cant Catch Aubrey scored a one-length victory in Tuesday's $25,650 Granite Mountain Futurity.

Cant Catch Aubrey went 350 yards in :17.640 while aided by a reported 7-mph tail wind. Elias Gutierrez rode the black daughter of Jet Black Patriot for trainer Heraclio Botello Jr.

Cant Catch Aubrey was bred in Louisiana by Daniel R. Trahan. A $10,000 buy at last year's Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale, the filly set the 10th fastest qualifying time in one of two trials on July 14.

Cant Catch Aubrey is out of Cant Go Wrong, a winning daughter of 2003 world champion Oak Tree Special. She has won one of three starts and has banked $13,865.

Magesterial finished second and was followed by Aseparateindividual, Rockn Dynasty, Eyesa Got Easyer, Clever Conundrum, Mr Zee, Sky High Prize, Nitty Gritty Perry, and Cuz Im A Daddys Girl.

Canterbury Park
On Wednesday, the field was set for the August 11 Canterbury Park Derby, and GFR Equine Services' Streakinlilwagon set the fastest qualifying time.

Racing in the last of three 400-yard trials, Streakinlilwagon defeated second-fastest qualifier B Boujee by a neck in :19.791. Stormy Smith rode the homebred Fast Prize Jordan filly for trainer Jason Pascoe.

Streakinlilwagon was bred in Oklahoma, and she was coming off of a second-place finish in the July 14 Princess Derby for 3-year-old fillies at Ajax Downs near Toronto. She has won six of 11 outs and has banked $74,351, and she ended her 2-year-old season with a four-race win streak that included a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the 400-yard, $86,918 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. 

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the $83,000 final.

Pocatello Downs
Fastest qualifier The Prize Ferarri sprinted to a wire-to-wire, two-length victory in Friday's $26,300 Bitterroot Derby (R).

Prepped by Mark Hanson for owners RTM Stables, Robin Dunn, Kevin Dunn, and Bryon Goody, The Prize Ferarri went 400 yards in :19.870. Jesus Canales rode the Oklahoma-bred son of The Louisiana Cartel, who returned a $3.40 win mutuel as the 7-10 favorite in a field of 10 sophomores.

The Prize Ferarri was coming off of a 1 1/4-length victory in the first of two Bitterroot Derby trials on July 16. The gelding was bred by Weetona Stanley, and he was a $22,000 purchase at the 2019 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

The Prize Ferarri has won eight of 12 outs while competing exclusively at this track, and the $10,520 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes score increased his bankroll to $82,684.

Fortunes Wild Blood finished second and was followed by Jr Hiway 93, RTM Glory Days, Coronado Kiss, Imported Corona, Heza Gator, Im Renee, One Corona Special, and Primal Instincts.

Prairie Meadows
A Starry Starry Nite, a son of the Stel Corona stallion Racy Casanova campaigned by Christine A. Hovey, is the fastest qualifier to the August 14, $64,510 Iowa Stallion Derby (R) for 3-year-olds sired by participating stallions.

Ridden by Eugenio Navarrete Jr., A Starry Starry Nite on Friday won the second of two trials by a clear 1 3/4 lengths from fellow qualifier Iris Cowboy Casanova. The sorrel gelding covered 400 yards in :19.976 while earning his third win in six starts, all at this track. Ed Hardy prepped A Starry Starry Nite.

A Starry Starry Nite was bred in Iowa by Thomas D. Lepic. The gelding has earned $31,021, and his record includes a third-place finish in the July 10 Cyclone Derby (R).

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

CR Appollitical Joe earned his second stakes win of the meet in Saturday's $25,000 Cy-Hawk Stakes (R) for Iowa-breds.

Making his first stakes start against aged runners and racing on a track officially labeled "good," CR Appollitical Joe defeated Kiss Me Anywhere by a half of a length while going 350 yards in :17.387. Edwin Escobedo rode the homebred 3-year-old son of world champion Apollitical Jess for owners Dick Tobin and Curt Tobin and trainer Jason Olmstead.

CR Appollitical Joe earned a 103 speed index from his third career stakes score. The bay gelding was coming off of a half-length victory as the 7-10 favorite in the 350-yard, $57,000 Cyclone Derby (R).

All told, CR Appollitical Joe has won five of 11 races -- including last year's Hawkeye Futurity (R) at this track -- and he has banked $142,439 while racing in two states, including Oklahoma. He was coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which he qualified to the May 29, 400-yard Heritage Place Derby (G2).

Iris Royal Jess, CR Hez The Man, Gracies Tuition, and Sweet Twisted Tea completed the order of finish.

Ruidoso Downs
LMG First Call broke his maiden in Sunday's $50,000 Zia Juvenile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds.

Prepped by Mike Joiner for owner LMG Racing Inc., LMG First Call defeated Jaunt by a neck while covering 400 yards in :19.866 and earning a 91 speed index. Raul Valenzuela rode the homebred brown son of champion First Moonflash.

LMG First Call banked $21,000 from his first win in four starts. The gelding is out of Call Me 333, a winning 8-year-old daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion One Sweet Jess. He traces back to his third dam, Beat Your Pants Off, a Six Fols mare who won the 1988 UQHA Fall Futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City.

LMG First Call has banked $23,228 while competing exclusively at this track.

Daddies Wish, Ms Flashin Ivory, Liarliarlegsonfire, Dennarro, Pennie Wize, Bad Kompany, Just de Vine, and Touraine completed the official order of finish.

Wyoming Downs
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Saturday. Jesus Valenzuela rode Blazin Mr Jess to a nose victory in the 350-yard, $37,300 K.C. Carden Wyoming-Bred Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Blazin Mr Jess stopped the timer in :17.614 while racing against a reported 7-mph head wind. Riley Moosman prepped the sorrel daughter of Dashin Mr Jess for owner and breeder Pedro Mena.

The second-fastest qualifier from four trials run on July 17, Blazin Mr Jess was sent to post as the 5-2 second choice. The filly has won three of six races and has earned $31,009, of which $26,728 has been banked from four starts this season.

Bodacious Denali, Handsome Patrick, Bigg Brown, Eyesa Special Digger, Eyesa Special Hatchet, Eyesa Special Beddy, One Famous Vern, Separate Creeks, and Als Dynasty completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Duck Dash N Go won the $15,500 Don Pedro Dash Stakes.

Saddled by Robert Young for owner Lex A. Fabrizio, Duck Dash N Go covered the short 100-yard distance in :6.746, and his margin of victory was a head from No One Fights Alone. Daniel Carrillo rode the 7-year-old bay Coronas Fast Dash mare.

Duck Dash N Go was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox, and the mare was making her first official start since September 20, when she ran second in the 400-yard AQHA Pocatello Downs Distaff Challenge Stakes. Raced in four states, including California, Duck Dash N Go has won 17 of 37 starts -- including five stakes -- and she has earned $157,239.

Duck Dash N Go's record includes a victory in the 2018 Independence Day Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Acadiilac finished third and was followed by TDM Big Shooter, Tanquery Dash, Easy Ezzay, Dash N The Wind, Missmayastone, Eyesa Special Snoopi, and UD Goldenboy.

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