October 4-10 Stakes Recap

October 4-10 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Vamoosing. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of October 4-9. 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
Valiant Chick Insnow, a daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Valiant Hero, on Wednesday posted the fastest qualifying time to the October 26, $75,000-added Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Racing in the first of two 400-yard trials, Valiant Chick Insnow defeated third-fastest qualifier Snow Moose by three-quarters of a length in :20.221. J.B. Botello rode the homebred filly for owner Milena Kwiecien of Burlington, Ontario, and trainer Jason Pascoe.

Valiant Chick Insnow was bred in Oklahoma, and she is out of AJ Chick In 15, a winning and multiple stakes placed 7-year-old daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess. Her second dam, the Desirio mare PJ Chick In Black, was a multiple graded stakes winner in New Mexico from 2012-13 and was a finalist in the 2012 All American Futurity (G1).

Raced at three tracks, including Ruidoso Downs and Remington Park, Valiant Chick Insnow has won two of seven starts and has earned $7,741.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

On Monday, Thanksgiving Day in Canada, Had To Be Ivory sprinted to a wire-to-wire, 2 1/2-length victory in the 440-yard, $37,009(US) Alex Picov Memorial Championship Stakes.

Trained by Bryn Robertson for owners Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson and sent to post as the 1-5 favorite in a field of four, Had To Be Ivory covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.508. Josh Scott rode the homebred 7-year-old son of Ivory James, who earned a 110 speed index and $18,879 from his 14th lifetimes stakes win.

Had To Be Ivory was bred in Ontario. Raced exclusively at this track, the bay gelding has won 22 of 28 starts -- including two of four at the classic 440 trip -- and he has banked $279,789.

Streakinlilwagon ran second and was followed by Eye Live For Candy and Jessaprimadonna.

Arapahoe Park
This track ended its 2022 season with a Quarter Horse stakes tripleheader on Tuesday.

Our Secret Habit earned his first stakes victory in Tuesday's 400-yard, $92,830 Mile High Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Trained by Alexander Orozco for owner Rancho Garambuyo, Our Secret Habit defeated Elunicodecandy by a half of a length while tripping the timer in :19.847. James Flores rode the son of the First Down Dash stallion Hez Our Secret, who posted a 102 speed index.

Our Secret Habit recorded the sixth-fastest qualifying time from three trials on September 18. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Reliance Ranches LLC, and he was a $13,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale.

Our Secret Habit is out of Corona Habit, a winning 11-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel. Raced exclusively at this track, Our Secret Habit has won two of five starts and has banked $44,339.

Fearless Fortitude ran third and was followed by Okey Prissy Mountain, Country Rocket Foose, fastest qualifier Beduino Kicker, Caddo Lights, Kiss For Money, Dynastys Flare, and BP Miss Moonin.

Also on Tuesday, fastest qualifier Vamoosing won the $83,905 Mile High Derby for sophomores.

Prepped by Jose Arjon for owner Vences Racing, Vamoosing covered 400 yards in :19.686, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from Kickin Good Time, who was disqualified from second and placed fourth following a stewards' inquiry. Daniel Valles rode the Seperate Interest gelding.

Vamoosing was coming off of a neck victory in the first Mile High Derby trial on September 18. The gelding was bred in California by Ed Allred. Raced in two states, including California, he has won six of 15 races, and the $33,562 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes score increased his earnings to $82,043.

Kali K, Dinasti, Kickin Good Time, Jess No Secrets, El Best Tornado, Mr Dash Fire, Flare For Royalty, Mini Secret, and Runs Naked completed the order of finish.

Aged runners matched strides in Tuesday's $22,950 Rocky Mountain Championship Stakes, and Jose Castaneda's Indeed came away with his first stakes victory.

Ridden by Cordarelton Benn for trainer Jose Chavez, Indeed went 400 yards in :19.864 while scoring a 101 speed index, and his winning margin was a head from Kooler Wagon. The 4-year-old son of the PYC Paint Your Wagon stallion was winning for the fourth time in 15 races and pushing his bankroll to $64,529.

Indeed was bred in Oklahoma by Mr. and Mrs. Judd Morse. The sorrel gelding's record includes a third-place finish in last year's Mile High Derby at this track.

This Parties Hoppin finished third and was followed by Sheza Prized Perry, Southernstylemission, Choot Em Lizz, and Legends On Fire.

Century Mile
Jerry Stojan's Noble Rearing won Saturday's 400-yard, $59,607 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3).

Ridden by Ricardo Moreno for trainer William Leech and sent to post as the even-money favorite in the field of eight 2-year-olds, Noble Rearing defeated Professor Gee by one length in :19.782. The California-bred Favorite Cartel colt earned a 109 speed index while banking the $27,093 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes victory.

Noble Rearing was bred by Dr. Ed Allred, and he was purchased by Stojan for $36,000 at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The colt is out of Sweet TR, a stakes-winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion TR Dasher.

Noble Rearing set the fastest qualifying time with his 3 1/2-length victory in the second of two trials on September 24. The colt has won two of six starts and has banked $41,674.

Northfork Boss ran third, two lengths behind Noble Rearing. Eyemadashin, Jetsup, Tulsa Timber, Springeleer, and First Olaf completed the order of finish.

Evangeline Downs
Swamp Eagle outran his 19-1 odds to win Saturday's $20,000 Evangeline Downs Dash Stakes.

Trained by Joel Huitron for owner Fausto G. Mendoza and aided by a reported 6-mph tail wind, Swamp Eagle went 220 yards in :11.638, and his margin of victory was a nose from 19-10 favorite SS Classyjess. Alejandro Ochoa rode the 5-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding.

Swamp Eagle was bred in Louisiana by David O. Dunn. Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, he has won five of 25 starts, and the $12,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his earnings to $128,356.

Mr Teco ran third and was followed by Dynastys Five Bar, LRH Heart Of Glass, Denalia Sweet Jess, A Political Toast, MP Sixty Silky, Shesa Knockoutcartel, and Quid Pro Quo.

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