July 22-26 Stakes Recap

July 22-26 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Horses race down the stretch at Ajax Downs.

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of July 22-26. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes and trials, and most stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Ajax Downs
Virtuosi, a daughter of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel, is the fastest qualifier to the August 5, $50,000-added Princess Derby for 3-year-old fillies.

Racing in the first of two 350-yard trials on Wednesday, Virtuosi defeated second-fastest qualifier Pretty Runaway by a head in :17.844. Regal Knowles rode the filly for owner Big Dog Racing Stable and trainer Carol McIntyre.

"We knew she had some run in her and didn't feel like she ran to her potential in her first two races," said McIntyre. "She has been training great, and we are thrilled with the way she ran today."

Virtuosi was bred in Florida by Flying Fisch Farm Inc. Raced in four states and provinces, including New Mexico and Texas, she has won two of 10 starts and has earned $13,214.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Wednesday, Milena Kwiecien's Carneros earned his first stakes win in the $15,787 QROOI Sprint Series 1 Stakes.

Ridden by Ed Walton for trainer Jason Pascoe and aided by an 11-mph tail wind, Carneros covered 110 yards in :6.950, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from even-money favorite Jess A Sweet Suprize. The 5-year-old Prospect To The Top gelding earned a 96 speed index and the $6,718 winner's share of the purse.

Carneros was bred in Oklahoma by Stone Chase Stables LLC. The brown gelding has won 10 of 28 starts and has banked $78,776, and his record includes second-place finishes in the 2017 John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge Stakes, and the '18 Picov Derby.

Zoxtobeyou ran third, a nose behind Jess A Sweet Suprize, and was followed by Arctic Fame, Queens Award, Countrys Comin Bac, and Eye Am Potato.

Century Mile
Two sets of trials were contested at this track on Friday.

Joe Halerewich's Jagnestimber set the fastest qualifying time to the August 7, $42,462(Canadian) Alberta Stallion Futurity (R). Prepped by Halerewich, who gave a leg up to jockey Dwight Lewis, the homebred daughter of the Oak Tree Special stallion First Timber won the second of two 300-yard trials in :16.183.

Jagnestimber is out of Gilded Gold, a winning 13-year-old daughter of 1987 world champion First Down Dash. The filly was making her career debut.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Friday, the field was set for the August 7, $24,835(Canadian) Alberta Stallion Derby (R), and Jagnestimber's full sister, Timbergold, is the fastest qualifier. Racing for trainer Joe Halerewich, Jack McCurdy, and Greg Campkin, the First Timber filly won the first of two 350-yard heats by three-quarters of a length in :18.295. Dwight Lewis rode Timbergold, who was recording her first win in 12 races.

Timbergold was bred by Roger Gauthier. The filly has earned $20,338, and she was a finalist in last year's Canada Cup (RG3) and Alberta Bred (RG3) futurities.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
Tac N Dale led at every call en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in Friday's $25,000 Rocky Heinzig Stakes.

Ridden by Justine Klaiber, Tac N Dale covered 350 yards in :17.817 while racing against a reported 8-mph head wind. Shane Seaton saddled the homebred 4-year-old Prospect To The Top gelding for owner Dusty Rose Ranch LLC.

Tac N Dale has won four of 18 starts, including two of three at the current Fair Meadows meet, and the $14,946 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed his bankroll to $106,709.

Relentless Jessie, Mighty Tamale, Miss Fly On Tac, Eos A Political Win, and Giant Courage completed the order of finish.

A $22,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, Elizabeth Logan's Bpmysoutherndynasty was a prompt 1-2 favorite in Saturday's $24,850 Cherokee Nation Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Bpmysoutherndynasty went 350 yards in :17.889 while defeating 16-1 longshot Conspicuously Sweet by a clear 1 1/2 lengths. Rolando Raudales rode the gelded son of champion Fdd Dynasty for trainer Dee Keener.

Bpmysoutherndynasty was bred in Oklahoma by Bill Price. Raced exclusively in Oklahoma, he has won two of seven starts, and the $14,946 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his bankroll to $67,366.

Bpmysoutherndynasty's dam, the homebred Southern Cartel mare Bp Southern Maria, won the '08 Black Gold Futurity (R) at Blue Ribbon Downs. The gelding was a finalist in the Grade 1, 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park on May 30.

Sunsetby The Sea ran third, two lengths behind the winner. Might B Jesse, Our First Hero, and Ferarri Tyme completed the order of finish.

North Dakota Horse Park
This track presented a stakes doubleheader on Sunday.

Fastest qualifier Sweet Wild Time, a homebred daughter of One Sweet Jess and the 6-5 favorite, dominated from start to finish to win the $15,000 North Dakota QHRA Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores.

Trained by Robert Johnson for owner David L. Wisdom, Sweet Wild Time covered 400 yards in :20.440, and her margin of victory was two lengths from Brooklyns Dream. Jake Olesiak rode the sorrel filly.

Sweet Wild Time has five of 12 starts, including last year's North Dakota QHRA Futurity (R) at this track, and she was a finalist in last year's Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity at Canterbury Park. The filly has earned $38,569.

Fantastic Dakota ran third, 3 3/4 lengths behind Sweet Wild Time, and was followed by Sucha Dash Of Corona, Jennas First Corona, Perrys Easy Victory, Go Mans Corona, and Up In The Clouds.

Steve Leonard's There He Is Gone was all alone at the finish, as the bay son of the Corona Cartel stallion Ima Ramblin On scored a clear three-length victory in Sunday's $15,000 North Dakota QHRA Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Scott Bethke for trainer Mallory Norton, There He Is Gone went 350 yards in :18.070. The gelding banked $7,500 from his first stakes win.

There He Is Gone was bred by Randal E. Schwartz. His dam, ND Bunny Jet, is an unraced daughter of the Rime stallion Major Rime.

Raced in North Dakota and Oklahoma, There He Is Gone has won two of six races and has earned $11,391.

Jess A Wild Time ran second and was followed by Vals First Corona, Dcr Miss Doubtfire, Ramblin Twin Turbo, and Gabriels Affair.

Prairie Meadows
Second-fastest qualifier Cr Appollitical Joe, a homebred son of world champion Apollitical Jess racing for Dick Tobin and Curt Tobin, scored his first stakes victory in Friday's 330-yard, $75,555 Hawkeye Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Berkley Packer for trainer Jason Olmstead, CR Appollitical Joe defeated fourth-fastest qualifier Pl Pearl Harbor by a half of a length in :16.961. The bay gelding earned $38,535 from his second win in four outs.

Cr Appollitical Joe is out of Lw Evening Lajolla, a winning daughter of Streakin La Jolla who ran second in the '08 Future of Iowa Stakes (RG3) at this track. Raced in Oklahoma and Iowa, he has banked $46,091.

DF Fabulous Flare ran third and was followed officially by Class N Attitude, Good Cartel Candy, fastest qualifier Appollitical Hawkeye, LK Sassy Classy, and A Third Rate Romance. Qualifiers Rylees Rocket and TS Jess Wave Goodbye were scratched.

Also on Friday, Christine A. Hovey's A Starry Starry Nite set the fastest qualifying time to the August 14, $88,475 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Eugenio Navarrette Jr. for trainer Ed Hardy, A Starry Starry Nite won the second of three 350-yard trials by 1 1/4 lengths. The gelded son of the Stel Corona stallion Racy Casanova stopped the timer in :18.090 while scoring his second win in as many races.

A Starry Starry Nite was bred by Tom Lepic. The gelding is out of Unveil, a winning 9-year-old daughter of First Down Dash. He traces back to his third dam, Champagne Legacy, a Cash Legacy mare who won two graded stakes from 1993-97, including the 1997 Red Earth Handicap (G3) at Remington Park.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Wyoming Downs
No Hesitation, a gelded son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel owned by Jim Nebeker, led at every call en route to a one-length victory in Saturday's $39,750 Utah Bred Futurity (R).

Prepped by Riley Moosman and sent to post as the 2-1 favorite, No Hesitation went 350 yards in :17.366. Jesus Valenzuela rode the gelding, who earned a 103 speed index and his first stakes win.

No Hesitation was bred by Richard S. Frandsen. The gelding is out of Mia Ta Fame, a winning daughter of Dash Ta Fame who ran third in the 2002 Silver Dollar Futurity (RG2) at this track.

The $18,285 winner's share of the purse pushed No Hesitation's bankroll to $21,400 from three outs.

Jr Prissys Kiss ran second and was followed by Executive Temptation, Missmayastone, Cady Shack Creek, Kool Jerry, Jumpnourchic, SB Panama Red, Secret Dorothy and Vickies Pappasito.

On Sunday, fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite Shiza Queen scored a wire-to-wire, one-length win in the 330-yard, $39,750 Ron Cook Wyoming Bred Futurity (R).

Trained by Martha Maldonado for owner Pedro Mena, Shiza Queen stopped the timer in :16.553 while posting a 102 speed index and her second win in as many starts. Jose Guzman rode the homebred Maknmoves filly.

Shiza Queen made her official debut with a 1 1/2-length victory in the third of eight trials on July 12. Her dam, Uintas Queen, is a homebred daughter of the Special Effort stallion Proudest Effort.

The $18,285 winner's share of the purse from Shiza Queen's first stakes score pushed her earnings to $20,085.

Als Dynasty finished second and was followed by Bigg Brown, Makn Diamonds, Turbo Chic, Jn Movin Creek, One Handsome Eagle, Eyesa Special Digger, Kcross Packinasixgun, and Jess Royal.

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