May 14-17 Stakes Recap
May 14-17 Stakes Recap
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of May 14-16. 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.
Grants Pass Downs
JL Rebel, a 7-year-old son of the Pure D Dash stallion Cancino Dash owned and trained by Jaime Lopez Sr., was successful in his season debut, as the gelding won Monday's $15,400 Mail Tribune Handicap.
Ridden by Jaime Lopez and aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind, JL Rebel covered 350 yards in :17.418, and his margin of victory was a neck from 9-10 favorite CM Boom Shakalaka, who was also making his season debut. JL Rebel earned $7,500 from his first career stakes score.
JL Rebel was bred in Oregon by Yaqueline Ibarra. Campaigned in Oregon and Washington, the gelding has won seven of 15 races and has banked $27,969.
L Bar D Genuine Red ran third, a nose behind the runner-up, and was followed by Loosin My Lover, Jess Ozzy, Approval Given, Mighty Tony T, and Warhock.
Thomas Wylie's WH Imastreakinbeach is the fastest qualifier to the June 5, $75,000 Harley Greene Derby (R) for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds.
Racing on a sloppy and sealed track against a reported 11-mph head wind in the second of three trials on Monday, WH Imastreakinbeach covered 350 yards in :17.736 while defeating third-fastest qualifier Beach Blast by a half of a length. Jose Ruiz rode the sorrel daughter of Escondido Beach for trainer Erin Thompson.
WH Imastreakinbeach was bred by White Horse Ranch LLC, and the filly was making her sophomore season debut. A finalist in last year's Gordon Mobley (R) and Miss Roxie Little (R) futurities at this track, she has won four of eight starts and has banked $48,243.
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B The One, a son of the Corona Cartel stallion Five Bar Cartel owned by CB Stables, on Saturday posted the fastest qualifying time to the May 29, $70,470 Beehive Futurity (R).
Ridden by Cesar T. Moreno, B The One won the last of five 330-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in ;16.524. Luis H. Gonzalez prepped the colt, who was scoring his third win in as many outs.
B The One was bred in Oklahoma by Randy and Stacy Hill, and he was a $17,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale. The colt is out of KT Perry, a 7-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry. His second dam, the Stoli mare XO Kate, won the 2010 Harrah's Distaff Stakes (G3) at Louisiana Downs.
B The One was stretching out in distance off of his 1 1/4-length win in the 300-yard, $108,000 Hadley/Giles Futurity at Weber Downs at Ogden. The colt has earned $44,772.
Click here for a complete list of Beehive Futurity qualifiers.
Also on Saturday, the field was set for the May 29, $52,368 South Valley LAC Futurity.
Moonshot, the fastest qualifier, won the last of six 300-yard trials by a neck in :15.492. Gerardo Vera rode the daughter of Favorite Cartel for owner and trainer Glade W. Van Tassell.
Moonshot was bred in California by Lila L. Kessinger. A $40,000 yearling buy at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale, the filly was making her career debut on Saturday.
Moonshot is out of Starlite Delight, a winning daughter of champion Separatist and a finalist in the 2012 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos. His second dam, the First Down Dash mare A Delightful Legacy, won the '03 All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs.
Click here for a complete list of South Valley LAC Futurity finalists.
On Sunday, the fields were set for the $24,715 Eye On Corona Derby for 3-year-olds and $24,333 Legacy Coin Maturity for aged runners, both of which will be run at 350-yards on May 29.
Karl R. Peterson's KP Dillon is the fastest qualifier to the Eye On Corona Derby. Ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Riley Moosman, the homebred son of the Foose stallion Glock won the first of two 350-yard heats by one length in :17.302.
KP Dillon was making his first start since August 16, when the chestnut gelding earned a nose victory as the odds-on favorite in the 350-yard, $61,750 Wyoming Downs Futurity. Raced exclusively in the Intermountain region, KP Dillon has won six of seven outs, including last year's Hadley/Giles Futurity at Weber Downs, and he has earned $86,932.
Click here for a complete list of Eye On Corona Derby finalists.
The fastest qualifier to the Legacy Coin Maturity, Gabriel Caballo's Staubauch, made his 5-year-old season debut with a one-length victory from second-fastest qualifier Dr Tool in the last of two trials. Ridden by Jesus Canales for trainer Sergio Canales, the bay son of the Corona Cartel stallion Texas Icon went 350 yards in :17.365 while posting his seven win in 20 starts.
Staubauch was bred in Arizona by Ralph and Carolyn Fales. The gelding has banked $34,522, and his two stakes wins include last year's John Ward Overnight Handicap at Los Alamitos. He won the 2018 South Valley Futurity at this track and was a finalist in the Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.
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Lady White Fox, a homebred daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Adashofjess, broke her maiden in Sunday's $20,500 Bucking Horse Sale Futurity.
Prepped by Jesse Villegas for owner Running Horses Dot Com, Lady White Fox covered 250 yards in :13.921 while defeating Yo Fifty Tanqerys by a neck. David Jimenez rode the gray filly, who was earning her first win in two outs.
Lady White Fox was bred in Wyoming. The filly is out of Dream Hopper, a winning and multiple stakes placed daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Legendary Dreamer. The $10,250 winner's share of the Bucking Horse Sale Futurity purse pushed Lady White Fox's bankroll to $10,500.
Favorite Rambler, Eyesa Special Swirl, Mooner, Chicks Classic Dash, Yo Brindis Delite, and Eyesa Special Gidget completed the order of finish.
Also on Sunday, Broken Bones Cattle Co.'s Eyesa Special Digger sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in the 300-yard, $15,000 Dan Lockie Derby.
Ridden by David Jimenez for trainer Jesse Villegas, Eyesa Special Digger stopped the timer in :15.872 while posting an 89 speed index and earning his first stakes win. The gelded son of the Eyesa Special stallion Eyesa Special Slim also banked $7,500 to bring his career earnings to $20,835 from seven outs.
Eyesa Special Digger has won two races, and his record includes a third-place finish in last year's Rock Springs Wyoming-Bred Futurity (R) at Sweetwater Downs.
Eyesa Special Hatchet finished second and was followed by Eyesa Special Rebel, Eyesa Special Beddy, There He Is Gone, Fiftys Delite, Big Sizter, and A Dan D.
Sam Houston Race Park
Courtney Dugas Ellis' Masons Jet Black led at every call en route to a one-length victory in Friday's 870-yard, $54,000 Governor's Cup Marathon Stakes.
Ridden by Paulina Ramirez for trainer Trey Ellis, Masons Jet Black stopped the timer in :46.594. The 4-year-old Jet Black Patriot gelding earned $32,400 from his first career stakes win.
Ramirez was just 3 1/2 months removed from giving birth to her son, Luciano.
"My husband works for Trey, and this is the last horse I was riding when I told everyone I was pregnant," she said.
Masons Jet Black was bred in Louisiana by Trey Ellis. The gelding has won four of 14 races and has banked $76,633, and his record includes a second-place finish in the November 18, 870-yard Races and Aces Stakes at Evangeline Downs.
"This is a whole family deal," said Trey Ellis. "Paulina has been with us from the start; she helped break (Masons Jet Black) when he was a baby. We'll go back to Delta for a stakes and just pick and choose from there."
Holy Storm finished second and was followed by 7-5 favorite Favorite Kool Cartel, Freakin Patriot Dash, Love Ta Zoom, Silver City Lights, and Let There Be Sound.
Also on Friday, Rogelio Marquez Jr.'s Moment Of Fury outran his 19-1 odds to win the 550-yard, $55,000 Harris County Stakes.
Prepped by Hector Alcala, Moment Of Fury defeated 15-1 longshot Ten Sent by a half of a length in :27.819. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode the 5-year-old Furyofthewind gelding, who was making his first official start since September 20, 2019.
"He didn't break that sharp, but after he passed the gap he made a huge run," said Ramirez. "I put my trust in the owner and the trainer. They told me he was ready."
Moment Of Fury was bred in Texas by Sarah Huskey. Raced in three stakes, including Oklahoma and Louisiana, the gelding has won four of 13 outs, and the $33,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $132,030.
Moment Of Fury was a finalist in the 2018 Sam Houston (G2), Firecracker (G2), and Evangeline Downs futurities, and the '19 Heritage Place Derby (G3).
DM La Jolla Cartel, 3-1 favorite One Sweet Merlot, Kiss My Annee GL, I am Valiant, Struttinmyjewelsoff, Dak, Jax Louisiana Game, and One Mighty Eagle completed the order of finish.
Sent to post at odds of 44-1 in a full field of 10 sprinters, Raul Rubalcava's Black Cazador held on at the wire to win Friday's $55,500 Sam Houston Stakes.
Black Cazador covered 350 yards in :17.686, and his margin of victory was a nose from Wagons Dash. J.R. Ramirez rode the homebred 5-year-old son of world champion Oak Tree Special for trainer Saul Ramirez Jr., the rider's brother
"He was on the muscle, and I couldn't tell that we'd won until the photo came up," said J.R. Ramirez. "It's great to ride for my brother. He trusts me, and I trust him."
Black Cazador was bred in Oklahoma, and he was making his first start since December 20, when he ran third in the Sam's Town Stakes at Evangeline Downs. The black gelding has won five of 20 races, and the $33,300 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his earnings to $109,596.
"We've had him for a year," said Saul Ramirez Jr. of Black Cazador. "He's a nice horse, but he's a handful in the paddock. We thought we had a chance, but we didn't think he'd go off at 44-1."
My Fast Prize finished third and was followed by 3-2 favorite Mpshinning, SS Classyjess, Inaugurator, FM Zatanas D Third, Watch Him B Famous, Jess B One, and Jess A Fast Rogue.
Abraham Gonzalez-Munoz rode 10-1 longshot Krash Course to the stallion's second career stakes victory in Friday's 110-yard, $55,500 Texas Twister Stakes.
Saddled by Jose Nevarez Jr. for owner Martha Nevarez, Krash Course defeated 17-10 favorite Card One Starter by a neck in :7.170. The 6-year-old gray son of the Corona Cartel stallion Krash Cartel banked $33,300 to bring his earnings to $101,887 from 20 outs in Texas and Louisiana.
Krash Course was bred in Texas by Bennie and Terri Jeter. The stallion has won six races, including the 2019 King William Stakes at Retama Park.
"We have owned him since he was a baby, and he has done very well for us," said Jose Nevarez Jr. "He's very sound, and we plan on running him in the Challenge that was going to run at Retama but will now be run in Houston. We are really excited for this win."
All About The Kiss, Ed O, Pyc Lovestruck, Jess A Boy, Pa Cha Ching, Johnny De Capo, and Cartel Jr completed the order of finish.
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