October 26-November 1 Stakes Recap

October 26-November 1 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes during the week of October 26-November 1. 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 recap in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Ajax Downs
Rick Crispi's Jess Carolinas Award, a homebred son of the Runaway Winner stallion Winners Award, scored his first stakes win in Monday's $41,621 Ontario Sires' Derby (R).

Ridden by Cory Spataro for trainer Tom Dunlap and racing against a reported 13-mph head wind, Jess Carolinas Award covered 350 yards in :18.285 while defeating Shaken by a head. The bay gelding earned $16,649 from his fourth win in 12 outs, all at this track.

Jess Carolinas Award has banked $45,559, of which $35,474 has been pocketed this year. He was a finalist in last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Down In Carolina finished third and was followed by Rowdy And Bodacious, Pretty Runaway, A Lone Hand, Hanover Hill Chalsee, Princesss Leia, and Jess Gunnin.

Also on Monday, Ismael Mosqueira rode Spy For The Senate to a half-length victory in the $17,021 QROOI Distance Series #3 Stakes.

Prepped by Carol McIntyre for owner Milena Kwiecien and racing against a reported 13-mph head wind, Spy For The Senate went 440 yards in :22.005. The 4-year-old Louisiana Senator stallion earned a 97 speed index and the $7,565 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes score.

Spy For The Senate was bred in Oklahoma by Mary L. Hainline. The stallion has won eight of 29 races and has banked $111,954.

Maryland Magic, Fiesty Icon, Chicksdigmymoneybags, Jess A Deal, and Tempting First Dash completed the order of finish.

Grants Pass Downs
The Best Feeling is the fastest qualifier to the November 8, $20,000-added Far West Futurity.

On Monday, The Best Feeling won the second of four 350-yard trials by a clear two lengths in :17.823. Jesus Rios Ayala rode the Docs Best Card filly for owner Adrian Olivas and trainer Danny Montes.

The Best Feeling was bred in Oklahoma by Lisa Anderson. The filly has won three of seven starts and has earned $32,255, and she was a finalist in the October 3, 350-yard PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Los Alamitos
The lone Quarter Horse in the four-horse field, Ballast Point was a prompt 3-5 favorite in Saturday's 870-yard, $20,000 Trick Or Treat Stakes.

Ballast Point defeated Justamitch (TB) by a head in :45.123. Ramon Guce rode the 4-year-old Favorite Cartel gelding for owners Thompson Racing Inc. and Paul Jones.

“Justamitch ran a good race,” said Jones, who also trains Ballast Point. “He actually outbroke (Ballast Point). It’s not very often that a Thoroughbred outbreaks Ballast Point. Justamitch had the lead and made Ballast Point work pretty hard. I thought the Thoroughbred would have more on the end of it than us, but Ballast Point outran him late and outfinished him. It’s an impressive effort especially since he had not run 870 in six months. He kind of needed the race.”

Ballast Point was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns, and he was making his first start at the 870-yard distance since April 19. The gelding was stretching out in distance off of his fourth-place finish, 4 1/4 lengths behind winner John Carter Cash, in the 440-yard, $44,000 Bank of America California Championship Challenge (G2) on August 14.

“He had an 870 work and a 660 work but there’s nothing like a race,” Jones said. “He had not gone around the turn in a long time. Ramon Guce said he warmed up a little flat too. He wasn’t on his toes like in so many of his other races. It showed in how he left away from the gates. He was still good enough to outfinish them.”

Ballast Point has won six of 18 races, including five of seven at the 870-yard distance, and the $8,250 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $67,235, of which $43,625 has been earned at the 870 trip.

“There’s another 870 stakes later in the year so hopefully we can go there," said Jones. We have the option, if we want, to try 1,000 yards. I asked Guce what he thought, and he thought he could handle it.”
         
Love Your Life (TB) and Project Leader (TB) completed the order of finish.

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