September 14-20 Stakes Recap

September 14-20 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Valiantinecandyrocks 2020 Indiana Grand Classic. Coady Photography

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 14-20. 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
Three sets of trials were contested at this track on Monday.

Eazy Street, a son of Mighty B Valiant trained by Bryn Robertson for owners Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson, posted the fastest qualifying time to the September 28, $50,000-added Picov Derby.

Ridden by Tony Phillips, Eazy Street won the second of two 400-yard trials by one length in :20.426. The sorrel gelding was winning for the sixth time in 10 starts and increasing his earnings to $66,841.

Eazy Street was bred in Ontario by Guylaine Paquin. He won two futurities at this track last year, including the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity in his final 2-year-old season start.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Monday, the field was set for the October 5, $100,000-added Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Richard Wincikaby's Ah Candyland, the fastest qualifier, won the second of two 400-yard heats by a head in :20.505. Ed Walton rode the Jess Good Candy filly for trainer Michelle Woodley.

Ah Candyland was bred in Oklahoma by Aaron Harvey. The chestnut filly is out of Special Wave, a winning daughter of Special Leader. She has won one of two starts and has earned $4,279.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Five Bar Fandango on Monday set the fastest qualifying time to the October 12, $40,000-added Ontario Bred Maturity (R).

Prepped by Bryn Robertson for owners Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson, Five Bar Fandango won the second of two 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :20.261. Ismael Mosquerria rode the homebred 4-year-old daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Five Bar Cartel.

Five Bar Fandango has won six of 16 starts and has banked $52,955 while racing exclusively at this track. The mare was a finalist in last year's Ontario Bred Derby (R).

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Los Alamitos
Sent to post as the 11-10 favorite in a field of five, champion Zoomin For Spuds sprinted to a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length win in Saturday's $15,000 Catchmeinyourdreams Stakes.

Zoomin For Spuds went 330 yards in :16.459 while earning a 104 speed index and the $8,250 winner's share of the purse from his 12th career stakes victory. Jose Nicasio rode and Monty Arrossa trained the homebred 7-year-old Zoomin For Bux gelding for owner Walker Family Trust.

Zoomin For Spuds was bred in Idaho by the late Jim Walker. The sport's champion 3-year-old gelding in 2016, the gelding earned the title of AQHA Supreme Race Horse two years later. Zoomin For Spuds has won 15 of 44 starts while racing in California, Idaho, and New Mexico, and he has banked $827,421. His three Grade 1 wins include the 2016 Champion of Champions (G1) and the February 10, 400-yard Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship.

Bos Time Machine ran second and was followed by Tac Me Up, Kissed By An Eagle, and Golden Boy Gonza.

Indiana Grand
Valiantinecandyrocks, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Valiant Hero, earned her first stakes victory in Monday's $86,460 Indiana Grand Classic Stakes (R) for state-bred distaffers.

Ridden by Victor Olivo and sent to post as the 7-2 third choice, Valiantinecandyrocks covered 400 yards in :19.929, and her margin of victory was a neck from 13-10 favorite Beach Mercedes. Lilia Gonzalez trained the black mare for owners Lance Finlinson and Tammy Finlinson.

Valiantinecandyrocks was coming off of a ninth-place finish in the August 20 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic (R) at this track.

"Her back feet slid back from underneath her,” said Olivo, referring to Valiantinecandyrocks' trip in the Woodward Memorial. “From that point on, I just took hold and rode her through. If you miss a break in a race like that, you are done.”

Valiantinecandyrocks broke sharply in the Indiana Grand Classic, earning a 92 speed index and her sixth win in 13 outs.

"Her last race was a hard pill to swallow,” said Gonzalez. “The first worry we had today was the break, but she can run, and she can go the distance. It’s good to see her come back like this. She deserves it.”

The $47,533 winner's share of the purse increased Valiantinecandyrocks bankroll to $105,991.

Southern Belle BP, Shes Relentlesswagon, Cause For Corona, Apollitical B Beast, My Pillow, Tres My Heart, Wagon Dash, and Air Born Rio completed the order of finish.

Antonio Rodriguez rode longshot Heza Fast Kisser to a neck victory in Tuesday's $80,520 Leader of the Class Sale Futurity (R).

Prepped by Ricardo Martinez for owner Abraham Favela and sent to post at odds of 10-1, Heza Fast Kisser went 350 yards in :18.002. The sorrel son of Kiss My Hocks earned $44,286 from his first stakes win.

"He tripped coming out of the break," said Rodriguez of Heza Fast Kisser. "I picked him up, and he listened to me and began to go. Toward the end, he was really finishing strong.

"I've been riding since I was 12," he added. "This is my first stakes win, and I'm very happy to get that."

Heza Fast Kisser was bred in Indiana by Mark Michel. The colt is out of First Smart Stride, an unraced daughter of the First Down Dash stallion First Smart Money, and he was purchased by his owner for $19,500 at last year's QHRA of Indiana Speed Sale. He is a half brother to Lovemelikethat, a multiple stakes winner in Indiana from 2010-12.

Heza Fast Kisser has won two of six starts and has banked $59,709.

Beach Blast finished second, a neck behind Heza Fast Kisser, and was followed by Beach Stone, HF Hells Bells, Too Pretty To Catch, Streakin James, Relentless Princess, even-money favorite Stone Lake, Coronado Creek, and Beach Shakin.

Duke Racing LLC's Louisiana Lover on Thursday posted the fastest qualifying time to the October 3, $100,000 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds.

Prepped by Randy Smith, Louisiana Lover won the first of two 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :19.663. Samuel Mendez rode the gelded son of The Louisiana Cartel.

"I was a little worried about the outside post because I thought he might try to get away from the other horses," said Smith. "But he's a racehorse. We will try to get him the best we can for the final."

Louisiana Lover was bred by Amy Peoples Youngblood. Raced exclusively at this track, he has won eight of 12 starts, including the July 23 Blue River Derby (R), and he has earned $169,698.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Pocatello Downs
RTM Stables LLC's RTM Glory Days broke her maiden in Sunday's $17,000 Idaho Cup Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Prepped by Mark Hanson and ridden by Jesus Canales, RTM Glory Days went 350 yards in :17.989, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Heza Gator. The gray Coronas Fast Dash filly earned $6,800 from her first win in four outs.

RTM Glory Days was bred by Susan Hanson. The filly is out of RTM Say Your Prayers, a homebred daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Chickie Cherry Cola who won the 2012 Merial Idaho Distaff Challenge at Sandy Downs.

RTM Glory Days has banked $6,800 while racing exclusively at this track.

One Corona Special, Baby She Flys Right, Play Ur Cards, Imported Corona, GW Stylish Diamond, Waves Apart, Lethal Agent, and Ocean Voyage completed the official order of finish.

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