September 15-21 Stakes Recap

September 15-21 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes and trials.

Apollitical Mogul. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of September 15-21. 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
Robert Bailey's First Cold Wave, a homebred son of the First Down Dash stallion Cold Hard Dash trained by Jason Pascoe, broke sharply from post 3 and led at every call to win Wednesday's 330-yard, $51,622 Ontario Sires' Futurity (R).

Ridden by Brian Bell and racing against a reported 16-mph head wind, First Cold Wave defeated Night Leader by a clear 1 1/2 lengths in :17.146. The sorrel gelding earned $20,650 from his first career stakes victory.

"He just did it himself," said Bell. "It's amazing to be on a horse like this. He's really focused in the post parade and in the gate. Honestly, I don't think we've seen the best from him."

First Cold Wave set the fastest qualifying time with his one-length win in the second of two trials on August 25. The gelding was bred in Ontario, and he is out of Cassies Carver, a winning and stakes-placed daughter of world champion Wave Carver. Raced in Ontario and Oklahoma, First Cold Wave has won three of five outs and has earned $40,929.

Keepr Of The Stars finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind First Cold Wave. Kold Kinda Star, Magic Flare, Jezzabella, Blazin Magician, and SW Snowmagicallykool completed the order of finish. Ninth-fastest qualifier Runawaylightsncaviar and 10th-fastest qualifier Magic Diamond were both listed as stewards' scratches.

Arapahoe Park
Mini Secret, a son of the First Down Dash stallion Hez Our Secret campaigned by Green D Ranch LLC, is the fastest qualifier to the October 2, $75,000-est. Mile High Futurity.

On Wednesday, Mini Secret won the last of three 400-yard trials by a half of a length from third-fastest qualifier Flare For Royalty. Jhaciel Soto rode the Oklahoma-bred colt for trainer Jose Aguilera.

Mini Secret was bred by Flag Ranch LLC. Raced in three states, including Oklahoma and Iowa, the colt has won one of three starts and has earned $4,332.

Mini Secret was a $15,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale. He traces back to his second dam, A Runaway Jess, a stakes-winning daughter of champion Ocean Runaway.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Wednesday, the field was set for the October 2, $60,000-est. Mile High Derby.

Co-fastest qualifiers Do You Do For Zoomin and Ramacin Ranger won the first and second, respectively, of three trials, as both 3-year-olds covered 400 yards in :20.092. Valente Vorath rode Do You Do For Zoomin for owner Jose Castaneda and trainer Jose Chavez, while Ramacin Ranger was ridden by Ramiro H. Garcia for owner and trainer Hipolito Michel-Valverde.

Do You Do For Zoomin is by Zoomin For Bux and was bred in New Mexico by Armando Arreola and Kent Jameson. The filly has won three of eight races and has earned $14,975, of which $10,464 has been pocketed from four outs this season. Ramacin Ranger was bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms and has won three of nine outs and has banked $11,015.

Click here for a complete list of finalists. 

Arizona Downs
ABC Nalaki broke her maiden in Wednesday's $36,385 Arizona Downs Futurity.

Trained by Lin Melton for owners Bob Giltner and Scott Giltner and racing against a reported 11-mph head wind, ABC Nalaki covered 400 yards in :19.922, and her margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from Dangerous Dude. Jacquelyn Bobroff rode the homebred sorrel Apollitical Blood filly.

ABC Nalaki was bred in Idaho, and she was the fourth-fastest qualifier from three trials on August 25. The filly's dam, Docs Check, is an unraced 13-year-old daughter of Check Him Out. Her second dam, the stakes-winning First Down Dash mare Docs First Card, ran second in the 1996 Governor's Cup (RG1) and Kindergarten (G2) futurities at Los Alamitos.

ABC Nalaki has won one of five starts and has banked $21,533. The filly was a finalist in the August 8 Wyoming Downs Futurity.

Pretty Lethal Eagle ran third and was followed by Mr Icon Six, Pragmatik, Remember Denny, Cant Catch Aubrey, Texas First Icon, Fearlously Ivory, and Clever Conundrum.

Also on Wednesday, Jose Antonio de Santiago's Republic Anne led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory in the $15,000 Arizona Downs Stakes.

Trained by Jesus Olivas-Valenzuela, Republic Anne went 440 yards in :21.678 while racing against a reported 11-mph head wind. Emilio Tapia rode the sophomore daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess.

Republic Anne was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. Raced in four states, including Arizona, the brown filly has won four of 15 starts and has earned $51,510, of which $41,392 has been banked from nine outs this season.

First Lady Perry, Shez Our Jess, Valentin JQM, Fastrak Required, Golden Boy Gonza, Gotta Bad Habit, Boss Hos and Arizona Chrome completed the order of finish.

Century Mile
Charles G. Stojan's Hortons Real Deal, a homebred son of the Mr Horton stallion Hortons Specialissue and the fastest qualifier, won Saturday's 400-yard, $31,789 Alberta Bred Derby (R).

Ridden by Ricardo Moreno for trainer William Leech, Hortons Real Deal defeated Eyesa Timber by a head in :20.095. The chestnut colt earned $14,304 from his first career stakes victory.

Hortons Real Deal extended his current win streak to four. All told, the colt has won four of eight outs while racing exclusively in Alberta, and he has banked $28,711.

Yes Im First ran third and was followed by Bright Foo Fighter, Timbers Express, Jagnestimber, Ulnvme To, Favorite Nickers, Obsessed Way, and Royale Runaway.

A late rally helped second-fastest qualifier Destello de Luna win Sunday's $52,397 Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3).

Prepped by William Leech for owners Jane Leech and Haley Moreno, Destello de Luna went 350 yards in :18.167, and his margin of victory was a short nose from fastest qualifier O First Sweet Heart, who was clocked in :18.171. Ricardo Moreno rode the brown son of the First Moonflash stallion Lethal N First.

Destello de Luna was bred in Alberta by Ken McFarlane. The gelding is out of A Mere Toast, a winning daughter of champion Toast To Dash. His second dam, the winning and stakes-placed Dash Ta Fame mare A Mere Fame, was a finalist in the '05 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Destello de Luna has won two of six races and has banked $37,479.

Wave Burner finished third, a half of a length behind Destello de Luna. Bringontherush, Bearcat Bill, Obsessed Bug, Top Shelf 109, First Garden Rose, and A Verygood Moonshine completed the order of finish. Ninth-fastest qualifier First Authority was scratched.

Prairie Meadows
Apollitical Mogul was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Saturday's 330-yard, $20,000 Prairie Sprint Stakes.

Prepped by Jason Olmstead for owner Tom Maher, Apollitical Mogul defeated Heza Blues Man by a neck in :16.794. Edwin Escobedo rode the 5-year-old daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess, who earned a 96 speed index and the $11,000 winner's share of the purse from her fourth lifetime stakes score.

Apollitical Mogul was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklins Horse Farm LLC, and the mare was shortening in distance off of her victory in the August 14, 400-yard AQHA Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge Stakes (G3). Maher purchased Apollitical Mogul for $20,000 at the 2017 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

Apollitical Mogul has won 10 of 31 starts -- including five of nine at this track -- and she has banked $199,399.

Chicks With Coronas, HR Storm On In, Oh So Valiant, and Relentless Chick completed the order of finish.

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