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Three Thoroughbred, two Quarter Horse stakes featured on New Year’s Eve program


December 30, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

The New Year’s Eve’s racing program on Saturday, December 31, sends 2016 out with a bang as three Thoroughbred and two Quarter Horse stakes are featured at Turf Paradise.

The early Daily Double features two Quarter Horse Stakes, the $20,187 ASQA Futurity, for 2-year-olds at 400 yards and the $17,500 Quarter Horse Championship, for 3-year-olds and older at 440 yards.

The first of the Thoroughbred stakes is the $22,000 Last Chance Derby, for 3-year-olds at 1-1/16 miles. Then there’s the $30,000 Arizona Juvenile Fillies Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies, at 6½ furlongs. And finally the $30,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes, for 2-year-olds, also at 6½ furlongs.

ASQA Futurity
Trainer Matthew Fales has no less than seven of 11 qualifiers in this 400 yard dash, including the winner of the AQRA Futurity, Arizona Icon.

Quarter Horse Championship
Fales shows up again, this time with Block N Tackle, a 7-year-old veteran who has won 12 of 31 career efforts.

Last Chance Derby
In what may come down to running styles, Cable Jett will try to carry his speed against the mid-pack move of Woodie B Awesome and the late closing rush of Fin de Semaine.

Arizona Juvenile Fillies
A full field of very competitive juvenile fillies makes for an interesting wagering race. The obvious question is, Can Triple AAA Ranch’s Kingsley, who broke her maiden at first asking in the As Breeders’ Futurity, duplicate her victory?

Lost in the Fog
All eyes will be on the Kevin Eikleberry-trained Yo Y Me, who’s looking for his fourth consecutive victory and his third in a row stakes win. The betting public thought so highly of this juvenile in his last start, the Az Breeders’ Futurity that over $144,000 was wagering to show on him.
Yo Y Me’s assignment is tougher this time as a field of 11 line up as the son of Dixie Chatter breaks from the rail.