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Trainer Fales Sweeps AQRA Stakes

Matthew Fales saddles three consecutive winners at Turf Paradise with two stakes wins.

April 27, 2013

Turf Paradise hosted a pair of American Quarter Horse stakes on Friday afternoon and both went to runners trained by Matthew Fales as Phone Tag won the $44,275 AQRA President’s Open Spring Futurity and Cuz I Say So captured the $34,960 AQRA President’s Open Spring Derby.

In the futurity, Martha Wells’ homebred Phone Tag scored a 10-1 upset with a maiden-breaking victory after finishing fourth in the trials with the sixth-fastest qualifying time in his racing debut. The California-bred gelding by Separatist prevailed by a head in a time of :15.974 for 300 yards with Jorge Bourdieu up. After earning $137 for his trial effort, Phone Tag picked up $22,138 for winning the final.

Fastest qualifier and 1-2 favorite Jess So Happens, a Jess Zoomin colt who won his trial by three lengths, took second for owners Corina Molina and Trisha Rivera and trainer Tomas Moreno. Caracortada closed for third.

In the derby, Fales struck again with Jesus Javier Borboa’s Cuz I Say So, who won by 1 ¼ lengths in a time of :17.704 for 350 yards. Joe Ruiz rode the First Down Dash filly, who was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC and Isla Vista Ranch SS Inc.

Cuz I Say So won her trial race on April 12 with the third-fastest qualifying time and has now won three of her five career starts with earnings of $23,434. She broke her maiden at Turf Paradise last year and then finished fifth in the AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity.

Carlos Pelayo’s Quick To Boogie, the favorite and fastest qualifier, finished second after stumbling at the start. Diablos Cartel finished third.