Big Longshots in Sandy Downs Stakes

Idaho track offers more than $100,000 in purse money on Sunday's card.

September 9, 2012

Sandy Downs in Idaho hosted a big day of American Quarter Horse racing on Sunday with more than $100,000 in total purses highlighted by the $38,242 Hawthorne Futurity featuring the undefeated Alltheshine going for a $25,000 bonus for sweeping the Dutch Masters III Triple Crown.

In the Hawthorne Futurity, 18-1 longshot Dewey Cox spoiled Alltheshine’s bid for the bonus. Ridden by Jason Packer for trainer Tony Hyde, Dewey Cox got up to win by a nose in a time of :18.070 for 350 yards. Dewey Cox, a gray gelding by Wave Carver bred in Arizona by Jerry Windham, broke his maiden in the trials with the sixth-fastest qualifying time. He earned $1,059 in his first five trips to the post and picked up another $15,297 for owner Delray Talbot with this victory.

Larry Chapple’s TLM Dream, also a longshot at odds of 12-1, took second with Craig Giles’ Sixteen Kisses in third. Alltheshine, who came in undefeated with wins in the Gem County Futurity and Dutch Masters III Futurity, faded to seventh. Fastest qualifier and betting favorite Larryville never threatened and finished eighth.

The $22,355 Hadtobenuts Derby went to 9-1 longshot Honoroso, who prevailed by a half-length with Alan Corson aboard for trainer Mark Hanson and owners Jim Hanson and Richard Gardner. Bred in Utah by Sassy Farms LLC, the Fly Jess Fly gelding earned his first career stakes win and fourth victory overall.

Favored The Streakin Clean, a Streakin La Jolla filly running for Javier and Leonardo Olmos, put in a strong effort to finish second. Melissa and Jim Bernard’s Ive Been Special Too, the winner of last year’s Idaho Cup Futurity (R), took third.

The favorite came home in front in the $21,510 Merial Sandy Downs Distaff Challenge as RTM Say Your Prayers held on to win by a head. Alan Corson rode the Chickie Cherry Cola mare for trainer Mark Hanson and owner/breeder Susan Hanson. RTM Say Your Prayers, who finished second in the Merial Challenge at the Eastern Idaho Fair in each of the past two years, covered 400 yards in :19.990 for her first career stakes win. This victory also earned her a berth in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

Vel Smith’s A Regal Blue Sky, who defeated RTM Say Your Prayers in last year’s Merial Eastern Idaho Distaff Challenge, finished second this time around. Randy Higginson’s homebred Miss Gisele finished third.

In non-stakes action, Chitslast Chat scored by a half-length in the $8,000 Idabet Poor Boy Futurity. Ridden by Paul Greene for trainer Bret Vickery and owner Robert Hickman, the Okey Dokey Fantasy gelding picked up his first career victory with a 350-yard dash in :18.165.

In the $14,136 Sandy Downs Maiden Challenge for Bank of America Challenge-enrolled horses, the longest shot in the field scored a victory as Trinitee prevailed by a neck at odds of 19-1. Trinitee, a Proudest Effort filly who had hit the board in five of seven prior starts, picked up her first career win and earned $6,503. Justin Vanderwoude rode for trainer Mike Taylor and owner Brooke Black.