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                                GCFA July Firecracker Futurity
by Tracy Gantz
Shirley Wheeler has bred many Paint Champions, and some of those same bloodlines are producing good Quarter Horses. Currently, the Wheeler mare Iwilliewantarunner is the dam of Paint Champion Hotwireddotcom as well as JS Cartel Runner, winner of the $46,170 GCFA July Firecracker Futurity at Gillespie County Fairground on July 20.
Melinda Chavez owns JS Cartel Runner, and Adrian Huitron trains him. In the Firecracker Futurity finals, JS Cartel Runner, ridden by Nestor Duran,
was prominent throughout the 350 yards and won by 1/2-length in :17.845, posting a 92 speed index.
JS Cartel Runner began his career with a third at Remington Park and was unplaced in one start at Delta Downs before breaking his maiden wire-to- wire in his July 7 Firecracker Futurity trial.
Wheeler bred JS Cartel Runner in Oklahoma, and she and her husband, Jim, consigned the youngster to the 2018 Heritage Place Yearling Sale where Texas Drywall Specialties purchased him for $12,000. Iwilliewantarunner has produced four Quarter Horse starters, two of them winners, and two winners from three Paint starters.
Huitron also trains second-place Mr Chilango (Sir Seth-Reason To Spark), a Ruben Rojas home- bred ridden by Victor Urieta Jr.
Jesus Eden Garza’s homebred JEG Moons Facination (First Moonflash-Ja Fascination), the fast- est qualifier, finished third. Noe Villatoro rode the filly for trainer Jose Lopez.
Completing the field were Five Bar Charade (Five Bar Cartel-Southern Pretense), Agavero Cartel (The Louisiana Cartel-Shakin N Stuff), Be A Freighttrain (Freighttrain B-A Dirty Flick), Curiositi (Dominyun-Strictly Taboo), Swift Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Taylor Swift) and Special Leaving (Coronas Leaving You-Eoi Special). This Fancy On Fire was scratched.
Cherokee Nation Stakes
by Michael Compton
Domishay registered the initial stakes win of his young career, scampering clear from nine rivals to take down top prize in the $17,500 Cherokee
Nation Stakes at Fair Meadows on July 27. Trained by Carlos Ruiz and ridden by Roberto Meraz Jr., Domishay broke sharply and took com-
mand of the 350-yard event early. He widened his lead out to 2-lengths in the lane and crushed his opposition by 1 3/4-lengths, stopping the timer in :17.669. The final clocking earned a 94 speed index.
Owned by Paula Cristina Villatoro, Domishay is now a winner in 3 of 7 lifetime starts and has earnings of $37,672. In addition to the Cherokee Nation Stakes, the gray colt was also a finalist in the Remington Park Juvenile Stakes and the FL Lady Bug Stakes, also at Remington.
Laura and Dan Erickson bred the colt out of Salty Shay. She has produced three winners from
six starters, including Sashay Hot, runner-up in the West Texas Juvenile Invitational as well as a finalist in the Hobbs America Futurity-G2. Domishay is her first stakes winner and top earner.
Runner-up Hailofanimage (The Wranglers Image-Giacoma Jewel) and jockey Andrew Samaniego were second for owner Juan Carols Meza and trainer Mary Meza.
Race favorite Moon Bloodgood (Im A Fancy PYC-Laker Girl TB), ridden by Jose Vega, checked in third for owner Guillermo Garcia and trainer Samuel Valdivia in her stakes debut.
Moxxy (Lota PYC-Strawfly Sister), Rockets Return (High Rate Of Return-Teller Phoebe), Lota Saturday (Lota PYC-Saturday Night Ride), Some Value (Second Painted Sign-Racy Value), MH Might Be Leavin (Mighty B Valiant-Ladys Leavin You), El Chapoteo (Splash Bac-Kiptys First Kiss) and Cold Brewster (Im A Fancy PYC-Crescent Shore TB) completed the order of finish.
Rocky Heinzig Stakes
by Michael Compton
Eye Eye Captain, who finished second in last year’s Rocky Heinzig Stakes at Fair Meadows, returned to the track this year and avenged that defeat, sailing
to an authoritative victory as an 8-1 shot in this year’s $17,000 renewal of the 350-yard dash.
Trained by Pedro Hernandez and ridden by Rolando Raudales, Eye Eye Captain raced in second position early, chasing longshot leader Fly N Tell. She collared Fly N Tell and edged clear of her rivals, opening a 1-length lead in the lane. She rolled home a clear winner, defeating race favorite Tommy The Train by 3/4-length at the finish, stopping the timer n :17.532 and earning a 97 speed index.
In springing the upset, Eye Eye Captain added to her stakes successes this season, having annexed the Bob Moore Memorial Stakes-G2 in April a All told, the 5-year-old mare has now won 7 of 31 starts and the $10,320 winner’s share of the purse increased her bankroll to $157,413 for owner/breeder David Clonts.
Clonts bred Eye Eye Captain out of Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Futurity-RG3 winner Eye My Alexis. She has produced 100% money earners from 12 starters.
Tommy the Train (Freighttrain B-Okie Dokie Annie) was second under Mario Delgado for owners Jon Barley, Brant Barley, and Brad Sharp and trainer R.L. Robinson. Trainer Robert Esqueda sent out third- place finisher Fly N Tell (Coronado Cartel-Strawfly Sister) with Benny Landeros aboard. Robert also bred the filly and campaigns her with Andrea Esqueda.
Lota PYC Chrome (Lota PYC-Miss Desert Chrome), Emil Zatopek (Bodacious Dash-KGB Agent Anna), Apollitical Valor (Apollitical Jess-BP Painted Lady), Saginaw Creek (FDD Dynasty-Royal Quick Glass), Jessie Marie (Spit Curl Jess-Traffic Wagon), Corona Senator (Louisiana Senator-Fly Miss Corona) and JK Hard Times (First Down Dash-Lady Tenaya) completed the order of finish.
            Gillespie County Fair • $46,170 350 yards • :17.845 • si 92
Corona Cartel
Coronado Cartel
First Carolina
Willie Wanta Dash
 Mini Rumors TB
 Fair Meadows • $17,500 350 yards • :17.669 • si 94
  Dominyun DOMISHAY, ‘17-c.
Salty Shay
Mr Jess Perry Runaway Dee Dee Mr Eye Opener Genuine Knockout
    Fair Meadows • $17,000 350 yards • :17.532 • si 97
Mr Jess Perry
Captain Courage
   EYE EYE CAPTAIN, ‘14-m. Eye My Alexis
Corona Chick Mr Eye Opener
  Colcha Stitch
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