February 16-17 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes
February 16, 2019
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of February 16-17. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes and trials, and 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.
A $25,000 claimer at this track last fall, Ed Allred’s Time To Leave outran her 18-1 odds to win Saturday's $35,000 Denim N Diamonds Handicap for fillies and mares.
Time To Leave covered 350 yards in :17.514 on a wet-fast track while aided by a reported 15-mph tail wind. Ramon Sanchez rode the homebred 4-year-old daughter of Walk Thru Fire for trainer Scott Willoughby.
Time To Leave is a half sister to Snitcher, the winner of the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and Vessels Maturity (G1) in 2011. Prior to scoring her first career stakes win in the Denim N Diamonds, the mare defeated allowance runners on December 30 and was second against $25,000 claimers on November 2.
“She has been picking herself up lately and getting better and better with every trip,” Willoughby said. “We thought she was a good filly earlier and she just had not come out. She took her own time to get her mind right and she’s starting to really run and get away from the gate.
"She really has changed over the last two to three months," the trainer added. "I really like the way she’s come around."
Raced exclusively at this track, Time To Leave has won three of 16 starts, and the $19,250 winner's share of the purse increased her earnings to $36,448.
Strawfinders Jessee finished second, a neck behind Time To Leave, and was followed by Tough To Figure, Chowchilla Chickadee, 4-5 favorite Thermonuclear Energy, On Our Way, Chickakid, and La Rusa.
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