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Matt Fales Celebrating his Second Career Stakes Win at Los Alamitos

Posted 9/8/2017 - Matt Fales did not have to wait long to celebrate his second career stakes win at Los Alamitos. Just a few races after saddling Larry Stark’s Jess A Cowboy to victory in the He Flys Handicap for older horses, Fales was back in the winner’s circle after $15,000 The Plan Handicap with Martha Wells’ major stakes finalist Yanque on Friday at Los Alamitos. The Plan is for horses that have competed in the Intermountain, Northwest, Arizona and Nevada regions this year.


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Ridden by Cruz Mendez, who also piloted Jess A Cowboy in the He Flys, Yanque veered out and then lugged in during the 350-yard race, but finished strongly to come out on top and win The Plan by a neck over stablemate Higher Icon. Yanque covered the distance in :17.974, while posting his second win in seven career starts. With his earnings of $8,250 in this race, the Favorite Cartel gelding raised his career bankroll to $26,574.

Bred in California and out of the Hawkinson mare Red Hawk Chick, Yanque began his career with a pair of starts at Turf Paradise. His connections moved him to Los Alamitos in the spring where he quickly posted a pair of runner-up efforts in maiden races before winning his Governor’s Cup Futurity trial by ¾ lengths, but more importantly qualified to the $390,000 futurity final. It was a rough go for Yanque in the Governor’s Cup final, as he bumped early after a slow start when finishing eighth in the final.

“We had our expectations high for that night, but he had a rough trip,” Fales said. “We took our lumps and knew we had a good schedule of races with this horse coming up. He still didn’t get the run a perfect race for us, but he’s talented enough that he was able to get there first to the wire. He has some bigger races coming up and he’ll have to run better in order to step his game up. He’s in the Wild West Futurity coming up in about a month and that’s a good race for him.”

Fales’ had the good fortune of having his father, long-time horseman Ralph Fales, on hand to watch him score his first two stakes victories at the Orange County oval.

“When he comes there’s no pressure,” Fales added. “He makes everybody happy. It would have been complete in my mom and son were here tonight, but they are holding down the fort in Arizona.”

As for owner Martha Wells, The Plan worked out perfectly for her racing operation, as her two horses finished 1-2 in the race. Bred in Arizona and sired by Texas Icon, Higher Icon earned $3,375 for running second. Jairo Rangel piloted Higher Icon, who finished second in the Desert Classic Futurity at Turf Paradise on April 30.

Krash Your Party, R Sturdy Boy, Cowgirl N Up, The Bossgirl, Dynasty Darlin, Recking Ball, and Mr Soul completed the field.

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Matt Fales with his father & rest of the connections

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Trainer Matt Fales enjoyed his first Stakes Victory at Los Alamitos

Trainer Matt Fales enjoyed his first stakes victory at Los Alamitos after saddling Larry Stark’s homebred Jess A Cowboy to a half-length win over Tim Holdaway’s Justified in the $16,000 He Flys Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos. The He Flys is for horses that have competed in the Intermountain, Northwest, Arizona and Nevada regions this year.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for the first time, Jess A Cowboy broke from post number four and led right away en route to his ninth victory in 23 career starts. A talented stakes winner, Jess A Cowboy won the $60,000 Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge on April 30, earned $8,800 for the win to take his career bankroll to $155,858. As for Fales, the young horseman is one of the top Quarter Horse trainers in Arizona. He’s been campaigning horses for over a year now at Los Alamitos and even saddled Heat Warning to a fifth place finish in the Grade 1 Champion of Champions last year. He can now add a Los Alamitos stakes win to his list of accolades.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m on cloud nine,” Fales said after the He Flys. “I’m very proud of my horse. He’s done really good for us his entire career. I’m thankful to Larry Stark for letting me train him and I’m thankful to Los Alamitos Race Course. It’s a dream come true (to train here).”

Fales said that Jess A Cowboy will now be pointed to the October 6 Blane Schvaneveldt Stakes, which is also for horses from the Intermountain, Northwest, Arizona and Nevada regions.

“Los Alamitos has integrated a really nice Intermountain program and being that I run a lot of my horses in Arizona it fits me like a glove,” Fales added. “Hopefully we can continue on. Tonight I have a few really nice babies running here and (owner) Martha Wells has let me run a few of my horses in Arizona. I have a couple of in tonight. Jess A Cowboy will come back and I may have a couple of more horses here.”

Sired by the stallion Dejon and out of the mare Secret Return, Jess A Cowboy has finished in the money in 16 of23 career starts. He entered this race after running fifth in the Bank Of America California Championship Challenge where he faced Go Man Go Handicap runner-up Flash N Bling and Vessels Maturity runner-up The Charm Of Corona. Jess A Cowboy has competed in the Grade 1 Bank of America Championship held here last year.

Trained by Monty Arrossa, Justified ran gamely to finish in second place. He’s now hit the board in eight of 15 career starts. Justified is by the sire Foose and out of Special Leader dam Special Wave. He earned $3,600 for running second. Adequan California Derby winner Genuine Version finished third and was followed by Buckshot Cartel, Cypress Sally, and Mr First Dash completed the field.

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Mickey Ward Dominates AQHA Turf Paradise Distance Challenge

PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2017—Multiple stakes winner Mickey Ward was much the best today as he cleared the field early then romped to a 5 ¼ length victory over former Distance Champion Executive Trust in the $20,340 AQHA Turf Paradise Distance Challenge. Rare Ed finished a neck back for third.

Saddled by trainer Matthew Fales and ridden by jockey Jorge Bourdieu, Mickey Ward raced over the 870 yards in a quick :44.771 seconds to earn a 101-speed index. It was the fifth career win for world champion sire FDD Dynasty and the $9,967 winner's purse boosted his career mark to nearly $60,000.

An Arizona homebred racing for Ralph and Carolyn Fales, Mickey Ward also picked up a starting spot in the Grade 1 $105,000 Distance Challenge Championship to be contested October 14th at Prairie Meadows.

Bred from the Leaving Memories mare A Mere Formality, Mickey Ward has compiled a (17) 5-5-1 record. This is the third consecutive year he has won the Turf Paradise Distance Challenge.

Former champion Executive Trust has finished twice in both his 2017 starts at Turf Paradise. Guadalupe Munoz, Jr. conditions the son of Executive Menace for owner Sherree Meridyth. Bred in Texas by Scarlett Hill Farm Inc., from the Relagate (TB) mare Entrust, the gray 6-year-old has earned $281,231. Ruby Gonzalez had the riding assignment.

Ernesto Alcoverde saddled third-place finisher Rare Ed for owner Martin Marin. Luis Yescas had the riding assignment aboard the graded stakes winning son of Dean Miracle from the Corona Cartel mare Ms Corona Jet. Bred in Illinois by Ronald Martin, the 6-year-old picked up $2,136 to boost his earnings to $93,437.

A Tidal Delight, Fighter Gone Wild, Easee Ryder and Yn Shagouti.

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Mickey Ward, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, easily wins his third consecutive Turf Paradise Distance Challenge at Turf Paradise Sunday afternoon.
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It was a Fales family affair in the Turf Paradise Distance Challenge winner's circle Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise. © Coady Photography



Jockey Jorge Bourdieu rides Cowgirl N Up to an easy victory in the $34,380 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
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The Fales' family accept their second Challenge stakes trophy on Sunday following Cowgirl N Up's victory in the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile. © Coady Photography

Cowgirl N Up Best In John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge

PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2017—Cowgirl N Up was the much-the-best on Sunday when she went wire-to-wire to defeat fastest qualifier Famous Joker by one-length in the $34,380 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge. Arrow Of Cupid finished a neck behind to take third.

Ridden by jockey Jorge Bourdieu, Cowgirl N Up raced over the 350 yards in :17.891 seconds, a 91-speed index into a 7-mph headwind. It was the second straight win in as many starts for the daughter of second crop sire Texas Icon.

An Arizona homebred for Ralph and Carolyn Fales, Cowgirl N Up entered the finals off the second fastest qualifying time in the April 8th trials. Out of the Canth mare Secret Return, the $15,815 winners' purse boosted her total to $17,601.

Cowgirl N Up was second Fales homebred to earn a starting spot in the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 14th at Prairie Meadows. The bay filly is now eligible to compete in the Grade 2 $130,000-Guranteed John Deere Juvenile Championship.

Famous Joker, a colt by leading sire One Famous Eagle racing for owner Yuriana Ramirez, picked up $6,876 for finished second. Ricardo Ramirez conditions the Grant Farms LLC Louisiana-bred out of Ms Pilot Point by Splash Bac. The half-brother to All American Futurity(G1) winner Mr Pilito was ridden by Raul Ramirez, Jr.

Arrow Of Cupid bobbled the break in an awkward start under jockey Emilio Tapia. Winless in two starts, the gelded son of multiple stakes sire Foose races for owner Veronica Pelayo and trainer Eloy Mendoza. Bred in Missouri by Burly Jenkins, from the Teller Cartel mare Rita Alto, Arrow Of Cupid picked up $3,438 for her effort.

Dig Deeper, Kr American Pi, Stay All Nite, Hw Double Down Perry, Pure Ivory, Tribal Dash Princess and Looker Over completed the field.

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Trainer Matthew Fales Saddles Hat Trick in Sunday's Turf Paradise Challenge Races

PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2017—When Jess A Cowboy defeated stablemate Heat Warning in the $60,480 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship Sunday afternoon, it was third consecutive Challenge stakes win on Sunday's Turf Paradise card for trainer Matthew Fales.

Fales kicked off the day with a win in the Distance Challenge race with Mickey Ward then he saddled Cowgirl N Up to victory in the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile in the fifth. With Jess A Cowboy's win in the sixth, the trainer has now booked three horses into the rich Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 14th at Prairie Meadows.

Ridden by jockey Vince Guerra, Jess A Cowboy was in tight early, after getting bumped at the start, before prevailing by a neck in the 440-yard race. The 5-year-old son of multiple stakes sire Dejon raced over the course in :21.678 seconds, a 101-speed index into a 6-mph headwind.

Owned-and-bred by Larry Stark, Jess A Cowboy entered the race off a fourth-place effort in the April 8th trials. Out of the Canth mare Secret Return, the 5-year-old gelding has compiled a (21) 7-7-2 record and the $27,820 Challenge Championship winner's purse today boosted his career mark to $142,511.

Jess A Cowboy is now eligible to race in the Grade 1 $330,000-Guranteed Bank of America Challenge Championship on October 14th. He winner of that race will earn an invite to the Grade 1 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Also, a multiple stakes winner, stablemate Heat Warning earned $12,096 for his second-place effort. Jorge Bourdieu rode the 6-year-old A Regal Choice homebred for owner/breeders Ralph and Carolyn Fales. He is out of the Dixieland Heat (TB) mare Its A Dry Heat (TB), Heat Warning. Saddled by Matthew Fales, he has earned $186,180.

Roman Soldier Cd led early but ended third to earn $6,048 for owner James Marquez and trainer Antoinette Gonzales. Felipe Garcia-Luna rode the Apolitical Jess 4-year-old out of Famous Phoebe by Dash Ta Fame. The graded stakes winner of more than $140,000 was bred in New Mexico by Cindy Dick.

Ebw Catalyst, May Be Fantastic Sa, Justified, Nucky, Quick Dynasty, Luv On The Run and Specials Gold completed the field.

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Jess A Cowboy (#6) holds off stablemate Heat Warning(#7) in the $60,480 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
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All Kinds Of Kind Sets Fastest Time To Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes

LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 29, 2017— Owned and bred by Double Bar S Ranch, All Kinds Of Kind scored her second victory in a row while posting the fastest qualifying time to the $106,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes (not black type) in the fifth and final trial on Sunday night.

Ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Paul Jones, the Tac It Like A Man filly covered the 350-yard distance in :17.793 while leading the field for the Maiden Stakes on February 19. A total of 38 runners competed in the five heats with the horses with the 10 fastest times advancing to the final. Horses are eligible to enter this race if they're maidens as of December 1, 2016.

All Kinds Of Kind came into the trials after breaking her maiden on December 2, one day after the deadline, and she also posted three straight runner-up efforts prior to winning for the first time. "She's maturing," Jones said. "She's a big filly and she's starting to put things together. The number six horse in this race (Stolin Diamonds) was one of the toughest horses of the entire night and our filly didn't let him get past her. I'm really proud of this filly. She's not the fastest breaker and she's been silly in the gate early last year. She tried flipping in the gate one morning, but she's over doing things like that. She's getting better and better."

Jones has three horses currently stabled at Los Alamitos for Double Bar S Ranch, the AQHA owners of the year in 2011 and 2006. "I also have another one for them at the ranch (in Temecula, California)," Jones said. "It's great to see this filly do well for Double Bar S Ranch." 

Andrea and Eddie Jensen's Stolin Diamond, the fifth place finisher in the Wild West Futurity last year, posted the second fastest qualifying time of :17.818 for trainer Monty Arrossa. Like All Kinds Of Kind, the Jesse James Jr gelding enjoyed his first visit to the winner's circle in his start prior to the Maiden Stakes trials. Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, Stolin Diamond's win came on December 4.

Owned and bred by Valley Ranch, Indie Anna posted the third fastest qualifying time :17.826 while winning for the first time in four career starts. Her trial win came in the fourth heat of the night. The Texas-bred daughter of Jess Zoomin beat PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist Better Check Him Out by a half-length with Erasmo Gasca piloting her for trainer Jose Flores..

"We've brought this filly along slowly and in doing that Valley Farms have been supportive and very patient with me," Flores said. "They told me to take my time with her and do things as needed. Some horses need more time to mature and become better racehorses. Indie Anna has been one of those horses and I really appreciate the owner's patience."

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Indie Anna, under jockey Erasmo Gasca, winning the fourth trial.
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Sass Me Blue, under jockey Carlos Huerta, kicked off the opening trial over Should Win.
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Hoot N Holler Gets First Win in Turf Paradise Maiden Stakes

PHOENIX, AZ—JANUARY 29, 2017—Ralph and Carolyn Fales homebred Hoot And Holler got her first career win with a neck effort over fastest qualifier Royal Quick Senator in the $10,700 Turf Paradise Maiden Stakes (not black type) Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise. Mi Favorito finished a head behind in a blanket finish to get third.

Ridden by jockey Jorge Bourdieu Hoot N Holler turned the table on Royal Quick Senator after finishing second to the gelding to in the January 15th trials. The Carters Cartel gelding completed the 300 yards today in :15.585 seconds to earn a 92-speed index.

Trainer Matthew Fales conditioned the Arizona homebred from the Walk Thru Fire mare Fly Thru Fire. He has compiled a (7) 1-1-1 record and the $5,350 winner's purse nearly doubled his earnings to total to almost $11,963.

Vince Guerra had the riding call aboard runner-up Royal Quick Senator for owner/trainer Laurie Ferguson. The Oklahoma-bred son of Louisiana Senator from the Royal Quick Dash mare Arbeka Bee Quick picked up $2,140 for the effort. Arthur Devereaux bred the brown gelding.

Arnulfo Alvarado Flores' Mi Favorito was squeezed at the start but recovered under jockey Emilio Tapia to earn $1,070 for third. Eloy Mendoza conditions the California bred son of Favorite Cartel out of Merry Corona by Corona Cartel. Steve D. Burns, DVM is the breeder.

Dejonaro, Dash For Secrets, Baja Cartel, K Kardashin, Hoot N Hollar and Load N Explode completed the field.

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Hoot And Holler, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, turned the tables on Royal Quick Senator in the $10,700 Turf Paradise Maiden Stakes Sunday at Turf Paradise.
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Sweet Babie James Prevails In Early Derby at Turf Paradise

PHOENIX, AZ—JANUARY 21, 2017—Sweet Babie James closed well under jockey Jorge Bourdieu to defeat La Moneda by a neck in the $9,250 Early Derby (not black type) at Turf Paradise Saturday afternoon.

The son of leading third crop sire One Sweet Jess completed the 350 yards in :17.975 seconds, an 87-speed index into a 22-mph headwind. The $5,506 winner's purse doubled his career mark to $11,626.

Trainer Matthew Fales saddled the 3-year-old gelding to his second win in six career starts for owner/breeders Carolyn and Ralph Fales. The Arizona-bred is out of Already In Love by Corona Cartel.

 Eloy Mendoza saddled runner-up La Moneda for owner/breeder Juan Estrella Chavero. Emilio Tapia rode the daughter of The Bounty Man out of Bookinlittlescooter by Heza Motor Scooter. She earned $1,776 for the effort.

El Cementero, a gelding by Eyemeasy, was 1¼ lengths back to pick up $888 for third. Monica Ortega trains the gray for owner Elizabeth Ruelas. Jesus Osuna had the riding call on the Manuel Martinez Arizona-bred out of Saras Boots by Spanish Boot.

Discrete, Ivory Lady League, Jr Dasher, Kid Parson, Laprieta Linda 2014 and Stel The Magic completed the field.

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Sweet Baby James (#9) runs down La Moneda (#5) in Saturday's Early Derby at Turf Paradise.
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Matthew Fales Saddles 1-2 Finishers in ASOA Futurity

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 31, 2016—Leading Arizona trainer Matthew Fales closed out the season with a 1-2 punch in the $20,188 ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise. Arizona Icon defeated stablemate Frozen Icon by 1½ lengths to take the $11,766 winner's purse. Sniper 1 finished half-a-length back in third.

Racing for owner/breeder Las Vegas Ranch, Arizona Icon completed the 400 yards in :20.186 seconds into a 13-mph headwind. Jockey Vince Guerra had the riding assignment aboard the son of first crop sire Texas Icon.

Bred in Arizona from the Feature Mr Jess mare Jess Perfect Girl, Arizona Icon has compiled a (6) 3-1-1 record and earned $30,226. He also won the AQHRA Turf Paradise Futurity in October.

Also by Texas Icon, Frozen Icon races for owner/breeder Martha Wells. The filly out of Icebreaker, by Bono Jazz, earned $3,795 for the effort. Still a maiden from five starts, the chestnut filly has finished second three times this season including second in the AQHRA Turf Paradise Futurity. Jorge Bourdieu had the riding assignment for Fales. She has earned $12,190.

Also a maiden, third place finisher Sniper 1 was making just his third career start for owner/breeder Juan Sepulveda and trainer Heraclio Botello. Mark Jasso rode the gelded son of The Bounty Man out of Secret High by Raise A Secret. He picked up $1,898.

A Mere Icon, Blown A Way, Cozie Icon, Fastest Texas Icon, El Cementero, Also Good, Hc Betinis Choice and Long Colt completed the field.

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Arizona Icon, under jockey Vince Guerra, rolls to his second career stakes win in the 20,188 ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
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First Crop Sire Texas Icon Dominates AQRA Futurity Trials

PHOENIX, AZ—OCTOBER 16, 2016—First crop sire Texas Icon dominated two trials Sunday for the AQHRA Futurity at Turf Paradise. The G2 son of Corona Cartel sired four of the ten finalists including fastest qualifier Arizona Icon.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Turf Paradise on Sunday, October 30th to vie for a $10,700-added purse going 350 yards.

Ridden by jockey Vince Guerra, Arizona Icon completed the 350 yards in :17.958 seconds to record the top qualifying mark.

Trainer Matthew Fales saddled all four Texas Icon sired qualifiers. Arizona Icon, a homebred for owner/breeder Las Vegas Ranch, broke his maiden in the trials. In two previous starts the bay gelding had placed third. He is out of the Feature Mr Jess mare Jess Perfect and has pocketed $2,747 this season.

Also breaking her maiden today was Eyeaseagull, who set the fourth fastest time after winning the second trial in :18.248 seconds for owner Armando Perez-Gomez and trainer Ricardo Saldana.

Francisco Giles rode the daughter of Eyeameasy from the Benton Creek (TB) mare Miss Benton Blue (TB). She has compiled a (4) 1-2-0 record and earned $4,033.

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Arizona Icon, under jockey Vince Guerra, sets the fastest time for the AQHRA Futurity at Turf Paradise Sunday afternoon.
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Trainer Matthew Fales Saddles Stakes Double on Sunday Card at Turf Paradise

PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 1, 2015—Trainer Matthew Fales saddled the AQRA Futurity winner and the Desert Classic Derby winner on Sunday's race card at Turf Paradise. Both stakes winners were sired by the Mr Jess Perry son Dejon, a brother to two-time AQHA Racing Champion Noconi.

Rockn Cowboy Best In AQRA Futurity

Making just his fourth career start Rockn Cowboy posted a half-length victory in the $26,125 AQRA Futurity getting a stakes double for trainer Matthew Fales on Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.

Bounty dash and Fj Blackdiamond who finished second and third were both disqualified for interference and placed fifth and 10th respectively. Alazan de Los Pobres and Kedahuefana were moved into the place and show spots.

Racing for owner/breeders S. Pierce and Larry Stark, Rockn Cowboy completed the 350 yards into a 7 mph headwind in :18.044 seconds to pocket the first place check worth $13,063. Jorge Bourdieu had the riding call.

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Rockn Cowboy, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, winning the AQRA Futurity Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
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Kr Crusin Cartel Cruises to Victory in John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge

PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 26, 2015—Kyler Racing LLC's homebred Kr Crusin Cartel recovered from an early bump to draw clear by one-length over Seis Me in the $31,680 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge Sunday afternoon. Painthisroyalwagon finished a neck back in the show position.
Ridden by jockey Jorge Bourdieu, Kr Crusin Cartel covered the 350 yards in :17.961 seconds over a sealed race course to picked the winner's purse of $14,573. Trainer Matthew Fales saddled the Carters Cartel filly to her second win in as many starts this season. The victory also earned her a starting spot in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship(G2) on November 7th at Lone Star Park.


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Kr Crusin Cartel, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, winning the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge Sunday afternoon.
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Sonoran Foose Gets Biggest Win of Career In AQRA President's Spring Derby

PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 19, 2015—Still a maiden just over a month ago, Sonoran Foose closed late to defeat post-time favorite Magical Righter by a half-length Sunday afternoon in the $33,060 AQRA President's Open Spring Derby at Turf Paradise. Jess A Cowboy finished a head behind in the show position.

Ridden by jockey David Reyes-Frisby, Sonoran Foose completed the 350 yards in :17.603 seconds, to earn a 99 speed index. Trainer Matthew Fales saddled the 3-year-old Foose colt for owner/breeder Alejandro Marcelo Camou.


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Sonoran Foose, under jockey David Reyes-Frisby, winning the AQRA President's Open Spring Derby Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
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Fales Saddles Second Stakes Winner on Sunday Card with Heat Warning

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 7, 2014—Trainer Matthew M. Fales saddled his second stakes winner on Sunday's card at Turf Paradise when Heat Earning prevailed by a neck over Tylers Zoomin in the $34,960 AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Derby. Daisy To Go was a neck off the leaders for third.

Ridden by jockey Jorge Bourdieu, who won the AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Futurity aboard Jess One Looke in the first race, Heat Warning broke on top and held off Tylers Zoomin while completing the 400 yards in :19.969 seconds, a 95 speed index.

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Heat Warning, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, winning the AQRA-Turf Paradise Derby Sunday afternoon.
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Jess One Looke Surprises In AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Futurity

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 7, 2014—At 12-to-1 odds Jess One Looke surprised a strong field with a one-length victory over three-time stakes winner Smoke On The Water in Sunday's $52,535 AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Futurity at Turf Paradise. Jess Rockn was a head behind in the show position.

Jess One Looke broke out at the start but finished well under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, to complete the 400 yard distance in :20.066 seconds, a 93 speed index. Trainer Matthew Fales saddled the Jesse James Jr filly for the partnership of Elaine Cota-Robles and Ralph and Carolyn Fales.

It was the second win in six starts for the multiple stakes finalist and the $25,268 winner's purse boosted her career total to over $33,220. MJ Farms bred the sorrel filly in New Mexico from the champion producing Lanes Leinster mare Champagne Lane. Ralph and Carolyn Fales purchased the filly for $30,000 in the 2013 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

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Jess One Looke pulls jockey Jorge Bourdieu to victory in the $52,535 AQRA-Turf Paradise Open QH Futurity Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
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Matthew Fales Saddles Two Stakes Winners on Sunday Turf Paradise Card
PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 2, 2014—Trainer Matthew Fales saddled both the $25,987 AQRA Futurity winner and the $19,950 Desert Classic Derby winner on Sunday's card at Turf Paradise.

AQRA Futurity
Jess A Cowboy, a 2-year-old son of Dejon who is a full brother to champion Naconi, returned as the fastest qualifier to draw off by 2½ lengths in Sunday's $25,987 AQRA Futurity. The Matthew Fales trainee completed the course in :17.844 seconds, a 92 speed index into an 18 mph headwind. The $12,994 winner's purse boosted the lightly raced gelding's earnings to $22,219.

The winning connections of Jess A Cowboy in the winner's circle at Turf Paradise on Sunday. © Coady Photography Owned by Larry Stark and bred by himself and Phyllis Stark, the sorrel gelding was ridden to his second win in four starts by jockey Tanner Thedford. Jess A Cowboy is out of the Canth mare Secret Return.

Another Dejon gelding, One Hot Dejon, picked up $5,197 for finishing second. Omar Lorta trains the gelding out of Its A Dry Heat (TB), by Dixieland Heat (TB), for owner Y/N Horse Stables, LLC. Ralph and Carolyn Fales are the breeder and Rodolfo Arvizu had the riding assignment.

Jockey Rick Oliver finished a length-back in third aboard El Ice Berg for trainer Eloy Mendoza. Juan Estrella Chavero owns the homebred son of The Bounty Man out of Maur Bug, by Corona Cocktail. He earned $2,599.

Seemerock, Jess For Cucu, Jess So U Know, Beautiful Braytini, Heza Flying Fast and Tatas Princess completed the field. Koreana Dash was scratched.

Desert Classic Derby
In the very next race, the Matthew Fales' trained Heat Warning proved the best as he defeated Heza Royal Scooter by half-a-length to win the $19,950 Desert Classic Derby. Gone Already finished a neck behind in third.

Heat Waring, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu wins the Desert Classic Derby on Sunday. © Coady Photography Jorge Bourdieu rode Heat Warning over the 350 yards in :17.996 seconds into an 18 mph headwind. It was the seventh career win for the colt by A Regal Choice out of the aforementioned Its A Dry Heat (TB), by Dixieland Heat (TB). Heat Warning is a homebred racing for Ralph and Carolyn Fales. The $9,975 winner purse brings the multiple stakes winner's earnings to $65,049.
Gerardo Ochoa-Pena saddled Heza Royal Scooter for owner Ariel Rodriguez. Rick Oliver rode the Heza Motor Scooter gelding to earn $3,990. Jack and Leslie Lee Hale bred the chestnut in Arizona from the Royal Shake Em mare Princess Royale.

The winning connections of Heat Warning accept the Desert Classic Derby trophies following Sunday's win at Turf Paradise. © Coady Photography Matthew Fales also saddled Gone Already, another homebred for Ralph and Carolyn Fales. Making only her fourth start, the Azyoucansee filly picked up $1,995 for the effort. Joe Ruiz was board the bay miss out of Already In Love, by Corona Cartel.
Princess Braytini, Rdustys Fury, Blameitonthetequila, Princess Of The Sky, Tr Specialty and Rj L Pecan Girl completed the field.

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Jess A Cowboy, under jockey Tanner Thedford, winning the AQRA Futurity Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
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Heat Waring, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu wins the Desert Classic Derby on Sunday. © Coady Photography

AQRA Announces 2013 Award Winners

THATCHER, AZ—JANUARY 7, 2014—Arizona Quarter Racing Association announced their 2013 Championship Awards this week. The winner's will be feted at the annual AQRA Banquet at Turf Paradise on Friday, January 31.

Ralph and Carrie Fales were awarded the AQRA Champion Breeder for 2013. They bred and campaigned the Arizona Bred Two-Year-Old Filly So You See, Arizona Bred Three-Year-Old Filly Harlee Tucker, Arizona Bred Aged Gelding Bringin It On and the Arizona Bred Distance Horse A Mere Corona this past season and earned 376 AQHA points. The Coolidge, Arizona couple who own and operate Fales Ranch bred 25 winners in 2013 from 68 starters with earnings of $175,651.

Cesar Dabdoub earned the Champion Owner title with 473 AQHA points. He campaigned Arizona Bred Campion Aged Stallion Heart To Spare. Dabdoub had 17 winners from 84 starts in 2013 and earnings of $105,898.

Matthew Fales was the AQRA Champion Trainer with 811 AQHA points earned. Nationally he saddled 35 winners from 137 starters and his stable earned $239,116. Martin Bourdieu was the named the AQRA Champion Jockey with 689 AQHA points. The jockey rode 50 winners in 219 races last season and his mounts earned $451,679.

Grade 1 sire Heza Motor Scooter was honored with the Champion Arizona Sire award with nine winners from 27 starters and earnings of $354,344. Champion Rylees Boy was his leading money earner. Joyce Erickson owns Heza Motor Scooter who stood at Fales Ranch when he was in Arizona.

Allready In Love, dam of Bringin It On and Allright Already, was the Champion Arizona Broodmare in 2013. Bringin It On, by FDD Dynasty, won four of six starts in 2013 and earned $19,116. The stakes winner has won six lifetime starts and earned $56,848. Allright Allready, a 2-year-old daughter of Heza Motor Scooter, qualified for two futurities in 2013. Allready In Love is owned by the Fales.

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Ralph and Carrie Fales were named the Arizona Quarter Racing Association Champion Breeders for 2013.   © Coady Photography 


So You See Scores Second Futurity Win in Margie Bryan ASOA

PHOENIX, AX—DECEMBER 22, 2013Ralph and Carolyn Fales' homebred So You See closed strong to win the $28,738 Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise, her second stakes win at the desert racecourse in just over a month.

Coming into the finals with the second fastest qualifying time, the Azyoucansee filly got off to a slow start but made up ground in the final strides to defeat stablemates Rapido Y Furioso and Princess Braytini, who dead-heated for second, a neck off the winner.

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So You See, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, drives to victory in the Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.  © Coady Photography 





So You Can See (#8) defeated F J La Joya (#3) and Princess Braytini (#10) in the AQRA President's Futurity at Turf Paradise Sunday.  © Coady Photography 

Fales Homebred Filly Wins AQRA President's Futurity at Turf Paradise

PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 17, 2013—Ralph and Carolyn Fales' homebred filly So You Can See recovered from a bumpy start to get up by a neck over fastest qualifier F J La Joya in the $23,275 AQRA President's Futurity at Turf Paradise Sunday afternoon. Princess Braytini finished a neck off the leaders in the show position.

Under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, So You See completed the 350 yard course in :18.042 seconds into a 10 mph cross wind. The $11,638 winners purse swelled her career bankroll to $15,076.

Saddled by Ralph Fales So You See came into the finals with the second fastest time while breaking her maiden in the November 3 trials. The Azyoucansee filly is out of Rocky Jones mare Genuine Rocks.

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11/10/2013 9:36AM
Lone Star Park: Kates Dynasty dominant in Texas Classic Futurity

By Mary Rampellini

Kates Dynasty put herself in the picture for champion 2-year-old filly Quarter Horse honors Saturday night, when she rolled to a 1 3/4-length win in the Grade 1, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity. Houdini finished second, a nose in front of third-place finisher and fastest qualifier Skuze Pleeze. The Texas Classic Futurity was the richest race run this year in Texas and closed out the meet at Lone Star. Also on the card, Jody Pops Zoomer ($7.80) won the Grade 1, $394,306 Texas Classic Derby for Quarter Horses. Click here to read article and watch video.



Heat Warning gets his third consecutive win in Saturday's John Deere Juvenile trials at Turf Paradise. .  © Coady Photography 

Heat Warning Remains Undefeated, Sets Top Time in John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Trials

PHOENIX, AZ—OCTOBER 5, 2013—Ralph and Carolyn Fales Heat Warning raced to his third consecutive win in three starts Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise while setting the top qualifying time for the $20,000-added John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to the Arizona desert raceway on October 20th and vie for not only the winner's share of the purse but also a starting spot in the $150,000-Guaranteed John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship on November 9 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Making his first start since winning the Desert Classic Futurity on May 3, Heat Warning rolled to a three-quarter length win in :17.887 seconds, a 92 speed index, to set the top mark.

Roldolifo Arvizu rode the bay colt by A Regal Choice for trainer and breeder Matthew Fales. Out of the Thoroughbred mare Dry Heat by Dixeland Heat, Heat Warning has earned $35,591 in his three starts.

Coming off a third place finish in the August 24 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge, Tres Magicals defeated Flirtingwithvolcity by one-length in the last of the three trials. Under jockey Raul Valenzuela the Tres Seis filly recorded the second fastest time of :17.891 seconds.

Dean Frey conditions the California home-bred for Porphyria Carraco. Out of the Fishers Dash mare Fishers Proud, Tres Magicals has won two of six starts this season and earned $13,447.

Matthew Fales also saddled Turn Out The Lite to his first win in three starts in trial #1. The FDD Dynasty gelding, also owned by Carolyn and Ralph Fales, completed the 350 yards in fourth fastest time of :18.054. Joe Ruiz had the riding assignment. Also bred by Matt, Turn Out The Lite is from the Takin On The Cash mare Watchin The Rain.

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Heat Warning (inside) holds of Jess Feelin Blue (#9) to win the Desert Classic Futurity at Turf Paradise Friday afternoon.  © Coady Photography 

Fales Continues Hot Streak With Desert Classic Futurity Victory

PHOENIX, AZ—MAY 3, 2013—Coming off two stakes wins last weekend, Turf Paradise Leading Quarter Horse trainer Matthew Fales continued his hot streak this afternoon when Heat Warning prevailed over Jess Feelin Blue in the $64,368 Desert Classic Futurity.
Under jockey Esgar Ramirez the bay gelding surprised at 10-1 odds while completing the 300 yard course in :15.098 seconds. It was the second win in as many starts for Heat Warning and the $32,181 winner's purse boosted his career total $33,865.
Owned-and-bred by Fales' parents Ralph and Carolyn Fales, the Arizona bred is by leading sire A Regal Choice from the Thoroughbred daughter of Dixieland Heat (TB), Its a Dry Heat (TB).
Ralph and Carolyn were also recently named Turf Paradise's Leading Owners for the 2012/2013 season.

Second fastest qualifier Jess Feelin Blue broke a bit slow to finish second, earning $12,873 for owner Y/N Horse Stables, LLC. Omar Lorta conditions the Jess Louisiana Blue filly from the Separatist mare Polynesia. Dean and Melinda Boyle bred Jess Feelin Blue in Oregon.

Tac A Hike, a Tac It Like a Man gelding from the Chicks Beduino mare Nonthintinybouther, finished a neck back in the show position. Gina Stratton saddled the 2-year-old for owner Cesar Martinez. Ridden by Rodolfo Arvizu. Double Bar S Ranch, LLC, bred Tac A Hike in California.

Fastest qualifier Capital Eye drifted out in the 10 hole and finished a nose back in fourth.

Completing the field were Hawkinsons Trouble, Lady Regard, Swiss Riff, So You See, Jm Ceo and Heza Royal Scooter.

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Leading Owner—Ralph and Carolyn Fales—Trainer Matthew Fales—Jockey Martin Bourdieu, awards are presented in the Turf Paradise winner's circle. 
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Fales, Bourdieu Team Sweeps Leading Quarter Horse Honors at Turf Paradise

PHONEIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2013—Ralph and Carolyn Fales homebred Block N Tackle has been named the Quarter Horse of the Meet at Turf Paradise.

The 4-year-old son of Tac It Like a Man is undefeated in six starts at Turf Paradise during his lifetime. During the recent 2012/2013 Quarter Horse Meet he won the AQRA Turf Paradise Derby on December 1.

Out of the Takin On The Cash mare Watchin The Rain, Block N Tackle has won nine of 14 career starts and earned $181,902.

Ralph and Carolyn Fales were also named Leading Quarter Horse Owners of the Meet. From the start of the meet on September 28, 2012 through April 30, 2013 the Coolidge, Arizona couple have won 16 races (36%) from 45 starts and earned $94,930. The stable has been in the money 64% of the time for the meet.


Horse of the Meet, Block N Tackle winning the AQRA Turf Paradise Derby on December 1. © Coady Photography

Matthew Fales, trainer of Block N Tackle, was named the Leading Quarter Horse Trainer of the Meet. The son of Ralph and Carolyn saddled 32 winners, 18 seconds and 23 thirds from 119 starts. His mounts have earned $196,238. His most recent stakes wins were April 26 when he saddled the winners of both the AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity and AQRA President's Open Spring Derby.

It comes as no surprise that Martin Bourdieu who rides for first call for Fales was named the Leading Quarter Horse Jockey of the Meet. He booted 34 winners, 29 seconds and 14 thirds from 123 starts, earning $194,917. He was aboard Phone Tag in the AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity and Cuz I Say So in the AQRA President's Open Spring Derby.

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Harlee Tucker (outside), under jockey Joe Ruiz, catches Madd Dog in the Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise.

Fales' Finish 1-2 In Margie Bran ASOA Futurity Saturday

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 22, 2012—Postponed last week due to weather conditions, trainer Matthew Fales saddled 1-2 finishers in the $31,825 Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise for his parent's Carolyn and Ralph Fales.

The pair of two-year-olds, owned by the Fales, came into the race with the top two qualifying time from the December 2 trials. The lightly raced Harlee Tucker got her second career win in four starts.

Under jockey Joe Ruiz the Heza Motor Scooter filly picked up the $15,913 winner's purse to boost her career total to $23,481. She completed the 400 yard course in :19.805 seconds, a 96 speed index. Sergio Chavez, II bred Harlee Tucker in Arizona from the Rocky Jones mare Phenomena.

Madd Dog, a homebred for Carolyn and Ralph, could not hold off the fast closing Harlee Tucker, getting out-nodded a nose by his stablemate at the wire. The Dog Daze Afternoon gelding, out of Merri Roc who is also a daughter of Rocky Jones, earned $6,365 for the effort. Already a stakes-winner and multiple stake placed runner, Madd Dog boosted his career total to nearly $60,000 with a 4-2-2 record from nine starts. Jorge Bourdieu was aboard.

Rosalio Aguirre's Ra Johnnys Crown finished 1-¾ lengths back in the show position. The Count Corona colt out of Our Courgarette, by Gallant Effort, earned $3,182. Rick Oliver rode the homebred for trainer L. Wayne Brasher.

Following the leaders were El Estero, Yn Makario and La Perrita de Anya. Pancho Pantera and On A Sundayafternoon dead-heated for 7th place with Kerwhango last. Nonitas Scooter was scratched.

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Phone Tag, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, holds off Jess So Happens in the AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity at Turf Paradise.

Matthew Fales Saddles President's Stakes Double Header at Turf Paradise

PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 26, 2012—Trainer Matthew Fales saddled the winner's of both the AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity and the AQRA Presidents Spring Open Derby on Friday afternoon at Turf Paradise.

AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity
In the $44,275 AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity Martha Well's homebred Phone Tag bounced off a fourth place effort in the trials to defeat fastest qualifier Jess So Happens by a head.

Jockey Jorge Bourdieu rode the Separatist gelding over the 300 yards in :15.974 seconds to pickup the winner's purse of $22,138. The California bred is out of the Hawkinson mare Hope To Cope.

Post-time favorite Jess So Happens broke out and could not make up enough ground over the short distance. The colt by first crop sire Jess Zoomin earned $8,855 for owner Corina Molina and Trisha Rivera. Thomas Moreno trains with Luis Gutierrez, Jr., riding the Arizona bred. He is out of the Moon Lark mare Shake The Moon.

Caracortada finished another head back in the show position for owner/breeder Ramon Vejar. John Ashby trains the Azoom colt out of Classy Judgette, by Judge Cash. Michael Ybarra was aboard to earn $4,428.

Completing the futurity field were Flashs Best Splash, One Fantastic Chick, Fire Thorn, Jo Jo Hot, Hotrod Girl, Daisy To Go and Yn Red Diablo.


Cuz I Said So, under jockey Joe Ruiz, cruises over the finish line in the AQRA Presidents Spring Open Derby.
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AQRA Presidents Spring Open Derby
In the AQRA Presidents Spring Open Derby trainer Matthew Fales saddled the lightly raced Cuz I Say So to her first career stakes win. Under jockey Joe Ruiz, the First Down Dash filly completed her 350 yard task in a quick :17.704 seconds, a 97 speed index, to win by 1 ¼ lengths. It was the third win in five starts for the sorrel miss and the $17,480 winner's purse boosted her career total to $23,434.

Jesus Javier Borboa owns the filly out of the Mr Jess Perry mare La Michoacana. Vessels Stallion Farm, LLC and Isla Vista Ranch SS, Inc. bred her in California.

Fastest qualifier Quick To Boogie earned $6,992 for finishing second. Gilberto Hernandez saddled the Royal Blue Chew Chew gelding for owner Carlos Pelayo.

The $6,992 place check pushed his career total past $17,100. Dale Smith bred Quick To Boogie in Arizona from the Late To Bed mare Shakin Ana Dashin.

Higinio Avilez' Diablos Cartel finished a nose back in the third. The Teller Cartel gelding is still a maiden after eight career starts but finished on the board three times. Tomas Moreno trains with Luis Gutierrez, Jr. riding. Corina Molina bred the black gelding in Arizona from the Takin On The Cash mare Fb Kokopelli.

Lady By The Bay, One Flying Eagle, Black Storm Regard, Ravine, Sixsito, Corona For Everybody and Viva La Blue completed the derby field..

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Harlee Tucker (outside), under jockey Joe Ruiz, catches Madd Dog in the Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise.

Fales' Finish 1-2 In Margie Bran ASOA Futurity Saturday

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 22, 2012—Postponed last week due to weather conditions, trainer Matthew Fales saddled 1-2 finishers in the $31,825 Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise for his parent's Carolyn and Ralph Fales.

The pair of two-year-olds, owned by the Fales, came into the race with the top two qualifying time from the December 2 trials. The lightly raced Harlee Tucker got her second career win in four starts.

Under jockey Joe Ruiz the Heza Motor Scooter filly picked up the $15,913 winner's purse to boost her career total to $23,481. She completed the 400 yard course in :19.805 seconds, a 96 speed index. Sergio Chavez, II bred Harlee Tucker in Arizona from the Rocky Jones mare Phenomena.

Madd Dog, a homebred for Carolyn and Ralph, could not hold off the fast closing Harlee Tucker, getting out-nodded a nose by his stablemate at the wire. The Dog Daze Afternoon gelding, out of Merri Roc who is also a daughter of Rocky Jones, earned $6,365 for the effort. Already a stakes-winner and multiple stake placed runner, Madd Dog boosted his career total to nearly $60,000 with a 4-2-2 record from nine starts. Jorge Bourdieu was aboard.

Rosalio Aguirre's Ra Johnnys Crown finished 1-¾ lengths back in the show position. The Count Corona colt out of Our Courgarette, by Gallant Effort, earned $3,182. Rick Oliver rode the homebred for trainer L. Wayne Brasher.

Following the leaders were El Estero, Yn Makario and La Perrita de Anya. Pancho Pantera and On A Sundayafternoon dead-heated for 7th place with Kerwhango last. Nonitas Scooter was scratched.

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Capital Eye, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, defeats Jess Feelin Blue to post the top qualifying Desert Classic Futurity trial time on Friday at Turf Paradise.  © Coady Photography

Capital Eye Breaks Maiden, Sets Top Desert Classic Futurity Trial Time

PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 19, 2013—Capital Eye broke his maiden Friday afternoon on his way to setting the top time for the Desert Classic Futurity at Turf Paradise Racetrack. The 10 fastest two-year-olds from the three trial races contested will return to the Arizona track on Friday May 3rd and vie for the winner' share of a $30,000-added purse over 300 yards.

Capital Eye was one of three finalists saddled by trainer Matthew Fales. The homebred for Womack Cavender Farms pulled six of the 10 fastest qualifiers from trial #1, including the top four, into the open final for 2-year-old American Quarter Horses.

Under jockey Jorge Bourdieu the Oklahoma-bred completed the 300 yard course in :15.868 seconds, getting his first career win in his first start. Mike Womack bred the Ivory James gelding from the Mr Eye Opener mare Fantastic Six.

Fales also saddled Heat Warning to victory in the second trial for owner/breeders Ralph and Carolyn Fales. Under jockey Rodolfo Arvizu the A Regal Choice gelding registered the fifth fastest time of :16.137 seconds. He is out of the Dixieland Heat Thoroughbred mare, Dry Heat. The Fales also qualified another home-bred, So You Can See, an Azyoucansee filly to the seventh fastest time.

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Harlee Tucker (outside), under jockey Joe Ruiz, catches Madd Dog in the Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise.

Fales' Finish 1-2 In Margie Bran ASOA Futurity Saturday

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 22, 2012—Postponed last week due to weather conditions, trainer Matthew Fales saddled 1-2 finishers in the $31,825 Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise for his parent's Carolyn and Ralph Fales.

The pair of two-year-olds, owned by the Fales, came into the race with the top two qualifying time from the December 2 trials. The lightly raced Harlee Tucker got her second career win in four starts.

Under jockey Joe Ruiz the Heza Motor Scooter filly picked up the $15,913 winner's purse to boost her career total to $23,481. She completed the 400 yard course in :19.805 seconds, a 96 speed index. Sergio Chavez, II bred Harlee Tucker in Arizona from the Rocky Jones mare Phenomena.

Madd Dog, a homebred for Carolyn and Ralph, could not hold off the fast closing Harlee Tucker, getting out-nodded a nose by his stablemate at the wire. The Dog Daze Afternoon gelding, out of Merri Roc who is also a daughter of Rocky Jones, earned $6,365 for the effort. Already a stakes-winner and multiple stake placed runner, Madd Dog boosted his career total to nearly $60,000 with a 4-2-2 record from nine starts. Jorge Bourdieu was aboard.

Rosalio Aguirre's Ra Johnnys Crown finished 1-¾ lengths back in the show position. The Count Corona colt out of Our Courgarette, by Gallant Effort, earned $3,182. Rick Oliver rode the homebred for trainer L. Wayne Brasher.

Following the leaders were El Estero, Yn Makario and La Perrita de Anya. Pancho Pantera and On A Sundayafternoon dead-heated for 7th place with Kerwhango last. Nonitas Scooter was scratched.

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 Harlee Tucker, ridden by Jorge Bourdieu, breaks her maiden will setting the top time for the Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity at Turf Paradise.© Coady Photography

Fales Family, Jorge Bourdieu Dominate Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Trials at Turf Paradise

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 2, 2012—The Fales' family and jockey Jorge Bourdieu won both trials and posted the top two qualifying times in the Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity trials on Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to the Arizona racetrack on Sunday, December 16, and vie for the winner's share of a $10,000-added purse for 2-year-olds going 400 yards.

Coming off a second place effort in the $28,737 AQRA Futurity on November 11, Harlee Tucker broke her maiden over Nonitas Scooter in the first of two trials. Ralph and Carolyn Fales own the Heza Motor Scooter filly trained by their son Matt Fales and ridden by Jorge Bourdieu. Her time of :20.201 seconds was the fastest from the 16 head starting in the trials.

Harlee Tucker is 1-1-0 in three starts and has earned $7,568. Sergio Chavez II bred the sorrel miss in Arizona from the Rocky Jones mare Phenomena.

The same combination of Ralph and Carolyn Fales as owners, Matt Fales trainer and Jorge Bourdieu jockey, scored a 1-¼ length victory in the second trial with Madd Dog. His time of :20.329 were the second fastest, pushing his career record to 3-2-1 in eight starts and more than $51,000 in earnings.

The Fales' homebred, by Dog Daze Afternoon out of Merri Roc by Rocky Jones, won a futurity last May at Turf Paradise and was third in the AQRA Futurity in his last start on November 11.

Matt Fales also saddled the Decash (PT) colt Pancho Pantera to the 10th fastest time for owner Ovis O. Mead. Ron Ore-Giron bred Pancho Pantera from the Oh Poppy Quarter Horse mare My Show Girl.

The aforementioned Nonitas Scooter, also a daughter of Heza Motor Scooter, held on for the third fastest time of :20.330. Alvaro Monteverde trains the filly, out of Nonas Valentine by Chicks Beduino, for Jorge Luis Solano.

The Omar E. Lorta owned-bred-and-trained Yn Makario finished third in the fist trial for the fourth fastest time of :20.443. The Hez Fast As Cash gelding is out of Fun Being Fickle, by Devon Lane (TB).

Second crop sire Dog Daze Afternoon, a Streakin La Jolla half-brother to champion Jess You And I, sired four finalist.

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Block N Tackle
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Trainer Matt Fales and owner's Carolyn and Ralph Fales with family and friends following their victory in the AQRA-Turf Paradise Derby on Saturday.
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Block N Tackle Cruises to Easy Victory in AQRA-Turf Paradise Derby Saturday

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 1, 2012—The super consistent Block N Tackle cruised to an easy 1 ¼ length victory over Famous Photo Saturday afternoon in the $38,950 AQRA-Turf Paradise Derby. Bringin It On finished a head back in the show position.

Under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, Block N Tackle picked up his ninth career win in 13 starts while completing the 400 yard course in :19.803 seconds, a 96 speed index. The $19,475 winner's purse boosts his career total to $171,502.

Matt Fales conditions the Tac It Like a Man homebred for his parents Carolyn and Ralph Fales. The sorrel gelding out of Watchin The Rain, by Takin On The Cash was bred in Arizona. It was the second derby win of the year for Block N Tackle and his fourth career stakes victory.

Famous Photo races for owner Amado De La Riva and is trained by Sergio Garcia. David Reyes-Frisby rode the Famous Lane 3-year-old out of Quick To De Photo-TB, by Hapgood-TB. It only the fourth career start for the lightly raced gelding that has earned $18,239.

Bringin It On, is another homebred owned by Carolyn and Ralph Fales and trained by Matt Fales. Joe Ruiz was aboard the FDD Dynasty gelding out of Already In Love, by Corona Cartel. The $3,895 show purse pushes the bay's earnings total to $37,662.

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Block N Tackle
Multiple stakes winner Block N Tackle, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, setting the fastest time for the AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Derby on Saturday. Coady Photography

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Fales Stable Dominates AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Derby Trials

PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 17, 2012—A pair of three-year-olds owned by Carolyn and Ralph Fales and trained by Matthew Fales each took a trial for the AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Derby on Saturday afternoon.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from the two trial races will return to the Arizona racetrack on December 1st and vie for the winner's share of a $15,000-added purse at 400 yards.

In the second trial the super-consistent gelding Block N Tackle raced to a half-length win and the top qualifying mark of :19.942 seconds. Also bred by his trainer, Matthew Fales, the sorrel gelding picked up his eighth win in 12 career starts. Jorge Bourdieu was up.

Coming off a second place effort in the $70,000 Mile High Derby at Arapahoe Park on August 18, the multiple stakes winner pushed his earnings past $152,000 with the trial victory. A son of leading second crop sire Tac It Like A Man, Block N Tackle is out of the Takin On The Cash mare Watchin The Rain. Last season he won the Desert Classic Futurity and AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity and this season he won the Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe.

Carolyn and Ralph Fales' first winner of the day came in the first trial when Bringin It On rallied to a three-quarter-length victory following a slow start. Also ridden by Bourdieu for trainer Matthew Fales, Bringin It On completed the 400 yard course in :20.043 for the third fastest qualifying time.

The homebred, by FDD Dynasty out of Already In Love by Corona Cartel, won the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile last season and has earned $33,767.

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Multiple stakes winner Lifes Been Good will stand at Fales Ranch, near Coolidge, Arizona. AQHA's 2011 West/Southwest Champion 3-Year-Old Colt Lifes Been Good will begin his stallion career at Fales Ranch, near Coolidge, Arizona in 2013. His fee is $1,000. The multiple stakes winner and Grade 1 placed stallion won or placed in 10 of 13 lifetime starts, earning $75,360. He won the Arizona QRA Futurity and the Desert Classic Derby. He was third in the Southern California Derby(G1), AQRA President's Open Derby and Katella Handicap and a finalist in the Vessels Maturity(G1) and AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity.  Click here for more information!


Madd Dog CONGRATULATIONS!  Madd Dog wins the second trial to the AQRA Restricted Futurity under a hand ride. Thanks to Martin Bourdieu for a nice ride and for qualifying both him and Harlee Tucker. Watch for them both in finals on November 18th at Turf Paradise

Jesswatchme Impressive in John Deere Bonus Challenge win at Fort Erie on Saturday. Congratulations to Full Circle Racing. Matt bred and raised this horse. Click here to read article.



Fortune N Fame with Jockey Kate Fales
winning at Yavapai Downs

Racing could resume at Yavapai Downs by Memorial Day weekend 2013. This is good news for us, as we can begin racing close to home again!  Click here to read the article.

Congratulations to Full Circle Racing - Greg and Sue Watson of Ontario, Canada on qualifying : Eye Zoom, Sugar Bar and Cruwysn Down Home to the $152,400 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. Good Luck in the Finals!


Block N Tackle Romps in Rocky Mountain QH Derby Win at Arapahoe Park
Block N Tackle, under jockey Tony Guymon, cruises to victory in the Rocky Mountain QH Derby Saturday afternoon at Arapahoe Park.
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Block N Tackle Romps in Rocky Mountain QH Derby Win at Arapahoe Park. Photo © Coady Photography

AURORA, CO—JULY 14, 2012—The super consistent Block N Tackle made it look easy as he romped to a 1 ½ length win in the $76,750 Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Derby Saturday afternoon at Arapahoe Park.

Under jockey Tony Guymon, Block N Tackle took the lead early then completed his 350 yard task in :17.497 seconds to pickup the $30,700 winner's purse for owner's Ralph and Carolyn Fales of Coolidge, Arizona.



The Fales family and jockey Tony Guymon accept the Rocky Mountain QH Derby trophy on Saturday. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Matthew Fales, Ralph and Carolyn's son, bred and trains the Tac It Like a Man gelding who scored his seventh career win in nine starts. Block N Tackle has earned $133,905 with a 7-1-1 record. He is out of the Takin On The Cash mare Watchin The Rain. He came in to the derby with the fourth fastest time after winning his trial by head on June 29.

After getting bumped at the start, Thomas Bradbury and Lisa Beauprez' Duplicate Check recovered nicely to pickup $15,350 for second. The royally bred Corona Cartel filly is trained by John Hammes and ridden by Vince Guerra. Zory Kuzyk bred the bay miss in California from the First Down Dash mare Check Her Twice. She is a half-sister to multiple stakes sire Check Him Out. She went off as a 21-1 longshot.

The unlucky horse in the race was Baby I Like It, who fell to his face after the start but recovered to finish third. The Ivory James colt had come into the Rocky Mountain Derby undefeated in five career starts at Arapahoe Park and was the 5-2 second choice for owner Hugo Barron Sierra, trainer Jose Manuel Barron and jockey Alejandro Luna. He is out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Baby La Jolla.
Molten Maven, Kool Kue Country, D E Trubador, Jmf Ryons Ocean, Fast Prize Shiney, Top Gun B and Cash This Panther completed the field.
Fastest qualifier Kool Kue Country, who won her first race in the trials in her sixth lifetime start, took fifth. The 2-1 favorite, Top Gun B, faded to ninth after breaking alertly.

 

 

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