ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 28, 2020—Marfilmio, a half-brother to recent All American Futurity (G1) winner Whistle Stop Café, powered home to win the $35,000 Two Rivers Stakes (G3). The classic distance stake for older horses was the third of five stakes on the Friday (Sept. 25) at Prairie Meadows.
Marfilmio ($30.80) was an upset winner as he and jockey Ronald Hisby broke on top and finished nearly two lengths ahead of the rest of the field. The 5-year-old horse stopped the clock in 21.708 in the 440-yard event and earned a 101 speed index.
Marfilmio is trained by Manny Campos for owner Hugo Barron-Sierra. He was bred in Texas by Bobby Cox, by IVORY JAMES and out of Sinuous, by Mr Jess Perry.
Though he is multiple stakes placed, Friday’s win was his first career stakes victory. He has eight wins in 22 starts with $92,430 and has finished in the money in the RMQHR Championship Stakes at Arapahoe, and the Gopher State Derby and NCQHRA Futurity at Canterbury.
Graded stakes winner Three Olives N Smoke took second place by a neck under a ride from Eugenio Navarrete, Jr. John Hammes trains the 7-year-old gelding for owners Margo Schares and Brad Thomas. The accomplished gelding has nine wins and $285,635 in his 30 career starts.
Three Olives N Smoke enjoyed a six-race win streak as a 2-year-old that included the Cherry Creek and Rocky Mountain Futurities at Arapahoe. He has since won the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2) and is multiple graded stakes placed; his last four efforts have been in graded stakes, and he was finished no worse than fourth.
Post-time favorite Ferrari James and Jorge Torres were up for third place for owner Alfredo Botello. Trained by Alex Wessels, the 7-year-old was bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley and W.E. Smith, by IVORY JAMES and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Ferarri Fast Prize. His half-brother, The Prize Ferarri, recently won the $45,000 John Deere Pocatello Downs Juvenile Challenge.
Ferarri James is 14 for 39 lifetime with over $300,000 earned. He is a three-time winner of the Keokuk Stakes (G3) and won the Two Rivers Stakes in 2017. He swept the Iowa Double Gold Derby and Altoona Derby in 2016.
Completing the field were Heza Blues Man, Jk Wildcat Red, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust, Zoomn On Bye, Df Lord Garvan, Saginaw Creek and Hooked On a Win.
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In other Royal Vista Stallion news for the week September 21 Mighty Tony T, a 3-year-old son of multiple stakes sire DOMINYUN, qualfied for the $12,000-added Autumn Derby at Grants Pass Downs. Freedy Ibarra trains the colt for owner Luis Torres-Arenas. Roberto Ponce and Hernan Torres bred Mighty Tony T in Oregon from the MIghty Corona mare L Bar D Mighty Fine. Uner jockey Jamie Lopez, Mighty Tony T was clocked in :20.716 seconds.
The 400 yard final will be contested October 11 at Grants Pass Downs.