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Thirtyminutemass Dominant Winner of Dick Wasia Memorial Stakes at Pocatello
Thirtyminutemass, under jockey Eric Ayala, was an easy winner in the Dick Wasia Memorial Stakes (not black-type for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, on Saturday's race card at Pocatello Downs.

Kira Crook
Thirtyminutemass Dominant Winner of Dick Wasia Memorial Stakes at Pocatello

POCATELLO, ID – SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 – One of three stakes on closing day at Pocatello was the $7,250 Dick Wasia Memorial Stakes (not black-type), a 1,000-yard event for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Thirtyminutemass ($4.00) and Eric Ayala had the lead early and rolled home to a six-length victory over Don’t Ask and Dakota Wood. The Thoroughbred gelding by Honor Code finished in :52.149 and earned a 103 speed index in his first attempt against Quarter Horses.

Gary Simpson trains Thirtyminutemass for owner Polly Simpson. He was bred in Kentucky by Murray Stroud and Endeavor Farm, out of Poppy’s Baby Girl, by Yankee Victor. Prior to Saturday, the 4-year-old was four for 24 lifetime with $42,973 in earnings with starts at Wyoming Downs, Turf Paradise and Canterbury and the Fair Grounds.

The winning connections of Thirtyminutemass accept the Dick Wasia Memorial Stakes trophy. © Kira Crook

Also making his debut against Quarter Horses was Don’t Ask in second place for trainer Kash Evans owners Wes and Gary Edmo. The 4-year-old gelding was bred in California by Harris Farms, by Lakerville and out of Don’t Despair, by High Brite.

Don’t Ask had earned $14,764 with three wins in 11 starts in Idaho, Wyoming and Arizona before trying 1,000 yards.

Lucky Cotton completed the trifecta with Jesus Virgen in the irons for trainer Brandon Porter and owners Sidney Farmer and Juanita Farmer.

Lucky Cotton is a 12-year-old daughter of Lucky Pulpit, bred in California by Donald Dizney and out of the Northern Afleet mare Amadamprez. Her previous experience in Quarter Horse races came in four starts at Los Alamitos, but she made $122,987 in 46 starts and six wins at Thoroughbred tracks in California and was stakes placed at Les Bois.

The lone Quarter Horse in the field, Fantastic, finished fourth for owner and trainer Shaun Story; Jesus Valenzuela had the riding call.

Fantastic is a 6-year-old mare with six wins and over $20,000 earned in 31 career starts. She was bred in Oklahoma by Irene Velasquez, by Fantastic Corona Jr and out of Blaze the Mall, by Heza Fast Man.

Fantastic made her second start in stakes race in her career on Saturday. Earlier this year, she competed in the Pocatello Downs Spring Championship Stakes.

Factorial, Rim Ditch and Sooner Than Sooner were scratched.