Big Night at Retama Park

Retama Park hosts big-money races on TQHA Sale weekend.

Q-Racing Journal
July 23, 2014

Stakes veteran Grey Daze bringing fastest-qualifier honors into the $365,260 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) and Hobbs America Futurity (G2) runner-up Echoes Of Love topping the qualifiers to the $173,700 Retama Park Derby provide an interesting Saturday night of racing at Retama Park.

The TQHA Sale Futurity is for horses who passed through the ring at the TQHA Yearling Sale. This year’s sale is on Friday and Saturday.

Louis A. Trey Malechek III and Ben Butler’s Grey Daze (Captain Courage-Grey Lakes Girl by Royal Shake Em) fought to a nose win over first-time starter Favorite Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Favorite Energy by Favorite Trick (TB)) in their trial and the pair came away with the two-fastest qualifying marks.

Grey Daze was timed in :17.899 for the 350 yards while Terry and Irene Stennett’s Favorite Eagle raced to a :17.909.

The Leon Bard-trained Grey Daze has the advantage of stakes experience. The filly was moved up to third in the $68,000 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge after crossing the finish line in fourth place. She earned her spot in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge with a length trial victory.

The Trey Wood-trained Favorite Eagle was the 9-5 favorite in the trial even though get had not made a start. He was on the lead and was caught at the wire.

In the Retama Park Derby, it was a similar scenario with Valeriano Racing Stables’ Echoes Of Love finishing a nose ahead of Jaime Bujanda’s Docs First Fire in their trial and they hold the top-two qualifying times.

Echoes Of Love covered the 400 yards in :20.022 with Docs First Fire given a :20.037 time.

Echoes Of Love (One Famous Eagle-Echoes Of Angels by Eyesa Special) is a consistent filly while finishing in the top-three runners in each of her latest five starts. In her sole stakes appearance during these five starts she was second in the $275,489 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) last fall.

Echoes Of Love placed in a pair of allowance races between the Hobbs America Futurity and her Retama Derby trial win.

Docs First Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Dutch Secret by Separatist) scored his only career win from 11 starts with a qualifying victory in his 2013 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) trial by three quarters of a length. He also qualified for the 2013 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos. He was sixth in the finals of each futurity.

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