Cash Flow Cartel Takes TQHA Futurity

Retama Park’s rich stakes feature two minor upsets.

July 29, 2012

Retama Park hosted a pair of six-figure graded stakes on Saturday night and both resulted in winners going off at odds of 7-1.

In the $400,000 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2), Cash Flow Cartel took an early half-length lead and maintained that to the wire with a 350-yard clocking of :17.612 under Luis Vivanco. Trained by Cindi Keeton for owners R. Burnett and D. and J. Schoenhofer, Cash Flow Cartel picked up $178,000 for the victory, or nearly eight times her purchase price of $23,000 at last year’s TQHA Yearling Sale.

Bred by Mercy Hinklin out of the Corona Cartel mare Cash Cartel, Cash Flow Cartel made her racing debut in the TQHA trials and finished second with the seventh-fastest qualifying time. This victory made Cash Flow Cartel the 35th stakes winner sired by Tres Sies and helped push the 2001 champion 2-year-old colt’s progeny earnings over the $13-million mark.

Joe Flores’ One Fast Wagon, a $34,000 TQHA Yearling Sale graduate, ran a strong second at odds of 11-1 to earn a check for $88,000. The PYC Paint Your Wagon filly, who was ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Jorge Barrera, came into the race with earnings of nearly $18,000 and stakes experience in the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs.

Cleto Martinez Jr.’s Newarcos Cartel, a colt by Newarco who sold for just $3,700, took third and earned $44,000. Fastest qualifier Jetblack Gold Moment was scratched.

Also on the card, Antonio Carrizales’ Jess Fly With Me closed late to prevail in the $147,3000 Retama Park Derby (G3) by a nose in :19.704 for 400 yards under jockey Santos Carrizales. This marked the first stakes win for the Fly Jess Fly colt who earlier in the year took second in the Old South Derby at Delta Downs.

Bred in Arkansas by John and Sylvia Crain, Jess Fly With Me is the eighth stakes winner sired by the Mr Jess Perry stallion Fly Jess Fly and the first out of the stakes-placed Meter Me Gone mare The Meteorite.

Leonard Lyne’s homebred Texasindependencegal, a two-time stakes winner by Mr Ottyes, had an early lead and just missed the victory as the 9-5 favorite. Dennis Winn’s Paint Me Quickid, by PYC Paint Your Wagon, crossed the wire third.