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Challenge Derby, Juvenile at Sam Houston

Tejas Energy B headlines Adequan Sam Houston Challenge.

Q-Racing Journal
May 16, 2013

Antonio Delgado Jr.’s Tejas Energy B tries for his third-straight win in the $35,000 Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge and the Jose Espinosa-owned and -trained The Kat In The Hat brings fastest-qualifiers honors into the $25,000 John Deere Sam Houston Challenge on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park.

Tejas Energy B (Tres Seis-First Down Energy by First Down Dash) won his maiden two starts ago after three winless efforts at 2. He destroyed a Sam Houston maiden race by 4 3/4 lengths while setting a 300-yard track record of :15.006. He then backed up that record-setting effort when he won his Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge trial by 3 lengths over sixth-fastest qualifier The Scotch Is Dun (Hiclass La Jolla-Butterscotch Shake by Royal Shake Em).

The Manuel Vega Jr.-trained Tejas Energy B was timed in :19.817.

Cesar Rosales’ second-fastest qualifier Dash Master Jess (Mr Jess Perry-Dash Master Miss by Dash For Destiny) has won three of his latest five starts to go with a pair of close second-place efforts against lesser company. The Rolanda Almanza-trained colt impressed with a 2 ¼-length trial win, with a :19.992 mark.

The Kat In The Hat (Red Oak Special-Lets Roll Cat by Takin On The Cash) is the fastest John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge qualifier. However, he faces a contentious field. The gelding stepped forward after a third-place finish in his career debut to win his John Deere trial by three quarters of a length. His :17.747 time for 350 yards was the best from 10 trials.

Filimon Saucedo’s Cristata (Mr Jess Perry-Shesa Winning Rose by Runaway Winner) has the experience edge with four previous starts, including a second-place effort in the $45,000 Sam Houston Juvenile (R). The filly finished second in her first three starts for trainer Juan Saucedo and then won his maiden with the second-fastest qualifying time in the John Deere Sam Houston Challenge trials. She won by 1 1/2 lengths as the 7-5 choice with a :17.828 time.