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Challenge Doubleheader at Retama

Challenge races headline Retama's weekend.

August 9, 2012

Fastest qualifier Sheaintcrynrealtears, searching for her first stakes win in the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge, and five finalists from the Steven Kearl barn racing in the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge combine for a Challenge doubleheader at Retama Park on Saturday night.

Tawn and Allen Perkins’ John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge headliner Sheaintcrynrealtears (Jet Cartel-Tear Drop Six by Sixarun) made her first start at Retama Park and her first start for trainer Jesse Yoakum in the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge trials. She responded with a neck win as the 5-2 favorite, and her time of :17.748 for 350 yards was the quickest mark from five trials.

Sheaintcrynrealtears made her first six career starts on the Louisiana circuit with a maiden win and a fourth-place run in the $81,002 Old South Futurity.

Twin Spires Farm’s homebred My Te Fast Cat (Panther Mountain-Takin Up The Ante by Takin On The Cash) was just behind Sheaintcrynrealtears in their trial, and he posted the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.787. The Leon Bard-trained gelding was fourth in a John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Futurity trial and second in a maiden race at Sam Houston Race Park before his John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge trial.

While Kearl has the numbers in the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge, top-qualifier honors went to the Guy Hopkins-trained Jess A Comment (First Comment-Jess Quick Fun by Mr Jess Perry). He scored a game trial win by a head over Jess Tee Off (Tres Seis-Jess Linda Tee by Mr Jess Perry). Jess A Comment was timed in :19.816, while Jess Tee Off earned a :19.854 time.

Michael Amburn’s Jess A Comment brings a stakes resume into the Adequan Retama  Derby Challenge. The gelding has qualified for the Texas Classic Futurity (G1), TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2), John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) and the TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3).

La Blanquita Ranch’s Jess Tee Off heads the five qualifiers from the Kearl barn. The winner of last year’s Sam Houston Futurity (G2), he was second in the $161,950 Evangeline Downs Futurity two starts ago.

James Cordell’s homebred Acorn In The Grove (Oak Tree Special-Sixes Ms Perry by Mr Jess Perry) is another Kearl contender and is the third-fastest qualifier. She won her trial by a nose in :19.975 over fourth-fastest qualifier Country Chick Moons (Country Chick Man-Say Six Moons by Marthas Six Moons), timed in :19.979.

Acorn In The Grove raced to her second win in the trial and was third in the TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) last year.

The other Kearl-trained qualifiers are Skyy High Perry (Stoli-Oh Perry by Mr Jess Perry), Streakin The Edge (Streakin La Jolla-Power Edge by Behold A Beduno) and Executive Miss Dash (Executive Menace-Miss Ryon Dash by Dash For Destiny).