DM Red Tide Tops Retama Challenge Trials

Top 3-year-olds will return for final on August 10.
July 26, 2013

Juan Escalante's DM Red Tide took big step forward Friday night as he held off Rush to set the top qualifying time in Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge trials.

The 10 fastest Bank of America Racing Challenge-enrolled 3-year-olds from the three trial races will return to the central Texas racetrack on August 10 and vie for the winner's share of $25,000-added purse and a berth in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) at the Bank of America Challenge Championships on November 9 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Making his first start since a fourth-place effort for a $5,000 tag at Remington Park May 10, DM Red Tide completed the 400-yard course with the fastest clocking of :20.076, a 93 speed index into the 12 mph headwind.

Cipriano Vidana had the riding assignment for trainer Jorge Muniz. It was the second win for the Wave Carver Oklahoma-bred gelding out of Sashay N Six, by Sixarun. Don Moler is the breeder.

Under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, James On The Run posted the second-fastest time of :20.188 following a three-quarter length victory in the first trial. The Ivory James gelding owned by Rancho Los Dos Potrillos LLC was making his first start since finishing third in the $208,090 South Florida Derby on February 17.

Ricardo Martinez trains the Vessels Stallion Farm LLC California-bred. He is out of the Apollo (TB) mare Habitual Dreamer.

Coming off a win in the Rainbow Derby (G1) trials on July 6 from which he did not qualify to the final, Llano Cartel got his fifth win in eight starts in the second trial. Ridden by jockey Omar Reyes, he clocked the fourth-fastest time of :20.196.

Wade Helton owns the Teller Cartel gelding who is trained by Alfredo Gomez. Two races back he won the Jack Brooks Stakes (RG3) at Remington Park and has already earned $83,398 this year. Wootan Racing bred Llano Cartel from the Lil Bit Cuervo mare Eyesa Lil Cuervo.

For the complete list of Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys, CLICK HERE.