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Favorites Sweep Retama Stakes

Grey Daze, BP Wagon Train score stakes wins on a rich card in Texas.

July 27, 2014

Retama Park on Saturday night presented a pair of stakes with more than a half-million dollars in purse money on the line, and the favorites came through in both the $365,260 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) and $173,700 Retama Park Derby.

In the TQHA Sale Futurity for graduates of the annual auction held in San Antonio, an $8,000 investment from the 2013 sale named Grey Daze returned a payday of $162,541 for owners Ben Frank Butler and Louis Trey Malechek III. The filly by Captain Courage, who was bred in Texas by Lukin Gilliland, bobbled at the start but closed with a rush to win by a half-length under Francisco Calderon. The Leon Bard trainee covered 350 yards into a 20 mph headwind in :18.019 as the 9-5 favorite. Grey Daze, who has now earned $173,630 with a record of 5-3-0-1, set the fastest qualifying time in the trials after finishing third in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge.

Ezequiel Araiza’s Good Seis finished a game second and while the Tres Seis gelding remains a maiden, his earnings now stand at $84,282 with a record of 4-0-3-1.

Terry and Irene Stennett’s Favorite Eagle, a gelding by One Famous Eagle, held third after having an early lead.

In the Retama Park Derby, BP Wagon Train prevailed by a neck as the 5-2 favorite for owners Joel Tipton, Bobby Barnett, Tommy Hays and Charles Forbes Jr. The PYC Paint Your Wagon colt, who was bred in Oklahoma by Bill Price, was ridden by Saul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Bobby Martinez. BP Wagon Train sprinted 400 yards in :20.042 and picked up his first stakes win after some close stakes finishes in the past, including a second in last year’s Grade 1 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park. BP Wagon Train has now banked $199,601 with a record of 11-5-2-2.

Bobby Martinez also trained runner-up JZ Fast Boy, a Jess Zoomin gelding owned by breeder Ted G. Abrams. Ashley and Alberto Vera Jr.’s Won To Watch took third.

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