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'Poker Face' Takes TQHA Futurity

Juvenile colt stays perfect, Jumpn Beau Chick scores in Derby.

July 1, 2012

SS Poker Face Dream ran his record to a perfect 4-for-4 and earned his first stakes victory on Saturday with another dominating performance as he took the $101,950 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2) at Retama Park by 1 ¼ lengths. That marked the smallest margin of victory in his four wins but earned him a career-high speed index of 106 for a 350-yard sprint in :17.555 under jockey Carlos Castro. The gray colt by Primetime Dream paid $4.00 to win as the even-money favorite for trainer Cleto Martinez Jr.

Bred in Texas by Ronnie Stewart/Double S Farm, SS Poker Face Dream runs for Juan Carlos Perez of Austin and has banked $50,170 in his four wins. He kicked off his career at Sam Houston Race Park with daylight victories over maiden and allowance foes before capturing his TQHA trial by 2 ¼ lengths as the fastest qualifier.

SS Poker Face Dream became the first stakes winner sired by Primetime Dream, who won the Longhorn Futurity (G2) and Rio Rico Futurity (G3) in 2005 and also finished third in the TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity. SS Poker Face Dream, who is out of the winning Behold A Beduino mare Precious Serendipity, was also the first winner for the Royal Shake Em stallion.

Jerry Windham’s homebred Jess A Swingin, a daughter of Shazoom who had finished third in each of her three previous starts, closed strongly to grab second. The Winners Award gelding Winners Adversary, who won a trial in his racing debut, took third for breeder and owner Pete Scarmardo.

Earlier on the card, Francisco Garza’s Jumpn Beau Chick scored a 9-1 upset in the $50,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (RG3). With Mario Trujillo aboard for conditioner Roberto Madrigal, the Texas-bred daughter of Jumpn Chic prevailed by a half-length and clocked 400 yards in :19.763.

Jumpn Beau Chick, who was bred by Sergio Garza out of the two-time Grade 1-placed Make It Anywhere mare Beaukas, had hit the board in seven of her eight previous starts but this marked her first victory. Her best previous effort was a second-place finish in last year’s TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity. Her record now stands at 9-1-4-3 with earnings of $49,211. She is the first stakes winner sired by Jumpn Chic, a Grade 1-placed son of Chicks Beduino out of the ultra-productive First Down Dash mare Imjumpn. A two-time stakes winner on the track, Imjumpn has produced 15 winners, three stakes winners, four stakes-placed runners and the earners of more than $1.2 million.

Sue Fikes’ homebred Loves Brown Sugar, a filly by Prime Talent, earned her first stakes-placing with a second-place effort. Wagon Empire, a PYC Paint Your Wagon colt running for J.J. Racing, finished third.

The $19,750 TQHA Sires’ Cup Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds and up went to Bob McClure’s Dale N James, who won by a half-length in :19.782 for 400 yards with Luis Vivanco up for trainer Cindi Keeton. The 4-year-old gelding by Okey Dokey Dale had qualified to several graded stakes, including the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1), but this marked his first stakes win.