'Poker Face' Tries For Texas Perfection

SS Poker Face Dream tries for four straight in TQHA Sires Cup Futurity.

June 29, 2012

Juan Carlos Perez’s SS Poker Face Dream races for his fourth win from four starts in the $101,950 TQHA Sires Cup Futurity (RG2) as the fastest qualifier on Saturday at Retama Park.

Also on the program is Sam Houston Derby third-place finisher Nash Jolla racing in the $50,000 TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3).

SS Poker Face Dream (Primetime Dream-Precious Serendipity by Behold A Beduino) has been steadily been moving up the class ladder with impressive wins at each level. He won his maiden by 2 lengths at Sam Houston Race Park and came back against winners to score by 1 3/4 lengths with an excellent :15.367 time for 350 yards. The Cieto Martinez-trained colt was well prepared for the TQHA Sires Cup Futurity trials, and he responded with a 2 1/4-length win as the 9-10 favorite. His time in the first of five trials stood up as the fastest qualifying mark.

The Texas Broads’ Jess Jumpn (Mr Jess Perry-Eyesa Jumpn by Eyesa Special) is also unbeaten. She won her non-qualifying Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial and then moved to Retama to take her Sires Cup Derby trial by 1 1/4 lengths in :17.800 for trainer Trey Wood.

Jesus Longoria’s RC Had To Be My Day (Hadtobenuts-Make It My Day by Jodys Glory) should be dangerous in the futurity after winning his latest two starts. Two starts ago, he won his maiden in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3), and he backed up that performance with a 1 1/4-length trial win in :17.996.

In the Sires Cup Derby, Bobby Myers’ homebred Nash Jolla (Adrians Jolla-Joyalty by Royal Shake Em) has stakes experience this year with a third-place run in the Sam Houston Derby (G3) two starts ago. He then won his Sires Cup Derby trial by three-quarters of a length in :20.013 for 400 yards. The Judd Kearl-trained colt has four wins from eight starts, including two victories in his latest three outs.

P and J Racing’s Runaway Trs Seis (Tres Seis-Runaway Cindy by Runaway Winner) topped the qualifiers when she scored her second career win and first win since taking her TQHA Sale Futurity trial in her first start. The Tooter Jordan-trained filly raced the top time of :19.995 while winning by a half length.