June 29, 2014
Retama Park on Saturday hosted a trio of TQHA Sires’ Cup stakes, highlighted by the $103,270 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2). In that race, Maria Guadalupe Araiza’s homebred Jess Toast Winner unleashed a strong late run to prevail by a head in :18.011 for 350 yards. Rodrigo Vallejo rode the Toast To Dash gelding for conditioner Rodolfo Sanchez.
Texas-bred Jess Toast Winner recorded his third win in four career starts and boosted his bankroll to $56,270. His only defeat was a third-place finish in the Old South Futurity at Delta Downs.
Isidro Flores’ Stolin Wagon, a colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon, ran a strong race to take second. Red Corona Warrior, by Coronas Fast Dash, was third for breeder and owner Terrazas Family.
The $48,589 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (R) went to favored Mister Big, who drew clear to win by a length as odds of 7-5. Owned by breeder Jerry Windham, the Shazoom gelding stopped the timer at :20.001 for 400 yards with Rodrigo Vallejo up for trainer Judd Kearl.
Texas-bred Mister Big failed to find the winner’s circle in five starts as a 2-year-old, but he did qualify to the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park. As a 3-year-old, he's already won three races this year including the Sam Houston Derby (G3). His record now stands at 10-3-2-1 with earnings of $119,621.
Eleazar Martinez Sr.’s Ill Paint The Town, a filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon, finished second, and Six Time Special, a daughter of Streakin Sixes running for breeder Nancy Carrizales, took third.
In the $18,500 TQHA Sires’ Cup Stakes (R) for older horses, SS Poker Face Dream rolled to a 1 ¾-length victory with a 400-yard clocking of :20.392. Luis Vivanco rode for trainer Daniel Luna and owner Juan Carlos Perez. The victory improved SS Poker Face Dream’s record to 17-6-5-1 with earnings of $100,916. The 4-year-old son of Primetime Dream was bred in Texas by Ronnie Stewart/Double S Farm.
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