ATTENTION: The AQHA office will be closed Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. We look forward to serving you again Monday, December 1.
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.
AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.
See more AQHA Partner benefits