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Retama hosts stakes on Saturday night.
July 25, 2013
J.B. and Sherrie Morace’s Cartel Arrangement makes her stakes debut in the TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) and Douglas Traylor’s Bubba Carver goes for his third-straight win in the Retama Park Derby (G3) to head a stakes program at Retama Park on Saturday night.
Cartel Arrangement (Carters Cartel-Hawks Dancing Straw by Hawkinson) moves up to the futurity ranks after setting the fastest-qualifying time to the TQHA Sale Futurity, a race for horses who passed through the TQHA Sale. She won the fourth of 11 trials by three quarters of a length. Hr time of :17.847 led the qualifiers.
The Angel Sanchez-trained filly showed she was ready for her breakout trial effort after finishing second in her career debut and then stepping up with a 1 1/4-length maiden win at Sam Houston Race Park.
Ashley O. Vera and Alberto O. Vera Jr.’s Won To Watch (Tres Seis-Miss Eye In The Sky by Mr Eye Opener) should be dangerous in the Sale Futurity with her stakes experience and four-race winning streak. She won the Heritage Place Juvenile two starts ago and then won her TQHA Sale Futurity trial by three quarters of a length, with the second-fastest time of :17.874 as the 2-5 favorite.
Bubba Carver (Wave Carver-Rustys Lil Lady by Fredricksburg) comes into the Retama Park Derby on a roll, with consecutive wins and three victories in his latest four starts. He started his hot streak with a win in the El Nino Stakes at Hialeah Park and – after a troubled fourth-place run as the favorite in the Biscayne Bay Stakes – he won the Ben E. Keith Stakes by a nose.
The Judd Kearl-trained gelding dominated his trial by 1 3/4 lengths. His time of :19.568 for 400 yards led the qualifiers from five trials.
Javier Ramirez’s Dash For Coronas (Coronas Leaving You-Azure Dash by First Down Dash) may be returning to his early career form after winning the Oklahoma Futurity (G2) by 1 1/2 lengths and placing fourth in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) as the 6-5 choice.
The Carlos Gonzalez-trained gelding raced to his first win since his Heritage Place Futurity trial when he won his Retama Park Derby trial by 1 3/4 lengths, with the second-fastest time of :19.614.
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