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'Sugar' Wins TQHA Classic at Retama

San Antonio-area track features Texas-bred stakes on Friday night.

July 26, 2013

Retama Park on Friday kicked off the first of two nights of stakes action with four stakes, including three for accredited Texas-breds. In the richest race of the night, the $39,500 TQHA Classic Stakes (R) at 400 yards, Sue Fikes’ homebred Loves Brown Sugar ran down favored Charal Kid to claim a head victory as the 2-1 second favorite. This marked the fifth straight win for the 4-year-old daughter of Prime Talent and the third against stakes company, all at Retama. Ridden by Santos Carrizales and trained by Kie Mushinski, Loves Brown Sugar caught Charal Kid at the wire and earned a 96 speed index for a time of :19.965. All told, she has won seven of 19 starts with earnings of $85,365. Loves Brown Sugar is out of the Royal Shake Em mare Loves Easter Bunny.

Malinche Cattle Co.’s homebred Charal Kid went over the $500,000 mark in career earnings with the second-place finish. The 7-year-old Streakin La Jolla gelding has compiled an impressive record of 49-18-13-3 during his productive career.

Longshot Nash Jolla closed fast to take third.

The $35,000 TQHA 250 Stakes (R) went to 9-5 favorite Sparrow Contender, who closed well under jockey Manuel Gutierrez to win by a neck in :13.318. The 4-year-old Contend stallion runs for owner Israel Soliz Jr. and trainer Erika Huitron. Irma Trevino bred the winner out of the Streakin Six mare Taint Special. Sparrow Contender won two stakes earlier in the year at Louisiana Downs and this marked his third career stakes victory. His earnings now stand at $60,644 with six wins in 18 trips to the post.

Longshot Spartocus took second at odds of 14-1, and SS Poker Face Dream closed for third.

In the $34,000 TQHA 550 Stakes (R), James and Marilyn Helzer’s homebred Watching the Cashflo picked up his second consecutive stakes win at Retama after taking the Universal City Handicap, also at 550 yards, on June 28. Piloted by Gaspar Garcia for trainer Esteban Rubio, the 3-year-old gelded son of Okey Dokey Fantasy prevailed by a neck as the 2-1 favorite and stopped the timer at :27.399. The Texas-bred has won four of 11 starts with earnings of $46,435.

Bar Struck had the early lead and held on to finish a clear second with The Field Cricket taking third.

In the open $23,000 Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes at 870 yards, Basilio Lozano’s Toodles Bullet took advantage of his inside post position to ride the rail to a head victory over Legendary Express. The Texas-bred gelding by Barrett’s Bullet (TB) clocked the distance in :46.193 with Eliazar Vera up for trainer Jose Uriegas Jr. Freddie Yamaguchi bred the 7-year-old gelding out of the Jody O Toole mare Toodledoo. With his first career stakes victory, Toodles Bullet improved his record to 31-7-5-7 with earnings of $69,577.

Legendary Express put in a game effort to take second with Dashers Midnight in third.

The $16,200 Jones Bloodstock Insurance Starter Stakes, which is not an official AQHA stakes, went to Robert Guzman’s DW Runaway B. The even-money favorite, ridden by Saul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Manuel Vega Jr., won for the fifth time this year and sixth time in his career. The 4-year-old Ocean Runaway gelding has banked $36,080.