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Summer Showdown at Retama

Four stakes for Texas-breds highlight Retama Park card.

July 28, 2012

After the first day of the TQHA Yearling Sale at the Exposition Hall at The Freeman in San Antonio, the Texas Summer Showdown kicked off at Retama Park on Friday night. The event will continue on Saturday night with the TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) and Retama Park Derby (G3) after the second day of the sale. 

Friday’s card featured four stakes for accredited Texas-breds highlighted by two divisions of the Garyln Shelton GMC Truck Stakes (RG3) at 400 yards. In the first division for a $38,750 purse, Malinche Cattle Co. Inc.’s homebred Charal Kid scored a powerful three-quarter length victory as the 7-5 favorite. The 6-year-old Streakin La Jolla gelding got the distance in :19.833 with Santos Carrizales up for trainer Eusevio Huitron.

This marked the 16th career victory and 12th stakes win for Charal Kid and pushed his earnings over the $400,000 mark. The gelding’s richest career victories came in the $202,200 Dash For Cash Derby (G1) and $117,440 Sam Houston Derby (G2).

Rose Mary Chandler’s homebred Acorn, an Oak Tree Special gelding who won the 2010 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1), put in a game effort to take second. Raul Rubalcava’s Sunny D finished third.

The second division for $39,000 went to Jose Socorro Vera Jr.’s Kool Country Man in a minor upset at odds of 6-1. Alfonso Lujan rode the Country Chicks Man gelding to a neck victory in :19.920 for conditioner Jonathan Castaneda. Bred by Ramiro Lopez and Bob Gaston, Kool Country Man also won this year’s Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1).

Kool Country Man’s record now stands at 21-6-2-2 with earnings of $119,436. He started for a claiming price several times early in his before climbing up the ladder to become a stakes horse.

Shirley Flores’ BZ Amazin Grace, a filly by Tinys First Corona, closed fast to take second at odds of 10-1. Runaway Trs Seis finished third with odds-on favorite and Grade 1 winner Sixes Streak fading to fourth.

In the $35,000 TQHA 550 Stakes (R), Sally Box’s Mr Truly Uno won with ease under jockey Roy Baldillez. The Feature Mr Jess gelding, who last time out ran fourth to world champion Cold Cash 123 in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1), crossed the wire 1 ½ lengths in front without being asked for his best. The Esteban Rubio trainee clocked 550 yards in :27.003 as the 9-10 favorite.

This marked the second career stakes win for Mr Truly Uno, who also won the 550-yard SLM Big Daddy Stakes at Remington Park earlier in the year. The 5-year-old gelding, who was bred by Jacque Tanton, has earned over $170,000 in his career.

Clem Nava III’s JC My Diamond Man, an eight-time winner at the distance, finished a clear second with Corona La Jolla in third.

The final stakes event of the night was the $35,000 TQHA Stakes (R) at 250 yards. Filimon Saucedo’s Executive Tone parlayed a quick break into a neck victory in a time of :13.259 under Luis Ramirez. Bred by Scarlett Hill Farm Inc. and trained by Juan Saucedo, Executive Tone failed to find the winner’s circle in her first seven career starts but has now won eight of her last 11. The daughter of Executive Menace has earned $67,517.

Lynn and Betty Bettinger’s Speedin Streak battled all the way and finished second. Texas Kool crossed the wire third.

Also on the card, Claud Denson’s The Field Cricket won the $16,900 Jones Bloodstock Insurance Starter Stakes, which was run under starter allowance conditions and therefore not an official stakes. The gelding by Lead The Field prevailed by a neck with a 350-yard clocking in :17.833 with Jerry Yoakum up for trainer Jesse Yoakum.