TQHA Futurity and Derby at Retama

Runners line up in two big stakes.

Q-Racing Journal
June 26, 2014

Fastest-qualifier String Bet racing in the $103,270 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2) and Sam Houston Derby winner Mister Big chasing another derby score in the $48,589 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby combine for a doubleheader on Saturday night at Retama Park.

David Martinez’s String Bet (Tinys First Corona-Check This Account by Separatist) is just one troubled trip away from a possible perfect record. The gelding won his maiden in his Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trial and then encountered trouble at the start of the Sam Houston Futurity and was pulled up while Kiss My Hocks went on to win and move to the head of the juvenile division.

Trainer Antonio Delgado Jr. brought String Bet back in the trials to the TQHA Futurity and he responded with a neck win while racing to the top-qualifying time of :17.869 for 350 yards.

The Terrazas Family homebred Red Corona Warrior finished second to String Bet with the second fastest time of :17.926. The Carlos Botello-trained gelding was the 4-5 favorite in the trial after finishing a close third in the $68,490 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge in his previous start (he was subsequently disqualified to ninth for interference).

Maria Araiza’s homebred Jess Toast Winner (Toast To Dash-Runaway Jessy by Feature Mr Jess) also has stakes credentials for trainer Rodolfo Sanchez. The gelding was third in the $83,615 Old South Futurity before running away with his TQHA Futurity trial by 2  lengths with the fourth-fastest time of :17.981.

In the TQHA Derby, Jerry Windham’s homebred Mister Big (Shazoom-Jess An Illusion by Mr Jess Perry) is on top of his game. Three starts ago he battled to an upset head win in the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3). After a third-place run in his Heritage Place Derby trial, the Judd Kearl-trained gelding made a big late rally to win his TQHA Derby trial by a neck with the second-fastest qualifying time of :20.097 for 400 yards.

Nancy Carrizales’ homebred Six Time Special (Streakin Sixes-Shesa Wicked Gypsy by Strawfly Special) is a stunning fastest qualifier. She pulled out to an amazing 4 1/2-length trial win and was the only horse to break the 20-second barrier with her :19.955 time. Her best previous race was a length win in a $28,900 GCFA 79-and-Under final at the Gillespie Co. Fair.

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