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Press ReleaseMarch 29, 2014
Sam Houston Race Park hosted 17 trials on Saturday in preparation for the richest race of the 2014 American Quarter Horse meeting, the $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2). The fourth trial of the afternoon produced the fastest qualifier when Kiss My Hocks won in track record-setting time under rider Luis Vivanco.
The colt crossed the wire of the 330-yard trial in a time of :16.433, besting the previous record of :16:514 set on July 5, 2002, by Pies Power Play.
Bred in Texas by Tyler Graham and John Mayers, Kiss My Hocks ($6.20) was sired by Tempting Dash out of the Tres Seis mare Romancing Mary.
“I bred him and we have liked what we have seen from day one,” said Graham. “He ran in a schooling race at Retama Park and did it easy.”
Toby Keeton trains the colt, who is owned in partnership with Graham and Conda Maze. Maze has had many runners trained by Keeton, most notably Show Me Your Toole, who was the fastest qualifier for the 2008 Sam Houston Futurity (then G1). He finished third, but won the Dash for Cash Futurity (G1) later that year at Lone Star Park.
“This is the only futurity I haven’t won,” said Keeton. “This is a very smart horse and we are having a great time with him. Conda visits every morning; I love training for these guys.”
Maria Nino’s California-bred Quic Carter, runner-up to Kiss My Hocks in the fourth trial, was the second-fastest qualifier, clocked at :16.474. The gelded son of Carters Cartel was ridden to victory by Eleazar Rivera Hernandez for trainer Juan Carlos Saucedo.
Glimpse of Dash, owned by R. Jaime Flores, won the sixth trial in a time of :16.520, slotting the third-fastest time. Saul Ramirez Jr. rode the son of Glimpse Of Greatness for trainer Roberto Ramirez.
Trainer Trey Wood, who won the 2013 Sam Houston Futurity with Especially Tres, qualified Tres Air, a full brother to last year’s champion.
“He is a little more aggressive than the filly,” said Blane Wood, who breaks all the juveniles for his son, Trey. “In training, he likes to run off; today, he did just that.”
To view the list of the 10 fastest qualifiers with owners, breeders, jockeys and trainers, click here.
Past winners of the Sam Houston Futurity include 2004 champion 2-year-old Azoom, Snowy Alibi, Sassmaster and Jess Tee Off. The 2014 Sam Houston Futurity champion will be crowned on Saturday, April 19.
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