Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge Qualifiers

Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge Qualifiers

Hes Jess Dealin is the fastest qualifier to the June 16, $91,163 final.

Hes Jess Dealin. Coady Photography

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Hes Jess Dealin, a homebred son of the Game Patriot stallion Dealagame racing for Pete Scarmardo, is the fastest qualifier to the June 16, $91,163 Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge.

Racing in the second of two trials at Sam Houston Race Park on Thursday, Hes Jess Dealin defeated second-fastest qualifier Revenant Dynasty by 1 1/4 lengths while covering 400 yards in :19.982. Francisco Calderon rode the sorrel gelding for trainer John Stinebaugh.

Hes Jess Dealin was bred in Texas, and his clocking was aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind. Raced exclusively in Texas, the gelding has won three of eight starts and has earned $36,302.

The winner of the final will earn a berth in this year's Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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