Brookside Draws Post 9 for Adequan Texas Derby Challenge

The homebred Brookstone Bay filly is the fastest qualifier to Saturday's $44,640 stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Teardrops At The Bar has been entered back in the John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge, one of two regional Challenge finals to be run Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Linda Tobias' Brookside, a homebred daughter of Brookstone Bay trained by Leon Bard and the fastest qualifier, drew post 9 for Saturday's 400-yard, $44,640 Adequan Texas Derby Challenge Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

The 7-2 morning-line favorite in a full field of 10 sophomores, Brookside is coming off of a head victory in the second of two trials on April 23. The filly will be ridden by Nestor Duran in the final.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Mad Max Cartel (Donald Guynes), 15-1
Moonraker Thoughts (Luis Vivanco), 20-1
Mazzimo (Manuel Gutierrez), 5-1
Ima Dashing Gator (Gaspar Garcia), 6-1
Juanny Futbol (Jose Amador Alvarez), 20-1
Swifter Deal (Francisco Calderon), 8-1
BM Casina Royale (Rodrigo Vallejo), 4-1
SR Esmeralda (Noe Villatoro), 8-1
Brookside (Nestor Duran), 7-2
Love Is Great (Isaac Chapa), 12-1

Also on Saturday, fastest qualifier Teardrops At The Bar is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in the 350-yard, $69,390 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge Stakes (G3).

Trained by Brian Stroud for James Hrabovsky and J. Leann Nalls, Teardrops At The Bar has won both of his starts, including one of six trials on April 22. The homebred son of champion Separatist has banked $6,300.

"He's still a little green," said Stroud of Teardrops At The Bar. "He hasn't put it all together, but he ran a great (trial) race. It's encouraging to know that he has won twice, and I think he's even better than what he's shown."

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jayronimo (F.R. Ramirez Jr.), 5-1
Teardrops At The Bar (Luis Vivanco), 7-2
Mulliner (Luciano Duenez), 20-1
Wishing Rock (Gaspar Garcia), 12-1
Maxx (Manuel Gutierrez), 6-1
Gustafame (Rodrigo Vallejo), 12-1
Shez Freaky (Jesse Levario), 9-2
R Imperial Princess (Francisco Calderon), 8-1
Pool Runner (Eliazar Vera), 20-1
Chase The Rainstorm (Luis Ramirez), 6-1

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