Sure Fire Flyer, EC Cartel Score Regional Challenge Wins

The two runners earn berths Challenge Championship berths Saturday at Lone Star.

Q-Racing Journal

Manuel Gutierrez rode Sure Fire Flyer to the filly's first stakes win Saturday at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

A $7,500 claimer during the 2016 Retama Park summer meet, Sure Fire Flyer became a stakes winner for the first time in Saturday's 400-yard, $32,310 Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge Stakes at Lone Star Park.

Sure Fire Flyer defeated Sr Esmeralda by a head in :20.210 under jockey Manuel Gutierrez. Adrian Huitron trains the 3-year-old Mr Piloto filly for owner Israel Soliz Jr.

Sure Fire Flyer was bred in New Mexico by Gabriel Campan Ortiz. She has won three of her 10 starts and has banked $23,971, of which $23,813 has been earned this season.

In addition, Sure Fire Flyer earned a berth in the October 29, $150,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Adashinrose, Essencia, One Sweet Cartel, Kitty Kat Galore B, Shaker Secret, Kiss The Tears Away, Rock Princess, Twentyfour Karat Rock, and Lil Effortless Reign completed the order of finish.

EC Cartel took the measure of his
seven foes in Saturday's AQHA
Lone Star Distance Challenge.
PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Also on Saturday, EC Cartel came off of a four-month layofff to win the 870-yard, $27,090 AQHA Lone Star Distance Challenge Stakes.

Ridden by Donell Blake, EC Cartel defeated 6-5 favorite Fire On The Fly by 1 1/2 lengths in :45.816. Judd Kearl prepped the homebred 7-year-old Tinys First Corona gelding for owner Alejandra Carrion.

EC Cartel was making his first start since June 3, when he ran second, a half of a length behind winner Jls Book Of Psalms, in the 870-yard, $36,550 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs. Campaigned in Texas and Louisiana, the gelding has won eight of 23 races and has banked $104,176.

EC Cartel's third career stakes victory also earned the gelding a berth in the $150,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on October 29.

The Field Cricket ran third and was followed by Daring And Dashing, CJs Rocksolid, Jess Twice Cash, Streaking Cartel, and Jessa Little Rusty.

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