Gustafame is Fastest in Adequan Texas Derby Challenge Trials

The Freighttrain B gelding made his season debut with a win on Saturday.

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Gustafame made his sophomore debut with a neck victory in the second of three Adequan Texas Derby Challenge trials. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Making his first start in nine months, Jim and Louise Padgett's Gustafame won the second of three Adequan Texas Derby Challenge (G3) trials on Saturday, and the gelded son of Freighttrain B is the fastest qualifier to the May 20, $35,000-added final at Sam Houston Race Park.

Prepped by Judd Kearl, who gave a leg up to jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, Gustafame went 400 yards against a reported 18-mph head wind in :20.148, and his winning margin was one length from odds-on favorite and stakes winner Tac My Time. The gelding earned $2,100 to push his bankroll to $17,990.

Gustafame was bred in Utah by his owners, and he has won two of seven outs. He was making his first start since July 30, when he finished fourth, one length behind winner Born To B Bad, in the 350-yard, $59,000 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) in New Mexico. 

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