Carris Cartel Breaks Maiden in John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge

The 10-1 longshot gets it done at Sam Houston Race Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Santos Carrizales rode Carris Cartel, a filly bred by his wife, Nancy, to victory in Saturday's John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Seventh-fastest qualifier and 10-1 longshot Carris Cartel broke her maiden in a big way, as the brown daughter of The Louisiana Cartel sprinted to a one-length victory in Saturday's $70,020 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park.

 
The winning connections celebrate
Carris Cartel's victory in the Sam
Houston Race Park winner's circle.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

A homebred filly campaigned by Nancy Carrrizales from the barn of trainer Edelmiro Carrizales, Carris Cartel covered 350 yards in :17.645 against a reported 10-mph head wind. Santos Carrizales, the owner's husband, rode Carris Cartel, who was coming off of a third-place finish in her trial on April 28.

"The experience from her last race helped," said Santos Carrizales. "(Edelmiro) and I don't want to push our babies too hard. She didn't break all that well (today), but two or three jumps in she was all business."

Edelmiro Carrizales said that he could see the potential in Carris Cartel from her first workouts.

"Like my brother said, these are young horses and we have to give them time," the trainer said. "We knew we had a good filly, and she proved it today."

In addiition to earning the $32,209 winner's share of the purse, Carris Cartel landed a spot in the October 14, $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows.

He Win It, the 3-1 favorite, finished second and was followed by Jessanotherbeatin, Black Onyx, Ivory Noche, Ivory N Ashes, Louisiana Seis, Thebunnygoeson, Glimpse Of Fire, and Jess Tee.

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