Retama Closes Meet

Loves Brown Sugar named horse of the meet.

Retama Park closed its 2014 meet with a big night of Challenge races.

The curtain was lowered on the 2014 Quarter Horse Season at Retama Park on Saturday, August 9, as favorites prevailed in the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge as well as the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge.

Mister Big left no doubt that he was the best 3-year-old on the grounds for the Retama Park campaign as the young son of Shazoom sizzled just like the summer sun over Selma at 400 yards in a time of :19.95 to take top honors in the $58,680 Adequan Retama Derby Challenge.

Tallulah Moon prevailed in the $68,670 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge at 350 yards as she covered the distance in a sensational :17.66 over the fast track.

Leaders Named

Owner Pete Scarmardo finished in a dead heat with Jerry Windham for the leading owners of the meet while Judd Kearl recorded yet another training title and Luis Vivanco defended his leading jockey title.

Kearl saddled 20 winners from 138 starts with earnings of $189,160 to secure the top trainer award. Angel Sanchez saddled 14 winners from 74 starters that picked up $86,143 and Guy Hopkins was third with 12 winners in 46 starts to earn $93,001.

Windham and Scarmardo had seven wins each to tie for the leading owner. Windham's seven wins came from 21 starts while earning $89,499. Scarmardo earned $45,794 from 32 starts. Michael Amburn finished as the third leading owner with five wins in 17 starts and earnings of $48,932.

In the jockey standings Vivanco posted for 29 win photos from 160 mounts while earning $187,385. Francisco Calderon was second with 23 wins in 130 mounts and earnings of $277,409 and Santos Carrizales finished third with 23 wins on 129 rides while earning $150,201.

Recapping the season end honors, Grey Daze was named the Top 2-Year-Old of The Meet, Mister Big was dubbed the Top 3-Year-Old of the Meet, JRC Callas First was tabbed the Top 4-Year-Old and Older bracket and Loves Brown Sugar was Horse-of-the-Meet and Top Filly or Mare.

The aforementioned Mister Big was the leading money earner of $51,829 off a perfect 4-for-4 record. Loves Brown Sugar won three of four starts and earned $35,330. JRC Callas First was also perfect at 3-for-3 and picked up $33,210.

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