Je And Thee Makes Impressive Debut in Sam Houston Futuriity Trials

The son of The Louisiana Cartel is the fastest qualifier to the $540,600 final on April 23.

Q-Racing Journal

Ramon Cano's Je And Thee was all alone at the wire in the third of 17 Sam Houston Futurity trials on Saturday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Sent to post at odds of 6-1, Ramon Cano's Je And Thee made his career debut with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the third of 17 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trials on Saturday.

Saddled by Joel Cantu and ridden by Jose Alvarez, Je And Thee went 330 yards in :16.631 to post a 101 speed index and the fastest qualifying time for the $540,600 final on April 23. Cano purchased the Texas-bred colt by the Louisiana Cartel privately from breeder Janey S. Stoody.

"He really surprised us," said Cantu of Je And Thee's performance. "We've only had him for five weeks, and we weren't expecting a race like this. The owner really liked the progeny of The Louisiana Cartel and purchased this colt as a weanling."

Alvarez was also surprised by Je And Thee's debut.

"I didn't know what to expect," said the rider. "He's a smaller horse, but he warmed up great and had good concentration in the gate. He broke fine and was moving well early, but then he really came on."

Also, trainer Angel Sanchez prepped the winners of six trials and qualified four 2-year-olds to the final, including fifth-fastest qualifier Just Call Me Carter.

Click here for a complete list of Sam Houston Futurity qualifiers.

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