Just Call Me Carter Wins Sam Houston Futurity

The fifth-fastest qualifier scores by a neck in Saturday's Grade 2, $540,000 stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Joel Tipton's Just Call Me Carter scored a neck victory in Saturday's $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography/Sandra Beck

Just Call Me Carter, a bay gelding by champion Carters Cartel campaigned by Joel Tipton and the fifth-fastest qualifier, earned his first career stakes win in Saturday's 330-yard, $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Prepped by Angel Sanchez, who was winning his second consecutive Sam Houston Futurity, Just Call Me Carter tripped the timer in :16.786 under jockey Francisco Calderon. The gelding posted a 96 speed index and his second victory in as many outs.

"This is a good horse, and we have a good team," said Sanchez, who won last year's Sam Houston Futurity with Ivan James, the 2015 horse of the meet. "We believe in this horse, and he knows how to get it done."

Just Call Me Carter was bred in Oklahoma by Delfino Lozano IV. The gelding's sire, Carters Cartel, is an 11-year-old son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel and champion Jumping Tac Flash, and he was the sport's champion 2-year-old colt in '07.

The $216,000 winner's share of the Sam Houston Futurity purse bumped Just Call Me Carter's earnings to $217,800.

El Carretonero G 3 finished second, a neck behind Just Call Me Carter, and was followed by Desdemona Rambler, Shakeemwhileyoucan, Hez Gone, Dashing Tempest, Midnight Heat, Graceful Eagle, fastest qualifier and 8-5 favorite Je And Thee, and DF Dashing Champ.

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