Dash Quick Perry Tops Sam Houston Derby Qualifiers

The homebred gelding wins the sixth of eight trials on Friday.

Q-Racing Journal

Pete Scarmardo's Dash Quick Perry won the sixth of eight 350-yard Sam Houston Derby trials on Friday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Pete Scarmardo's Dash Quick Perry, a homebred son of the First Down Dash stallion Down N Dash, is the fastest qualifier to the April 29, $197,700 Sam Houston Derby (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Leon Bard, Dash Quick Perry on Friday won the sixth of eight 350-yard trials by two lengths in :17.356. The sorrel gelding was making his season debut and his first start since December 17, when he ran fourth, two lengths behind winner Eye N Capo, in the 400-yard Evangeline Downs Futurity.

Dash Quick Perry has won four of eight outs.

Manuel Gutierrez rode Maxx, the second-fastest qualifier, to a wire-to-wire one-length win in the fifth heat. Prepped by Rolando Almanza for owner Irma Z. Vargas, the Oklahoma-bred Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding tripped the timer in :17.421 while posting his fourth win in seven starts.

Maxx won last year's John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge Stakes (G3) and was a finalist in the 400-yard, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park. He also was the fastest qualifier to the Evangeline Downs Futurity but was scratched out of the final.

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