So Rapido Scores in Grade 3 Sam Houston Derby

The Corona Cartel colt gets his first stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Rodrigo Vallejo rode So Rapido to the colt's first stakes win in Saturday's $197,700 Sam Houston Derby. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Fourth-fastest qualifier So Rapido, a son of Corona Cartel owned by Rachuan Suarez of Veracruz, Mexico, earned his first stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $197,700 Sam Houston Derby (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Rachuan Suarez (center), owner
of So Rapido, celebrates in the Sam
Houston Race Park winner's circle.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for trainer Judd Kearl and sent to post at odds of 7-1 in the full field of 10, So Rapido defeated 6-5 favorite and second-fastest qualifier Maxx by a neck in :17.445 against a reported 15-mph head wind. The $79,080 winner's share of the purse bumped the colt's bankroll to $110,455 from five starts.

So Rapido made his season debut with a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in one of eight trials on April 14. That marked his first start five months, as the colt ended his juvenile campaign with a ninth-place finish in the November 12, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park, the state's richest horse race for any breed.

"I didn't have the horse last year, but Rachuan sent him to me during the winter," said Kearl. "He needed his trial race, and he came back super. He's a tiny horse with a big heart."

So Rapido was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, and he was purchased by Suarez for $42,000 at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico. The colt has won three races, including a 350-yard maiden-special-weight dash at Lone Star in his career debut on October 6.

"I am very proud of him," said Suarez. "He's a very classy horse, and he has a long career ahead of him."

Dash Quick Perry, the fastest qualifier and 2-1 second choice, finished third, a neck behind So Rapido. One Sweet Merlot, Dm La Jolla, Thriving Ivory, Like A Denali, Eagle Cry, Sochi Special, and Master O Distraction completed the order of finish.

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