Dash Quick Perry Dashes to Retama Park Derby Score

The homebred gelding dominates his opposition as the 3-5 favorite

Q-Racing Journal

Dash Quick Perry was much the best in Saturday's Retama Park Derby.

A quick break from his rail post helped Pete Scarmardo's Dash Quick Perry score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $156,600 Retama Park Derby at Retama Park.

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Leon Bard and sent to post as the 3-5 favorite, Dash Quick Perry defeated As And Js by a clear 1 1/2 lengths in :19.698. The sorrel son of Down N Dash recorded a 104 speed index while sprinting against a reported 12-mph head wind, and he banked the $62,640 winner's share of the purse.

Dash Quick Perry was bred by Scarmardo, a resident of Caldwell, Texas. The fastest qualifier, the gelding has won his last three starts, including the second of five trials on July 15.

Dash Quick Perry's current streak also includes a 1 1/2-length score as the 4-5 choice in the 350-yard, $15,000 Sam Houston Stakes for 3-year-olds and older on May 19. All told, the gelding has won seven of 12 outs and has banked $144,933, of which $112,026 has been earned this season.

Dash Quick Perry's resume includes a second-place finish as the fastest qualifier in the 350-yard, $198,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3) on April 29.

Dm La Jolla finished third, two lengths behind Dash Quick Perry. Fdp Rock Solid, Vigilante, Good Captain Pepper, Jmf Dashing, and Big Tex completed the order of finish. Second-fastest qualifier Tac My Time and third-fastest qualifier Feature Moonflash were both listed as trainer scratches.

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