Three Bar Cartel Wins Dash For Cash Futurity
The gelding gets his first career stakes victory in his second lifetime start.
September 30, 2017
Making just his second start, Ruben Garcia Montemayor's Three Bar Cartel sprinted to a head victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park.
Three Bar Cartel went 400 yards in :19.821 and earned a 93 speed index under jockey Damian Martinez. Josue Ponce prepped the gray son of Capo de Capi, who earned the $141,480 winner's share of the $353,700 purse.
"We’ve had this horse about two months, and we’ve had trouble with him going straight," said Ponce. "I think he’s getting better every time.
"Today he had a little trouble, but we knew he was fast enough to get out of there," the trainer added. "We’ll see how he pulls up tomorrow and go from there. He sleeps a lot but once he goes out he’s very professional, nothing but business.”
Montemayor and Martinez teamed to win last year's Dash For Cash Futurity with Eye N Capo. Three Bar Cartel was bred in Oklahoma by Dr. Curtis Smith, and he was purchased by Montemayor for $18,000 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.
The fourth-fastest qualifier, Three Bar Cartel made his debut with a head victory in the first of 11 trials on September 15. The gelding has won both of his outs and has banked $144,180.
Apollitical To Know ran second and was followed by 9-10 favorite Cloud Ridge, One Sweet Policy, Jess Adalida, Capital Ice, Thecartelofmiracle, FDD Lajolla, and SC Tornado. Fastest qualifier JA Am I Blue was scratched.
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