Serendipity Rocks Scores Upset Win in Sam Houston Derby

The homebred Rock Solid Jess gelding outruns his 15-1 odds on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Noe Villatoro rode longshot Serendipity Rocks to the homebred gelding's first stakes win. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Serendipity Rocks, a homebred son of Rock Solid Jess owned by Sarah Huskey and the fourth-fastest qualifier, outran his 15-1 odds to win Saturday's $191,900 Sam Houston Derby (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Ridden by Noe Villatoro for trainer Esteban Rubio and racing against a reported 8-mph head wind, Serendipity Rocks covered 350 yards in :17.816, and his margin of victory was a head from 19-10 favorite Kas Tempting. The $76,760 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes win pushed the gray gelding's earnings to $88,417.

Serendipty Rocks has won his last three starts, including his Sam Houston Derby trial on April 13.

“I knew as long as Noe was riding, he would win,” said Huskey, the daughter of longtime Texas horseman Fletcher Huskey. “Noe has never been beaten on him.

"I wish he could've been here today," said Huskey of her father. "Hopefully he can see him run later this year at Lone Star.”

Raced in Texas and Oklahoma, Serendipity Rocks has won four of six starts, including a 350-yard non-winners-of-two allowance at Lone Star Park on November 4, the final start of his 2-year-old season.

Washta Magnolia ran third and was followed by Schutts, Special Lil Darling, Tempting Pink, This Is An Eagle, Jess Rockin Thunder, A Sweet Dynasty, and One Jess Streakin.

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