SF Hot Pass Wins $39,750 TQHA Classic Stakes

The Restricted Grade 2 dash was one of four stakes contested at Retama Park on Friday.

Q-Racing Journal

Retama Park presented four official stakes on Friday, topped by the $39,750 TQHA Classic Stakes.

SF Hot Pass, a 5-year-old Ivory James gelding owned by Stormy Fisher, sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in the 400-yard, $39,750 TQHA Classic Stakes (RG2) for Texas-breds, one of four official stakes contested at Retama Park on Friday.

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Leon Bard, SF Hot Pass defeated FDP Rock Solid by a clear 1 3/4 lengths in :19.612. The gelding recorded a 103 speed index while racing against a reported 8-mph head wind, and he banked the $23,850 winner's share of the purse.

SF Hot Pass was bred by P & J Racing Ltd. and Stroebel, and he was making his first official start in 10 months. Raced in New Mexico and Texas, the brown gelding has won three of 12 starts and has earned $43,130.

Dash Quick Perry, Kraken Black, Gianni Que, Alluringeyeopener, TLC Dale, Tellereyematthebar, and 5-2 favorite RC Me Leaving You completed the order of finish.

TQHA 550 Stakes (RG3)
Sent to post as the 11-10 favorite in a field of eight middle-distance specialists, Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches' He Is The Risingstar responded with a head victory in Friday's 550-yard, $34,500 TQHA 550 Stakes (RG3) for Texas-breds.

He Is The Risingstar stopped the timer in :27.194 under jockey Jerry Lee Yoakum, and he recorded a 106 speed index while racing against a reported 7-mph head wind. L.R. "Tooter" Jordan prepped the 6-year-old sorrel son of champion Mr Jess Perry.

He Is The Risingstar was bred by Mercy Hinklin's Horse Farm LLC. The gelding has won 11 of 27 outs, including eight of 11 at the 550 trip, and the $20,700 winner's share of the purse from his xx stakes score pushed his earnings to $190,070.

Dealmfast ran second and was followed by Deala Quick Game, Shake Rattle N Soar, JRC Callas First, First Impulse, Classified Bulls Eye, and RJs Corona.

TQHA 250 Stakes (R)
Rolando Cabrera rode 2-1 favorite DM La Jolla to a convincing 1 1/4-length victory in Friday's $35,000 TQHA 250 Stakes (R) for state-bred sprinters.

Trained by Porfirio Fierro for owner Horses Of Fire Inc., DM La Jolla went 250 yards in a track-record :13.198 while posting a 106 speed index. The $21,000 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes win pushed the 4-year-old Hiclass La Jolla gelding's bankroll to $91,379.

DM La Jolla was bred by Donna Mushinski. The gelding has won five of 19 races, including the 250-yard, $20,000 Delta Dash Stakes at Delta Downs on April 20.

The Golden Bowl, Jess Gone Streakin, Jazzin Corona, Thirsty Monkey, Nexxus, Zenergetic, The Ram Cartel, Honey Ryder B, and Dash Dont Cheat completed the order of finish.

Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes
Louis Howard's Jessa Little Rusty, an 8-year-old son of champion Mr Jess Perry trained by John Stinebaugh, earned his first win of the season in Friday's $20,000 Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes.

Under jockey Gilbert Ortiz, Jessa Little Rusty covered 870 yards in :46.506 while defeating 11-10 favorite Stolis Pro by a half of a length. The bay gelding earned an 89 speed index and $14,100 from his eighth win in 43 outs and first victory in four starts this year.

Jessa Little Rusty was bred in Texas by Clyde Wilmott. The gelding has won six of his 31 races at the 870 distance, including last year's $20,000 IP 870 Stakes at Evangeline Downs.

The Field Cricket finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Jessa Little Rusty. Aces Over Five, Love Ta Zoom, Tank Of Corona, and Tars Tarkus completed the order of finish.

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