Tallulah Moon, Mister Big Win Retama Challenge Stakes

Both winners earn a berth in the Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows.


Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches' Tallulah Moon returned Saturday night at Retama Park to defeat Mighty Corona Jr by three-quarters of a length in the $68,670 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge. Freakin Runaway finished three-quarters of a length back in third place.

Trained by Mike Robbins and ridden by Jose Alvarez, Tallulah Moon entered the race off the fastest qualifying time from the July 26 trials. The Corona Cartel filly completed the 350 yards in :17.664 seconds, a 95 speed index into a 12 mph headwind. The $31,588 winner's purse boosted her record to 6-3-0-1 with earnings of $37,454.

The win also garner's the gray filly, who was bred by James G. Markum out of Splendifferous by Mr Jess Perry, a starting spot in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on Saturday, October 18, at Prairie Meadows.

Mighty Corona Jr earned his black-type for owner/breeder Manuel Ortiz. The Mighty Corona homebred is out of Jarons Jet, by Easy Winning Jet. Also a qualifier to the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge earlier this season, the gray gelding is trained by Sylvia Guerrero and was ridden by Jorge Linares. The $13,734 runner-up check pushed his earnings mark over $20,000.

Guy Hopkins saddled Freakin Runaway to his third-place finish for owner Michael Amburn. Todd Fincher and Fred Alexander bred the Ocean Runaway gelding in New Mexico from the Streakin La Jolla mare Streakin Freakin. Ridden by Luis Ramirez, Freakin Runway earned $6,867.

Carters Money, Kantkeepasecret BR, Shades Of Sin Tacha, Ojo de Rey, Special Hurrican, Jess Dance and Fire Falls completed the field.

Jerry Windham's homebred Mister Big raced to his fourth consecutive win and third derby victory of the season following a three-quarter length win over Volcoms Delight in the $58,680 Adequan Retama Derby Challenge.

After winning both the Sam Houston Derby (G3)and the Retama Park Derby earlier this season, the son of Shazoom has now earned a starting spot in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship(G3) at Prairie Meadows on October 18.

Judd Kearl conditions the five-time winner who pocketed $26,933 on Saturday night to boost his earning mark to nearly $150,000. Rodrigo Vallejo had the riding assignment aboard the gelding out of Jess An Illusion, by Mr Jess Perry.

Trey Wood saddled the lightly-raced Volcoms Delight for owner George Mitchell. A winner of two of six starts, the Volcom filly earned $11,736 for the effort. Felipe Garcia-Luna rode. P.K. Thomas bred Volcoms Delight from the Dean Miracle mare Lethal Delight.

Kearl also saddled Lindsayshadowdancer, a Valiant Hero filly who was a neck back in third for owner/breeder King Camden Running Horses Inc. Jose Alvarez had the riding call and eared $5,868 for the effort. Lindsayshadowdancer is out of Dancing Turf, by Creole Dancer (TB).

Strategic Weapon, Swingin Eagle, Miss Ketel Cameo, Goin Gone, Eyecatchyn (DH), Bedouin In View (DH), and Toodles Flies Free completed the field.

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