Tallulah Moon Tops Retama Juvenile Challenge
Fulton filly leads way into John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge.
August 6, 2014
Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches’ Tallulah Moon shoots for her third win in her four latest starts when she brings fastest-qualifier status into the $25,000 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night at Retama Park.
Also on the program is the $25,000 Adequan Retama Derby Challenge with Jerry Windham’s homebred Mister Big leading the qualifiers.
Tallulah Moon (Corona Cartel-Splendifferous by Mr Jess Perry) won her maiden in June at Ruidoso Downs and then had a horrid start in her Rainbow Futurity trial. Trainer Mike Robbins took her to Retama Park and she stepped up with a 1 1/4-length trial win. Her time of :17.984, while facing a 22 mile-per-hour headwind, was the top time from nine trials.
Michael Amburn’s Freakin Runaway (Ocean Runaway-Streakin Freakin by Streakin La Jolla) raced into a 17 mile-per-hour headwind in his Adequan Retama Derby Challenge trial and came through with the second-fastest time of :18.078. The Guy Hopkins-trained gelding has two wins and a close second in the $68,490 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge two starts ago.
Mister Big (Shazoom-Jess An Illusion by Mr Jess Perry) comes into the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge on a roll with three straight wins, including the $48,589 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby two starts ago. He won the derby by one length after a troubled start and then had to work harder in his Adequan Retama Derby Challenge trial. He faced a 12 mile-per-hour headwind and fought to a head win over Miss Ketel Cameo in the second of four trials.
The Judd Kearl-trained Mister Big earlier this year won the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3) by a head and last year qualified for the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1).
Robert Roark’s Miss Ketel Cameo (Ketel Won-Ima Miss Cameo by Cameronian) finished second to Mister Big with the second-fastest time of :20.099. She won her maiden in her previous out with a 1 1/4 length score in a Retama Park maiden race.
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