Mister Big Fastest in Retama Challenge Trials

Grade 3 winner puts up the fastest time among the four trials.

Martha Claussen, StallioneSearch.com

Retama Park on Friday hosted four trials for the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge, and Jerry Windham's homebred Mister Big recorded the fastest time of the evening, covering 400 yards in :20.077.

Trainer Judd Kearl saddled the Shazoom gelding, who captured the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3) as a maiden. Windham had sent him to Ruidoso Downs as a 2-year-old for the Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials. His 2-year-old campaign was uneventful, but the Texas-bred is showing tremendous potential as a 3-year-old. He is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess An Illusion.

Mister Big paid $29 to win in his Sam Houston Derby win, but at Retama Park he paid just $3.00.

The runner-up in his trial, Robert B. Roark's Miss Ketel Cameo, recorded the second-fastest qualifying time of the evening, :20.099 under rider Damien Martinez.

Mister Big was ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, who also qualified Lindsayshadowdancer, a Valiant Hero filly owned by King Camden Running Horses Inc. and trained by Kearl.

Miss Ketel Cameo is a daughter of two-time champion Ketel Won from the Cameronian mare Ima Miss Cameo. She is one of four finalists for trainer Trey Wood.

The 10 finalists will return on Saturday, August 9, with the winner earning a berth in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows on October 18.

Click here for the complete list of qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys.

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