Sam Houston Challenge Preview

Challenge stakes horses fill Sam Houston card.

Q-Racing Journal

Dude Biggs’ homebred DB Captain King has the quickest time to the $58,860 Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge while the Terrazas Family’s homebred Red Corona Warrior impressed in the trials and shapes up as the favorite in the $68,490 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge on Sunday night at the Houston track.

The winners have the opportunity to compete in their respective stakes during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows on October 18 at Prairie Meadows.

DB Captain King (Captain Courage-Lizarun by Sixarun) impressed in his 2014 debut with a 1 1/4-length romp and his first start for trainer L.R. Tooter Jordan. The gelding won the second of four trials in :19.851.

Last year, DB Captain King showed promise when he finished second by a neck in the $50,000 Rainbow Juvenile at Ruidoso Downs.

Pete Scarmardo’s Raising Kain (Down N Dash-Smooth Money Raiser by Smooth Bravo) has the past class and figures to improve off a second-place run in his trial, which was his first out since winning the $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos on November 9. He earned his berth in the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship with a win in the $54,000 John Deere Retama Park Juvenile.

Raising Cain has the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.962.

Red Corona Warrior (Coronas Fast Dash-Prairie War Princess by Dashin Is Easy) stunned in the first of seven John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge trials when he drew off to win by 4 lengths with the fastest time of :17.850 for the 350 yards. The Yasmine Fierro-trained colt was making his first start.

Michael Amburn’s Freakin Runaway (Ocean Runaway-Streakin Freakin by Streakin La Jolla) also stood out while making his first start. The Guy Hopkins-trained gelding drew out to a 1 3/4-length win and his time of :17.918 was the second-fastest mark.

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