Stakes Doubleheader Saturday at Retama Park

Grade 2 finalist Hes Gone returns in TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity.

Retama Park will present a stakes doubleheader on Saturday.

Hez Gone, a bay son of Gone To The Mountain owned and trained by Jose R. Espinosa, is one of 10 juveniles entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $112,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG3) at Retama Park.

The third-fastest qualifier, Hez Gone has won two of three starts and has banked $36,300, and his resume includes a fifth-place finish, one length behind winner Just Call Me Carter, in the 330-yard, $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on April 23. The gelding drew post 2 and will be ridden by Cipriano Vidana.

Fastest qualifier Katharsis broke her maiden with a clear 1 1/2-length victory in the second of seven trials on June 17. The gray daughter of American Runaway drew post 7 and will be ridden by Eddie Sanchez for owner Emmanuel Villarreal and trainer Angel Sanchez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Thats Lucky For You (Eleazar Hernandez)
Hez Gone (Cipriano Vidana)
Love Ta Zoom (Nestor Duran)
Ms Jetta Cartel (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
Deala Quick Game (Francisco Calderon)
Shazooms Pop Cartel (Luciano Duenez)
Katharsis (Eddie Sanchez)
Already Gone Famous (Luis Vivanco)
Tac It Perry (Santos Carrrizales)
Fdp Rock Solid (Gaspar Garcia)

TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby
Pete Scarmardo’s Kid Can Dash, a homebred son of Down N Dash and the fastest qualifier, drew the rail post for Saturday’s 400-yard, $40,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (R).

Trained by Leon Bard, Kid Can Dash is coming off of a three-quarter length win in the second of two trials on June 18. The gelding has banked $48,490 from 10 outs.

Kid Can Dash will be ridden by Francisco Calderon. Other contenders include Jesse M. Gibson’s Careless Lightning, a gray gelded son of American Runaway trained by Gilbert Aguirre III. Careless Lightning has earned $160,764 from nine starts, and his four wins include a half-length score in last year’s 350-yard, $151,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Lone Star Park.

Careless Lightning drew post 3 and will be ridden by Larry Payne.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Kid Can Dash (Francisco Calderon)
Gimmeahifive (Russel Hadley)
Careless Lightning (Larry Payne)
Deal A Lady (Santos Carrizales)
Mr Rock Solid Jess (Eddie Sanchez)
Jessypaintyourwagon (Cipriano Vidana)
Ja Sweet Reason (Jacquelyn Bobroff)
Especial Cartel (Ignacio Bustamante)
Jetsie Cartel (Claudio P. Aguilar)
Mazzimo (Luis Vivanco)

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