Graded Stakes Winners to Make Season Debut in Sam Houston Derby Trials

Just Call Me Carter, Fdp Rock Solid entered in Friday's trials.

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Just Call Me Carter, pictured here winning last year's $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity, will make his season debut in the last of eight Sam Houston Derby trials on Friday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Graded stakes winners Just Call Me Carter and Fdp Rock Solid will make their sophomore debuts in Friday’s 350-yard Sam Houston Derby (G3) trials at Sam Houston Race Park.

Just Call Me Carter will be making his first start since May 27, when the gelded son of Carters Cartel ran second in a 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial in New Mexico. Owned by Joel Tipton and trained by Jose Sanchez, the gelding has earned $218,680 from just three outs, and his two wins include a neck victory in last year’s 330-yard, $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2).

Just Call Me Carter drew post 3 and will be ridden by Luis Vivanco in the last of eight trials.

Fdp Rock Solid races for Sarah Huskey from the barn of trainer Esteban Rubio. A homebred son of Rock Solid Jess, the gelding will be making his first start since November 12, when he scored a neck victory in the 440-yard, $303,000 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Gaspar Garcia will ride Fdp Rock Solid from post 9 in the sixth heat.

Miss Alluring Menace, a homebred daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Specially Alluring campaigned by Gus Barakis’ Scarlett Hill Farm at Weatherford, Texas, is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign during which she banked $200,433 from six outs and won the 350-yard, $443,000 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) at Retama Park. The filly drew post 4 and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez in the fourth trial.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the April 29, $35,000-added Sam Houston Derby final.

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